Monthly Archives: April 2007

Know your rights in a traffic stop

As webmaster for The Ticket Assassin, I'm always on the lookout for interesting news about traffic stops and traffic tickets. I bought this Flex Your Rights tape back when it was only available on VHS (sigh… the gay nineties… I was so young). 

The youtube below is in three parts. I think every person in our country should watch all of it, but at least watch the first segment, how to handle a traffic stop.

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Seven tips for making yourself happier IN THE NEXT HOUR.

Go read these tips from The Happiness Project. Seven really simple things. Here's my favorite:

3. Rid yourself of a nagging task: answer a difficult email, purchase something you need, or call to make that dentist’s appointment. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a big rush of energy and cheer, and you’ll be surprised that you procrastinated for so long.

I do this one already but never thought of it as something to do to boost my mood. Now I know!  :-)

(h/t lifehacker)

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You Call That Humiliation?

Terry Jones of Monty Python fame gives us his take on the circumstances the British soldiers held hostage in Iran are enduring. (h/t Gregory)

Guardian:  No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians clearly are a very uncivilised bunch

I share the outrage expressed in the British press over the treatment of our naval personnel accused by Iran of illegally entering their waters. It is a disgrace. We would never dream of treating captives like this – allowing them to smoke cigarettes, for example, even though it has been proven that smoking kills. And as for compelling poor servicewoman Faye Turney to wear a black headscarf, and then allowing the picture to be posted around the world – have the Iranians no concept of civilised behaviour? For God's sake, what's wrong with putting a bag over her head? That's what we do with the Muslims we capture: we put bags over their heads, so it's hard to breathe. Then it's perfectly acceptable to take photographs of them and circulate them to the press because the captives can't be recognised and humiliated in the way these unfortunate British service people are.

It is also unacceptable that these British captives should be made to talk on television and say things that they may regret later. If the Iranians put duct tape over their mouths, like we do to our captives, they wouldn't be able to talk at all. Of course they'd probably find it even harder to breathe – especially with a bag over their head – but at least they wouldn't be humiliated.

And what's all this about allowing the captives to write letters home saying they are all right? It's time the Iranians fell into line with the rest of the civilised world: they should allow their captives the privacy of solitary confinement. That's one of the many privileges the US grants to its captives in Guantánamo Bay.  Read entire article here.

(h/t crooksandliars)

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