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Comment Accidental Obstruction (Score 1) 386

If you obscure your scan in an airport (say, wrap your stuff in metal foil or put some of those fancy sheets of steel with the 4th amendment cut into it) you get denied access to the plane. OK, that's easy, and it makes cop-sense that you're opting out of your flight if you don't consent to the search. And I guess the same logic could apply to major events and the like, though I can see people having even less patience for the security theater on their way into something fun.

Wonder how they'd take to that just walking down the damn street, though, especially since the chances of blocking the scan on accident are greater in Real Life than in an airport. Knowing the way these assholes think, they might just try to slap you for obstruction of justice or some shit.

I'm starting to think we'd all be better off if there was a virus that specifically targeted cops and security types.

Comment Re:No need to break what isn't broken (Score 2) 408

Wouldn't those people's rights be protected by, ya know, being people?

No. Even in the US that isn't true. If your rights have been violated by law or action, you still have to act to redress your grievance, either in the courts or through communication. What you don't get is that procedures frequently have to be implemented in order for the right to be properly honored. For example, the Miranda warning is a judicially mandated action that was deemed necessary so that people who were arrested would aware of their rights. It doesn't follow naturally from the Constitution and didn't come about until about 45 years ago. Similarly, corporate personhood is a legal invention. It came about precisely because the courts of the time deemed it necessary in order to honor the rights of the people making up the corporation.

If you'll hang in there with me, I'm genuinely curious and trying to step outside my normal "corporations = fuck 'em" assumption set. Your angle on this issue is quite different from what I'm used to seeing. What rights of the people in the corporation are we talking about, and how might they be violated? I'm trying to give your position the benefit of the doubt, but being all vague like this I'm not inclined to assume it's the rights of lowly cubicle drones but rather the rights of executives and, well, that comes back to my normal assumption set. Please, illuminate me.


TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

Comment Where'd it go? (Score 1) 858

Anybody know where this thing came down? The article says nothing about the course of the missile, just its start point.

Also, seems to me like the "show of force" for Asia's benefit explanation is pretty lame; wouldn't you rather do that over there where, ya know, they could see it?

Comment Re:Rectifying interference with more interference? (Score 1) 228

Canned tuna looks and smells like shitty cat food. I'll pass, regardless of preparation.

Raw tuna, as in sushi, looks delicious. Alas, looks can be deceiving. Oh, how I've longed to enjoy tuna, salmon, and various other pretty tasty things and be cool like all the other hipsters and edgerunners, but alas, I really can't stand the stuff. I've tried everything from simple salmon-on-some-rice to squid tentacles, so this isn't a case of an American who won't try new things. I've just had to accept that regardless of how tasty it looks, I don't like sushi. Tragic, I know.

Actually, I could go a step further: grilled shrimp, in small quantities, and grilled shark, are the only sea foods I actually like.

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