Defrocked Priests now hired by TSA

There are unconfirmed reports that the TSA has started hiring defrocked priests to help out with the full body scans due to expected high demand for this at the airports during the upcoming holiday season.

That makes sense, doesn’t it. How would you not trust a priest in this situation. Besides of doing the scan, he can also take your confession and give you the blessing for the upcoming trip.

A formal announcement is scheduled for later today.

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TSA Body Scanner Saga continues

There is some update from a previous post

It appears now, that the TSA body scanners were designed with the storage capability because it was a requirement of the TSA.

See this CNN post for further information

We know already from the Orlando incident how the “test mode” has been invoked. And it makes perfectly sense. Besides of having the capability available “just in case”, think about a scenario that a terrorist went through the scanners undetected. Image the outcry from the public and the politicians, forcing the TSA to investigate how this happened. They better have the images stored somewhere to figure out at what point the system failed.

There are already reports that the scanners might not work too well. According to a CBS report, the government wants to keep the information classified that documents the success rate of the scanners.

You can read here in the comment section how to confuse the scanners.

So it appears more and more that the real purpose of the scanners is to instill fear in the public.

Just like the terrorists have instilled fear. They really don’t need to do anything. Just by being there and once in a while pretend to plan something the keep the public in check.

Also, don’t believe that the TSA personal have some fun.

According to this report TSA co-workers started to make jokes about a colleague’s “junk”. However, he didn’t think it was funny and confronted the co-workers. He was arrested the next day.

No word of whether the supervisor was investigated for sexual harassment.

The pat-down of course has its own problem. Think about priests, nuns, young children, the elderly, the disabled being subject to scanning and pat-downs. Can’t wait to hear about an incident involving a jealous husband or boyfriend.

So what can you do?

Here’s an idea. Pretend to be a sexual addict, with hyper-sensitivity and -activity problems. Take Viagra if this is a stretch for you. Mention to the TSA officer that you can be easily aroused just by thinking somebody at the other end of the room might see your naked image coming from the scanner.

If you opt for the pat-down, just pretend that you are actually enjoying the fondling and groping and make some noise to make it sound real. Make sure that you are searched thoroughly. When done, leave the secure area and re-enter it again for some more. Remember, TSA has to complete the screening once it has started, and you want to make sure that the screening is very thorough, for the sake of the public’s safety.

Keep in mind, you cannot be blamed for this. You gave an advanced warning and they started it anyway.

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TSA Announces Facebook Integration For Full Body Scanners

Now the funny stuff (I hope it is just that)…


This link shall suffice

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TSA Scanner and then some

Oh well …

We were told that the TSA Body scanners are not able to store or print the sensitive pictures that the airport security takes from you.

It is apparently not so.

Gizmodo has published a video with images of several – low-quality – images made at an Orlando courthouse and obtained under a freedom of information act request.

A quote from the Gizmodo article:

“The TSA and other government agencies have repeatedly touted the quality of “Advanced Imaging Technology” while simultaneously assuring customers that operators “cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image.” According to the TSA—and of course other agencies—images from the scanners are “automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer”. (end quote)

I’m confused here. In order to “delete” an image, doesn’t it have to be stored somewhere – at least temporary?

It is not that the scanners cannot save the images permanently. They actually can. TSA says, however, that the archiving capability is disabled by the manufacturer before delivery and cannot be re-activated by the TSA agents.

Really?

Why then do the machines have the archiving capabilities to begin with?

And wouldn’t it be tempting for a hacker to enable the saving capability again?

The scanner from the Orlando courthouse, by the way, was sent back to the manufacturer, intact with images and all. 35,000 of them.

As Gizmodo says: “We look forward to seeing your next vacation photos.”

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Blurred Houses on YouTube

There is now a video about the blurred houses in Germany – and what happened to them.

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Blurred Houses in Germany

Have you seen a strange phenomenon in Germany lately?

Google’s Street View just put some pictures on the internet, starting with some sightseeing points, and one smaller town. This town wanted to be one of the first on the map, so they invited the Google crew and served them cake.

Now, there are some people who don’t want to be featured on street view, especially if they are shown in compromising places and situations. That’s understandable, so Google blurs out the faces of the people and also automobile plates. But some people object to pictures of their houses, even if they don’t own them and just rent one apartment.

The results are pictures like these.

Actually, right now the whole picture is blacked out, it is “under review”.

Now, keep in mind, it is legal for anyone to photograph buildings from public places. Even if the Google cameras are higher than the average height of a walking person, you can be riding in a tourist bus and be on an elevated level like that.

The people requesting their houses being blurred like that – what are they thinking? Do they think they won’t get much attention? Normally it works the other way – you create curiosity in you desperate attempt to hide something.

Or maybe it is a plot to attract tourism to this town of blurred houses (remember the city leaders welcomed the Google team and pleaded to be among the first to be online in Germany).

Who knows?

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10 Stupid British Laws

1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament

2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down

3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store

4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day

5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter

6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet

7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen

8. It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing

9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armor

10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

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Pole in Driveway

This photo was taken in Queensland, Australia.

Any comments?

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Who lets the dogs out

Michael Vick, who was featured in this blog a while ago, is the most hated athlete, according to a popularity poll.

According to a CNBC report, the Q Scores company, which does this kind of popularity poll, has rated Vick as the moist disliked sports personality.

The next five places in the negative list are occupied by Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

These polls are conducted on a national level. I would assume there are regional differences, so Vick probably fares better in the Philadelphia area.

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How to avoid/cleanup twitter bug

I’m using this platform to tell about the Twitter bug.

If you, after log on, see strange graphics, like very large letters, or your background is darker than usual, you’re hit. If you see Tweets that have just a block of colors, it it a trap.

BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU MOVE YOUR MOUSE.

If your home page looks unusual, there is a link right at the top of the page. Don’t go over this.

You need to navigate you mouse avoiding these areas.

You might have accidentally tweeted something. Move you mouse around the display area of your browser, e.g. where you have your icons and toolbars. Go to the right over the browser slider and approach the text link where you can get to the page of all your own tweets.
You will easily recognize the bad tweets – they occupy a large area of the page. Using the slider shift the display to the end of such tweet. Approach this section from the right. You might remember if the mouse is over the bottom right corner of the tweet, an icon will appear, with which you can delete a tweet, or undo a retweet. Do this. It will delete that (re)tweet not only from your list but also from the recipient’s lists. That will help them too.

Use the browser refresh button, or enter “twitter.com” as the URL address into the browser. If it looks good for you, you’ve done your part.

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