January 2011

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If You Don’t Pay This Tax, We’ll Kill This Dog

The Associated Press reported last week that local officials in the Swiss village of Reconvilier, apparently tired of people not paying the $50 annual dog-ownership tax, have taken a reasonable, measured approach to enforcement by threatening to kill any dog whose owner…



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Well, That Was Weird

As a number of you pointed out to me this morning, it looks like there was a break in the series of tubes by which my blog somehow gets to the Internets, and all that was showing up was a…


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TSA Worker Gets Two Years for Planting Logic Bomb

Wired magazine reports that a 46-year-old TSA data analyst has been sentenced to two years in prison for loading "logic bomb" software on the system at the TSA’s Colorado Springs Operations Center. The CSOC system is responsible for screening TSA workers…


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Man Claims Emotional Distress Due to Bird Insults

The AFP reports that a Taiwanese man has sued his neighbors claiming that they trained their mynah bird to swear at him and that the bird's relentless taunting caused him serious emotional distress. Few details were available, but it appeared that…


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Next Wave of Litigation: Ear Candling?

On Point News reports that a Kansas woman has sued Wild Oats Markets and an "ear-candler," alleging that she was injured by a procedure, which she apparently specifically requested, that involves having someone stick a hollow candle in your ear…


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New TSA Scanner Procedure Is Dumb in a New Way

I was traveling yesterday, and I wanted to let you know that the TSA has adjusted its naked-scanner policy so that it's stupid in a new and different way. This is the second time I've opted out of being scanned,…


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Tax Fight Escalates as Romanian Witches Turn to Cat Excrement

Romanian witches, who are pissed off about a new law that will make it harder for them to avoid paying income tax (what, no tax-evasion spell?), are engaging in some brinksmanship in their struggle with the legislature. A couple of…


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Tips on Choosing a False Identity

I really only have two. First, don't choose a name that might draw attention, such as, let's say, "Euphonius Q. Supertramp," the name on a piece of spam email I got a while back. A name like that, while awesome,…


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Good Reason to Kill #12: Tried to Hide His Facebook Profile

As FindLaw's headline for this item suggests ("Despite Facebook Stabbing, Couple Stays Friends"), this actually ended reasonably well, as these things go. Reportedly, the argument was caused by a 22-year-old Indianapolis man's refusal to let his girlfriend see his Facebook page. The report…