TSA: Pose Nude, or We'll Touch Your Junk
As you've probably heard, the TSA introduced a new extra-invasive body search protocol on Oct. 29, just in time for the rollout of whole body scanners at 65 airports. The old school pat-down was nothing if not thorough. Why is the TSA suddenly getting even more invasive?
My theory is that the agency wants to bully people into submitting to their very expensive and unpopular new toys. It's now common knowledge that the whole body scanners render a naked silhouette of your body. Most people don't believe the TSA's assurances that the data storage and transmission capabilities of the machines have been permanently and irreversibly disabled by the manufacturer.
Some activists are threatening to opt out of the scan en masse. If enough people did so, the delays could cripple air traffic. The TSA is letting it be known that if you opt out of whole body scanning (aka AIT), you will get patted down.
The TSA won't say exactly what the new search involves, but we do know that agents are now expected to use the fronts of their hands to feel passengers' clothed breasts and genitals. It seems far-fetched that ordering TSA agents to run their fingers over passengers' junk is going to catch significantly more explosives than the old back-of-the-hand taps to the inner legs.
The new body search procedure seems designed to make the scanners look attractive by comparison.
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Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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