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Japanese dock lands on Oregon beach

June 7th, 2012

“A massive dock” that was washed away from a city on Japan’s northeast coast by the devastating March 2011 tsunami landed this week on an Oregon beach. It’s a warning sign that dangerous chunks of debris from that disaster are reaching the Pacific coast of the mainland U.S. much sooner than predicted, The Oregonian reports.

 http://tinyurl.com/7bqpt93

More on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch

General, Health, News media, Science and Discovery, Travel

Yonaguni 与那国島海底地形 (Yonaguni-jima Kaitei Chikei): underwater structures in Japan may indicate human culture is older than we think

May 22nd, 2012

Yonaguni underwater structure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4cItoDIHdQ

“The Yonaguni Monument is a massive underwater rock formation off the coast of Yonaguni, the southernmost of the Ryukyu Islands, in Japan. There is a debate about whether the site is completely natural, is a natural site that has been modified, or is a manmade artifact.[1][2]  The site is variably referred to as the “Yonaguni Underwater Formations” (与那国島海底地形, Yonaguni-jima Kaitei Chikei?) and the “Yonaguni Underwater Ruins” (与那国島海底遺跡, Yonaguni-jima Kaitei Iseki?) in Japanese.” (from Wikipedia)

Yonaguni stairs

Located near Taiwan

General, History, Science and Discovery, Travel

Jennifer Chou: TSA screening: no logic, no freedom, just fear, hatred and molestation

April 18th, 2011

Jennifer Chou

The Swill Bucket is pleased to present another column by Jennifer Chou. Jenn received her B.A. in communications studies from UCLA and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She enjoys beer, jogging, the beach and music in her spare time.

 

“TSA screening: no logic, no freedom, just fear, hatred and molestation”

There is seriously something wrong when the government demands its citizens be molested or to undergo x-raying and be viewed naked, in order to travel.

It’s hard for me to believe people are serious when they ask what the big deal is about being viewed naked on these porno scanners. Clearly, if people are generally comfortable being naked in front of complete strangers, it would not be illegal to be naked in almost all public places. And is it that hard to imagine that victims of rape or sexual assault might be extremely uncomfortable with strangers seeing them naked or groping them?

Read entire article here:

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Moscow bombing: Carnage at Russia’s Domodedovo airport

February 1st, 2011

A bomb attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport has killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 – many of them critically, officials say.

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General, News media, Travel, TSA

Jesse Ventura Sues TSA, Cites 4th Amendment Violations, Sexual Harassment

January 25th, 2011

Jesse Ventura

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, alleging full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.Ventura is asking a federal judge in Minnesota to issue an injunction ordering officials to stop subjecting him to “warrantless and suspicionless” scans and body searches.

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911, News media, Transparency, Travel, TSA

Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says

January 15th, 2011

A leading Israeli airport security expert says the Canadian government has wasted millions of dollars to install “useless” imaging machines at airports across the country.

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General, Transparency, Travel, TSA

U.S Senator Diane Feinstein responds to The Swill Bucket, applauds TSA’s efforts

January 6th, 2011

Dear Mr. Hamilton:

 Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) use of whole-body imaging scanners and pat-downs.  I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome the opportunity to respond.

 As you may know, the TSA began using advanced imaging technology (AIT) in February of 2007.  These scanners produce a three-dimensional image of passengers, allowing TSA officials to quickly and efficiently search for prohibited carry-on items.  Following the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 over the United States on December 25, 2009, the TSA has accelerated scanner installation, placing 450 whole-body imaging scanners across the country.

 I understand you have concerns that full-body scanners and pat-downs may pose privacy concerns.  You may be interested to know that the TSA has taken steps to ensure every passenger’s privacy.  Specifically, images from AIT machines are viewed in a remote location, away from the screening process.  Once the TSA official has viewed the image, that image is then permanently erased.  In addition, only passengers who alarm a walk-through metal detector or a whole body image scanner or opt out of the AIT machines are subject to a pat-down. These pat-downs are performed by same-gender TSA officers and all passengers have the right to a private screening with a witness at any time.

 I believe the failed Christmas Day bombing plot is a reminder that it is important to meet our critical national security needs.  I understand these procedures have caused inconvenience and discomfort for passengers; however, critics of these security screenings must consider the possible consequences of relaxing our security measures.  Protecting American lives from terrorist attacks is, and must be, the nation’s highest priority.  Please know that I value your opinion and will keep your concerns in mind as I work to strengthen airport security, while continuing to protect individual privacy.

 If you have general concerns about TSA policies, I would encourage you to visit http://www.tsa.gov to view current policies for travelers. Additionally, if you have not already done so, I would encourage you to contact the TSA directly to share feedback about current policies. This may be done either by phone at (866) 289-9673 or by email at TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.

Once again, thank you for writing.  Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.  Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

 Dianne Feinstein

 United States Senator

Further information about my position on issues of concern to California and the Nation are available at my website http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/.  You can also receive electronic e-mail updates by subscribing to my e-mail list at http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ENewsletterSignup.Signup. Feel free to checkout my YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/Senatorfeinstein

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Homeland Security troll busted spamming We Won’t Fly

December 24th, 2010

“Fuck you, Fuck all you cocksuckers, you wont change anything. ride the bus, TSA is here to stay there [sic] doing a great job keeping americia [sic] safe.”

The message was clear enough. It’s a typical hate message one gets for saying anything controversial about anything in this Land of the Free. But someone traced the source and found it had come to We Won’t Fly from someone at the Department of Homeland Security:

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TSA terrorizes 4-year-old disabled boy in Philadelphia

December 3rd, 2010

Jack Cafferty asks: Is the TSA going too far when it makes a 4-year-old disabled boy remove his leg braces?
Shawn Hamilton answers: “Yes, Jack. We’re glad you finally noticed.”

Hear more on this ridiculous TSA exploit here:

Note: This isn’t a recent story but from February 2010. It shows that the new TSA policies, reprehensible and misguided as they are currently, are not a new phenomenon. TSA has been focusing its laser eyes and giving “freedom pats” to infants, disabled people, and our elders for a long time.

General, Travel, TSA

Why the TSA pat-downs and body scans are unconstitutional

November 28th, 2010

Thanks to René Hamilton and Donald Sage Mackay  for submitting this to Swill! 

By Jeffrey Rosen,  Sunday, November 28, 2010

The protest on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was called National Opt-Out Day, and its organizers urged air travelers to refuse the Transportation Security Administration’s full-body scanning machines.

But many appeared to have opted out of opting out. The TSA reported that few of the 2 million people flying Wednesday chose pat-downs over the scanners, with few resulting delays.

Read entire story here:

News media, Travel, TSA

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