Someone at TSA set the “My First Cavity Search” fake kid’s book as their desktop photo.
Authorities in Pennsylvania took a newborn baby away from her family for five days of crucial parental bonding time when the mother showed a false positive on a urine test from eating a poppy seed bagel. The hospital the mother gave birth in has a policy of testing pregnant women for drugs and reporting results to the local Child and Youth Services, without asking any questions or providing additional evidence first. The mother had not failed any prior drug tests nor been informed that she failed the latest test and been given the chance to mention the poppy seeds eaten. But if poppy seed eaters are allowed to keep their babies, then only babies will have, um, I’m bad at logic, just like all the authorities involved in this case.
Speaking of authorities and huge mistakes, those airport “naked scanners” (millimeter wave radiometers) are back in the news. Despite promises that your naked photos can’t be stored or leaked, The U.S. Marshals Service admitted they have stored over 35,000 of the pictures so far. That’s quite a spank bank. One scanner was also sent back to the manufacturer with the images still stored in it. Oh, and it turns out all the scanners have the capability to store and transmit the photos (wait till 4chan hears about this). TSA is saying they don’t have the recorders turned on when the scanners are installed in airports. Then why have recording and transmission capabilities installed in them at all?
Opposition against the scanners is growing, with pilot Sully Sullenberger now joining with others saying flight crews shouldn’t be subjected to the frequent radiation. It also should be noted that a large amount of lobbying by scanner manufacturers was done before they were approved. Three companies, L-3 Communications, Rapiscan, and American Science & Engineering, lobbied hard for the scanners, with L-3 and Rapiscan receiving contracts for $165 million and $173 million respectively. The first contract was granted four days after the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing attempt. It should be noted there is no evidence these scanners could have actually detected the type of weapon the Christmas Day terrorist was attempting to use. I feel safer already.
- Eat a bagel, lose your kid. Thanks, war on drugs. (Reason)
- Federal authorities admit to storing over thirty-five thousand “naked scanner” images, sent an unknown number back to the manufacturer. (CNET)
- Hero pilot Sully Sullenberger criticizes millimeter wave radiometers. (ABC)
- Scanner contracts have heavy ties to lobbying by the manufacturers. Shocking. (WE)
- A well-known British drug counselor who runs a rehab frequented by celebrities and royalty has been filmed smoking crystal meth with a prostitute in a hotel room. Is this ironic if it’s exactly what we expected? (Arbroath)
- About thirty thousand Dutch households are going to receive weed-scented scratch and sniff postcards in the mail. Authorities in The Netherlands hope the cards will help people identify and turn in any illegal grow operations. Or give people a wicked case of the munchies. (BBC)
- After protesting the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey in Oklahoma, Westboro Baptist Church members found all four tires of their minivan had been slashed. And the local service centers refused to offer them any service, as is their right. (TulsaWorld)
- The top three countries for alcohol consumption per capita are Ireland, France, and Italy. The U.S. didn’t even crack the top ten, not for lack of trying here at Uproxx. (VisualLoop)
- 14 states and Washington D.C. currently allow medical marijuana, according to Toke of the Town. Forty-six too few if you ask my grandma.
- On average men spend $552 per year on alcohol and women spend $233. Bloggers spend “all of it”. (Guyism)