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a thousand blind monkeys could do better

This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).

However, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could never hurt/kill anyone) was allowed through without [...]

the tsa does not care about your health

This is me, not being surprised:

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

I have only been harping on this for about two years now, but, hey, giving two years’ worth of airline passengers an increased chance of cancer is no big deal, right?

Oh, wait, the Thousands of [...]

one cannot escape the government

One of the many joys of living in a relative backwater like Knoxville is that I have been able to observe the spread of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ cancer-inducing, ionizing-radiation-spewing backscatter "security" systems from afar, without having to actually partake of the privacy-invading glow.

Fortunately, that lack of additional radiation in my life will continue for the foreseeable future, but unfortunately, Knoxville will be getting millimeter wave scanners:

McGhee Tyson Airport will [...]

nobody wants to glow in the dark

Not one to deny having a generally perverse sense of humor, I am all-too-amused by the recent freaking-out over the radiation being sprayed by the reactors in Japan, appropriately entitled “There’s No Such Thing as Safe Radiation”, especially when that reaction is compared to the damned-near-dead silence that greeted the radiation-spraying TSA backscatter machines.

I do not at all hate to tell you, “I told you so,” and, well, I did tell you so. [...]

just when you think they could not get worse…

Remember how the Transportation Security Administration was created and installed in order to guarantee, or at least improve, the safety of the American public as they availed themselves of our comprehensive airplane transportation network?

Yeah, neither do I, actually, but you can witness just how much your “safety” takes a back seat to the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ agendas, whatever the hell they are, when you read about how they inflicted ten times the intended [...]

starting to not recognize my country

Apparently the American people have absolutely no problems with complete strangers being able to electronically photograph them naked, and no problems with being dosed with an unhealthy amount of ionizing radiation.

Shiny.

I do have a problem with both of those concepts, and, as such, will be minimizing my airline use for the foreseeable future… as will my parents, and my parents-in-law, and…

Now, however, the question seems to be whether the [...]

knowing is half the battle

Want to know what kind of happy-fun “security” measures the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters have in store for you at the airports you will be using? Take a look at TSA Status (when it works – it has been swamped of late) for the short-and-sweet.

As with all crowdsourcing applications, its information is only as accurate as what we feed it, so let the administrator know what kind of “security” theater you encounter on [...]

talk about a deficiency

Everyone remember the brand-spanking new backscatter scanner systems the Transportation Security Administration Thousands of Sexual Assaulters are using at airports now? You know, the ones that photograph you electronically nude, can and will eventually cause cancer, and violate our Fourth Amendment-protected rights (a crime that the former Assistant TSA Administrator has already confessed to)? Those scanners?

Yeah… those backscatter scanners cannot detect dangerous amounts of PETN, as long as you form it right:

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ionizing radiation is not your friend

Just a friendly reminder, courtesy of my father, who spent more than a few years cuddled up to a high-output nuclear reactor and more than a few nuclear weapons:

There is no safe level or threshold of ionizing radiation exposure.

“Backscatter scanners” now used at airports all over the country employ x-rays, which are a form of ionizing radiation. Worse, bystanders/onlookers are not shielded from these devices (just look at them), and thus [...]

in-action report

For the first time in four countries, my Country Comm tactical pen received some security attention… and after I explained and demonstrated it to the TSA weenies, they all agreed it was a very nice pen and let it through.

I am really starting to see how useful these are.

In other news, only one person here at Charlotte was pulled for the backscatter machine in thed half-hour we were in security, and she declined [...]

transportation ‘security’ administration, in review

Just a few things for you to keep in mind for this upcoming holiday season:

Now, you and I both know that three-year-olds are subject to throwing earth-shattering temper-tantrums at the drop of a proverbial hat, however, do you think it is at all appropriate for a complete stranger to be feeling up an atrociously under-age minor like that? Is there any doubt that the “complete stranger” in question would have been justifiably [...]