The Supreme Court just unanimously voted to stop the police from stealing your stuff for no reason.

via Wikimedia Commons In a landmark unanimous decision issued Wednesday, February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled civil asset forfeiture unconstitutional because it violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and fees. Civil asset forfeiture allows local law enforcement agencies to seize people’s cars, cash, homes, and pretty much anything else that is suspected of being used to commit a crime. To get their property back, citizens have to prove it wasn’t obtained illegally, even in situations where no indictment was filed. A few examples of ridiculous government overreach provided by Harvard Law Review: Mary and Leon Adams resided in their West Philadelphia house for forty-six years when the police told them to vacate and initiated a civil …

Google Maps Reveals Images Of Sensitive Military Bases

In days gone by, being a spy was a tough job. It required unflappable nerve, a briefcase full of deadly contraptions, and a manageable drinking problem. Now, all you need is a smartphone. According to local media reports, an update of Google Maps shows detailed images of sensitive military facilities in Taiwan, including the National Security Bureau, the Military Intelligence Bureau, and a launch site for their US-made Patriot missiles. You can even make out the missiles from the maps. The structures were revealed after Google released an extension of its original satellite mapping of four Taiwanese cities – Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, and Taichung – that allows users to zoom into urban environments and see 3D renderings of buildings. Taiwan is …

People Are Heartwarmed By The Letter This Person Received From An 86-Year-Old Who Bought His VHS Player

Chris Baranski User @OriginalYoni first broke the story with an attached image of the typed out letter and it quickly went viral OriginalYoni Sent by post the 86-year-old recipient of the VHS player said it was the first time he had used the site but had “found many old VHS tapes recently and wanted to see what is on them.” The man said at first he had some technical difficulties which he blamed on his age stating he was “perhaps not up to my game.” With the help of his new device, he discovered beautiful relics from the past of his “wedding with all the family and friends, many of which are no longer around. Then skiing strips, kids growing up …

Womans Last Text Exchange With Friend Before He Took His Own Life Is A Painful Reminder To Take Care Of Our Friends

quagmeijer_ The messages began with her friend asking her about her evening plans to which she responded she was preparing for a big presentation. Shawn then said something that made the girl worry: “I actually needed a friend. I’m kinda in a low place right now,” to which she then asked, “What do you need?” The pair arranged to meet up that evening but when she got to him it was too late. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people in the U.S ages 15-24 years-old and males are four times more likely to take their own lives than females. While sadly the poster was unable to get to her friend in time she did the …

NASA Launches Mars Weather Service And Yes, You Can Check The Planets Daily Forecast

Alright, Earthlings, it’s time to stop complaining about how cold this winter is. After all, it could always be worse if we lived on Mars. Thanks to NASA’s Insight Lander, we can now see daily weather reports from the rocky Red Planet and let’s just say it is really, really frigid. For example, this week had an average temperature of around -82°F. Uhm, no thanks. It’s all part of InSight’s mission – short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport – to give Mars its first “checkup” in 4.5 billion years of existence. Located on the surface of a flat, smooth plain near the Martian equator known as Elysium Planitia, the weather-telling robot measures temperature, wind, and pressure. And …

Porsche Taycan production forecast may be conservative

Porsche’s production forecast for its first all-electric vehicle may be too conservative, the company’s head of production said this week. Porsche has targeted 20,000 Taycan electric vehicles for the first year of production. But interest in the vehicle could push those estimates higher, Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s board member in charge of production, said in an internally produced Q&A. Reimold didn’t provide a specific figure. In the interview, Reimold was asked about the company’s new factory for the Taycan that is being constructed in Zuffenhausen, Germany as well as production of the new 911. Reimold explained that there would be some production overlap with the two vehicles, such as using the same new paint shop, despite their marked differences. “We have built …

Driver calls officer a a blessing for being more concerned with her safety than writing her a ticket.

via Mathieu Thauvin / Flickr There are few things more distressing than the moment when you see the lights of a police car flashing in your rear-view mirror. Usually, it’s a reason to fear the worst. One Friday morning, Chy-Niece Thacker of Virginia, was on her way to an interview when she saw the lights of Officer Jenkins’ patrol car in her rear-view. Thacker immediately began putting her documents in order to present to the Henrico County Police officer. “Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out,” Thacker recalled the officer saying in a Facebook post. Thacker was astonished the officer didn’t seem interested in writing her a ticket, but …

This teacher’s viral door decoration highlights a gut-wrenching truth about slavery.

Black History Month reminds us that the story of America is not always told accurately or honestly. The common saying “history is written by the victors” is not necessarily true. History is written by everyone. We have written narratives of the defeated, the oppressed, the commoners, and the enslaved—we just don’t get to see those stories as often. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that history is usually taught by the victors, which affects how stories get told, what parts are emphasized or deemphasized, and the language chosen to tell those stories. How history is shared and talked about and passed down through the generations makes a difference in how we view it. A combination of historical white supremacy and …

Living In China I See The Most Ridiculous Things, Like These People Who Have No Idea What Theyre Wearing (30 New Pics)

As China’s economy and influence around the world continue to grow, we in Western countries will gradually acquaint ourselves better with the language, culture and way of life of this vast and ancient civilization. #3 Alex Greenberg moved to the massive metropolis of Shanghai some years ago and fell in love with it. #5 Living in such a different and interesting place means that he is never short of material, and he finds himself confronted with all kinds of surprises every single day. #7 “Shanghai has a great skate scene which is what drove me to move here in the first place.” #9 “I started the account in November 2016. I made the account because I had just gotten a …

Apple could release a 16-inch MacBook Pro and a 31-inch 6K display

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is quite reliable when it comes to Apple’s road map. And he shared a ton of information over the weekend in a new report obtained by 9to5mac. In 2019, you can expect a bigger MacBook Pro, a new display and upgrades to iPhones, iPads and AirPods. Let’s start with the Mac. According to Kuo, Apple has been working on a MacBook Pro with an all-new design. It’s unclear if those future models will retain the same keyboard, as many users have been complaining about the reliability of the butterfly keyboard. But Kuo learned there will be a bigger model, with a 16 to 16.5-inch display. Let’s hope that Apple is going to trim down the bezels …

Litho is a finger-worn controller for augmented reality, IoT and other spatial interactions

I first encountered the founders of Litho, a new hardware and software startup developing a new finger-worn controller, at London’s Pitch@Palace last April. The event sees startups pitch in front of the British royal family and other esteemed guests, and naturally the company’s young founders, 24-year-old Nat Martin (CEO) and 25-year-old Charlie Bruce (CTO), were a little overawed by the occasion, just like many of the other founders pitching that day. However, perhaps unbeknownst to them, Litho was also one of the more notable companies, not least because, as the saying goes, hardware is hard. Fast-forward to today and the young company is ready to show the world the first publicly available iteration of what it has been building: an …