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From Homeland To Home Deliveries, Drones Target Afghanistan & The Amazon

For those addicted to the HBO's hit series, Homeland, the writers have inserted drones into their plot lines almost as if they were dark villainous anti-heroes. Last season, lead character Sargeant Brody sought revenge for a drone attack gone sideways killing innocent Iraqi children. This season the unmanned aerial vehicle is now used as "eyes on the ground" allowing Brody to seek covert asylum in Afghanistan...

8 Great Cat Lover Gifts For The Holidays

Ah, cats! They think they rule the world, and they do own whatever world, or household, they live in.  That's why gifts for cat lovers are so à propos - they reinforce the unabashed truth that those persons are dominated by their cats, and cat lovers think that this truth is funny... or cute... or karma.  Anyway, here are 8 of my favorite cat lover gifts for this holiday season....

8 Great Dog Lover Gifts For The Holidays

The Holidays are here again and so are this year's gift choices for the dog loving humans in your life.  Here are eight of my picks that are sure to be useful as well as fun for those very special people....

Hello Kitty Champagne Makes New Year's Eve Cuter & Sweeter

Conceived by Dutch entrepreneur Paul Herman and created by champagne bottler M.Hostomme, Hello Kitty Cuvée Spéciale is an officially licensed, nose-ticklingly bubbly, demi-sec rosé Champagne consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay wines.

Duck The Halls With Duck Dynasty Dog Clothes & Toys

There's no more timely holiday gift for a dog this year than a Duck Dynasty t-shirt or jacket and a toy.  Quaker Pet Group, one of my favorite dog toy makers, licensed the A&E Duck Dynasty name and has gone absolutely quacky creating some really great high-quality shirts, jackets, duck toys, and even realistic Duck Dynasty hats and beards for your special dog - Family Certified. Redneck Approved!

 

Annie Oakley's: Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Granted First Recreational License

The marijuana business is one that has been on the rise in states that have decriminalized the drug for some time. But up until now they've only been able to cater to an elite clientele - those with licenses to purchase medical marijuana. In Colorado where the drug has been legalized, that's all about to change.

Going Meshugenah For Thanksgivukkah With Turkey Leg & Brisket

A New Zealand break-out singer from New Zealand is out front again this holiday season. Back in August when she released her successfully popular top forty pop hit, "Royals," she confused the public with a somewhat contradictory world debut. While on the one hand, she hid behind the pseudonym 'Lorde' to protect her anonymity, on the other. . .

Mom & Pops 'Shop Small' For Social Media, Devoid Of Black Friday Madness & Cyber Monday Fatigue

Mom & Pop shops, sometimes derogatorily referred to as the dinosaurs of the retail industry have of recent date been able to exert some clout during the holiday buying season, at least for one day out of the year. Founded by American Express, since 2010, the "Shop Small" movement (aka Small Business Saturday®) ...

Fresh Moves Bus: A Farmer's Market On Wheels

As a major advocate for purchasing and consuming local foods, and a produce-loving vegetarian, farmer's markets are among my favorite things in the world.  The only problem is that farmer's markets aren't everywhere when you need them. While there's still a way to go before everyone has unlimited, easy access to locally grown produce, businesses like The Fresh Moves bus in Chicago aim to change that.

Win An Amazon Kindle Fire In Instructable’s Holiday Baking Contest!

Do you have a holiday baking recipe that is unique as it is delicious, along with the ability to teach anyone how to make it themselves? Then you’ve got a shot at winning a whole bunch of sweet treats from Instructable’s Baking Contest.

13 International Dog Toys That Reflect Our Cultural Differences

Pet toy manufacturing is a multi-national business, so much so that pets in other countries have a hard time getting culturally relevant toys to play with because of all the imports.  Thankfully, there are still some dog toys from Japan, France, Russia and other countries that say "home" to a dog.  Here are 13 native toys enjoyed by canines outside of the U.S.

Can Kmart's "Blue" Light Special Ads Turn Us On For The Holidays? [Videos]

With Kmart's revenue reports heading into the toilet, it appears its TV ads might have followed suit this holiday season. Down 4.6 percent in earnings this quarter, one of the nation's largest discount retailers is taking a radical departure from it's wholesome Mom's Apple Pie image to one that replicates the blue material you might catch on late night, a la Chelsea Lately!

Cat's Play For Foreign Cats: 13 Fun International Cat Toys

If you're curious about how cats play in other countries, here are some fun cat toys popular in Italy, Russia, India and other foreign countries. And, if you're homesick, you can purchase them from the links provided....

Squeezy Freezy Makes Homemade Slushies In Minutes

The Squeezy Freezy is a simple, yet effective gadget that transforms your favorite drinks into frosty fun! It's a colorful, squishable drink container that works as a mini slushy machine of sorts.

Design Living Space Of The Future Via D3 Housing Tomorrow Contest

D3’s annual contest is back once again, and they’re looking for inspired minds to share incredible new ideas to revolutionize the structures that humanity calls home. If you’ve got a few cool plans to change urban sprawl, the interiors of our homes or communities as a whole, shoot for the $1,250 grand prize!

Lazy Dogs Who Like To Chew Can Use The Bone Mat: As Seen On TV

I had always thought that the use of front paws to hold things in place was a natural behavior of both dogs and cats. But apparently, there are some dogs who don't, or don't want to, hold their bones.  I say that because of this new product for dogs - the Bone Mat - which holds bones in place while your dog chews them. 

Meet Quirky’s 5 Newest Inventors!

Crowd-supporting website Quirky regularly receives ideas from inventors for a chance to have their proto-inventions made into mass manufactured products. Let’s take a peek at the latest batch of innovators and their interesting ideas:

The Amazing RuffWear Web Master Multi-Functional Dog Harness

RuffWear makes many products for dogs who participate in outdoor sporting activities with their owners, but don't shy away from this harness just because your dog would rather sit on your lap than brave the Appalachian Trail. The RuffWear Web Master Dog Harness has qualities that any dog and dog owner will appreciate....

For Alzheimer's Patients, Singing Improves Mental Abilities

While today's boomers may best remember the words to Beatles or Rolling Stones songs, groups of older folks with Alzheimer's disease improved mental skills after sing-alongs of '40s and '50s movie and show tunes!

Incredible Site Allows The Blind To Scan Cans

Site is a truly commendable project from inventor Jim Ruck. With the aim of helping blind people to solve a long standing food-related problem, the Site device offers a crucial service, and does so in an extremely practical, modern and effective way. Something tells me this bad boy will go far.