Ted Swircek

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Stores Can Be Anti-Abortion Christians, Supreme Court Rules

Today the Supreme Court ruled in a 5–4 decision that Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores owned by devout Christians, could deny certain types of birth control to its employees on religious grounds. "The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield...<p><i>This store is a Christian, according to the</i> …

Senators blast NSA 'transparency' report as lame

Washington politicians blasted the NSA’s first ever “transparency” report as less than lacking.<p>Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) came out swinging today, calling the report “insufficient” and using the issue to call for a credible bipartisan transparency bill. The office of the …

Genetically Altered Bacteria Prevent Mice From Getting Fat

The microbes appear to live in the gut and prevent obesity for up to four weeks.<p>By feeding mice a genetically modified version of <i>E. coli</i>, a bacterium that naturally lives in human and mice guts, scientists were able to prevent the animals from gaining as much weight as mice not given the treatment. …

Ask Anything: Would Cannibalism Make You Fat?

Short answer: It all comes down to portion control.<p>Taken as a whole, a cooked cadaver would yield about 81,500 calories’ worth of food, says James Cole, a lecturer on human origins at the University of Brighton in England. But that’s only if you wolfed down every part that could be consumed. To …

Nutrition

My God is Better Than Your God, or What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Could Mean For You

Today the Supreme Court decided that Hobby Lobby doesn't have to provide birth control to its employees, despite federal laws that dictate otherwise.<p>Hobby Lobby claimed that providing contraception violated their religious beliefs. Now, religious institutions -- like churches and certain …

Leave Your Rights at the Door

Just when we thought the rights of women, workers and minorities faced enough setbacks, it appears the nation's highest court has done it once again.<p>In an outrageous decision today, the Supreme Court ruled (Hobby Lobby case) that closely held corporations are not required to provide a full range of …

White House, Democrats Plot Response To Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Ruling

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and allied Democrats on the Hill quickly began exploring potential responses to the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to dramatically limit the contraception mandate in the president's health care law.<p>A Senate Democratic leadership aide told The Huffington Post …

Mexican, U.S. Law Enforcement Raid Ranch Connected To Drug, Human Trafficking

Mexican and American law enforcement officials Friday raided a ranch in Altar, Sonora used to traffic drugs and as many as 400 migrants a day into the United States, arresting four men and taking dozens of migrants from Mexico and Central America into custody.<p>The "La Sierrita" ranch outside of …

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CEO Pay Emerges As This Year's Hot Button Issue

At the midway point of the year, the most hotly contested issue to emerge in proxy battles is one many companies weren't anticipating: CEO pay.<p>Over the last two months, disenchanted shareholders have used corporate annual meetings as a battlefield to wage war over executive compensation, despite …

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Naked Intruder Floods Idaho Home, Smears Feces On Floor

What does it take for a man to be arrested in Kuna, Idaho?<p>Apparently not breaking into a stranger's house, flooding the kitchen and smearing feces on the floor.<p>Matthew Coomes, 25, is alleged to have done that early Sunday morning in Tricia Gillaspy's home, but the responding cops let him go with …

Meet Hitchbot, the Robot Hitchhiking His Way Across Canada

While picking up hitchhikers is generally considered unsafe, Canadian motorists are going to find it difficult to refuse this cute, fun-loving robot. …

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World’s Youngest Alcoholic Is Only Two Years Old

Toddler Cheng Cheng, from eastern China’s Anhui province, got his first taste of wine when he was only 10 months old. His father put wine-dipped …

Dogs, debris and Satan make their mark at Oklahoma capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - As part of her grand plan to visit all 50 U.S. state capitols before her 70th birthday, Deidra Horan drove to Oklahoma City a few weeks ago. She toured the capitol, but that’s not her most vivid memory of the trip.<p>Horan, 64, was attacked by four large stray dogs shortly …

Fleshlight Launchpad Lets You Have Sex With Your iPad (NSFW VIDEO)

