Want some torture with your peanuts?


Just when you thought you’ve heard it all…

A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers. This bracelet would:
• take the place of an airline boarding pass
• contain personal information about the traveler
• be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage
• shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to as, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.” Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and that it would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if he/she got out of line?

Clearly the Electronic ID Bracelet is an euphemism for the EMD Safety Bracelet, or at least it has a nefarious hidden ability, thus the term ID Bracelet is ambiguous at best. EMD stands for Electro-Musuclar Disruption. Again, according to the promotional video the bracelet can completely immobilize the wearer for several minutes.

So is the government really that interested in this bracelet? Yes!

If this thing actually makes it on the wrist of people who board US airlines, that puts the nail in the coffin of me wanting to live in the US or visit. One of my mates at work asked today why don’t I want to live in the US with the high petrol prices and crap weather in the UK. THIS ^^^^ is one of the many many reasons not to. What sort of idiotic policy-minded bureaucrat would actually want to strap this on American citizens and visitors to the US? One of the comments to the article said that this would be the death knell to the airline industry, and I don’t think they’re far off. How ridiculous. Taser location-tagged bracelets for every airline passenger. Right! I hope this is some fantastic hoax…but I fear it isn’t.

I had another convo with a different mate this evening about US politics and what’s ‘going down’ – he said he wanted to live in the US and we started going on about how hard it is to get a visa for the US vs the UK, etc., and I started remembering traveler’s horror stories of missing laptops, security lines, luggage x-rays, the TSA (and Canadian customs as well) going through MP3 players and laptops looking for copyrighted material, habeus corpus and civil rights disappearing, all this serious stuff, all the way down to internet neutrality and bandwidth throttling. Oh, not to mention the price of fuel going up 200% in 5 years and worse to come.

sorry…ranting but it’s shite like this bracelet thing that just really really irk the hell out of me. One of the comments at the moment says the people complaining about this possibility ‘do not value their lives’ and ‘what freedom will you have when you are wearing a head scarf or dead’ and finally ‘What do you hope to leave the next generation?????’ Apparently this guy is happy to leave the next generation in an Orwellian, Judge Dredd-like militia state where no one is trusted, only the rich and powerful have any say and everyone is watched for the least little bit of unpatriotic behavior. May the Flying Spaghetti Monster save us!

Bush: ‘Outside forces tend to divide people up.’

Yesterday, President Bush defended his decision not to send U.S. troops into the Darfur genocide, saying he learned lessons from the genocide in Rwanda. Ignorant of the comparison to Iraq, Bush said foreign troops would only be divisive and “unbelievably counterproductive”:

BUSH: A clear lesson I learned in the museum was that outside forces that tend to divide people up inside their country are unbelievably counterproductive. In other words, people came from other countries — I guess you’d call them colonialists — and they pitted one group of people against another.

See the video here.


Palestinians & Egyptians upset they were ripped off by each other

This is too funny.

Well…the Palestinian/Israeli conflict isn’t funny, really, but this little story is.

Apparently when masked gunmen blew up a wall in the Gaza Strip that had kept Palestinians in place, allowing them easy entry into Egypt, they took money with them to buy non-essential items that Israel had banned them from buying. Shopkeepers on the Egypt side were only too happy to sell them whatever they liked, and all of this led to a few problems for the shopkeepers, local shoppers and the Palestinian visitors:

  1. The local folks complained that everything had sold out and prices shot up because of supply and demand.
  2. The visiting Palestinians complained that the shopkeepers had sold foods that were past their expiration date (this happens in the UK, too, mostly with Asian/Middle Eastern shopkeepers, but at least they’re marked ‘out of date’)
  3. and finally, the shopkeepers complained that the Palestinians had used counterfeit money to buy the expired foods.

This little tidbit comes from Israel Today, a site that apparently takes the joy of confining people in a dusty, rock-strewn cage and seeing what happens, then reporting on it to the rest of the world.