The morning coffee, chemistry, and pumpkin heads.

We here at the morning coffee have a new favourite chemical.

(photo of Carlos Estrada of Santa Rosa, California. Taken by Kent Porter.)

Police in Boulder, Colorado decided that participation in a traditional naked-pumpkin-run would result in being arrested as a sex offender this year, apparently despite everybody else in Boulder (including the mayor and city council) disagreeing with them.

Workpoop is a new calculator which will tell you how much you are paid for your bowel movements. Is there no question the Internet cannot answer?

The morning coffee and the carrier pigeon

The morning coffee has spoken about the sex offender registry before. That time was through the eyes of The Economist with a focus on public urination. Today we look at it again, as Classically Liberal looks at how laws designed to protect children are destroying their lives.


Are you a student who has just recently returned to University (or gone for the first time)? Did your professor write your textbook? If so, Freakonomics is suggesting that you ask for a rebate.

In South Africa broadband is so slow that your e-mail would arrive faster if you use a carrier pigeon.

The morning coffee and public urination

If you are a parent in the United States, you have access to sex offender registries. You can then use these to know what sex offenders are in your neighbourhood, so that they can be harassed, kept away from schools and playgrounds, and you can make sure that your child does not play with their children.

The problem, however, is that they are more likely to have been convicted of consensual sex with their partner in high school, having oral sex (buggery) or public urination than rape, never mind child molestation. The Economist looks at the American approach, and finds it does little to protect children. Instead, it gives life sentences to those who have committed small crimes, or acts which are questionably criminal.

(by Jakes & Jones, apparently, for whom I have no link)

The UK has fancy new ID cards for us foreign nationals. It took twelve minutes to hack it. Boy, do I feel secure about this plan.

The UK is famous for its CCTV addiction. It’s everywhere. If you leave your home, you are on camera. Apparently this was not enough for the government, who have now begun putting cameras in private homes. Of course, as explained by the home office, this is restricted to the “worst families”. Knowing the government’s love for CCTV, one must wonder if this is simply the tip of the iceberg.