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Archive for March, 2015


USPS Postpones April 26 Date for New Rates

The Board of Governors does the wise thing—deciding to wait until all new rates are approved by the PRC before setting a new date.


Silk Road agents charged with theft

Two former US agents are charged with stealing digital currency that came into their possession during an investigation into the notorious marketplace.


Dietitians Group Negotiating to End Labeling Deal With Kraft Singles

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is working to terminate a deal that allowed Kraft to affix the group’s Kids Eat Right label to its cheese slices.


Matthew McConaughey Was Going Bald, Saved His Look

Matthew McConaughey had a career as a romantic comedy mainstay. He sure had the look for it: rock-hard abs, seemingly-permanent tan, million-watt smile, and swept-back hair that women just wanted to run their fingers through.

But Matthew McConaughey had to face a reality that many men dread. He was losing his hair.

Biographer Neil Daniels tells how Matthew McConaughey got proactive and brought his hair loss to a grinding halt, and without hair plugs.

“Back in 1999, my hair was fallin’ out, McConaughey explains in Matthew McConaughey: A Biography, “so I started this stuff. And son of a gun if I didn’t bring my hair back so well that people think I went and got plugs’.

The “stuff” Matthew McConaughey referred to? That would be Regenix.

According to their website, the Regenix program is not a one-size-fits-all product.

“The Regenix Hair Loss Treatment consists of a series of naturally derived, liquid bio-pharmaceuticals applied topically to the scalp, and can be followed at home or in our Los Angeles Clinic.

“Your natural hair loss treatment program will be custom-formulated for your hair loss issue from many different elements. Based on our initial micro-analysis of your hair, we determine which formula to use, and Regenix hair loss treatments are constantly refined based on follow up hair micro-analysis, in order to achieve the best possible results.”

You can’t get a much better testimonial than saying that Matthew McConaughey kept his hair because of the Regenix program. And Regenix uses that endorsement to good effect. They have a testimonial from Matthew McConaughey on their page:

“I’ve been using Regenix, stuff for healthy hair to keep this hair strong, because some of this hair was falling out. Now my hairline’s better than when I was 18.”


Van Halen: Wolfie Ditches Other Band to Tour With Dad

The history of Van Halen as a band has many chapters. For a long-time Van Halen fan, these are familiar stories. The early days, when the band was Dave, Eddie, Michael, and Alex, and when Van Halen was at that top of their still-young game, are often considered the Golden Years of Van Halen.

But then there were the Sammy Hagar years. Derided by some as the “Van Hagar” period, this is actually the band’s most commercially-successful chapter. They got their first Number One. They sold millions. They got really rich.

We don’t talk about the Gary Cherone years.

Now that David Lee Roth is back and the band is working again, things are still not what they once were. Bassist Michael Anthony, whose vocal stylings were as much a part of the signature Van Halen sound as Eddie’s guitar, has been gone ever since Hagar left. so Eddie’s son Wolfgang has been handling bass.

By pretty much all counts, Wolfgang Van Halen holds his own just fine in the band. In fact, when he is not playing with Van Halen, Wolfgang plays bass with Tremonti, the band formed by former Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti.

Tremonti has a new album called Cauterize. They will be touring behind that album. But Wolfgang Van Halen will not be with them on that tour. There is a schedule conflict between his Tremonti schedule and the upcoming Van Halen dates. Wolfgang knows where his bread is buttered.

“I am still part of Tremonti and very excited for the release of Cauterize,” Wolfgang said in a statement, “but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming dates due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the summer tour in support of the Tokyo Dome Live In Concert album. Look forward to seeing all of the Tremonti fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!”

Tremonti has to understand. I’m sure that, given the chance to play with Van Halen, Mark Tremonti would quit his own band.

That live album that Wolfgang mentions will be supported with an extensive North American tour. The album was recorded in Japan during the 2013 tour in support of the David Lee Roth-comeback album A Different Kind of Truth.

The band will perform tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live to kick things off.


Phil Robertson ‘Rape’ Backlash: Freedom of Speech Violation?

Phil Robertson recently used a “parable” at a prayer breakfast that left some people shocked and offended.

As featured speaker at the prayer breakfast, Phil Robertson mused about how an atheist might feel if his “little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters” were raped and killed in front of him, then his penis was cut off and shown to him. Might he realize that there should be some diety-given standard for right and wrong that people should adhere to?

Predictably, Phil Robertson caught hell over what he said. Even some Conservatives decided they had heard enough from this guy and did not want him to represent them any longer.

“Phil Robertson is an embarrassment, not a hero,” Katherine Timpf wrote in The National Review, “and the socially conservative movement needs to distance itself from him immediately.”

But Robertson fans and supporters quickly took to an age-old argument. It is the same argument that was trotted out when Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut.

Phil Robertson’s free speech rights are being violated!

Katherine Timpf answered that succinctly.

FYI: The First Amendment gives you the right to free speech without facing legal consequences, not without facing criticism.

— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) March 27, 2015

Unless I’m calling 2 have Phil arrested for what he said, this isn’t a 1st Amendment issue. B4 u put “Constitutionalist” in ur bio, read it.

— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) March 27, 2015

Again, Timpf is a Conservative. She built her career and reputation on reporting from college campuses about the marginalization of young Conservatives. But she is tired of seeing the Conservative brand dragged through the mud because of people like Phil Robertson.

But if Phil Robertson fans went after a Conservative for calling out their Duck Commander, you can imagine how they went after Huffington Post and Salon for remarks like these:

“That the Duck Dynasty clan leader has a national platform upon which to spew bullshit is basically an indictment of our whole society.”

“Robertson is a fearmonger who is preying upon people’s suspicion of the many atheists who live in the United States… Robertson’s words are ugly and ignorant, and the organizers, and all those who applauded him at the Prayer Breakfast in Vero Beach should be ashamed of themselves.”

Phil Robertson exercising his right to free speech drives every atheist crazy, even if it was all hypothetical. Idiots. #AtheistIgnorance

— CDP (@WarGamesGuy) March 25, 2015

1st #Amendment….! What more to be said, #free #speech, not just the speech you wish to hear! via @theblaze

— Sterle Garihan (@SterleG) March 25, 2015

Timpf isn’t the only person to know and call out the difference between Constitutionally-guaranteed freedom from prosecution for non-slanderous speech and non-Constututionally-guaranteed freedom from ridicule for saying something stupid.

Phil Robertson may have free speech, but I also have the same opportunity to express my opinion in what a sick fuck he is.

— Loki537 (@OneSoul1982) March 24, 2015

Why is it that when Phil Robertson opens his mouth, people who don’t understand the 1st amendment begin lecturing on the 1st amendment

— Aaron White (@AaronCWhite) March 25, 2015

As Timpf points out, even if Phil Robertson is boycotted to the point of losing his show, there is nothing unconstitutional about it.

Phil Robertson has never been a right-to-free-speech-under-the-First Amendment issue. A reality show is not an inalienable right.

— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) March 26, 2015


Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons

Johanna Basford, a Scottish illustrator, has become a breakout success catering to an unexpected audience: adults who turn to coloring books for creative relaxation.


Greece's creditors mull new reforms

Greece’s creditors are studying new reform plans put forward by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government in a bid to secure further bailout funds.