No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony via The Daily Beast – It certainly doesn’t seem as though everything is as clear cut as some would have you believe.
Here’s two links on the same story.
Police Pepper Spray 8-Year-Old in Colorado Elementary School – via AOL News
Colorado police pepper-spray misbehaving boy, 8 – via Yahoo! News
When I first heard about this story but before I learned any details, my first reaction was to think this was another case of law enforcement using excessive force. After hearing the details, I think this was probably one of the safer courses of action the police could have taken. There easily could have been much more severe injuries to either the boy or the police officers if they had chosen to physically disarm him instead of using pepper spray. I still think it presents a potentially dangerous precedent and could serve to desensitize the public to this kind of actions in our schools, but in this case it was warranted.
Non-Lethal Weapons That Still Hurt Like Hell – via ModernMan.com – Since we’re talking about pepper spray, let’s take a look at some of the other less-lethal weapons that are available.
To Thwart Distracted Driving, US Government Considers Cell Phone Jammers in Cars – via PopSci.com – The Nanny-state is in full swing these days. Some jack-holes just can’t resist yacking on the phone while driving, so let’s put a jammer in every car. Nevermind the fact that this would also inhibit passengers from using a phone and could also stop a driver from calling for help in the event of an emergency. I can’t see this actually happening, but the fact that anyone is even considering it is evidence of a head up an ass.
Distressed Toddler Gets a TSA Pat Down – via RawJustice.com – This whole body scanner/enhanced pat down business is far from over. Judging from this story and others like it that are pouring in from all over it looks like the bogeyman terrorists have won. People have gone to jail for touching children like this, but since it’s sanctioned by the government I guess it’s OK, right?
Anyone who has had the pleasure of using commercial air travel in the last few years knows what fun it can be. Here’s a helpful tip when you remove your belt buckle to go through the metal detector. If your pants start to fall down, don’t refer to yourself as a “Weapon of Ass Destruction”. This may cause you to experience a secondary inspection, which may include a pat-down and check with a hand-held metal detector, and possibly further delays. Apparently the TSA requires their employees to have their sense of humour removed. Fair warning.