December 23rd, 2010

Spread your legs. A little wider, please.

UNITED NATIONS - Hardeep Singh Puri, India's ambassador to the United Nations, last month ran headfirst into a controversial new Transportation Security Administration inspection policy for many foreign travelers.

At the airport in Austin, TSA agents demanded to inspect his turban. Puri is a Sikh, whose religion requires that the turban, or dastar, be worn in public to cover uncut hair. Puri refused the TSA order, citing an agency exception that allows Sikhs to pat down their own turbans to avoid intrusive searches and then have their hands tested for possible explosives.

The situation escalated when TSA agents initially ignored Puri's protestations and said they would decide what the rules are, according to an official traveling with the ambassador.

The episode involving Puri has roiled sensibilities in India, where Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna complained this month about the TSA's pat-downs of Meera Shankar, the country's ambassador to the United States. Krishna said Shankar was frisked twice in three months, most recently when she was pulled aside at the Jackson, Miss., airport and subjected to a body search by a female TSA agent.

"Let me be very frank that this is unacceptable," Krishna said.


I have no problem with TSA ignoring their own rules. In fact, I wish every single passenger over the Christmas holidays would get a pornscan AND a 'feel-up'. It would help end this stupid charade sooner. The TSA agents here in Austin actually have a Holiday chorus to entertain you while they cop a feel. I don't know if they take requests, but I'm sure they could belt out a few stanzas of the Horst Wessel Song if you asked.

If you happen to be one of the timid Americans who has felt more relaxed about flying after someone else's grandma or teenage daughter got their breasts squeezed, I especially hope you get the treatment - just think of it as a Christmas embrace from Michael Chertoff.

Rendering unto Caesar: Clarification on Flat-Earth Religion

Before the sixth century of the Common Era, the most educated people in Afro-Eurasia had the capacity to perceive the rotation of the Earth. In the next level down the ladder of education, the Earth's curvature was recognized, but the Earth was perceived as static. The majority of people conceived of the Earth as flat. They lacked the level of knowledge and experience needed to think of the Earth in any other way. By what process did the people of the third tier of education take control of the Roman Church?

Although the Trinity was crafted in the fourth century, it was not until the sixth century that the iron curtain of ignorance and superstition descended. For two hundred years, people who knew better rejected the bold-faced lie that Athanasius, Alexander, and Constantine had concocted as a loyalty oath. How did Justinian succeed in revolutionizing education to the point of crippling it for centuries to come?

When the Roman Church attacked the established educational system, the people with the highest level of education exiled themselves to domains outside of Roman authority. As ignorant priests snuffed out the light of understanding in the Roman world, the torch bearers carried the flame to more fertile territory. Before the sixth century, the top minds of the Roman Church were drop-outs from the second tier educational institutions. After the sixth century, there were no schools from which to drop out. People who sought knowledge had to leave the domain of the Church in order to find it. Later, Islam became the harbor for educational institutions as it jealously guarded the jewels of the classical world.

In the early centuries of the Common Era, second tier scholars had recorded the work of first tier scholars. They ridiculed their superiors for failing to see stars moving around the Earth. When third tier priests and monks encountered the literature of second tier educators, they accepted the work as gospel truth. Little did they know how little the Peripatetics knew. Thomas Aquinas was just such a monk. He was instrumental in establishing Peripatetic ignorance as Church policy. It was enough light to spark an economic renaissance, but not enough to disperse the shadow world of Roman power. It would take the martyrdom of Copernicus, Bruno and Galileo to pierce the veil of Roman superstition.

To this day, Romans still affirm their loyalty using the Caesarian oath. Those who know the lie behind the oath are considered outside and opposed to "Christianity." Do you espouse the bald-faced lie of trinitarian dogma?
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Does anyone want to do a Poll for this community?

Is this community too US-centric?

Do American members want more or less input from the outside world?

Should everyone consider how much the issue affects the majority of our members before they post?

Should there be caps and quotas on posts :-
about America
about any political figure
about any geographic region(s)
by the American contingent here
by Green Man, aka Minto Grubb.

Does anyone want to do a proper poll?

I did try to set one up , but the HTML or something keeps crashing and won't run it through.

I think it would be nice to see how many people whe have here from various places, and a how people feel about the issues raised by my questions.
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Return of the Wonks

In Britian, we call them 'wonks'. Now, 'wonk', backwards, is 'know' - and wonks are people who know how thins work, specifically , things like politics, finance or framing legislation. they use their expertise to try and foresee if any unintended consequences may arise out of the wording or even the impact of piece of legislation on our public life.

The problem, say many civil servants, is that government minsisters are reacting to media pressure with knee jerk reactions and ill thought out responses.rather than achieving a clear result, the legislators are having to deal with the unintended consequences of all this hand flapping.

A scandal has erupted in the press only recently, claiming that surgeons are not allowed to operate on children until they are CRB cleared. now, once they are clear with one board, does this mean that another health trust can sue them/ oh - no, that would be too simple. A heart surgeon operating in a theatre in Wales on week can find himself at work on a young teenager in Liverppool then next, and each Health trust wants them cleared on ~their~ system. Hello, we have an NHS- isn't it time it had some National co-ordination ?

the Royal College of Surgeons has called for an immediate rollout of a transferable CBR check - something that should have been drafted in bythe Blair/ Brown government, but wasn't.

In a follow up to yesterday's story, a parent has been told he will need a CRB check if he wants to sit in with his 3 yr old daughter on her liturgical class. This is due to his presence among other small children. me, I am seeing where this could go- once an adult of either gender is assumed to be a risk to children , what's to stop un checked adults being allowed near children anywhere ( at a regular church service, for instance? ) has anyone thought about that?

One of the great tradition that has been going on in english schools since the 60s is the exchange visit. when i was a lad, a whole class load of us went to live for a week in France., thennext year, we had the french kids come stay in Britain. we got to see france and they got to meet real English people in return. now, government legislation is threatening this arrangement, because many European countries do not have this obsession with CRB checks.

Again , amy will argue that this is not ' left wing extremism', but Blairs leftist Labour Government has got it's dabs all over it. Conservative councillors are complaining about local authorities shutting parents away from their own kids on the swings, and now conservatives are deriding labour's ill thought out legislations in Parliament.

it is time that policy was once again framed with an eye to it's unintended consequences, rather than a desire to be seen to be 'doing something' by those who brought us the concept of 'Cool Britannia.'