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About Bennett Rieser

Bennett is a college-educated contract writer with WebProNews. When not bombarded by fascinating news or political upheaval, he spends his time relaxing with good friends, loyal family, and typically some of the many bastions of free internet discourse.
French Senate Votes to Ban Child Beauty Pageants

The BBC reported this morning that the French Parliament has voted on a bill that would make beauty pageantry illegal for participants under the age of 16. The vote passed the French Senate 196-146, and the ban will be headed …

Star Trek Command Center Built by NSA Chief Star Trek Command Center Built by NSA Chief
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About a week ago, ForeignPolicy posted an expose by writer Shane Harris about Lt. General Keith Alexander, the current chief of the National Security Agency. That article painted Alexander as a “cowboy” who was less interested in his obligation to …

South Korea Greenlights “Invisible” Skyscraper Construction Project South Korea Greenlights “Invisible” Skyscraper Construction Project
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The U.S.-based architectural firm GDS Architects has been granted approval by the South Korean government to build the Infinity Tower, a glass-encased skyscraper that will be the third highest observation deck in the world and will include a sophisticated system …

Billy Connolly Treated for Cancer, Parkinson’s

Reuters reports that comedian Billy Connolly has endured an operation to handle an early case of prostate cancer, and was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The operation to remove the cancer was successful, but Parkinson’s is an incurable degenerative disease, …

Mayan Mass Grave Uncovered at Uxul
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LiveScience reported last week that an excavation of an ancient Mayan city has yielded a 1400-year-old mass grave with 24 skeletons inside. Nicolaus Seefield, the dig’s coordinator and archaeologist at the University of Bonn in Germany, found the site after …

George Stephanopoulos talks to President Obama

President Barack Obama went mano-a-mano with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News segment “This Week” to talk about what will certainly be a defining moment for the Obama presidency: the handling of the Syrian chemical weapons quandary. Stephanopoulos spoke with …

Colorado Floods: Over 1200 Are Still Missing

Colorado has been hit with some disastrous flooding that devastated several areas including Boulder. The Denver Post reported this morning that the historic floods have killed at least six people, but the truly terrifying figure is the state’s 1,253 missing …

John McCain: I’ll Reply to Putin’s NYT Op-Ed in Pravda

For the first time in history, one world leader will respond to another world leader via newspaper columns in their respective nations and languages. Vladimir Putin penned a NYT column last week that discussed U.S. foreign policy with regard to …

Jon Krakauer: Exactly, How Did Chris McCandless Die?
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Jon Krakauer, the reporter responsible for the bestselling survival stories Into Thin Air about a Mt. Everest climbing disaster as well as the harrowing tale of Chris McCandless’ flight from civilization in Into The Wild, which was turned into a …

$10 Minimum Wage to be in California by 2016 $10 Minimum Wage to be in California by 2016
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Reuters reported via NBC News this morning that minimum wage workers in California would see their wages rise a dollar a year from $8 today to $10 in January 2016. California Republicans argued that hiking minimum wages would hurt the …

Ray Dolby, American Sound Pioneer, Has Passed Away Ray Dolby, American Sound Pioneer, Has Passed Away

The AP reported last evening that Ray Dolby, the American inventor who can be credited with assisting in the design of the first practical VHS recording device and many other entertainment devices, has died at age 80 in his San …

Putin Pens New York Times Op-Ed, Talks Foreign Policy
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The “bad boy” president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has a message for the American people, and in a conveniently timed viral column that The New York Times published on September 11, Putin bypasses political pleasantries and gets right to business. …

For First Time, U.N. Study Highlights Pacific-Asian Rape Culture

A multi-country survey recently conducted by the U.N. of Asian countries near the South Pacific sheds a terrifying light onto rape culture as it exists in nations far less fascinating to the media than India. The abstract is here, and …

Archaeologists Uncover Byzantine Gold at Jerusalem Temple Mount

An archaeological dig conducted by Hebrew University researchers has uncovered a startling find: a treasure trove of Byzantine gold and silver that included an impressive gold medallion emblazoned with a menorah. The Times of Israel covered the story. Other items …

Toyota Recalls the Same 780K Vehicles as Last Year

Remember when Toyota recalled almost 800,000 vehicles last year because of some kind of rear suspension issues on their RAV4 SUV and Lexus HS sedan? Well, the company has done it again, literally: a story from Zacks Equity Research is …

Colorado Recall: Gun Control Debate Fires Up

Reuters reported that two Colorado Democrats are finding themselves on the unfriendly side of a recall election this week. John Morse of Colorado Springs and Angela Giron of Pueblo both face potential recall in the wake of national gun control …

Zamboanga Hostages: Islamist Rebels Engaged Standoff

In what appears to be an ongoing episode of violence, the AP is reporting that Islamist rebels associated with the Moro National Liberation Front in the Philippines has assaulted a series of coastal towns and taken a bunch of hostages. …

Mitt Romney: GOP Hopefuls Fish for the Money Machine
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An AP story out of Boston yesterday morning is getting some traction: apparently, some of the 2016 Republican potentials with their sights on the White House are trying to quietly take advantage of Mitt Romney’s political operatives, in particular his …

Deloitte Fine: 14 Million Pounds, or $22 Million Deloitte Fine: 14 Million Pounds, or $22 Million

The accounting firm that advised the MG Rover Group and the Phoenix Four, Deloitte & Touche, has been fined £14 million, or roughly $22 million U.S., for a conflict of interest. The Guardian reports that the Financial Reporting Council, which …

Andes Man: Survived on Rats, Raisins for 4 Months
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In a wonderfully inspiring story of survival, a motorcyclist from Uruguay got lost in the Andes Mountain snowstorms during the South American winter for over four months. Discovered by Argentine officials who choppered over 9,000 feet above sea level to …

Camp 22 Inmates Disappear: People Gone from Gulag
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In a further development on the Korean peninsula of the worst possible kind, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea has launched a new effort to report on the conditions in North Korea’s prison camps. Unfortunately, their discoveries of …

Video Games Seniors Study: Can Help Brain Function Video Games Seniors Study: Can Help Brain Function

A recent CBS news story could change your life… through video games! Researchers working out of UC San Francisco are claiming that they have developed a video game that can reverse the negative effects of aging on the brain and …

G20 Summit: Syria, World Economy Discussed G20 Summit: Syria, World Economy Discussed

The Group of 20, a group of countries developed and emerging whose populations comprise two out of three people on Earth, saw their world leaders gather in St. Petersburg over the last two days. First coming together in 2009 to …

Dollar Counterfeiting: Peru is #1 Worldwide Producer
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In a heavily reprinted AP story out of Lima, a 13-year-old boy was arrested during a raid on a large counterfeiting operation. The boy was caught with almost three quarters of a million in fake dollars and euros; this led …