Sobriety test comes to a halt when the driver says — “there’s someone in the trunk”

Authorities in Florida said a sobriety test on a driver turned strange when the man told them he had “someone in the trunk.”

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers said they stopped a vehicle at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Hollywood and the driver had an open beer container in the car and the smell of alcohol on his breath…

The officers said they were starting the process of a sobriety test when the driver made a bizarre confession: “I don’t want to freak you out, but I have someone in the trunk.”

The man was handcuffed and officers opened the trunk, where they discovered a man. The two men told officers the man in the trunk had left his court-ordered community service job at the park to go drinking and he was trying to sneak back in so he could sign out and get credit for the hours he skipped.

The driver was arrested on an outstanding warrant and the man in the trunk was cited for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate his vehicle. Both men were taken to the Broward County jail.

Phew! It’s a sign of the times that we always seem to think of something worse!

Eating nuts during pregnancy = lower allergy risk in children

A new study suggests that mothers who eat nuts during pregnancy can eat them without fear of causing nut allergies in their babies.

Researchers used data from a large prospective study of health and lifestyle among female nurses. They studied 8,205 mothers who were not allergic to nuts and their children born from 1990 to 1994, and found 140 cases of peanut or tree nut allergy among the offspring.

After adjusting for age, race, season of birth, smoking, consumption of fruits and vegetables and other factors, they found that mothers who consumed nuts at least five times a month were almost 70 percent less likely to have a baby with a nut allergy than those who ate nuts less than once a month.

“We showed an association between diet and allergy,” said the senior author, Dr. Michael C. Young, an allergist at Boston Children’s Hospital, “but not cause and effect…”

Still, Dr. Young said, “Previously, women were concerned that eating nuts during pregnancy probably would lead to an allergic baby, but our data dispels that. A woman who is pregnant can eat peanuts without fear that she will have a baby allergic to peanuts.”

Plus – as I posted here previously – developing a habit of eating nuts when there is no risk of allergy is beneficial to your health.

Edward Snowden’s Christmas Video

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Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who prompted a worldwide debate when he leaked a cache of top secret documents about US and UK spying, has recorded a Christmas Day television message in which he calls for an end to the mass surveillance revealed by his disclosures.

The short film was recorded for Channel 4, which has 20-year history of providing unusual but relevant figures as an alternative to the Queen’s Christmas message shown by other UK broadcasters. It will be Snowden’s first television appearance since arriving in Moscow…

In excerpts from the address released by Channel 4, Snowden says George Orwell “warned us of the danger of this kind of information” in his dystopian novel, 1984.

Snowden says: “The types of collection in the book – microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us – are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.

A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

I have come to agree that Snowden is a legitimate hero of the people of the United States, likely the whole world. You can nitpick about how he combs his hair or doesn’t and where he’s found at least temporary asylum. That doesn’t take away from the discussion of our rights that was provoked by his whistleblowing.