RUSH: Do you know what I just saw on Fox? A little crawl on the screen: "Less than 30% of teenagers know how to read a paycheck stub." Why would they? They don't get any! Have you seen teenage unemployment? Teenage paycheck stubs... (interruption) I know. Well, I don't think there are paycheck stubs anymore. There's direct deposit. But I get the point. They probably couldn't read it anyway.
"What's FICA? I have no idea!"
I bet they don't know. I bet 30% of the entire population wouldn't know how to read the paycheck stub, wouldn't know what all the deductions are. They see what the amount of the check is. Maybe they look at the gross, maybe they get an idea of what their tax burden is, but I don't know. It's not a surprising statistic.
RUSH: I tell you, there's something else happening out there. I don't want to be an alarmist, but the Ebola outbreak is now potentially worldwide, and it's disastrous if that has happened.
RUSH: Hey. Hey, folks, did you hear that Jay-Z and Beyonce may be splitting up, may be getting a divorce? Did you hear about this? I saw this on Page Six of the New York Post, I think, over the weekend. It was rumored that it's just a business arrangement and there's so much money involved now it'd be very tough to split up and there's no love there and there hasn't been for a long time.
The latest is some on-the-spot Drive-Byers actually found Beyonce apartment hunting in Manhattan without Sean. Sean Carter. (interruption) Well, no, it did not start in an elevator. It had been going on long before Solange decked Jay-Z in the elevator. So far, she has not been suspended for anything. No, no, no.
That's gonna be a long... (interruption) I'm up to speed on this. This is Pop Culture 101 and I'm to speed on this. (interruption) Does Jay-Z have some...? (interruption) I have no idea, but if I knew it I would say it. I'm just trying to stay focused on what's important to a lot of people here.
Now back to... (yawns) Sorry, folks.
RUSH: Remember Sandra -- I can never remember how to pronounce her name. It's spelled "fluke," but I don't think anybody wants to be called a fluke, so I think she calls herself Fluke. It's a risk either way you pronounce it, right? (interruption) Anyway, we all know how she came upon the public consciousness. She arrived on the scene as a Georgetown law student testifying in a mock congressional hearing as a TV ad. It was made to look like an official hearing, but it wasn't, just a campaign ad.
And she was testifying about the hardships that she and other similarly aged and conditioned women faced with the high cost of birth control. She figured that given her whatever, that it would cost her something like $3,000 a year, and she wanted this to be part of Obamacare, and that was the phony faux ad, testifying before a supposed congressional committee.
Well, this caused us to ask, "Three thousand a year for this?" We found out it cost nine dollars a month over-the-counter, said, "Whoa, how much of this is going on?" And we started raising questions. Why in the world should this be something all the rest of us should pay for? Particularly when, if you don't want to get pregnant, there's a certain thing you just don't do. It has consequences and if that's what you want to avoid... And then I was chastened because I sounded like I was somebody who was against sex, and I'm not against sex, but I also don't think contraception and all that should be part of Obamacare.
Can somebody, could just one group of people accept responsibility for their lives in this country? Cannot one group do it? Can just one person say they're not gonna feed off the public? Can one person just stand up and say, "You know what? I'm gonna live on what I provide myself." Apparently not, apparently everybody seems to want everybody else to pay for what they want. Well, this irritated me, and it resulted in characterizations which required an explanation and an apology.
However, Ms. Fluke is back. The Washington Examiner: "Liberal darling and free-birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke is her own biggest donor in her state Senate race, according to official California campaign finance reports. Fluke donated $12,000 to her campaign and $4,826.27 in non-monetary contributions. While $16,826.27 may not sound like a lot, Fluke also loaned her campaign $100,000. Where does a 2012 law school grad working as a social justice attorney," begging all of us to pay for her birth control, come up with a hundred thousand dollars to donate to her campaign?
I take it back. Where does she come up with $16,000 to donate to her campaign, and then how does she go out and get a loan of $100,000? The Washington Examiner called her campaign and sought answers to these questions, and they never responded. So nobody knows. But what is wrong with this picture? She donates $12,000 to her campaign, and $4,826.27 in non-monetary donations, which means hotel rooms and stuff like that, things which impute cash value. And then loaned her campaign a hundred thousand dollars.
Now, birth control costs about $10 a month, and this woman went on a fake TV commercial begging all of us to pay for her monthly birth control because it was so expensive and it is so tough and so challenging for college students to afford. So I'm asking the same question the Washington Examiner asks. How does this happen? Just asking the question.
RUSH: I got a story in the mail the other day. Somebody sent me an e-mail. I didn't actually find this until later on my tech blogs. It's a New York Post story. Smart shoes. Ducere Technologies has developed the first smart shoe. They go for a hundred dollars a pair. They look like a cross between slippers and jogging tennis shoes. They're bright red, no laces, and they pair up via Bluetooth with the Google Maps smartphone app.
So on your smartphone you go to Google Maps and if you're walking somewhere, you plot the route, and then your smartphone Google app via Bluetooth communicates with these shoes, and the shoes vibrate to tell you when and where to turn on your destination. So if you need to turn left, the left side the shoe vibrates at the intersection you need to turn left. If you need to turn right, it vibrates on the right side. If you need to keep going straight, it vibrates on the big toe, and it supposedly vibrates until you get to where you're going.
It's a shoe, Mr. Snerdley, it's a vibrating shoe. What I found interesting about this is so many people think it's cool. The same people who tell me they wouldn't dare turn on location services on their phone 'cause they don't want the government spying on 'em and they don't want Google knowing where they're going and they don't want Apple knowing where they're going and they don't want the NSA knowing where they're going. No way, pal. You're not gonna get me to turn on that stuff. I'm not falling prey. Put a pair of shoes on 'em and for some reason it's all different. Put a pair of shoes on and location services are great! "NSA can't track shoes. NSA's not gonna worry about tracking shoes."
Well, they're not tracking shoes. They're gonna be tracking the Google Map that has your destination mapped out, the walking directions, and they're gonna know where you are step by step. What amazes me is that people think nothing about it when the shoe is the medium. When the phone is the one that's logging the location, they panic and say, "No way, no how." When it's a pair of shoes, "Man, this is cool. This is a great invention." It's a female thing, by the way. These shoes are for women. Well, I don't know. Given the modern-day liberal guy, i.e., Pajama Boy, these things might well be for men, too. I really don't know.
Now, the company that's doing this, Ducere, they started in 2011, two Indian engineers who had studied and worked in America. They have grown to 50 employees in the city of Secunderabad. Krispian Lawrence, cofounder, chief executive officer, "The shoes are a natural extension of the human body. You will leave your house without your watch or wristband, but you will never leave your house without your shoes." And your phone connects to your shoes and tells you exactly where you're going. "This is pretty cool!" You let the same thing be on a cell phone and there's an abject, "You're not fooling me! I'm not gonna stick my location in there so people can --" But the shoes, I don't know, human nature just fascinates me. I wouldn't be caught wearing them, don't misunderstand. I don't walk far enough to need a map to tell me where I'm going.
RUSH: The CEO of Ducere says that his shoes were originally designed for the blind. That was the original idea for them.