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High-Stakes Tourism: Vampire Hunters Descend on Bulgaria


Nikolai Ovcharov is a little dismissive of Count Dracula. The infamous bloodsucker was “a very fierce tyrant,” the Bulgarian archaeologist concedes, but his alleged lair in the Romanian town of Bran is “the smallest castle I have ever seen.” He doubts the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s character even spent the night. It is, he says, “a little bit of lies, a little bit of truth, a little bit of sensation.”

Dracula, it seems, has competition: his name is Krivich, he is a 14th century aristocratic pirate, and since the discovery of his skeleton with a iron spike through his chest near Bulgaria’s Black Sea town of Sozopol last year, vampire hysteria has descended on Bulgaria. Tourist visits to Sozopol’s archaeological museum have tripled since the discovery. A Japanese film crew is the latest to make the trek to the coast for a documentary on the ghoulish find.

Bulgaria’s archaeologists are…

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Google Making Government Officials Hush-Hush About the Super Secret Barge


Even though Google hasn’t confirmed its connection with the four-story floating barge off the coast of San Francisco’s Treasure Island, it is making government officials sign non-disclosure agreements about the super-secret facility.

A Coast Guard spokesperson told Reuters that an employee had to sign the paperwork after visiting the facility Wednesday. Another California state inspector said that he had to sign an NDA and turn over his cell phone to enter the secret barge during its construction.

There has been speculation that the barge is a data center or retail hub specifically for Google Glass. But Bob Jessup, superintendent for a construction company that brought in 40 tight-lipped welders a day to work on the building last year, noted: “Who’s going to want to climb up in there? It’s really ugly.”


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Feds Find New Tunnel Linking San Diego to Tijuana


U.S. authorities discovered a recently completed tunnel, spanning from San Diego to Tijuana, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday.

While a spokesperson wouldn’t confirm the tunnel’s purpose, many of the 75-plus tunnels found on the U.S.-Mexico border since 2008 have been used to smuggle marijuana.


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Edward Snowden Gets a New Job


Former NSA contractor turned famed leaker Edward Snowden has found a new job putting his tech skills to use — in a way that’s likely to be far less roiling to international relations.

Snowden, who revealed troves of classified information as he fled the country in May, will start work Friday at a Russian website, according to the RIA Novosti Russian news agency. His lawyer didn’t say the name of the website where Snowden will work.

Facing espionage charges in the U.S., Snowden was granted asylum by Russia in August, but his exact whereabouts in the country are unknown.

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“Citibank gets what it wants”



So, Congress ‘sub-contracts’ legislating?


Aren’t our elected representatives competent? 

“The Coming Food Stamp Cut Will Hit 900,000 Veterans”


By Bryce Covert


Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, will automatically drop come Friday thanks to the loss of additional funds from the 2009 stimulus bill. That cut will hitabout 900,000 of the country’s veterans, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

“Nationwide, in any given month, a total of 900,000 veterans nationwide lived in households that relied on SNAP to provide food for their families in 2011,” CBPP writes. The number varies state to state, with over 100,000 veterans in households that rely on the benefits in Florida and Texas each.

The coming cut will range from $36 a month for a family of four to $11 a month for a single person. Food stamps will average less than $1.40 per person per meal next year with the cut. Benefits were already sparse, at just $133 a month on average.




New King James Version


1 PETER 5:8-9

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.



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