Authorities have found suspicious packages on a plane in the UK, bound for Chicago.

Federal authorities were stepping up aviation security precautions after cargo planes were grounded at two U.S. airports in response to suspicious packages that may have been part of a “dry run” for a future Al Qaeda plot.

One of the packages, found on a UPS plane at East Midlands Airport in central England, contained what looked like a toner cartridge with white powder and wires coming out of it. Another package was found at a FedEx facility in Dubai.

The UK government is considering new fright restrictions on freight coming out of Yemen.

A documentary on Al Qaeda here.

A book on the roots of Al Qaeda here.


There has been an uproar in Connecticut about voters being turned away from polling places for wearing WWE (formerly WWF) shirts.

Linda McMahon, former WWE CEO and wife of Vince McMahon, is currently running for a Connecticut Senate seat. Laws prohibit electioneering in many jurisdictions, and some local authorities included a WWE shirt in their definition. However, a judge just ruled that voters may wear their wrestling flair.

Read about the history of professional wrestling in the United States here.

My favorite movie with a professional wrestler–Rowdy Roddy Piper–here.

From Marginal Revolution:

1. Worldometer.

2. Reasons for abolishing the corporate income tax.

3. Ridley Scott’s 1980s deficit commercial.

4. Which books do prisoners request?

5. New theories of ideology.

6. The culture that is Manhattan.

7. Practical jokes for bees.

And the Agitator:

8. The first photo of a human.

9. It’s nice to see a piece like this at the American Spectator.

10. Mao: He was worse than you thought. But he looks great on a handbag.  Also, it’s fun to name trendy restaurants after him! Note that they don’t use artificial coloring or mass-produce canned produce. Because that would be, like, evil.

11. This seems like a bad idea.

12. L.A. Times: Disproportionate pot arrests of blacks and Latinos is unconscionable. But to stop arresting people for pot possession isn’t the answer. Which I guess means California cops should start arresting and jailing more white people, too. It’s all about equality.

13. “….there has never been a single case of any child being killed by a stranger’s Halloween candy.”

14. I don’t think this cop should be charged. But given similar stories we’ve seen, you wonder if someone who didn’t have a badge would have received the same leniency.

15. “Broke Guy Faces $2,000 Fine for Collecting Recyclables”

Jason Kuznicki thinks prohibitionists views of marijuana are not reasonable.

You — the guy who smoked a few times in college, or with that one group of friends, or at that one party — you are the average pot smoker. You are not special because you escaped marijuana. You are perfectly typical. That’s what most marijuana use is like. You try it for a while, and then you stop.

Slate’s John Gravois links legalization to the past.

And like today’s movement for legalization, the push to ban marijuana revolved around fears of Mexicans.

Cato’s Juan Carlos Hidalgo has an interesting post on how Prop. 19 could affect the drug policy in Colombia.

Blacks get arrested at significantly higher rates for marijuana possession, despite smoking less than whites. The LA Times says the answer to the problem is to arrest more whites, but Matt Welch is not convinced.

A meth lab was found, of all places, in a Georgetown Univeristy dorm room.

California is scheduled to vote on Proposition 19–which would legalize possession, use, cultivation and sale of marijuana–in just a few days. Marijuana would be illegal under federal law, but as pointed out by the Cato Institute, states have no legal requirement to enforce federal law.

That won’t stop the Obama administration, which has vowed to fight the law. Even the Russians are weighing in. Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca has publicly stated that he will continue to arrest pot smokers if Prop 19 passes, state law be damned.

A good book on the drug war here.

My favorite film about drugs is available here.

California favorite Sunset Magazine gets written up in The New York Times:

What would Ms. True serve you if you wanted a quintessential old California meal? She would start with guacamole, move onto a Santa Maria tri-tip barbecue and end with a mini-date shake and either sopapillas or fortune cookies — a California invention and, she said, the most challenging recipe in the book.

I’ve only lived outside of California for 15 months of my entire life. I was shocked to find that tri-tip isn’t available on the east coast.

You can buy the Sunset‘s newest cookbook here.

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