Cognitive Dissonance

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Does America Really Need More Cops in Schools?

This genuinely worries me — other schools who’ve experienced mass shootings had armed police or guards, and that did not stop a shooter. What about the Foot Hood shooting on a military base? This article is posing a very valid question about a concept I see many supporting, even those “gun-grabbing lefties” folks vilify.

Are more police the answer? To me, no — not when children are handcuffed for what used to be solved through a different kind of detention. Plus, I feel like schools should resemble a prison only if the school is in an actual prison. Read this article and decide for yourself.

Filed under Education Politics News Cops Police schools security gun control

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Secret Service Investigating Ted Nugent For Remarks About Obama

Background from Right Wing Watch:

Nugent called President Obama a criminal and denounced his “vile, evil America-hating administration” which is “wiping its ass with the Constitution.” Taking it a step further, he said that “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” …Nugent concluded with a call to cut off the heads of Democrats in November: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”

According to ThinkProgress, “The Secret Service, which investigates all threats against the President, confirmed to New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog that they have in fact flagged Nugent’s comment” and will be conducting a follow up. 

Thank goodness polite society has condemned Hillary Rosen for her remarks about Ann Romney. That’s so much more outrageous than Romney-endorser Nugent.

In the same rant, Nugent urged NRA conference attendees to find “a couple of thousand” people each to vote for Mitt Romney and said those who don’t are worthless. 

But again, Hillary Rosen is just so goddamned awful. Right? </sarcasm>

Filed under Ted Nugent Secret Service Security Barack Obama politics Republican Mitt Romney GOP seriously President Obama NRA

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This exists:

Airport security screenings now include the use of x-ray machines called “body scanners.” These are highly sophisticated devices which can see through your clothing. They are capable of creating a “nude” image of your private body parts, in revealing detail. At ScannerShirts.com we are sensitive to your desire to maintain your personal dignity consistent with safe air travel. As such we have designed the products below as privacy wear for family travel.

Our garments have been imprinted with a special ink which tests have shown will create an opaque blur to help keep the details of your private body parts, private. These items are intended to be worn beneath your normal outer clothing as comfortable undergarments of high quality at a reasonable price.

The youth tee is a tad creepy:

The market for his undergarments might be gone now that TSA is going to use generic outline images that don’t display your swimsuit area. Personally, I feel that when a market for products like this legitimately exists, maybe we’ve gone a little too far.

Filed under TSA airport airport security Shit that exists politics security privacy

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Well, it was only a matter of time, folks:

Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humansBy EILEEN SULLIVAN  Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security.
As a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent a memo to security officials around the country on Wednesday about &#8220;body packing,&#8221; describing it as a &#8220;criminal tactic with possible terrorist application.&#8221; &#8230;Bombs-in-the-body is not a new idea, but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method. People-scanning machines in airports aren&#8217;t able to detect explosives hidden inside humans. 

Awesome. Every single time we come up with some new &#8220;security&#8221; idea, it&#8217;s only a matter of time before someone will figure out a way to beat it. The illustration I posted for this may be satirical, but at what point do we decide enough is enough? Are we going to see body checks to look for recent surgical scars? Strip searches? Cavity searches? 
Here&#8217;s some perspective:
Lifetime odds of causes of death
Heart Disease:  1-in-5
Cancer:  1-in-7
Stroke:  1-in-23
Accidental Injury:  1-in-36
Motor Vehicle Accident: 1-in-100
Intentional Self-harm (suicide): 1-in-121
Assault by Firearm:  1-in-325
Fire or Smoke:  1-in-1,116
Electrocution: 1-in-5,000
Drowning:  1-in-8,942
Falling off a ladder: 1-in-10,010
Air Travel Accident: 1-in-20,000
Flood: 1-in-30,000
Legal Execution:  1-in-58,618
Tornado: 1-in-60,000
Lightning Strike: 1-in-83,930
Terrorist Attack: 1-in-88,000
And skipping ahead:
Tsunami: 1-in-500,000
Fireworks Discharge:  1-in-615,488
So guns, cars, ladders, and the planes themselves are more likely to kill us than terrorists. Knowing that, how do we justify this:
  

Well, it was only a matter of time, folks:

Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans
By EILEEN SULLIVAN  
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security.

