Raped for Blowing Through a Stop Sign

Content warning: Rape, police brutality, medical procedures without consent.

What in the everliving fuck is happening in New Mexico?

From The New Civil Rights Movement

Police for the community of Deming, New Mexico, are under investigation by the law enforcement board, and several doctors have been referred to the state licensing board, after putting drivers stopped for traffic infractions through hours of invasive medical procedures, including, a rectal exam, enema, and a colonoscopy.


The article describes not one but two men –  in two separate incidents – who have been subjected to what The New Civil Rights Movement sugarcoats as an “invasive search”, apparently performed in the name of drug searches. One of the victims, David Eckert, underwent a fourteen hour invasive search. After x-rays, two rectal exams, and enemas, they sedated him without his consent and gave him a colonoscopy. They knocked him unconscious and violated his body.

Invasive search? Bullshit. If this case turns out the way the media and Eckert’s attorney are telling it, this is was government-sanctioned rape.

From KOB4 Eyewitnes News:

Eckert’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said in an interview with KOB that after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks.  Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity.  While officers detained Eckert, they secured a search warrant from a judge that allowed for an anal cavity search.

Government sanctioned rape, recommended by cops, OK’d by a judge and performed by doctors in the name of law enforcement and the war on drugs. The KOB4 website lists in horrifying detail all of the many ways the doctors abused the man. I wouldn’t recommend reading that unless you want to get good and pissed off.

This whole situation terrifies me. I’ve read a good many articles about police brutality, but this kind of methodical, multi-organization, coordinated abuse is so hard for me to wrap my brain around.

A lawsuit from David Eckert against…well, everyone…is pending.

Raped for Blowing Through a Stop Sign

Cross-Country Connections: Music

Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in very different locations across the country. Well, now that Mom defected to Maryland to be closer to one of her two children it’s a little less cross-country, but Minnesota to Maryland still qualifies for the name, IMO. Anyway, back to the regular script: Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Music.

From Erin in Takoma Park, Maryland:

Black cat reaching out a paw to touch a spinning record on a turntable.

Oliver’s new name is Funk Master O. He’s super into 70s funk and R&B. (Sorry it’s blurry, its the best out of 20 shots).

From Mom in Hagerstown, Maryland:

Large book of CDs flopped open on the floor.
No idea why I moved over 300 CDs. Unless I play them in my car I don’t even have a player.

From me in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

Computer program snapshot of a Sim house with a teen Sim singing into a microphone, surrounded by keyboard, drum set and two guitars. Other rooms of the house can be seen in the background. One other Sim in the foreground, gardening.
Heh. Total cheat. I took this picture with my in-app camera on my iPad. I’m working my way through the Sims FreePlay Teen Idol Challenge/The Road to Fame quest.

Cross-Country Connections: Music

Doing Science

“Doing science” for me often involves running controlled experiments with an eye on what the study should tell us. We have a hypothesis, we set out to answer specific questions, and we have an idea of what the answers will be and how we’ll proceed if we get one answer or another. But even the most rigorously controlled study doesn’t always answer the question that we originally asked. Or it gives us more than we asked for – or wanted.

“Doing science” means looking at the data closely, observing the numbers and comparing them against the different variables in the experiment. It involves looking for patterns and unexpected results. It means not automatically dismissing data points that don’t fit the pattern as outliers; sometimes the most interesting phenomena are contained in those points. When you do science it is important to understand – and be willing to accept – that the path you set out on might deliver you to a completely unexpected destination.

Expect the unexpected. Be flexible. Be willing to admit that initial impressions were wrong. Take a deep breath when plans have to be redeveloped (plans that took forever to draft and underwent the Sisyphean task of review-rewrite-review and finally – approval!). Steady yourself when you have to deliver the news that important deadlines might have to be pushed back. It’s all part of doing science.

When people express a distrust of science or the scientific method, it’s because they have put science on a pedestal – they expected or demanded that it be unwavering, infallible. And when it fails to live up to their expectations, they cast it aside as useless or faulty. But these perceived faults are the strengths of science. The ability to recover from the setbacks, adapt to new circumstances, and then continue forward with more correct information – this is at the heart of what makes science such a perfect tool to understand our ever-changing world. When science sits still or becomes predictable, it’s because we have stopped doing science correctly.

Doing Science