We're all familiar with the NSA's widespread surveillance of email, phone and other information sources. Now we can add to the list the U.S. Marshal Service, which is using Cessna aircraft fitted with so-called "dirtboxes" that mimic cell phone towers. The stated goal of the program? To track down bad guys, naturally.
The busy bodies at the Environmental Protection Agency want to be your shower buddy. Why? Because Agency bureaucrats think Americans spend too much time in hotel showers and thus, are wasting water:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower.
The Cato Institute's Dan Mitchell walks us through the Internal Revenue Service's annual list of tax scams criminals use to bilk taxpayers out of their cash, and some taxpayers use to avoid paying what the government thinks they owe. But this is no ordinary list. Mitchell includes commentary on how all of this criminality is a direct result of our byzantine tax code: