| Dec 18, 2013
Edward Snowden should be proud.
Until this week, the National Security Agency could argue that its massive effort to collect every American's telephone records had been approved, at least tacitly, by all three branches of government.
The president was...
| Dec 12, 2013
By now, you've probably all thoroughly digested Jeff Bezos' "60 Minutes" bombshell that he foresees a future in which Amazon delivers books via drones.
The reactions seemed to range from "that's awesome" to "that's idiotic" to "that's impossible."
| Oct 28, 2013
| 4:49 PM
It's pretty much expected that everyone knows everything about you in today's privacy-free world. But it's still freaky to see how easily a business can crawl into your life.
Elaine Miller, 61, recently was expecting a package from UPS. She called the...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 4:29 PM
Say hello to Gene Simmons' new baby. It's a healthy and screaming baby oy. That's right, as in "Oy, what will they dream up next?"
The rock legend's new pride and joy is an arena football team called LA KISS, which starts its inaugural season in March....
| Mar 12, 2009
Now it's my turn to be a statistic.
Not that kind. I'm still here and writing. So far, anyway. Let me check my in-box -- nope, no pink slip.
So where was I? Oh, right. A statistic.
Add me to the thousands of victims of identity theft (313,982...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 6:43 PM
Dorene Butler received what looked like a check for $1,198 the other day, but it didn't pass the smell test.
For one thing, the accompanying letter said that "we have attempted contacting you on several occasions." There had been no such attempts.
| Jul 8, 2013
Bonnie Lane in Elk Grove Village seems an unlikely place to be sniffing around for elephant tusks and black rhinoceros horns brought into the United States from Africa, but Lancer the G-dog "nose" his way around cargo facilities.
Lancer, a 4-year-old...
| Jun 1, 2010
| 9:18 AM
A business inadvertently gives you counterfeit money — are you stuck with it? In most cases, yes. But what if that business happens to be a branch of the federal government?
Los Angeles resident David Lipin found himself asking this question the...
| Apr 14, 2009
Sometimes readers' inventions know no bounds. They elicit a "why didn't I ever think of that?"
Top of this week's list has to be how Ed Schott of Hickory, N.C., saves on mailing. The proof came in the "On the Cheap" mailbox in the form...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 2:24 AM
Patience was never one of my virtues.
Traffic jams, long lines, people taking inordinate amounts of time with someone or something I felt I needed or wanted, even the slowness of the U.S. mail system, all could send me into a cursing, gesticulating,...