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I'm waay behind and will probably never catch up. But anyway:

TSA news wildfire:

naked images were stored
http://gizmodo.com/5690749/these-are-the-first-100-leaked-body-scans
Israel airport security
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/744199---israelification-high-security
-little-bother
TSA experience
http://johnnyedge.blogspot.com/2010/11/these-events-took-place-roughly-between.html
"my first cavity search"
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/11/11/tsas-new-book-for-ki.html
TSA patdowns will touch your crotch if you don't want to be naked on
screen
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/10/for-the-first-time-the-tsa-m
eets-resistance/65390/
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/10/assume-the-position-tsa-begins-n
ew-ball-busting-patdowns.ars
"Telling my wife about this, she mentioned the report she heard said
that its now no longer a pat, but a full body slide, and women will have
their breasts cupped and felt under."
TSA scanners can store, send naked pictures
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20012583-281.html
airline passenger questioned for tattoos
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2010/11/la-food-stylist-pulled-from-flight-for-atom-bomb-tattoo.html


divergence between UK and US conservatives
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11759960

anti-Obamacare Republican demands his government health care
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45181.html

D&D as slasher flick, with PCs as the horror
http://roseembolism.livejournal.com/313759.html

housing price declines biggest in exurbs and suburbs, not mixed-used
urbanism; new private urban rail?
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/06/here-comes-the-neighborhood/8093
{In the early 20th century, every town of more than 5,000 people was
served by streetcars, even though real household income was one-third
what it is today. By 1920, metropolitan Los Angeles had the longest
street-railway network in the world. Atlanta's rail system was
accessible to nearly all residents. Until 1950, our grandparents and
great-grandparents did not need a car to get around, since they could
rely upon various forms of rail transit. A hundred years ago, the
average household spent only 5 percent of its income on transportation.
}
"transportation drives development, so development can and should help
pay for transportation."

technical drawing barrier to Chinese adoption of steam technology
http://understandingsociety.blogspot.com/2010/11/transmitting-technology.html

CIA was beyond rise of abstract expressionism?
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/cummings3.html

Facebook super-logoff
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/social.media/11/12/facebook.superlogoff/index.html?hpt=Sbin

The Tamil Tigers are dead, long live the wheat ban
http://rfmcdpei.livejournal.com/2558801.html

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nancylebov
Nov. 17th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
One more for your TSA collection-- employee humor about what they're doing being child molestation.
lyceum_arabica
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Ok, I'm moving to Sri Lanka. Awesome!

Also, the CIA-Art thing is interesting, and makes a lot of sense. Weird though, I mean, there would have to be a direct personal financial gain out of it... because it legitimately does pull power away from idealized imagery. People *still* tend to associate pretty/inspiring with cheap/insignificant (coke ads can be as pretty as they like, but you'll get into an argument calling them high art). So you're not taking power from the communists and giving it to the US government, you're instead taking power away from *all* governments. Which is perhaps something that it'd be hard to convince our government to do unless there was some other motivation.

Anyway, the stuff's not totally worthless, and the things that have grown out of it are pretty cool. Art's moved closer to meta and "look what I can do". While pollack let paint dribble on a canvas, I saw an exhibit at the Wexner center where the paint-drippy drop cloth was created over the course of the show by an automatically firing paintball gun with a 5 minute delay, a selection of paintball colors, and an interesting randomized aiming algorithm.... so the painting on the canvas was a function of time. Which (shrugs) is neat. You'd just find yourself standing and watching this thing paint the canvas indefinitely... it was relaxing, and *weirdly* addictive. You could be curious about the future, while easily seeing what had happened in the past, and always sort of seeing how things built up, while happily knowing that it was all totally unimportant.

Er. So it's not 'representative' of any real visual image, but it struck the same mental chords as a lot of other processes we have to keep track of in life.... so sorta representative of an aspect of reality. Which I think is the way they tried to sell some of the modernist stuff, but since then they've gotten a lot better at fulfilling the salespitch. You don't need to consciously think when you see these recent things, in order to enjoy them, "this is just like how my education impacts my knowledge base about a topic, or how events occurring in an election cycle build to impact the final outcome"... you just think "ooh, pretty colors keep happening. i like to watch things that keep happening like this"

Of course, then the advertisers, (and video-game makers), and the government notice which bits grab at your subconscious, and turn them back to propaganda all over again. :-)
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