• A California city attempts to ban bullying with a law that will almost certainly result in First Amendment challenges.
  • Police at a veterans hospital in Salt Lake City used a guise to obtain information about a planned protest.
  • The Taser was supposed to be a substitute for lethal force. Unfortunately, police are increasingly using it to force compliance, as this Oregon officer did against a skateboarder.
  • Teacher shows students pornographic movie. Students who document it get suspended. It’s probably a safe bet that the suspension here was really for embarrassing the school.
  • Stephen Hawking: You really should be worried about the robot revolution.
  • New Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored personnel carriers from the Pentagon go to Marion, Ohio (population: 37,000) and Storm Lake, Iowa (population: 10,800). The sheriff of Buena Vista County, Iowa (population: 20,300), where Storm Lake is located, also has his own separate MRAP. So does the Iowa sheriff of Jasper County (population: 36,600). Prior posts on MRAPs in small-town America here and here.
  • Chuck Schumer, being Chuck Schumer, wants to ban powdered alcohol.