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Thu, May 26 2005

Backscatters: A Little T&A For The TSA?

Pardon my bluntness up there, but it says it all. Forget about people surfing the web for naked pictures. Now they can just get a job doing security work at the airport. And if you thought taking your shoes off before a flight was undignified, consider the fact that now they can just look at your whole naked body outline right through your clothes.

This is creepy stuff to me, particularly for anyone who has had, for instance, a breast removal or other surgery. What about people who have deformities or growths? Why should some stranger in an airport be allowed to view what most of us would only let a doctor see? I can't speak specifically for the male issues, but as a female I wonder if this technology makes plain things such as the fact that some females are wearing menstrual flow protection. Will this technology be placed in such a way that a minimum number of people are allowed to view the screen? And what about the women whose religion forbids them to be uncovered in public? This is just a technical bypass that forces them to expose themselves against their beliefs.

Is this the sort of practice you want your tax money to pay for? No matter how you feel, do email the TSA folks to let them know your thoughts.

posted at: 09:13 | category: /Politics | link to this entry

Whispers And Screams

There's something both wonderful and sad about the blog called PostSecret. It's good that people have someplace to let the world know what's always been hidden in their hearts, but it's also sad to me that so many of the secrets posted must be really painful. And it's also sad that some of these people have no one they trust.

Sometimes the very things we hide from others are the very things we most need someone to listen to us say. I just pray that God will make me the kind of person who can always listen and accept with love. What a marvelous spiritual gift that would be.

posted at: 06:25 | category: /Religious and Spiritual | link to this entry

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