As a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent a memo to security officials around the country on Wednesday about “body packing,” describing it as a “criminal tactic with possible terrorist application.” 

Bombs-in-the-body is not a new idea, but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method. People-scanning machines in airports aren’t able to detect explosives hidden inside humans. 

Awesome. Every single time we come up with some new “security” idea, it’s only a matter of time before someone will figure out a way to beat it. The illustration I posted for this may be satirical, but at what point do we decide enough is enough? Are we going to see body checks to look for recent surgical scars? Strip searches? Cavity searches? 

Here’s some perspective:

Lifetime odds of causes of death

  • Heart Disease:  1-in-5
  • Cancer:  1-in-7
  • Stroke:  1-in-23
  • Accidental Injury:  1-in-36
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: 1-in-100
  • Intentional Self-harm (suicide): 1-in-121
  • Assault by Firearm:  1-in-325
  • Fire or Smoke:  1-in-1,116
  • Electrocution: 1-in-5,000
  • Drowning:  1-in-8,942
  • Falling off a ladder: 1-in-10,010
  • Air Travel Accident: 1-in-20,000
  • Flood: 1-in-30,000
  • Legal Execution:  1-in-58,618
  • Tornado: 1-in-60,000
  • Lightning Strike: 1-in-83,930
  • Terrorist Attack: 1-in-88,000

And skipping ahead:

  • Tsunami: 1-in-500,000
  • Fireworks Discharge:  1-in-615,488

So guns, cars, ladders, and the planes themselves are more likely to kill us than terrorists. Knowing that, how do we justify this:

  

Filed under TSA politics terrorism security fear fear mongering airport airport security civil liberties searches not cool fuckery government homeland security

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cuntymint:

janedoe225:

supersoygrrrl:

bluebears:

idroolinmysleep:

Get’em conditioned early, that’s the trick.

Remember when we didn’t live in a police state?

Not really.

we always lived in a police state, harsh reality for most people of color and poor people.

Exactly. The degree to which you feel the pain of fascism in this society is contingent upon your privilege within it. 

I really feel a sense of loss for children who were very young on Sept. 11th and who have been born since. They never knew what it was like to not fear a specter and walk through an airport security line, shoes on and personal space intact. 

cuntymint:

janedoe225:

supersoygrrrl:

bluebears:

idroolinmysleep:

Get’em conditioned early, that’s the trick.

Remember when we didn’t live in a police state?

Not really.

we always lived in a police state, harsh reality for most people of color and poor people.

Exactly. The degree to which you feel the pain of fascism in this society is contingent upon your privilege within it. 

I really feel a sense of loss for children who were very young on Sept. 11th and who have been born since. They never knew what it was like to not fear a specter and walk through an airport security line, shoes on and personal space intact. 

(Source: thedailypatdown, via bubonickitten)

Filed under terrorism post 9/11 pre-9/11 children security liberty TSA For fuck's sake

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“What do you want to do, get blown up by a goddamn Arab at 30,000 feet or we get to see your private parts? It’s up to you, the ball’s in your park,” head of the TSA’s scanning department, Rodney Schroeder, told CNN.

Body Scanner Operator Caught Masturbating at Colorado Airport, Aug 2010

WHY IS THIS PERSON THE HEAD OF ANYTHING.
WHY IS HE EMPLOYED WHILE I AM NOT.

(via howlikeatree)

CAN I SECOND THAT STATEMENT AND ALSO INCLUDE ANOTHER STATEMENT ABOUT HOW MUCH THIS TERRIFIES ME (A LOT)

Read the fine print at the bottom of the page: The Daily Squib is a curious satirical publication and should therefore be taken fu**ing seriously ;)

It’s the UK’s version of The Onion. Scary that this was so believable. 

(Source: meebobebo, via crystalfemmes)

Filed under The Daily Squib Satire TSA Pat downs security Airport Airport security