Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Tips

As everyone prepares to celebrate Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanza, or the Winter Solstice, or simply a few days off from work), the website has some tips for you on celebrating safely, finding seasonal employment, traveling without hassles, watching your weight, and more:

And for those who'd like to track Santa's progress on Christmas Eve, don't forget the NORAD Santa Tracker -  Happy holidays!  :-)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Senate Report on CIA Interrogation

Yesterday the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its "Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program - Foreword, Findings, and Conclusions, and Executive Summary."  The study is linked from the Committee's home page:

The report's findings, that the harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA right after the 9/11 attacks were "torture" and did not result in significant new intelligence, are quite controversial.  Many current and former CIA officials are defending the effectiveness of the methods that were used.  The report is 525 pages, heavily redacted, and includes graphic details about the techniques used by the CIA.  Simply reading it might well qualify as "torture."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Unclaimed Money

Are you planning on doing some shopping, or possibly some traveling before the end of the year?  Wouldn't some extra money come in handy right about now?  After you've checked your car and couch cushions for loose change, another place to look is your state or federal government.  They may have money waiting for you and all you'll have to do is claim it.  This site from provides a list of places to look for many types of unclaimed money, from tax refunds, to bank accounts, to pensions, and savings bonds:

If you don't find any money waiting for yourself, look for your family members.  If you find enough loot for them, perhaps they'll pay you a finder's fee.  Happy hunting!