Americans, let’s be thankful that U.S. oil is pulverizing OPEC - MarketWatch

"Mitchell is the pioneer of hydraulic fracking, the breakthrough that has increased U.S. crude oil production by 80% since 2008. Combined with more conservation, and growth hiccups of varying severity in emerging economies, all that oil has pushed the price of crude down nearly 30% since July even as U.S. economic growth picks up."

How the Polish Buried Their Vampires | RealClearScience

"For instance, in the 1600s and 1700s in Drawsko Pomorskie, a town in northwestern Poland, a suspected vampire was buried with a sickle across his body and/or a stone in his mouth. If the undead was to attempt a nightly prowl, the sickle would disembowel or decapitate him; if that didn't work, the stone would prevent him from biting anybody. Problem solved".

Pilgrims and the Roots of the American Thanksgiving - WSJ

"English colonists—350,000 of them in the 17th century—were a diverse lot, and more English than you might imagine. Having left the Old World for the New, they clung to their old identities and tried to preserve them. In this, they failed, and yet from that failure, a new national character was born—the primary traits of which are still visible in Americans today."

San Francisco passes first-in-nation limits on worker schedules - Marianne LeVine - POLITICO

"Meet your new union reps: the statehouse and City Hall.

San Francisco’s new law, which its Board of Supervisors passed Tuesday by unanimous vote, will require any “formula retailer” (retail chain) with 20 or more locations worldwide that employs 20 or more people within the city to provide two weeks’ advance notice for any change in a worker’s schedule."

Highlights of testimony heard by grand jury in Michael Brown shooting-Daily Mail

"Scene analysis found a trail of Brown’s blood went 20 feet past his body - indicating that he did stop, turn, and advance on Officer Wilson"

'Beam' of static electricity raises man's hair outside Google offices in London - Telegraph

"A bizarre video has emerged of a man walking into a beam of static electricity outside Google’s offices in London.

Simon Legrand and a friend were walking past the tech giant’s office building on Friday night when they say they felt a “strong electric field” and decided to film their experience."

Getting fired is Mission: Impossible for federal bureaucrats in the Obama era |

"A disgraced VA official, Susan M. Taylor, was on track to begin a new job at the Department of Energy despite a public inspector general's report that found she exhibited "complete disregard for the laws, regulations, and VA policies.”

The Doctor Will See Through You Now - Digits - WSJ

"In another case it showed the doctors a floating 3D image of the heart of a 41 year old woman. The patient had an Atrial septal defect, more commonly known as a hole in the heart."

Finland back on red alert over expansionist Russia | World news | The Guardian

"Russia-watching has become a national obsession since Finland broke free of the Russian empire in 1917. Two bitterly fought wars with the Soviet Union during the second world war are far from forgotten."

London Mayor Johnson Refuses to Pay US Back Taxes

"The United States comes after me, would you believe it, for the, for capital-gains tax on the sale of your first residence, which is not taxable in Britain, but they’re trying to hit me with some bill, can you believe it?” Johnson said on National Public Radio in New York in an interview first aired last week."

Automation Makes Us Dumb-WSJ

"But our growing reliance on computer automation may be exacting a high price. Worrisome evidence suggests that our own intelligence is withering as we become more dependent on the artificial variety. Rather than lifting us up, smart software seems to be dumbing us down."

NASA: Big sunspot is an odd one

"When last seen about a month ago the sunspot was the largest in 24 years, anywhere from 10 to 15 times bigger than Earth."

Purdue: Just 50%, not media-hyped 97%, of scientists blame humans for climate change |

"A new Purdue University report and survey of on global warming finds that just 50 percent of scientists blame human causes, not the NASA-endorsed and widely distributed claim of 97 percent."

GOP factions argue over strategy to block Obama's amnesty order | Daily Mail Online

"A disagreement between Republican lawmakers over a proposed strategy to block President Barack Obama's coming immigration mandate took a nasty turn on Thursday as a battle between two powerful factions of the GOP spilled into the press."

Top Obama aide won’t rule out unilateral easing of Cuba policy - Yahoo News

"President Barack Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job in the State Department repeatedly refused on Wednesday to rule out unilateral action by the White House to ease U.S. pressure on Cuba."

Reason Foundation - The Hidden Costs of Wind Power in California

"Intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar are growing in use largely because of government regulations, favorable tax treatment and mandates. However, they impose hidden “integration” costs on the electrical grid that are shifted to California consumers and utility companies while the wind and solar developers benefit at their expense."

Obama Calls Gruber A Guy He's "Stolen Ideas From"-Ace of Spades

"Gruber: Opposition to Medicaid expansion is "awesome in its evilness". Yeah, it couldn't be about opposing a financially unstable system that provides no significant measurable benefits.*"

Controversial economist Gruber has earned millions from taxpayers at federal, state levels | Fox News

"That contract netted Gruber $95,000, and an additional HHS contract, inked that June, added $297,600 to the deal – steering almost $400,000 to the creator of the Gruber Microsimulation Model. Still another contract with the agency, as reported here, was said to have exceeded $2 million in value since 2007."

Dem Sen. Begich concedes Alaska Senate race to GOP challenger Sullivan | Fox News

" The victory gave the GOP eight Senate pickups, increasing their majority next year to 53 seats – with just one race, in Louisiana, outstanding."

AP Exclusive: Charles Manson gets marriage license - Yahoo News

"CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — Mass murderer Charles Manson has gotten a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison."

"He and his prospective spouse also would be allowed to invite 10 guests who are not inmates."

I'm guessing handing your Mrs. Charles Manson credit card to someone should get the occasional interesting reaction...ed