Feds fund nano technology disguised as hummingbirds to spy on who? and other obscure news

My obscure news search nets articles like:  the $2.1 million government contract to produce “nano air vehicles” disguised as hummingbirds to spy. Ebola has been detected in pigs, EPA announced the cap-and-trade bill would not “materially effect global carbon concentrations in the atmosphere,” and many more interesting obscure news articles not getting notable review through the media.

Guard RFID’s TotGuard™ System Now Includes “Mother –– Baby Bonding” Using Active RFID — A 2005 study reported that there are approximately 23,000 erroneous infant-mother transfers per year in the United States alone, and that the vast majority are discovered before discharge, “usually through pure luck” [read it at PR Web]

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll – Monday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama  is performing his role as President. Thirty-six percent (36%) Strongly Disapprove [read it at Rasmussen]

See current and archived swine flu statistics — on this site [read it here]

Microsoft releases preview of Office 2010; Word, Excel and PowerPoint to be Available on web — will soon be releasing free versions of its most popular applications that can be accessed via the World Wide Web [read it at RTT News] 

Coming soon: Data mining made easier — New York Times and Pro Publica editors have won a $700,000 grant…for designing an archive  …Most all academic, journalistic, or otherwise public-supportive organizations will be able to join [read it at Nieman Watchdog] <— this could directly and immediately cut bloggers out of the information loop

Robotic hummingbird being built by U.S. to spy – a $2.1 million contract to further their work on the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV)  — this miniature spy will go unnoticed while spying on you [see video & read it at Gizmodo]

GOP lawmaker wants explanation why justice dismissed Black Panther voter intimidation charges — The case relates to allegations that members of the New Black Panthers interfered with voters trying to enter a Philadelphia polling station on Election Day 2008 [read it at Fox News]

Government officials say RFID makes life easier, privacy advocates worried — Some have already begun calling the practice “Little Brother” in a nod to the Big Brother of George Orwell’s “1984.” (a video is viewable in article as well)  [read it at Lehigh Valley Live] [see my article here]
Cap-and-trade bill ineffective — The EPA announced that the Waxman-Markey Bill, the cap-and-trade bill, would not “materially effect global carbon concentrations in the atmosphere.” Why then are Americans being asked to take on $9 trillion ($9,000,000,000,000) worth of spending from 2012-2050 for nothing? [read it at Human Events]

Third largest social networking site sued for invasion of privacy, identity theft — Tagged allegedly tricked many of its users into handing over their lists of email contacts. It then sent fraudulent emails to all the addresses, purporting to be the owner of the contact list [read it at Daily Tech]

Pentagon tests: F-22 has maintenance shortcomings — The United States’ premier fighter jet, the Lockheed Martin F-22, has recently required more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour in the skies, pushing its hourly cost of flying to more than $44,000, a far higher figure than for the warplane it replaces, confidential Pentagon test results show [read it at Washington Post]

SEC says California IOUs are ‘securities’ under U.S. law — As expected, the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 9 decided that California’s IOUs are “securities” under the agency’s definition. The SEC’s move will not have any effect on the state’s ability to issue the IOUs, because the agency has no jurisdiction over state governments [read it at LA Times]

Concern over Ebola virus in pigs — A form of Ebola virus has been detected in pigs for the first time, raising concerns it could mutate and pose a new risk to humans. only previously been seen in monkeys and humans  [read it at BBC.co.uk]

See archived obscure daily news

See archives of swine flu progress to date

If you’ve seen an obscure news article that deserves more readership –shoot me an e-mail at WillNeverGiveUp (at) Live.com


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