Backscatter Machines DON’T WORK
Of all the things I saw that bothered me this week, this one surely sent the biggest shivers down my spine: all that cancer I’ve been getting while traveling is for nothing. The backscatter machine, with a little knowledge of its operation (which terrorists surely would never have), can be beaten.
In his blog, Jonathan Corbett claims he could easily smuggle explosives onto a plane…and shows how.
So how is it done? Corbett explains that the machines only work to detect metal against skin…when he sewed a metal box into his coat; he was able to pass with no problem. He says that’s because the scanners blend metallic areas into the dark background - so objects not directly placed on the body are lost to the shadows.
This error is shocking, considering the fleet of scanners cost the TSA $1 billion.
Oh, and that it could kill us all.
Corbett adds that the metallic box he brought through the scanner would have set off an alarm had he passed through the old system.
‘It can’t possibly be that easy to beat the TSA’s billion dollar fleet of nude body scanners, right? The TSA can’t be that stupid, can they? Unfortunately, they can, and they are.’
Hollywood Gone Wrong: Nearly Half of Young Women Would Trade Brains For Boobs
The Daily Mail ran a touchy feely story about how women should find confidence inside, not outside, their bodies…but the important thing I gleaned is this:
New research shows that almost half of women aged 18-25 would prefer to have large breasts than high intelligence.
A third of those women went so far as to say they’d swap brains for boobs.
25% said they felt bigger breasts would make them happier. That connection between beauty and happiness — spurned by an obsessive celebrity culture — is what experts say is causing growth in the plastic surgery market.
Not a shocker: almost 2/3 believed men would be more interested in them romantically if they had bigger breasts. Not surprising — I just “read” the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and there weren’t so many tiny titties to be seen.
[the survey of 1,142 was done by the website myvourchercodes.co.uk]
Creepiest Food: Meatloaf Muffins
The dailymeal did a best and worst of trader joes…and meatloaf muffins made their worst list.
I can’t imagine why…they just look so delectable!
Need to Get Out of a Court Date…Try Getting Stabbed!
A 22-year-old woman from Beatrice, Nebraska faces up to a year in jail for asking friends to stab her…to get out of a probation appointment.
Jessalyn Stiewarld pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of government operations.
The original charge she was trying to evade? Felony conspiracy to commit assault.
Authorities say Stierwalt asked two friends to stab her in the abdomen and shoulder to avoid an appointment with the law the following morning.
The two men did stab her. They are being prosecuted as well. (AP)
The Mormons…they Baptized Daniel Pearl
Daniel Pearl, the Jewish reporter killed by terrorists in 2002, may have felt something from the ground the other day….
when Mormons Baptised him posthumously!
The Wall Street Journal reporter was killed in Pakistan.
Other unwitting (and probably unwilling) posthumously baptized: Holocaust victims, including Anne Frank.
Pearl’s parents were none too pleased…they say:
“We appreciate your good intentions but rest assured that Danny’s soul was redeemed through the life that he lived and the values that he upheld. He lived as a proud Jew, died as a proud Jew and is currently facing his creator as a Jew.” (BostonGlobe)
Shiver and Shirk: Mexico Has a Black Hawk Helicopter
It seems a bold move by the government of a nation that can't keep its police force alive.
Alas...Mexico has a Black Hawk Helicopter (not a Black Cock Helicopter).
As part of a U.S. State Department Merida Initiative, groups from the Army Materiel Command worked for months to quickly customize two new UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Federal Police of Mexico. In a ceremony at redstone Arsenal, Army COL. Thomas Todd III handed over the keys and logbooks to U.S. Ambassador William R. Brownfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
Is it just me, or does this make you nervous?
But hey, maybe a big shiny helicopter is exactly what the Mexican Army needs to get the friendly citizens of Juarez in line.