July 27, 2017

Words to avoid? Not just the four letter type.

While I’ve long since decided that our society is becoming much more like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than George Orwell’s 1984, there is something Orwellian about recent news that the watchful eye of the American security and intelligence community is surveying our electronic communications (read: the internet) of Americans for certain words and phrases. In an effort to avoid terrorist attacks (I assume), the smart guys at the Department of Homeland Security have come up with a list of words and phrases that they scan the internet to alert them to potential events that may threaten the US. [cont…]

Jeffs appeals. In his own handwriting.

Had enough of Warren Jeffs, yet? If you answered ‘no,’ you’re in luck. He’s doing his darnedest to stay in court, filing a pro se motion for a new trial in Texas. Written in his own hand.

Beat TSA without staying home for the holidays

Gotta fly this year? Not looking to be electronically stripped by an  underpaid, under-trained, and overzealous TSA employee? And not looking to be the next John Tyner, either? Beat the TSA with a new set of underwear that has “passive/aggressive” written all over it.  According to Tech Crunch: The brainchild of Stephen Russell, the founder and […]

“Live Free, or Die Hard,” or Big Brother is watching? The Brave New World of cell phone tapping. PART I

Among the coolest of gadgets are those which use an internal GPS device to tell you where you are on the map.  I use one in my phone and, thanks to an app from Google that I downloaded for free, it allows me to pinpoint my location, pin it on a map, and plot out […]

Too many air fresheners CAN get you in trouble.

This just in from the Utah Court of Appeals: too many air fresheners is sufficient cause for reasonable suspicion.  From fourthamendment.com: Overwhelming number and odd collection of air fresheners is reasonable suspicion. State v. Richards, 2009 UT App 397 (December 31, 2009): ¶1 This appeal presents the issue of whether a police officer had a reasonable, […]