Few miscarriages of justice are worse than the one where someone is arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to years behind bars for a horrible crime they did not do. A huge chunk of their life has just been torn away, for literally no reason whatsoever. The following people have lived that nightmare and, sadly, they’re not the only ones.
On paper, Zero Tolerance in schools sounds good. Classroom violence and brutality has gone too far, and by gum we won’t let it stand even one more time! However, in practice it fails far too often, as perfectly innocent accidents and misunderstandings get treated like major crimes, ruining lives for little reason other than “we gotta look tough, dang it.”
It seems to be true that many people around the world tend to believe that the field of law is something bad and they usually think of it with fear and intimidation in most cases. In reality modern law (in most Western countries at least) is serving the citizen and it’s definitely in his favor […]
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, says just about everybody who can’t think of their own damn line. But cliched as it may be, it’s usually true, especially in these ten cases. When nobody has the ability to overrule a psychopath with power, everybody loses. Except the psychopaths, who tend to do OK in such cases.
If you didn’t commit the crime you were convicted of, a pardon would truly be a gift from Heaven. Unless, of course, you’re already in Heaven when it happens. Post-mortem pardons are almost always a cases, made even worse once you realize even a freakin’ turkey can get pardoned in a timely manner.
When you think of Russia, several things come to mind. Cold. Vodka. Fuzzy hats. Vodka. Smoking hot double agents. Extra-strong vodka. But there’s so much more to the world’ largest country than perhaps you realize. Luckily, we’re here to educate.
I’m going to take a break from my usual lists about politics and guns to focus on my other love: the four strings of love that is the bass guitar. I’ve been playing bass for over 20 years now and continue to find it an instrument that’s deceptively simple to take up, but surprisingly difficult […]
While the overwhelming majority of the world is still religious, the number of people who reject it in favor of atheism and rational thinking grows every year. Many well-known thinkers, scientists, writers, and even comedians are spearheading this new age of skepticism, which will almost certainly keep growing for years to come.
One of the easiest ways to make your product recognizable and successful is to slap a celebrity’s face on it, because famous people are never wrong about anything. Sometimes, celebrities become unwilling endorsers, with their likeness slathered all over stuff they want nothing to do with. It’s like identity theft, only without all the maxed-out credit cards.
Most people who earn a “genius” reputation are known only for their genius. Any part of them that threatens to erase their genius in favor of a reputation as a world-class prick gets swept under the rug. Which isn’t fair; it’s entirely possible to be both a world-changing genius and a horrible piece of trash. As you’re about to find out.
Tom Clancy’s passing came as a blow to the writing community. The author of such novels as The Hunt For Red October, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of all Fears, and Patriot Games redefined the way that technological thrillers were written. The novels not only had to have a compelling narrative, they also had […]
How do you react whenever you get hurt? Most likely, with some variation of OWIE OW OOH OOCHIE MOMMMMYYYYYY. Then there are others, who are so tough they could get shot, stabbed, crippled, or mutilated, and not feel a thing until it’s brought to their attention later on. Kinda like Wile E. Coyote not falling until he notices he’s floating in the air.
There’s a good reason the sight of a Viking longship struck fear in the hearts of coastal villagers: the Vikings were bad news for everyone. When they weren’t raiding, pillaging, and demanding tribute not to raid and pillage, Vikings even fought with each other. There are so many badass Vikings that it’s tough to narrow […]
Celebrities are human just like us, and sometimes they too choose the wrong person to shack up with. The difference here is, while we can just quietly pretend our failed and oddball trysts never happened, famous people have to be publicly reminded of their mistakes over and over again. Such as right now. We’re part of the problem.
While you work and toil in obscurity, hoping to one day make a name for yourself, some people come out of nowhere and achieve fame and fortune seemingly overnight. We mean nowhere quite literally, by the way, as none of these people actually exist. Truth is stranger than fiction, but not nearly as successful.