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Month November 2010

‘Forbidden Planet’ Star Dies

Surely, he did a other movies.

Causing Terror on the Cheap

From Schneier on Security:

Total cost for the Yemeni printer cartridge bomb plot: $4200.

“Two Nokia mobiles, $150 each, two HP printers, $300 each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses add up to a total bill of $4,200. That is all what Operation Hemorrhage cost us,” the magazine said.

Even if you add in costs for training, recruiting, logistics, and everything else, that’s still remarkably cheap. And think of how many times that we spent in security in the aftermath.

School Retracts Ban on Pencils

From Telegram.com:

NORTH BROOKFIELD — It was business as usual in the sixth-grade classrooms at the elementary school today.

Some students used traditional yellow No. 2 pencils, while others used pens and mechanical pencils – returning them to their desk or shirt pocket when they were finished.

Last week, Wendy Scott, one of two sixth-grade teachers, sent a letter home to the parents of all sixth-graders announcing that she and Susan LaFlamme were instituting a new rule barring students from carrying any writing implements on their person, in a backpack, or on the school bus.

The memo explained that students would be issued a pencil for use in class that would be collected at the end of the school day.

The memo cited behavior problems and said any student found in possession of a pen or mechanical pencil after Nov. 15 would be assumed to have the implement “to build weapons,” or to have stolen it from the classroom art supply basket.

Today’s TSA Story

TSA allegedly refuses to follow its own policies regarding breast milk and detains mother long enough for her to miss her own flight:

TSA rules allow for alternate screening (no x-ray) for breast milk and I almost never had a problem…until the week before this screening. I was held for 30 minutes that week while the TSA manager called to find out the rules. I was told to “pump and dump,” and asked why the milk wasn’t clear, also asked where my baby was and if it was really milk (uh traveling, working mom pumping doesn’t usually have the baby with her).

After begging him to figure it out, they finally let me through. I called and complained to TSA and was instructed to travel with the TSA breast milk rules printed out and present them whenever there is a problem.

As my items come through security this time, I notice immediately that I was dealing with the same people from the week before. The woman tells me right away that my milk might have to go through the x-ray, and then I tell her I printed the rules. I go to grab the rules on top of my bag and she freaks out and pushes my arm away. Another guy comes over and calls for “back up” and they put in me back in the glass cage. Standing 50 ft away are the same manager and supervisor I had dealt with the previous week.

They will stall for 20 minutes before coming over to me.

Meanwhile, one of the guys comes over to me and tells me “to be quiet if I know what’s good for me.” At the end of this portion I have been locked up for just under 10 minutes. The whole ordeal takes just under 1 hour.

Here is the rule on TSA website that Blueshirts sometimes doesn’t abide by.

Blitzkrieg Bop (Isolated Voice Track)

Over 900 TSA complaints in Nov., ACLU says

From Raw Story:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) received over 900 complaints from travelers over the last month who’ve been subjected to the new screening procedures of the Transportation Security Agency.

“The TSA agent used her hands to feel under and between my breasts,” said one woman. “She then rammed her hand up into my crotch until it jammed into my pubic bone.”

About 70 airports have put into use over 400 backscatter x-ray machines that can see beneath passengers’ clothing. If the ticket-holder refuses the scan due to health or privacy concerns, they’re subjected to an invasive physical pat-down. The new body scanners and pat down procedure have both received intense scrutiny amid reports of travelers feeling humiliated and traumatized.

The TSA Needs to Opt Out of Tweeting

From Gizmodo:

The TSA has its own Twitter account—which could be a great way to inform the scared, angry public (and do damage control). Instead, it’s filled with idiotic, tasteless, and downright creepy tweets. Funded by your tax money.

For instance, take this selection of silly Thanksgiving themed tweets. They’re so silly! And fun! Except, wait, this is the governmental organization tasked with helping make sure that flyers don’t murder other plane passengers and commit acts of terrorism. This is an agency ostensibly dedicated to public safety, on the eve of one of the busiest, most anxious travel days possible. They should be issuing travel tips, and safety notices. They should be helpful. And here are the messages they have for you, as if ripped down off of a middle school bulletin board:

Today’s TSA Grope Story

TSA groin searches menstruating woman:

I recently traveled via air, and was subjected to that new scanning device. “No problem,” I thought. I was wearing jeans and a linen tanktop, bra, panties, and one camoflauge pantyliner. I’m a rule follower, so I never have any problems at the airport. Not this time. I was stopped, and then held for 15 mintues while they tried to find a female supervisor. I couldn’t get to my bag, my shawl or my shoes; just standing there while the TSA agents kept me in one place. Now, I don’t want this to be about bad TSA agents; they were doing their job, they were as delicate as they could be, etc., etc. But what ultimately happened is that I was subjected to search so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assualts. Why? Because of my flannel panty-liner. These new scans are so horrible that if you are wearing something unusual (like a piece of cloth on your panties) then you will be subjected to a search where a woman repeatedly has to check your “groin” while another woman watches on (two in my case – they were training in a new girl – awesome). So please, please, tell the ladies not to wear their liners at the airport (I didn’t even have an insert in). I’m a strong, confident woman; I’m an Army vet (which is why those camo liners crack me up), I work full-time and go to graduate school full-time, I have a wonderful husband, and I don’t take any nonsense from anyone. I don’t dramatize, and I don’t exaggerate. I’m trying to give you a sense of who I am so you won’t think that this is a plea for attention, or a jumping on the bandwagon about the recent TSA proposed boycott. I just don’t want another woman to have to go through the “patting down” because she didn’t know that her glad-rag would be a matter of national security.”

Cat vs. Birds & Other Cat

And the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing in a YouTube Clip goes to…

(via Buzzfeed)

Why I Don’t Leave the House on Black Friday


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