“You cannot walk here,” said the driver, in a South Asian accent. “There is no way. In the United States, people do not walk. If the police see you walking on the side of the road, they will pick you up and take you to a safe place and tell you to call a cab.” [...]
According to the ACLU, it isn’t just one road, in one state, that’s under the federal government’s watch. Automatic license plate scanners are being installed along roads all across the country. [...]
About 20 miles to the north of the Salton Sea, between Los Angeles and the border with Arizona, the Wall Street mill was once a busy center of economic activity, a place for miners to refine gold out the ore they hauled out of the ground. It’s been abandoned for 50 years. [...]
We don’t have border checkpoints between U.S. states, certainly not between counties within a state in New Mexico. Such checkpoints would be necessary, however, to enforce the restrictions on movement contained in the Southern New Mexico Economic Development Act. [...]
Where would we find magico-religious ritual portals, of the sort described by Arnold Van Gennep in The Rites of Passage, in our own time? Here’s a hint: They only allow three ounce containers for your liquids. [...]
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the people may have “locked themselves in the bathroom”, but anonymous sources within the transportation industry implied that everybody locks the door to the bathroom when on an airplane, as that’s the only way to keep the door from swinging open. [...]
Budget Travel’s version of Disney World Made Easy: to avoid gigantic parking fees, park outside an overflow lot on the far end of the resort, walk ten minutes, then take a shuttle bus with a transfer to another shuttle bus to arrive at a different gate. Arrive at an obscenely early hour so you can [...]
Spotted a few feet away from the Transportation Security Agency’s full-body scanner in the Houston airport:
Say baa, America.
The next time you’re in Washington DC with your family, why not take a walk through the solar system?
It’s not the first to-scale walking model of the solar system in existence (that honor, I think, goes to the Carl Sagan Planet Walk in Ithaca, NY), and it’s not the spiffiest expression of astronomical [...]
One of the oddities of the Transportation Security Agency is its knitting needle policy. You can’t bring the thinnest and tiniest of drill bits on board in your carryon bag. You can’t bring a pair of pliers onto a plain in your carry-on bag. You can’t bring a Dr. Scholl’s gel insert for your shoe [...]
Ron Paul spoke strongly against the genital caresses and nude x-rays that the TSA is forcing upon air travelers in the United States. [...]