Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Facebook Trademarks 'Face'

Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. Face.Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. Face. FACE.

So sue me.




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TSA Scanners Turned Off?

That's what fliers are telling Gizmodo- no scanners, no pat downs.
"According to tweeting travelers, many backscatter and millimeter-wave AIT scanning machines at airports are not in use at all..."
msw tweets -
Through TSA checkpoint at SEA in 10 minutes flat. Many backscatter scanners are off. No scan, no pat down.
Gizmodo asked TSA:
The TSA Press Secretary Nicholas Kimball responded to my inquiry—"Was there any sort of TSA-wide policy to not use the machines today or is this an airport-by-airport decision?"—with this statement: "No. Nothing to this at all."
Of course, not everyone goes through the full security search at every airport, but did the threat of a nationwide opt-out protest force TSA to cave on its demand of search or no fly? Or, did TSA figure it was just too late for terrorists to put together an attack. We may never know.



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Very American TSA Protests

In Man Strips to Calvin Kleins to Avoid TSA Grope on Monday, I wrote, "Everybody flying should strip down to speedoes and bikinis at every American airport."

Well, it's happened.


Jon and Eric Blog, You Tube
Jon and Eric write-

My friend Jimmy successfully navigated a TSA security checkpoint in a speedo at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 with the words, 'SCREW BIG SIS' written on his back. The goal was to carry out an act of protest that was both effective and gutsy but at the same time immune to any punitive reaction from the TSA. This way we hope to inspire other normal citizens to take a stand against these ridiculous policies and protest the TSA especially during this busy holiday season.
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Why the speedo? With the way TSA screening is going it only seems like the next logical requirement for getting on an airplane. Soon TSA will be having us strip down to make the screening process more efficient, but not if we take a stand. In this sense Jimmy was merely obliging the TSA, but he was also exposing the ridiculousness of their policies. With the full-body scanners and TSA agents putting their hands down our pants, let's be honest, a speedo is pretty modest.
At LAX, NBC Los Angeles interviewed Corinne who showed up wearing a long coat and a black bikini.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video.



"I'm wearing my bikini," Corinne said as she unbuttoned her overcoat outside the terminal to reveal a black two-piece. "It's not that I'm concerned, it's that I feel like the TSA is making travelers feel uncomfortable, and I feel like we can have security measures that don't make people feel uncomfortable.

"Every time I go through security I always say, 'I don't even know why I got dressed this morning.' I end up taking off belts, jewelry and everthing else off anyway."

"I don't want to do a body scan, and I'm hoping by wearing a bikini they will see everything they need to see and we can avoid a pat-down, as well."
I've also heard reports of men wearing kilts to avoid grope search, though I've not heard if the wearin' of kilt is in the Scots manner. It seems the protest against TSA search methods are more creative than simply refusing the pornscan. How I love Americans!






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Monday, November 22, 2010

N. Korea Shells S. Korea

North Korea is wanting more stuff from Western powers. That has been the reason NK has threatened S. Korea in the past. This time NK has actually fired upon S. Korea with 200 artillery rounds hitting an inhabited island, Yongpyeong, wounding 4 soldiers and 2 civilians.

CNN reports:
At least 200 rounds of artillery hit an inhabited South Korean island after the North started firing about 2:30 p.m. local time, Yonhap said.

South Korea's military responded with 80 rounds of artillery and deployed fighter jets to counter the fire, the report said.

The South Korean army also raised its alert condition, the report said.
Reuters adds that 60-70 homes are on fire on the disputed maritime border area island and plumes of smoke have been broadcast on YTN television.

"Houses and mountains are on fire and people are evacuating. You can't see very well because of plumes of smoke," a witness on the island told YTN.

"People are frightened to death and shelling continues as we speak," the witness said. (...)
South Korea's military confirmed the exchange of firing, without providing more details.

The attack comes just as a U.S. envoy is traveling to the region after revelations that the North is moving ahead with uranium enrichment, a possible second path to manufacture material for atomic weapons.
How much you want to bet Obama caves to North Korean demands? Just like all the U.S. presidents back to Clinton.





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Back When Nuclear Destruction Was Our Only Worry


When I was a boy, we lived on a turkey ranch out on Lone Star Road just off Hwy 49, ten miles north of Auburn, California. Thousands of turkeys were raised to market there and were shipped all over the western states for Thanksgiving dinners. We had our pick of the best free-range, mostly organic birds.

My Dad and Uncle would have already picked out 2 or 3 turkeys weeks before Thanksgiving. The day before Thanksgiving the final choices were made and Dad would break the turkey's necks, hang them by the feet, cut their throats to bleed them. Then he'd cut off the heads, pull the feathers off, setting the naked birds on the ground. Within minutes, the dead naked headless turkeys would get to their feet, run around and never hit anything. After a time, they'd fall over truly dead.

In the morning, Mom and my Aunts would cook the fresh turkeys that were so large my Dad and Uncle had to lift the birds in and out of the oven that didn't have enough space to close the door so it took extra long to cook. By late afternoon, the house was very hot, very crowded, and smelling very good. Time to eat...





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Man Strips to Calvin Kleins to Avoid TSA Grope

We all knew it would come to this.
When a San Diego man opted out of security screening using the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) at Lindbergh Field Friday, he stripped down to his underwear in an attempt to avoid the pat-down procedures.

Samuel Wolanyk took the protest started Nov. 13 by Oceanside's John Tyner to a whole new level.
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Through a statement released by his attorney Sunday night, Wolanyk said "TSA needs to see that I'm not carrying any weapons, explosives, or other prohibited substances, I refuse to have images of my naked body viewed by perfect strangers, and having been felt up for the first time by TSA the week prior (I travel frequently) I was not willing to be molested again."

Wolanyk's attorney said that TSA requested his client put his clothes on so he could be patted down properly but his client refused to put his clothes back on. He never refused a pat down, according to his attorney.

Wolanyk was arrested for refusing to complete the security process and for recording the incident on his iPhone, according to his attorney.
[NBC San Diego]
But not indecent exposure. Everybody flying should strip down to speedoes and bikinis at every American airport.

UPDATE: And then there's this story from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands -

Ryan Kulyik, a Schnitt Show listener, was traveling to Tampa from St. Thomas on Sunday, Novermber 21, when he entered the airport security line. As he approached the metal detectors, the listener noticed a man in his underwear standing next to baggage screening.

According to the listener, the man had set off the metal detector a number of times. It is unclear whether the TSA agent asked the man to remove the items from his pockets or to remove his pants.




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