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Comic-Con, Cosplay, and Self-Expression

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:37

"It's an idea of empowerment," says the woman dressed as Captain America. "You get to be a different person for a day."

Reason TV ventured to Comic-Con International in San Diego to check out the booming culture of cosplay, in which people dress up as their favorite superheroes, literary figures, or fantasy icons. Why do cosplayers dedicate so much time, money, and energy to their alter egos? It's fun, they say, and it's a powerful form of self-expression.

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About 2:30 minutes.

Produced by Tracy Oppenheimer. Camera by Zach Weissmueller, Alexis Garcia, and Oppenheimer.

Music by Blarsa, "Garden Party"; Giftedbuttwisted, "Ice Cream Man 2"; Solmire, "Batman Going Underground"; "Game of Thrones T1"

Obamacare Means What Obamacare Says

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:30
The most obvious legal interpretation of the health law is the plain meaning of its legislative language.

Conservatives Should Resurrect Reagan's Foreign Policy

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:00
Rick Perry likes to speculate what the Gipper would do, but he should look at what he DID do.

The Drug War, the Fourth Amendment, and Anal Cavity Searches in New Mexico

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 07:30

On July 28, 2014, Reason TV released "Do You Have It Up Your Ass?": Drug Warriors in New Mexico Go Too Far. Incorporating footage from cameras on the dashboards and lapels of New Mexico law enforcement officers, the program tells the story of Timothy Young, a man who was pulled over in Lordsburg, New Mexico, for a traffic violation in October 2012.

Hidalgo County deputies looking for drugs searched Young’s truck for more than two hours. After a K9 deputy claimed that his dog Leo alerted on the driver’s seat of Young’s truck, deputies obtained a search warrant to search Young’s body. Deputies then drove Young to the Gila Regional Medical Center, located an hour north in Silver City, New Mexico. Young was X-rayed and, while still in handcuffs, subjected to a digital search of his anal cavity. No drugs were found.

There is more to the story, however. Just three months after the Young incident, David Eckert was pulled over in front of a Walmart for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign in Deming, a small town about an hour east of Lordsburg. Eckert was about to begin a 14-hour ordeal. Once again, law enforcement officers called in the dog, Leo, and once again his trainer claimed that the dog alerted on the driver’s seat.

Deputies obtained a warrant and brought Eckert to the hospital in Deming, New Mexico, where a doctor refused to conduct an anal cavity search, calling it unethical. Undeterred, deputies drove Eckert an hour north to another hospital, where doctors had agreed to search Young’s anal cavity. While at the Gila Regional Medical Center, Eckert was X-rayed, digitally probed, forced to endure several enemas, and ultimately put under and given a colonoscopy without his consent. Once again, no drugs were found.

Young and Eckert sued all the parties involved. So far, Young has been awarded $925,000 from Hidalgo County, and Eckert has been awarded $1.6 million from Hidalgo County and the city of Deming.

Approximately 8 minutes. Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning.

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Lessons from the Death of the Aussie Carbon Tax

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:00
Putting economies on an energy diet is not the way to fight climate change.

A Lethal Injection of Reality

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:00
Medicalizing executions helps maintain support for the death penalty.

Are Tax Cuts Working in Kansas?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:30
Don't believe the hype you read in The New York Times.

The Case for Just War Theory

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:00
It's time for our foreign policy to return to first principles.

The Moral Case for Self-Driving Cars

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:30
Welcoming our new robot chauffeurs

Where Pot Might Be Legal Soon

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:30
Initiatives on the ballot this year could legalize marijuana in Alaska, Oregon, and the nation's capital.

Is Obama To Blame for the World's Crises?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:00
In practice, our interventions often exact a terribly high price for a dismal result.

Who Was Jane Cobden?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 07:00
She cared about land reform, peace, and social justice, not unlike libertarians of her time

Hanging Delayed is Hanging Denied: Abolish the Dysfunctional Death Penalty

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:00
Long delays and legal maladministration are further reason to dump capital punishment.

Government Menu Mandates Are Not Curing Obesity

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:00
Obesity rates may be leveling off or even falling.