They put a human face on job creation

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The Cyber Executive Officer signaled the start of the meeting.

“You all have the latest data. Reactions, please,” she said.

The Cyber Finance Officer was the first to speak up. “How reliable are the models?”

“Since the situation is unprecedented, the algorithms are not robust,” acceded the CEO. …

A fresh start on their dying world

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You woke me to tell me that you’ve sentenced the 410 souls on this ship and our species to death. Not exactly the kind of behavior I expect from higher beings,” said Laramy.

“We understand your anger,” replied the alien. “But the destiny of humankind is in your hands.”

“Which…

Upsurge in UFO sightings proves that the Democratic Party conspired with aliens

“Take me to your dropbox.” (Photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash)

The recent rash of UFO sitings is no coincidence: it is part of a pact between aliens from planet Mars and the Democratic Party that stole the presidential election from Donald Trump.

The revelation is contained in a new report from the Warriors for American Conspiracies Organization (WACO), a far-right…

Catch the monster memories that lurk within

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We all have memories we’d like to junk. The disastrous date that makes you cringe every time it pops out of your subconscious. Jarring recollections of your drunken self at a family gathering.

Instead of being stung by this mental shrapnel, a device that functions much like a lint roller…

There was only one option left for Eden

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Haloren reluctantly took the call. An image of a reptilian figure appeared on the other side of his desk.

“Prefect Daigio! How are you, sir?”

“Miserable. We are going home.”

“But you have only just arrived. What is the problem?”

“You rented us a dump — that is the problem!”…

Vaccine vacation hot spot

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After traveling a long road of fruitless searches and false hopes I had finally arrived. I looked at the town sign with a mixture of hope and trepidation.

Knuttersville, PA.

Settled 1824. Population: 1,259.

COVID-19 Vaccination Capital of the World

“A Shot in the Arm!”

A…

Humor

… and eco-friendly

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George the dragon couldn’t stay silent any longer. “So, what do you think, sir?”

The Elder threw him a dirty look. Elders hated to be interrupted when they are thinking about a diagnosis.

“Have you been more active than usual?” asked the old dragon.

George was dreading…

No resting in peace for bill-shocked kids

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For many parents, it’s one of the great enduring mysteries of death: when we’re gone, who will pick up the tab for the family cell phone plan we’ve been bankrolling since our kids were in middle school?

It’s hard to imagine the kids’…

Pool noodles could replace lifejackets

New style oxygen mask for Economy and Sub-Economy airline passengers (Photo by Elina Krima from Pexels)

Airlines want to introduce new service features ahead of an expected upsurge in the number of people traveling by air.

“We need to put these important changes in place before passengers who have not flown for a long time start to remember how awful the experience used to be,” said…

The disappearing act went wrong

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How the hell can you lose an eight-billion-dollar droid?” railed General Sullivan. “This invisibility shield you eggheads invented is supposed to hide the Phantom X-12 from the enemy — not us!”

Doctor Marcus Pfeiffer felt his insides contort. Yet again he would have to explain the X12’s untimely disappearance, in…

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