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Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "DEMING, NM – According to recently discovered court documents, a Deming, NM man was subjected to a nightmarish 14-hour anal cavity search for drugs after allegedly running a stop sign. No drugs were found and now David Eckert is suing police officers and the doctors who conducted the horrendous search, which occurred on January 2, 2013." Link to Original Source top
Japanese company offers lead-lined underwear in wake of Fukushima disaster
Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "In response to the ongoing leakage issues that Tokyo Electric Power Company is dealing with at its Fukushima nuclear plant, manufacturer Yamamoto Corporation has launched a line of anti-radiation underwear made from a lead-based fabric to protect a wearer’s more sensitive areas from harmful gamma rays." Link to Original Source top
Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "In a case that could have nationwide implications in the enforcement of marijuana impaired “drugged driving” laws, the United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states can not routinely compel drivers to submit to a blood test in drunk driving cases without consent and without a warrant.
The ruling comes in the case of Missouri v. McNeely, originated by an arrest in October 2010 in the rural county of Cape Girardeau, Missouri." Link to Original Source top
Arizona Court: You Don't Have to Be High to Get a DUI
Ellis D. Tripp writes "An Arizona appeals court has ruled that marijuana users don’t need to be actually impaired to be successfully prosecuted for driving under the influence.
The common sense-defying ruling came Tuesday in the case of a man who tested positive for an inactive marijuana metabolite that remains in the body for weeks after the high from smoking marijuana has worn off.
The ruling in Arizona v. Shilgevorkyan overturned a decision by a superior court judge who said that it didn’t make sense to prosecute people for driving under the influence if they’re not actually under the influence." top
Valedictorian denied HS diploma for saying "Hell" in graduation speech
Ellis D. Tripp writes "Oklahoma HS administrators are withholding a diploma from Kaitlin Nootbaar, the class of 2012 valedictorian, because she used the word "Hell" in a graduation speech inspired by the recent "Twilight" films. Adding to the stupidity is the fact that the mascot of the Prague, OK school is a red devil carrying a pitchfork." Link to Original Source top
Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer chip, Dead at 78
Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "The inventor of the 555 timer IC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555_timer_IC), Hans Kamenzind, has died at age 78. His invention (first introduced in 1972) will be warmly remembered by many electronics hobbyists, and was the first integrated circuit ever used by many of us. R.I.P., Hans!" Link to Original Source top
Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "Former National Semiconductor staff scientist and Electronic Design "Pease Porridge" columnist Robert A. Pease (RAP) was killed yesterday in an automobile accident. Ironically, he was returning from a memorial service for fellow analog design legend Jim Williams, who passed earlier in the week. Perhaps even more ironically, Pease was the author of a a book on defensive driving (http://www.amazon.com/How-Drive-into-Accidents-Not/dp/0965564819). The vehicle that he was driving was his beloved 1969 VW Beetle, which he had written about in his ED column many times." Link to Original Source top
Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "Today marks the end of an era for photo geeks, with the shutdown of the world's last Kodachrome film processing line. Dwayne's Photo, of Parson, KS will pull the plug on their K-14 processing equipment at the end of business today.
Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "The Hansen Beverage corporation (makers of "Monster" energy drinks) is threatening Vermont's Rock Art Brewery (http://rockartbrewery.com/) with trademark infringement litigation over the brewery's "Vermonster" barleywine style ale. Matt Nadeau, the brewery owner is vowing to fight rather than simply rolling over (as advised by his legal counsel). To this end he has posted a video about the situation on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbG_woqXTeg), enlisted several local retailers to begin a boycott of Hansen's products, appeared on local media outlets, and drawn vocal support from across the beer blogs.
Ellis D. Tripp writes "Steve Eves' 1:10 scale Saturn V rocket (Slashdot story here:http://entertainment.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/18/1731216) turned in a perfect launch and recovery at Higgs farm, Price MD today. The 1600 pound rocket reached an altitude of nearly 4000 feet, and recovered perfectly under multiple parachutes. The booster section came to rest standing upright on the fins! Amazing flight video here:
Ellis D. Tripp writes "DC District Court judge Reggie Walton has finally ruled in the 9-year old court case pitting the model rocketry community against the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). The ruling is a "slam dunk" for the rocketry community, stating that the BATFE ignored scientific evidence and overstepped their bounds by classifying ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (APCP) as an "explosive". Effective immediately, the BATFE has no legal jurisdiction over hobby rocket motors, and a federal Low Explosives User's Permit (LEUP) will no longer be needed in order to purchase APCP motors.
Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "According to a recent sociology paper (http://www.nuff.ox.ac.uk/users/gambetta/Engineers%20of%20Jihad.pdf) out of Oxford university, the historic political/social conservatism of the engineering profession predisposes engineers to develop a "terrorist mindset".
Ellis D. Tripp writes "The city of New York is pushing legislation that would ban private ownership of certain scientific instruments that could give warning of excessive pollution or radioactive contamination. The proposed law would specifically target Geiger counters and air particulate sampling equipment. The alleged rationale behind the law is to prevent false alarms that might panio the public, but after the coverup surrounding the air quality in lower Manhattan immediately after the (/11 attacks, perhaps the REAL goal is to prevent independent scientific study that might contradict the official party line?
From the article:
[quote]"There are currently no guidelines regulating the private acquisition of biological, chemical, and radiological detectors," warned Falkenrath, adding that this law was suggested by officials within the Department of Homeland Security. "There are no consistent standards for the type of detectors used, no requirement that they be reported to the police department — or anyone else, for that matter — and no mechanism for coordinating these devices. . . . Our mutual goal is to prevent false alarms . . . by making sure we know where these detectors are located, and that they conform to standards of quality and reliability."[/quote]
This is not the first law that would restrict the sales of scientific apparatus to the general public. The state of Texas already bans a large list of glassware and laboratory equipment without a permit from (and periodic inspections by) law enforcement." Link to Original Source top
Ellis D. Tripp writes "A consortium of industry and universities is planning to recreate John Glenn's project mercury orbital flight, to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the event. The plan is to build a replica mercury capsule from the original plans, and launch it atop a modern booster. The project is intended to advance space science education, and reignite interest in space exploration among American youth.
Ellis D. Tripp writes "Researchers have developed a technique for determining what illicit drugs people might be consuming in a given area, by testing a sample from the local sewage treatment plant. As little as a teaspoonful of untreated wastewater can reveal drug use patterns in a given community. From the article:
"one fairly affluent community scored low for illicit drugs except for cocaine. Cocaine and ecstasy tended to peak on weekends and drop on weekdays, she said, while methamphetamine and prescription drugs were steady throughout the week."
Obviously, any drugs found can't be tied to any specific user, but how much longer until the drug warriors want to deploy automatic sampling units farther upstream of the sewage treatment plant, sampling sewage output from selected neighborhoods, blocks, or even individual houses?
Ellis D. Tripp writes "An Australian court has ruled that an eBay seller cannot back out of an auction sale once it is successfully completed. The court has ordered a seller to hand over a vintage airplane to an eBayer who bid just over the reserve price of $128,000, despite a subsequent non-eBay offer of over $200,000. More details here: