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Watchdog: Koch-Backed Group Bending Tax Code

Cit­izens for Re­spons­ib­il­ity and Eth­ics in Wash­ing­ton, the cam­paign fin­ance watch­dog, is call­ing on the IRS to in­vest­ig­ate Free­dom …

Too good to be true? Airo wristband says it tracks calories consumed, not just burned

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>All kinds of new health trackers monitor your activity to tell you how many steps you’ve taken and the number of calories …

Here's Why 'The Internet Of Things' Will Be Huge, And Drive Tremendous Value For People And Businesses

Estimates for Internet of Things or IoT market value are massive, since by definition the IoT will be a diffuse layer of devices, sensors, and computing power that overlays entire consumer, business-to-business, and government industries. The IoT will account for an increasingly huge number of …

Internet of Things

Kochs vs. unions in schools race

It isn’t often that the Koch brothers’ political advocacy group gets involved in a local school board race.<p>But this fall, Americans for Prosperity is spending big in the wealthy suburbs south of Denver to influence voters in the Douglas County School District, which has gone further than any …

Modern Eco-Friendly Homes Set Amongst the Trees

<i>Primeval Symbiosis (Single Pole House)</i> is an architectural design project by architecture student and interior designer Konrad Wjcik that seeks to organically install living spaces in forests without disrupting the innate beauty of nature. Wjcik's detailed presentation lays out the many benefits of …

Architecture

Is The Cult Of Central Bankers Unraveling?

In my experience, markets don’t deal well with several crises emerging at the one time. Give them just QE tapering and they may be able to adapt, but throw Syria and an Asian currency mess into the mix, and it can make for a wild ride. Underlying all of the recent volatility though is the first …

Restoring Prosperity for the Middle Class is the Defining Issue of the Economy

No less a figure than Larry Summers , candidate for Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank is focused on how to reverse the “lack of demand, ” the loss of consumer animal spirits caused by the Great Recession of 2008. Here’s how he parses the core of the issue; ” I think the defining issue of our …

As a Democrat, I am disgusted with President Obama

What are you thinking, Mr President?<p>Is this really the legacy you want for yourself: the chief executive who trampled rights, destroyed privacy, heightened secrecy, ruined trust, and worst of all, did not defend but instead detoured around so many of the fundamental principles on which this country …

GOP’s latest IRS hypocrisy

Republicans blend their attacks on Obamacare and IRS — but their plan puts the IRS “in charge” of healthcare too!<p>It looks like "Democrats want the IRS in charge of your healthcare" will be the "Democrats stole $700 billion from your Medicare" of the 2014 campaign.<p>Here's a taste from the National …

This iPad game actually builds your kids' brains — and tells you how they're developing

Occasionally, when people shout “brains!” they’re not zombies looking for a fresh meal. Sometimes they just want to help you grow, learn, and be the best you can be.<p>Which, of course, is exactly what all parents want for their kids.<p>Seven months after launching the Fit Brains app to help adults build …

Can Marijuana Improve Your Emotional State?

Study says THC could play an important role in how we process negative emotions<p>It's no secret that marijuana can put a smile on many people's faces, …

US states banned from exporting their trash to China are drowning in plastic

Being green is getting a lot harder for eco-friendly states in the US, thanks to the country’s dependency on overrun Chinese recycling facilities. Recycling centers in Oregon recently stopped accepting clear plastic “clamshell” containers used for berries, plastic hospital gowns and plastic bags, …

Sustainability