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A 21-year-old Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area is demanding $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge. Aaron Tobey claims in a civil rights lawsuit (.pdf) that in December he was handcuffed and held for about 90 minutes by the Transportation Security Administration at the Richmond International Airport after he began removing his clothing to display on his chest a magic-marker protest of airport security measures. “Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated,” his chest and gut read. The University of Cincinnati student didn’t want to go through the advanced imaging technology X-ray machines that are cropping up at airports nationwide . Instead, when it was his turn to be screened, he was going to opt for an intrusive pat-down — and remove most of his clothing in the process.
- April 15, 2011 Out of all the fads that consumed me as a kid, (the nineties had more than enough junk for foul-mouthed 10 year-olds to get addicted to) no phenomenon left me with as many vivid memories as Pokemon. I can easily remember choosing Pokemon Red over Pokemon Blue because Frankie Costanzo told me that Pokemon Red is the only one where you can get secret Pokemon. You know, the Pokemon that all the suckers on Pokemon Blue had no clue about (little did Frankie know that Blue owners had their own exclusive Pokemon). A year later, I remember using the Mew Glitch (an error that allowed me to catch a truly hidden Pokemon, Mew) causing my friend Simon to literally piss himself when he saw my Mew the next day.
I'll never forget my last visit to lovely Hinesville, Georgia. For it was there that I learned a valuable lesson, one I shall never forget: in a police state , we're all criminals. Think about it — how many laws have you broken today? This week? This month?
Sean Connery convinced us all that to be a totally kickass spy all you needed was a nice suit, a martini and a wang that did your thinking for you. But where Bond stopped to make sure his Aston Martin was looking its best before taking out his one nemesis and his gimmick-laden crony, there are real-life spies who etched their names in history with the sheer size of their balls. Richard Sorge Turned World War II Richard Sorge was an expert marksman, fluent in several languages and sported a Ph.D. in political science (because every spy should be able to distract you with a speech on the sociopolitical impact of poverty while he shoots you with a poison wrist-dart). He was recruited by the Soviet Union and has even been referred to as "Stalin's James Bond," though it was in a French newspaper who said it and God only knows what their standard for that title is. And then, shit got real...
We're not going to bullshit you.
Thanks to Dan Brown, everyone has one of two responses to the idea that there are hidden codes in ancient works: Either you immediately believe them, because of that mind-blowing Da Vinci Code book, or you immediately mock them, because of that bullshit Da Vinci Code book. The truth is somewhere in the middle. There are, after all, some fairly weird encoded messages that actual academic types have identified.
As we all prepare to spend a long weekend enjoying Presidential Savings on mattresses and used Toyotas, we could take time to thank some of the presidents who passed bills that protect some of the freedoms your enjoy daily. Or we could spend the day celebrating the presidents who are decidedly more Action Movie Heroes than diplomats. Anyway, guess which kind of president this website decided to focus on?
Gabriel Garcia Moreno Why He Had to Go Moreno served as president of Ecuador in the mid-19th century. He was a devout Catholic and founded country's Conservative Party.
Who Was He? Born to a family of redneck farmers from Tennessee, Alvin York spent much of his youth getting piss drunk in bars and getting into crazy barfights. When his friend got killed in one of the aforementioned barfights, he swore off the liquor, and became a pacifist.
Rating: 9.2/ 10 (946 votes cast) Have you ever had an experience that suggested someone else was in your house, and just thought “I don’t wanna know” and left it? Sometimes, fear of the unknown just seems like the preferable option than facing a real, concrete danger. Normally it’s nothing, though. One time, the beeper function of my wireless housephone went off, when I was the only one home.
In 1903, a prisoner named Will West arrived at Leavenworth. The record clerk took the photographs above and, thinking he remembered West, asked whether he had been there before. West said no. The clerk took some measurements, went to the file, and produced this record, bearing the name William West: Amazed, the prisoner said, “That’s my picture, but I don’t know where you got it, for I know I have never been here before.”
5 April 2011 Last updated at 21:22 ET Two Tahitian Women is to be put back on display on Tuesday morning A woman who attacked a painting by Paul Gauguin hanging in the National Gallery in Washington DC said the French artist was "evil", court records show. Susan Burns pounded Two Tahitian Women and tried to rip it from a gallery wall on Friday, officials said. The 1899 painting, which depicts two women's bare breasts, was behind a plastic cover and was unharmed.
Catherine de Lange, reporter (Music credit: Gymnopédie No 1 by Eric Satie) On a windy day, Dutch day-trippers may be lucky enough to spot a member of the elusive Strandbeest family crawling along one of Holland's beaches. With a massive two-tonne body, the largest creature in the family, Ventosa Siamesis - see video above - stands nearly 5 metres tall, and with its articulated body a gigantic 10 metres long it is certainly a creature to behold. These beasts are constructed not from flesh and bone but by hand from plastic bottles and recycled tubing. They use wind to power their locomotion, and can trap air in a "stomach" made of plastic bottles, so they retain a power source for movement in case the wind stops blowing.
Do you have a defective computer that the manufacturer refuses to repair? Emmanuel has some advice for you: take ‘em to court. Facing a constantly rebooting laptop, he tells Consumerist that HP was only willing to fix it if he paid a $225 fee. Unsatisfied with this solution, he filed in small claims court, and the company offered to fix it for free. As long as he drops the case. I took HP to small claims court, and HP now wants to fix a laptop for free.
From: The Open Civil Engineering Journal, 2008, 2, 35-40 Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the World Trade Center Destruction Steven E. Jones, Frank M. Legge, Kevin R. Ryan, Anthony F.