Ever get the sense we're getting too attached to technology?<p>Masturbatory aid purveyor Fleshlight has released the Launchpad, an iPad case that allows a man to attach his Fleshlight directly to an iPad, so that he can simulate sex with whomever -- or whatever -- is on the screen.<p>That's right. While …

Atheist Attacks Roommate He Thinks Is Jesus: Cops

Gustav Potthoff has a cross to bear: He's a self-proclaimed atheist accused of attacking his roommate whom he thought was Jesus.<p>As such, he believes that only an atheist attorney can defend him properly.<p>Police in Orlando, Fla. allege that Potthoff attacked his roommate, Raymond Hernandez, with a …

More Pets Are Showing Up High On Marijuana, Vets Say

Veterinarians are asking pet owners to watch their weed, because more pets are showing up high and sick.<p>Dr. Billy Griswold, a vet at the Emergency Animal Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., told KCTV that he's seen double the number of cases of animals ingesting marijuana over the past few years. KCTV …

Rare Condition Causes Woman to Smell Like Rotten Fish

For 14 years, company director Ellie James has been receiving the same Secret Santa presents at Christmas – bottles of perfume and bars of soap. And …

Gummy Bear Sex Ends With E.R. Visit (VIDEO)

On the ever-growing list of things that shouldn't be attempted, add using melted gummy bears as a sex toy.<p>A couple in Clarksville, Tenn., known only as "Michael" and "Josi" made that gooey mistake and suffered terrible sugar burns.<p>The not-so-sweet sexual encounter happened in March 2011. Now, with …

A UFO Pleasure Cult Is Fixing Vaginas in Africa

Raëlians, popularly known as the UFO pleasure cult, are leading the way on reconstructive surgery for victims of female circumcision in the developing world.<p>If you’re the kind of person who keeps up with UFO spiritualists, you’ll know Raëlians as the group who believe that Earth was created by a …

Elephant Trunk Robot Learns Like A Child

You know, like a child with mechanical tentacles.<p>Four years ago, German engineering firm Festo came up with a concept for a robotic arm. Somewhere between an iron snake, a mechanical claw, and a sci-fi tentacle, the Bionic Handling Assistant is functionally most similar to an elephant's trunk.<p>But …

Jason Buchanan Drinks 10 Too Many Jager Shots, Allegedly Starts Bar Fight, Fire

How many Jager shots is too many Jager shots?<p>One Florida man hopefully learned his limit after police arrested him on Friday for allegedly punching two bar patrons and setting a trashcan on fire, WNDB reports.<p>Jason Buchanan, 33, drank 10 shots of Jager -- that's 10 shots of Jager too many, by our …

It’s a Bug! It’s a Pain! It’s Super-Lice!

They’re crawly and they’re creepy. Mysterious and eerie. They’re altogether icky. They're the louse-y family and they have haunted human hair (and nether regions) for millennia. For parents, the arrival of these microscopic creatures on the scalps of children can lead to quite the headache as …

Court Rulings “They” Don’t Want You to Know About

What is the world coming to? It's almost as if you can't even trick people into giving you money in exchange for harmful advice over the course of three decades without the federal government stepping in and politely suggesting you stop, and then suggesting you go to prison when you don't …

What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The science of the spins<p>The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting "cross-faded"—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here's a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.<p>First, the basics: …

The World's First Bionic Plant

Using carbon nanotubes, scientists engineer plants that are better at photosynthesis.<p><b>Like a flood of needles</b>, an onslaught of carbon nanotubes seeps in through a plant's leaves' and beelines toward each cells' chloroplasts—the hub where sunlight transforms into chemical energy. These nanotubes, …

7 Amazing Things You Can Do With Sound Waves

Sound can identify the contents of homemade bombs, measure the temperature in a nuclear reactor, and even perform brain surgery.<p>Sound can identify the contents of homemade bombs, measure the temperature in a nuclear reactor, and even perform brain surgery.