Category Archives: Control Freaks

Italian seaside town planning miniskirt ban

A seaside city in Italy is planning to ban miniskirts and other revealing clothing to improve what the mayor calls standards of public decency. Castellammare di Stabia is trying to be the latest location in Italy to make use of new powers to crack down on what is deemed to be anti-social behaviour. Mayor Luigi… Read More »

Jonas, 32, sewed up his own leg after ER wait

A 32-year-old took the needle into his hands when he tired of the wait at Sundsvall hospital in northern Sweden and sewed up the cut in his leg himself. The man was later reported to the police for his impromptu handiwork.”It took such a long time,” the man told the local Sundsvall Tidning daily. The… Read More »

Man arrested for ‘thinking of a cheeseburger’

A homeless Gastonia man who allegedly hoisted a sign reading, “I’m thinking of a cheeseburger,” near an interstate off-ramp was charged with violating the city begging ordinance. Michael Francis McLaughlin, 48, held the cardboard sign on the 500 block of Cox Road near I-85 Friday evening, Gastonia Police Officer J.K. Sarratt wrote on a misdemeanor… Read More »

How the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition.

… Although mostly forgotten today, the “chemist’s war of Prohibition” remains one of the strangest and most deadly decisions in American law-enforcement history. As one of its most outspoken opponents, Charles Norris, the chief medical examiner of New York City during the 1920s, liked to say, it was “our national experiment in extermination.” Poisonous alcohol… Read More »

Driver fined for blowing nose in van

A MAN told today of his disbelief at being fined for blowing his nose while his van was stopped in London. Michael Mancini wiped his nose with a handkerchief while stuck in traffic in October 2009. But when the traffic cleared, he was pulled over by police who told him he had not been in… Read More »

‘Police targeting people for their DNA’

Police forces have been arresting people simply to add them to the controversial DNA database as a result of lax rules that have developed with almost no public scrutiny, the Government’s independent DNA watchdog warns today. The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) also says there is little evidence that the national DNA database, the largest of… Read More »

Britain’s new Internet law – much worse than imagined

The British government has brought down its long-awaited Digital Economy Bill, and it’s perfectly useless and terrible. It consists almost entirely of penalties for people who do things that upset the entertainment industry (including the “three-strikes” rule that allows your entire family to be cut off from the net if anyone who lives in your… Read More »

British to block illegal filesharers’ internet connections, find the best free music

Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, warned internet users today that the days of “consequence-free” illegal filesharing are over as he unveiled the government’s plan for cracking down on online piracy. Mandelson, speaking at the government’s digital creative industries conference, C&binet, confirmed that the internet connections of persistent offenders could be blocked – but only as… Read More »

UBS warns U.S. clients as tax amnesty nears end

UBS AG has formally warned wealthy American clients that their secret Swiss accounts may be revealed to U.S. tax authorities after next Wednesday’s expiration of a U.S. amnesty program. A UBS letter obtained by Reuters tells clients their accounts fall under a deal signed in August that ended a long-running dispute with the U.S. government… Read More »

No Vote on the Cybersecurity Act of 2009

Shelly Roche is the CTO of BreakTheMatrix, the founder of Plenticulture, a frequent contributor to Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano on, and writes for her own blog at ByteStyle. In an email, Roche said that S.773 puts private companies at great risk …Roche’s concerns center around the unclear language in the bill. Currently… Read More »

Monkey-suited man arrested

  Police in Australia said they arrested a man who refused to give his name while dressed as a monkey in a shopping center. Perth police said Brenton Green, 21, was spotted by two officers Sunday afternoon hugging shoppers, posing for photos and dancing for the crowd, PerthNow reported Tuesday. The officers said they asked… Read More »

Police fine taxi driver $100 over short running socks

“PAYBACK” and “an abuse of power” are how taxi drivers are describing the extraordinary actions of a police officer who fined a cabbie $100 for not pulling up his socks. “That’s just ridiculous, just crazy,” Cab Drivers’ Association of Queensland member Paul Henderson said. “In 18 years that’s the first time I’ve heard of it… Read More »

NZ Socerers Cast Spell to Get out of Jail

A New Zealand man spent a “wretched” night in a Fiji prison cell after frightened residents and police raided his Freemasons meeting, suspecting witchcraft and sorcery. The man, who didn’t want to be named, blamed “dopey village people” for the raid in which 14 members of the Freemasons Lodge of Lautoka were herded into police… Read More »

If mom can’t pay, adult child must

This one’s going to blow baby boomers’ minds. It concerns a little-known law dating to Elizabethan England suddenly being enforced with gusto in Pennsylvania. The law can force adult children to pay their parents’ health-care costs.If Mom and Pop can’t pay, you pay. If they have the money but refuse to pay, you pay. If… Read More »

Pressure on web ‘brothels’

Tough-talking attorneys general are pushing for policing and even the complete shutdown of online “brothels” hosted by Craigslist and the Boston Phoenix on thinly veiled sex-for-hire sites in the wake of the murder of an erotic masseuse in Boston. “We have the horrific evidence that bad people use these services. We have to do more… Read More »

