Monthly Archives: June 2011

Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search

A huge step forward in police-state intrusiveness and public humiliation!  Is there nowhere they are unwilling to stick their fingers?

She said security personnel then came out and told her they would need for her mother to remove her Depends diaper because it was soiled and was impeding their search.

Well, I guess it’s nice to see they draw the line somewhere!

“TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability,” she said.

In reality, the TSA cannot come up with good intelligence on who the terrorists are and can only respond with purely reactionary measures.  Since someone hid a bomb in his underpants, now they check underpants.

It doesn’t take a very creative terrorist to notice things or areas or objects the TSA still doesn’t require to be checked, since no terrorist has yet hidden a bomb there.

via Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search | mother, search, adult – Northwest Florida Daily News.

6/28/2011 edit: Cato agrees with me!

Should TSA Change Its Policy? and Beware the Depends Bomber?

Bringing the M30 back to life

After sitting for 3 years, the 21-year-old M30 is again stirring.

Originally purchased for $700 in California, it was a dandy little commuter for a year or two, before we moved to Utah.

Unfortunately, the state safety inspection frowned upon the M30’s cracked windshield and leaky exhaust, and so it was parked on the side of the house, where it sat until early this week.

1990 Infiniti M30
M30

I dug out its pink slip and last registration, called AAA for some insurance, and took it all to the DMV to get a temporary registration.

I drove it to a local shop for a new safety inspection and repairs quote, and found out the exhaust and windshield could be done for much cheaper than originally quoted by some other shop, but that the car also needs some front-end work, which’ll bring the tab up to around $1,000.

That’s not chump change around here — I could buy a decent firearm or a bathroom shower refurbish for that — but still less than most used cars, and this one is otherwise in good running condition.

Or so I thought, until I discovered today that it’s alarmingly low on coolant.

And when I filled the radiator and reservoir, rusty-brown water started sprinkling from a place where I hadn’t spilled it, somewhere around the lowest pulley at the base of the engine.

I sure hope that’s cheap to fix, or this car’s going to the wrecker.

Top 6 Career Tips » client k

Client K shares 6 career tips:

They are

1) Visualize what you want
2) Take time for professional development
3) Associate with achievers
4) Find a trusted mentor
5) Put money at risk
by rewarding yourself

and

6) Control your workspace

via Top 6 Career Tips » client k.

I’m not quite sure what “Control your workspace” means… perhaps it means finding jobs you want to do, or something like that.

I’ve almost always done #2, I’ve just started #1, am working on #4, have #5 in the bag, and need to get started on #3 and #6.

The trouble is, the job market here is so tiny, it’s hard to find local mentors or achievers.  Thank goodness for the Internet!