Internet freedom around the world is in decline reports on the US-based NGO Freedom House fifth annual Freedom of the Net study.  The report concludes that nearly half of the 65 countries assessed have experienced tightening of internet freedom. “Between May 2013 and May 2014, 41 countries passed or proposed legislation to penalize legitimate forms of speech online, increase government powers to […]

EDITORIAL: Obama regulatory agenda quietly belts economy on holiday weekend

Editorial via the Las Vegas Review-Journal  “The new package — the highest-priority rules for federal agencies in the coming year — is bigger than the previous agenda and contains 3,415 regulations, including 189 new rules that will cost the economy more than $100 million apiece. Its rollout marks the fifth time the Obama administration has […]

Give a Dollar, Give a Drone – Hot Christmas Gifts 2014

Looking for just the right gift?  Want to give the hottest gift of the season?  Start here with gifts for the kids, the tech geeks and everyone else. Want to give a drone to that special someone?  Find one here, prices starting at $34.99. CNET has a gift guide for the techno geek in your […]

Boston Herald Editorial: Turkey’s ‘woman’ problem

Boston Herald editorial, Friday November 28 –  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has really gone and done it this time! He may try to substitute that yogurt drink for hardier adult beverages and no one takes that particularly seriously. Or he claims Islamic explorers discovered America long before Columbus. Whatever! The often-controversial Erdogan — once […]

Nearly 36 million men, women and children are enslaved around the world

A new study suggests there are nearly 36 million people enslaved around the world and that poorer nations tend to have more slaves than wealthier ones. According to Gallup, which made the findings in collaboration with Walk Free, a non-profit that produces the Global Slavery Index, more than 14 million slaves can be found in India alone.  […]

Highlights from post-election national poll

Earlier this week, YG Network released a post-election national poll. As pollsters Whit Ayres and Jon McHenry of North Star Opinion Research write, the survey “shows strong support for some of the messages outlined in (YG Network’s book) Room to Grow to address current challenges faced by many Americans, including education, unemployment, and poverty in […]

Is Personal Freedom At Risk? Americans Think So.

Americans’ assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure, reports the Washington Examiner. The research shows that citizens of countries including France, Uruguay, and Costa Rica now feel […]

Survey indicates most U.S. women believe they are not up to date on vaccinations

A national survey from Rite Aid and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) reveals that the majority of adult women living in the United States do not believe they are up to date on vaccinations to protect against many preventable diseases. According to a telephone survey of 1,000 randomly selected U.S. adult women age 26-74, […]

Saudi Arabia Looks to Lift Driving Ban for Some Women

It’s the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, but that could be about to change reports the UK’s Independent. The advisory council to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has recommended the country’s government lift the long-standing ban on women drivers despite decades of cracking down on protests. But, even […]

Americans want Congress, not Obama, to lead nation

A Gallup Poll taken after the election asked, “Who do you want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year — Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress?”  Congress won out over Obama by a 17 point margin, 53 percent to 36 percent.