Ellis D. Tripp 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.
Ellis D. Tripp 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.
Ellis D. Tripp 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.
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."
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."
Ellis D. Tripp 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!
Ellis D. Tripp 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.
Ellis D. Tripp 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 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 writes: "CNN is reporting that the toilet on the ISS is malfunctioning, and that this weekend's shuttle launch may be needed to bring up replacement parts. Plumbers aren't cheap, but I can imagine the charge for an orbital housecall!
The crew is using the plastic bag "backup system" in the meantime, so be on the lookout for the constellation "Urion" over your town tonight...
Ellis D. Tripp 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".
No word on what forms of idiocy sociologists might be predisposed to, though...