• It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being.

    Henry David Thoreau

Money Hungry Pets


Advertisers have a new class of consumers; and they have four legs and a tail.

Cats and dogs have become full-fledged members of the family. And these days that means more than just a bowl of food, litter box or walk in the park. Sixty eight percent of American households include an animal. And those households are spending more than $55 billion a year to make sure those pets are more than well taken care of.  read more »

Love Cloud


Joining the mile high club just got a little more laid back.

Love Cloud is a new business offering a special service high over the streets of Las Vegas. For $800 couples can spend 40 minutes on a private plane decked out like your personal love shack. Instead of seats it features a large bed, sound system and mood lighting.

Couples can bring food, drink or anything else needed to enhance the experience on board. And to keep things private the cabin is separated from the pilot by a curtained door; plus he will be wearing noise canceling headphones.  read more »

Tax Season


Tax day has come and gone and this year’s its being followed with a little relief.

Budget cuts and new responsibilities have the IRS busting at the seams and that’s good news for tax payers. Because the agency is stretched so thin it has fewer agents available to audit people. The IRS commissioner says they will keep going after the worst of the bad guys. But he says there are some people that they should catch that they probably won’t be able to.

So how do you know if you’re in the clear? If you report making $40,000 in wages and your employer reports 50; the IRS will catch that. But if you operate a business that deals in cash your chances of getting caught are the lowest they’ve been in years.  read more »

President Bush the Artist


Former president George W. Bush is adding a new title to his resume; artist.

Since stepping out of the oval office President Bush has been keeping himself busy with a canvas and a paintbrush. He unveiled his works of art at the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas. The exhibit features 24 portraits of world leaders that range from Russian president Vladimir Putin to the Dalai Lama.

President Bush says he has always been interested in painting. His secret talent first came to light last year when hackers broke into the personal email accounts of the former president’s sister and friends. The people responsible found self-portraits Mr. Bush had painted of himself in the bathroom.  read more »

Vegetarian Crocodiles


In a world where appearance is everything; even your handbag is on a diet.

Crocodiles are some of the most ruthless predators in the world; known to lie in wait and ambush their prey. But on the banks of Zimbabwe these dangerous carnivores spend their days nibbling on vegetarian pellets. And it's all in the name of high fashion.

Besides being cheaper than meat the special diet of protein, minerals, vitamins and water is said to enhance crocodile skin destined to become handbags or shoes. The switch to vegetarian pellets first began in 2006 at the height of the global recession. But once farmers began noticing the effect it had on the crocodiles they made the change permanent.  read more »

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Podcast: President Bush the Artist

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