signs that are to die for vs. signs that will die for you
  • to die for:aries, gemini, virgo, sagittarius, capricorn, aquarius
  • will die for you:taurus, cancer, leo, libra, scorpio, pisces
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TSA Supervisor Calls Police on Teen for Filming Dad’s Pat-Down

A 16-year-old boy has caused a stir after releasing a video showing himself being denied the right to film a checkpoint pat-down — something the TSA officially allows.

YouTube user Apple Lucas claims that he was denied the right to film while being patted down by a TSA supervisor at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He then tried to film his father getting patted down, only to have the TSA agent call a police officer to the scene.

“I explained to him that it clearly states on the TSA website that you are allowed to film the TSA agents as long as you don’t film their monitors and are not interfering with their process,” Apple Lucas writes.

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The Intercept received a leaked document detailing the “suspicious signs” checklist used by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to identify potential terrorists. Could you be a target next time you are waiting in line at airport security? Learn more on Democracy Now! today.

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Accusations of racially selective airport searches by the Transportation Security Administration have prompted officials to deem the practice discriminatory. This comes years after Solange Knowles spoke out about her own experience with airport “Discrim-FRO-nation” on Twitter but it appears as though black women are still receiving routine hair searches. [Read More]

Watch: Our ‘Women Make News’ panel discuss the TSA & more. (TSA at the 26:00 mark)

the signs as colors
  • aries:fiery reddish orange, intense purples and blues
  • taurus:pale yellow, pale red, magenta
  • gemini:turquoise, white
  • cancer:baby blues and pinks
  • leo:soft gold, deep red
  • virgo:bright green, navy blue
  • libra:dusty rose, periwinkle
  • scorpio:ebony, maroon
  • sagittarius:cobalt blue, silver
  • capricorn:bright blue and old grey
  • aquarius:black and white, reddish pink
  • pisces:soft greens and blues
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My Favorites Meme - favorite track of each album

 ↳Taylor Swift - Should’ve said no

“This song is about choices. now there are good choices, like the choice to play a show in my home state of Pennsylvania, like the choice to come out with Keith Urban to play a few shows when he invited us, and then there are bad choices. This is a song about a guy who cheated on me and shouldn’t have because I write songs.”

signs that are everyone’s cup of tea vs. signs that are someone’s shot of whiskey
  • cup of tea:taurus, leo, virgo, libra, sagittarius, pisces
  • shot of whiskey:aries, gemini, cancer, scorpio, capricorn, aquarius
the signs as lana lyrics pt. 1
  • Aries:"I tried so hard to act nice like a lady, you taught me that it was good to be crazy"
  • Taurus:"Summer's in the air and baby, heaven's in your eyes"
  • Gemini:"Me and god, we don't get along"
  • Cancer:"I pretend I'm not hurt, and go about the world like I'm having fun"
  • Leo:"Yeah, my boyfriend's pretty cool, but he's not as cool as me"
  • Virgo:"Love you more than those bitches before"
  • Libra:"It's you that I adore, though I make the boys fall like dominoes"
  • Scorpio:"I'm a dragon, you're a whore"
  • Sagittarius:"Be young, be dope, be proud like an American"
  • Capricorn:"Let me put on a show for you, daddy"
  • Aquarius:"She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond"
  • Pisces:"Heaven is a place on earth with you"
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“He never had the greatest opinion of Shadowhunters, but he was fond of this place. I-lost him recently, and I knew this place could not operate without teachers. I wanted to do something in memory of him, even though I hated the idea of teaching a pack of arrogant Nephilim brats. But I loved my friend more than I hate Shadowhunters.”

TSA misses 96% of explosives and weapons smuggled by undercover agents - UPDATE: TSA Director reassigned

According to a report, of the 70 times undercover agents tried to sneak explosives and weapons past TSA security agents, the TSA missed 67 of them. That’s a failure rate of 96% - Even with the naked scanners and the special groping. But hey, that’s not bad for government, I guess.

From ABC News:

An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.

The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.

According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.

In one test an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat down.
Officials would not divulge the exact time period of the testing other than to say it concluded recently.

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It’s one thing to give up liberty for actual security. It’s quite another to give up liberty for no reason at all.

I don’t want to pretend that it’s an easy task to catch every evil person trying to do others harm. But I remember in the wake of 9/11, the feds created the TSA and took over the security at airports, train stations and other transportation locations, ostensibly to make us safer. But I can’t imagine that the success rate for the pre-9/11 private security firms was worse than 4%.

This is a *perfect* example of how government operates in general. When something bad happens, whether it be a terrorist attack or an economic recession or some other real or perceived crisis, the government inevitably comes in to fix the problem and a new (usually permanent) federal agency, program or regulation is born that generally makes things worse than before. The New Deal, the post-Great Depression bank regulations, Social Security, The War on Poverty, Obamacare, etc. I could go on and on. Virtually every massive government program came into existence as the result of some crisis that we were told (by the government, of course) could only be solved by government. The TSA is no different.

Only the government can “fix” something until it’s broken, and then legally force people to keep funding it.

UPDATE: The TSA director has been reassigned due to his whopping 4% success rate of catching fake bad guys. In the real world, he would have gotten fired (or never hired in the first place). But in government world, he gets “reassigned” where he’ll no doubt have a cushy job until he retires with a 6-figure pension. Yay!

the signs as dog breeds
  • Aries:Pomeranian; vivacious, spunky, and independent, refusing to take orders from anyone they view inferior to them.
  • Taurus:English Bulldog; calm and phlegmatic while possessing a very stubborn temperament.
  • Gemini:Poodle; intelligent with a very nervous, high-strung temperament.
  • Cancer:Labrador; protective and family-oriented.
  • Leo:Golden Retriever; extremely loyal with a bright and cheerful temperament.
  • Virgo:German Shepherd; intelligent, aloof, and requires plenty of mental stimulation.
  • Libra:English Cocker Spaniel; sweet, gentle, and agreeable with nearly everyone.
  • Scorpio:Rottweiler; fiercely protective and loyal to their loved ones.
  • Sagittarius:Siberian Husky; free-spirited, energetic, and good-natured while being very strong-willed.
  • Capricorn:Saint Bernard; calm, sensible, and patient with an independent streak.
  • Aquarius:Border Collie; intelligent, quick-minded, and loves to socialize.
  • Pisces:Pug; peaceful, sweet, and dependent on others.