Advertising in Airport Security Bins

Because an ad saying “Have a Coke and a Smile” is exactly what you want to see while standing around shoeless, struggling to get your laptop out of the bag with one hand, wondering if you’ll ever see it again as you reach for more tubs to hold your coat, shoes and cellphone with the other hand while you clutch your id and boarding pass in your mouth as security keeps asking if you have any liquids in any of your bags. But come fly the friendly skies!

Airport checkpoints create lines, pat-downs and occasional headaches for travelers. But now they’re going to make something new. Money.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow companies to sell ads inside plastic bins whose sole purpose so far has been to move passengers’ shoes, cellphones and other belongings through X-ray machines.

Advertising companies and airports could reap millions from 12-inch-by-17-inch ads glued to the bottom of security bins. The TSA would benefit, too, from free equipment: The agency is requiring any company that sells the ads to stock airport checkpoints with new bins, carts and stainless steel tables.

Pat’s Bug Aquarium

This fly fisherman has a howto on making a bug aquarium with plenty of pictures of creepy crawlies he has in his aquarium.

You’ll get a lot of activity when you first place the bugs in the aquarium but then things will settle down. The mayfly and stonefly nymphs will hide under the rocks or on the sticks. The cased caddis will roam all over the place. The sticks seem to be a popular place for the damselflies. The dragonflies will back themselves into the gravel and wait for their prey. The cranefly will burrow deep into the gravel. The hellgrammites will wander or burrow.

Pentagon Abandons Active-duty Time Limit

From Yahoo News:

Pentagon has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be required to serve on active duty, officials said Thursday, a major change that reflects an Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in

The day after
President Bush announced his plan for a deeper U.S. military commitment in Iraq, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters the change in reserve policy would have been made anyway because active-duty troops already were getting too little time between their combat tours.

The Pentagon also announced it is proposing to Congress that the size of the Army be increased by 65,000, to 547,000 and that the Marine Corps, the smallest of the services, grow by 27,000, to 202,000, over the next five years. No cost estimate was provided, but officials said it would be at least several billion dollars.

Until now, the Pentagon’s policy on the Guard or Reserve was that members’ cumulative time on active duty for the Iraq or Afghan wars could not exceed 24 months. That cumulative limit is now lifted; the remaining limit is on the length of any single mobilization, which may not exceed 24 consecutive months, Pace said.

In other words, a citizen-soldier could be mobilized for a 24-month stretch in Iraq or
Afghanistan, then demobilized and allowed to return to civilian life, only to be mobilized a second time for as much as an additional 24 months. In practice, Pace said, the Pentagon intends to limit all future mobilizations to 12 months.

(Thanks PVC)

Robert Anton Wilson’s Last Blog Entry


Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying.

Please pardon my levity, I don’t see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd.

(via SF Signal)