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 Sexual Assaulters still does not give a damn about you as a human being:

The TSA says it made the decision not because of safety concerns but to speed up checkpoints at busier airports.

Yes, there are obviously no safety concerns for devices that have no safe exposure level and may be causing cancer in your own employees.

Good grief.

It is a flat-out lie to claim that the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters were originally installed in their position of authoritarian power for our protection, or even to claim that they continue to operate for our safety – they are wasting millions of dollars a year, they have never once stopped a terrorist from boarding an aircraft, and now they are willfully and maliciously continuing to unnecessarily expose airline travelers to ionizing radiation when better alternatives are available to them (the best being disbanding the entire disgusting "agency" and incarcerating most of its management and staff for violations of 18 USC § 242).

always wear protection?

Reader Microglass hit me with these questions a few weeks ago, and I did not have a good answer, so it is y’all’s turn.

Do you use gloves when shooting guns? If so, what kind?

And, more specifically, do you use gloves when cleaning your guns? If so, what kind?

Apparently his wife… suggested… that they use latex gloves while shooting and cleaning their firearms simply from the angle of keeping their hands as clean as humanly possible, but he was curious if anyone was aware of any cleaning solvents causing problems with latex/nitrile gloves.

Personally, I do not wear gloves in either case. In the former, I am not likely to be wearing gloves should the situation require me to defend myself, so I do not want to be so used to wearing them that their absence throws me off. I do, however, thoroughly wash my hands twice at the range before leaving, and again at home with ourGoJo, so the introduction of lead should only be through surface contact, and that is not terribly efficient for heavy metals (at least at the levels we are talking about). Likewise, I do not wear gloves at home cleaning, mostly because I am lazy and secondarily because I can rarely escape the process without shedding blood, so it would be somewhat of a moot point regardless. I still wash my hands thoroughly and repeatedly afterwards.

Honestly, from what reading I have been doing, inhalation is your most-likely vector when it comes to lead poisoning, but we might as well keep our exposure to a minimum.