Judge won’t let inmate change name to ‘Sinner’

No, the judge said to a 23-year-old Nebraska prison inmate. You can’t call yourself “Sinner Lawrence Bilskirnir.” Court documents said Jonathan L. Thomas cited his Norse religion in seeking the name change, saying he “is a heathen and Thor is his ‘High God.’” But Lancaster County District Judge Steve Burns says government agencies need to… Read More »

Man arrested for wheel lock

A YOUNG driver has demanded an apology from police after being arrested and handcuffed because an officer believed his steering wheel lock was a gun. Chad Hastings, 18, of Zillmere on Brisbane’s northside, was on his way to work early on Thursday morning when he was pulled over by police on Milton Rd in the… Read More »

Patrol: Trooper Made Wrong Decision In Ramming Van

The Minnesota State Patrol says a trooper made the wrong decision when she rammed a minivan to make a driver stop on New Year’s Eve. The father whose minivan was rammed as part of a traffic stop now has some piece of mind. The trooper who rammed him will be disciplined after a formal review… Read More »

NJ considers ban on bare-it-all ‘Brazilian’ wax

New Jersey is drawing the line when it comes to bikini waxing. The state Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling is moving toward a ban on genital waxing after two women reported being injured in their quest for a smooth bikini line. Both women were hospitalized for infections following so-called “Brazilian” bikini waxes; one of the… Read More »

Study: Doodling Helps You Pay Attention

A lot of people hate doodlers those who idly scribble during meetings or classes or trials or whatever . Most people also hate that other closely related species the fidgeter who spins pens or reorders papers or plays with his phone during meetings. I stand guilty as charged. On occasion I have also been known… Read More »

Porn Censors Target Nude Renaissance Art

When it comes to cracking down on Internet pornography, it seems that anything even remotely questionable is safe, not even works by Michelangelo or Titian. After shutting down 1,635 websites and 217 blogs in the first month of its Internet crackdown, Chinese censors have expanded their anti-vulgarity campaign to include great works of art. As… Read More »

New pornography laws ‘could make comic books illegal’

… The comic book campaigners claim that if the new rules are interpreted harshly, their hobby could be criminalised. In a statement,, a comic fans’ website, said of the rules outlawing sexual violence: “Isn’t that how Batman, Punisher, Judge Dredd get anything done? “A kick in the balls or a— would constitute this, and… Read More »

Iowa woman arrested over overdue library book

An Independence woman who police say failed to return a library book has been arrested. Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge. She is accused of keeping “The Freedom Writers Diary,” which she checked out from the Jesup Public Library in April 2008. Police say the book was valued at… Read More »

Swedish couple denied right to name their son Q

Parents of a boy in Jämtland in northwestern Sweden have been told they cannot name their son Q, following a ruling by the administrative court of appeal (Kammarrätten).The boy’s name had already been given the thumbs down by the county administrative court (Länsrätten), despite the fact that his parents had been calling him Q since… Read More »

Oregon Govt. to GPS monitor all cars?

A year ago, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it had demonstrated that a new way to pay for roads — via a mileage tax and satellite technology — could work. Now Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he’d like the legislature to take the next step. As part of a transportation-related bill he has filed for… Read More »

U.K. seeks to rein in Internet

Culture secretary mulls film-style ratings The U.K. government is looking to impose tough restrictions on websites in the coming year . Blighty’s culture secretary Andy Burnham said he intended to tighten controls on English-language websites and that he would negotiate with incoming U.S. president Barack Obama’s team to present a united front against indecency, violence,… Read More »

Charges dismissed against cyclist in YouTube shove

A judge dismissed charges Friday against the bicyclist who was body-checked and knocked to the pavement by a police officer in a widely viewed YouTube video. At the prosecution’s request, Criminal Court Judge James Burke dropped a charge of resisting arrest against Christopher Long, 29, of Hoboken, N.J. Long was arrested July 25 during a… Read More »

Man accused of posing as Dodger on field

A man faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing a uniform from Dodger Stadium and posing as one of the team’s players. Ronald Higgins pleaded not guilty to several charges Friday, including burglary and trespassing. The 47-year-old Higgins was arrested Wednesday morning after a security guard found him walking on the field in a Dodgers uniform… Read More »

Nigerian faces death for 86 wives

Nigeria’s Islamic authority has told the man who has 86 wives to choose only four and repent within three days or else he will be sentenced to death. The Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI) passed their verdict on Mohammed Bello Abubakar, 84, according to Sharia law. This comes two weeks after the Nigerian press and the… Read More »

Computer trained to ‘read’ minds

Until the world is free of control freaks, mind-reading computers are the last thing we need. A computer has been trained to “read” people’s minds by looking at scans of their brains as they thought about specific words, researchers said on Thursday. They hope their study, published in the journal Science, might lead to better… Read More »