Showing posts from October 24, 2010


Am I the only one who thinks it's an amazing coincidence that as the TSA are bringing their new hyper invasive "security" pat downs into effect, suddenly explosive devices are found on cargo planes? Nothing like a little positive reinforcement to keep the sheeple in line.

It's like working in a hospital

The mornings are nice and dark now - the best time of year is fast approaching and it brings out a certain oddity in one or two of my work colleagues. I don't know who they are because I never see them do it but it's this : they like working in full-intensity bright light. Our office has strip lighting in ceiling fixtures where one strip is controlled by one circuit, and the other two are controlled by a second circuit. On dark mornings, it's lovely to come in and have subdued lighting - just the one strip per box. But every morning, about 10 minutes after I get in, someone turns them all on and it's blinding white. Makes you squint. It's like working in the glow of a nuclear bomb. So every morning I go and turn the two-bar off again and eventually someone comes in and turns off the one-bar but turns the two-bar back on. It's so bad that I've taken all the lights out of the fixture above my desk and put a sticky note in the fixture telling maintenance not t

Even more TSA bullshit

In the continuing theme of why I hate flying, today the TSA decided that the new 11 inch Macbook air is OK to leave in a bag for the Xray machine, but the 13 inch version - identical in every way other than size - is not. Because that makes complete sense. TRA deems new Macbook Air bag friendly - or not

First snow of the season!

Well this is pleasingly early. We had a couple of feet of snow in the mountains last night and a couple of inches in the valley. It'll be gone down here by tomorrow but it's cold enough up top that it will likely stick around. Nice.

Support in high places

Seems the CEO of British Airways agrees with my sentiments about airport security theatre : BA Chief questions redundant security checks .

More TSA bullshit.

" I cannot consent to nor accept unwelcome physical contact any more than having images of my naked body being viewed by government personnel as a routine part of my daily commute to work. If I'm not under arrest or a suspect in some known threat to air transportation security, the feds have no grounds to invade my privacy and personal space in this way. It is an outrage beyond any measure of reason, an assault on liberty, a gross overreaching of the state, and a very significant step on the road back to the sort of tyranny many of our forbears and the founders of this society fought and often died to escape and abolish." - ExpressJet pilot Michael Roberts who was barred from entering Memphis airport for refusing a full body scan. Let me just say "Thank you George W Bush" for the Patriot Act. Without which we might still have some semblance of freedom and liberty in this country. The TSA - Security Theatre. There to employ people to make the sheeple feel sa