TSA Doesn’t Really Care About Your Yelp Reviews

Earlier this week, Yelp announced a new partnership with the federal government that allows agencies to claim their Yelp pages and respond to reviews. It turns out, however, that the TSA is like nah, screw that. Apparently, the Transportation Security…

Edward Snowden Vetters Settle Fraud Case with DOJ

The contractor tasked with performing background checks for the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has been fined $30 million for not really completing their background checks. U.S. Investigations Services Inc. (USIS) will forego the money, which they were to…

Yelp Yanks Carly Fiorina’s TSA Review

Yelp is a place where people can go to bitch about restaurants, local businesses, and more. This week, Yelp became a place where people can go bitch about the government. Yelp recently announced that it had partnered up with the…

Fireworks Can, and Will, Blow Your Head Off, Demonstrates the US Gov

On average, about 230 people go to the hosptial with fireworks-related injuries during the month surrounding the 4th of July. Half of those injuries are burns. Obviously, hands and fingers make up the majority of injured body parts (36%), followed…

Man Running Country Blares Frozen Ringtone in Meeting About Running Country

A 78-year-old man who is part of a body that helps runs the United States of America has a Frozen ringtone. And on Thursday, his Frozen ringtone interrupted a hearing. What you’re about to see is Republican Senator Pat Roberts,…

Obama Approves Sanctions on Cyber-Attackers

Today, President Obama signed an executive order that will allow the US government to go after those who perpetrate cyber attacks with sanctions “Cyber intrusions and attacks  – many of them originating overseas  – are targeting our businesses, stealing trade…

Tech Companies Call for End to Mass Surveillance in Letter to Obama, Congress

The group Reform Government Surveillance, which includes Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, and more, has joined dozens of other organizations in calling on the US government to reform mass surveillance and end the bulk data collection programs revealed…

People Aren’t That Concerned About Government Surveillance, Even Post Snowden

Pew has just published a new report on Americans and how they protect their privacy in the post-Edward Snowden era. Long story short – most don’t do much of anything to even attempt to keep out the prying government eyes.…

Lindsey Graham Says He’s Never Sent an Email. Ever.

Thanks to Hillary Clinton’s private email controversy and the continuous discussion surrounding it, we now know something incredibly strange about Senator Lindsey Graham. According to the three-term Republican Senator from South Carolina, you won’t see him caught up in his…

Obama Creates New Cyber Intelligence Agency

It’s official – the US has a new agency to help combat cyber attacks. Through a new memorandum, President Obama has established the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a brand new agency tasked with centralizing and organizing intelligence related…

New Bill Aims to Stop Feds from Looking at Porn on the Job

Federal employees – they’re just like you! …In that they like to watch porn. And they get bored at work. And like to cure that boredom with porn. North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows is sick of all the porn watching,…

The US Is Getting a New Anti-Cyberattack Agency

Today, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco will give a speech at the Wilson Center at an event on cyber threats. According to the Center, Monaco will “preview plans for preventing the most pernicious state…

Twitter: Government Info Requests on the Rise, Up 40% Worldwide

Twitter’s latest transparency report is out, and the numbers of governmental requests – both for user info and for content removal – are way up. According to Twitter, the company has seen a 40% increase in government requests for user…

Samantha Power Visits Ebola-Stricken Countries To Drum Up Health Care Support

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has flown to West Africa to encourage international support for the fight against Ebola. Power traveled through Guinea on Sunday and landed on Monday in Sierra Leone. She also plans to visit Liberia…

Edward Snowden Granted More Time in Russia

Edward Snowden is likely staying in Russia for the foreseeable future. The 31-year-old former NSA analyst, who famously leaked (and continues to leak) documents and anecdotes about the US government’s massive surveillance initiative, has been granted a three-year residence permit…

Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could

Twitter has just released their fifth-ever transparency report, and it shows that requests for user data, content removal, and copyright takedowns are all on the rise. But the main focus of Twitter’s announcement isn’t really the report itself – instead,…

Government Asks 120-Year-Old Dead Men to Register for the Draft, Blames Computer Error

You may be 120 years old, dead, and enjoying your eternal peace – but the US government wants you to know that its not done with you yet. The Selective Service System erroneously mailed out over 14,000 reminders to register…

Iraq F-16s: First Of 36 To Be Delivered This Week

This week, Reuters reports, Lockheed Martin Corp will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, giving Iraq the capability of defending its “3,600 km of borders” according to Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily, who spoke with Reuters through…

FDA’s E-Cigarette Regulations Manage to Disappoint People on All Sides

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently regulates your traditional forms of tobacco–cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. Of course, some new players have joined the nicotine party as of late-the most notable being the electronic cigarette, or e-cig (or…

Garamond Typeface Can Save US Millions, Says Teen

Could something as little as changing what font it uses on documents save the US Government millions of dollars each year? Yes, says student Suvir Mirchandani. The 14-year-old discovered his findings when he decided to look for ways to cut…