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  1. Pat
    Pat August 25, 2017 4:16 am

    “TSA also chooses passengers randomly for pat-downs…..
    Passengers who won’t complete screening aren’t permitted to fly.”

    Having been through a (presumably) random pat-down, I don’t worry about permission to fly any more – I REFUSE to fly again.

    I often buy “remaindered” meat – not 40 lb at a time, but enough to make a difference in my budget and menus. The cheaper cuts usually make better recipes than “fresh” meat and, at the price of beef and lamb these days, I can frequently pick up expensive cuts like T-bone or porterhouse steaks, even half a leg of lamb, that others have left in the meat case.

  2. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran August 25, 2017 5:03 am

    Cats sitting on glass tables.

    Ha, those photos are hilarious and gave me a good morning laugh! I have a glass topped patio table that my cats like to lay on. I need to get a photo and I’ll share it with the rest of the class. 🙂

  3. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal August 25, 2017 8:20 am

    The security camera thing gave me perverse pleasure. I know an unpleasant braggart who put in a security camera system at his run down, falling apart trailer house. He shows off how he can watch his home for intruders on his cell phone- it even gives him alerts when someone passes by on the street. Knowing his “security” can be hacked is hilarious (although I can’t imagine anyone would consider breaking into his house believing there would be anything valuable inside – which is actually a good security scheme).

    I wonder how intrusive and humiliating the Terrorist Support Administration pat-downs will have to become before the tipping point is reached. My relatives who fly don’t even seem to notice them. Yet. Is it simply that their cowardice at the prospect of a “terrorist” is so much greater? I honestly believe they wouldn’t object to a strip search and body cavity search if that’s what were required. If I ask about the “security” measures they went through, and if it bothers them, I get this look like “Huh?” Must be nice to have enough money that brains are unnecessary.

    Cats on glass tables? Look kids, it’s Hovercat!

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold August 25, 2017 8:37 am

    “Pat-downs result in the discovery of knives and other dangerous items carried on a passenger’s person on a daily basis,” spokesman Mike England said.
    IOW the stuff normal people carry around all the time, and don’t cause any problems with.

    In a response to MacFarlane’s complaint to Burr’s office, the agency said a test indicated explosives might have been in her bag, prompting the pat-down.
    “A test reveals that there might be explosives in your bag, but we aren’t going to search the bag, we’re going to pat you down.”

    Screeners nationwide found a record 96 firearms – 85 of them loaded and 26 with a round in the firing chamber – in carry-on bags in the week of July 24-31 alone.
    Perhaps that’s because there are, at last count, 16,300,000 people in the U.S. with a license to carry, many of whom routinely carry and don’t cause trouble, and nobody’s perfect. Except for the 11 people carrying unloaded guns. They’re just strange.

    The whole philosophy of “if we let passengers carry nail files they’ll commit mayhem” is wrong.

    We’re several hundred miles from the coast, but we’re an evacuation destination for one of the coastal counties, so it’s time for me to gear up and go volunteer in the shelter.

  5. countglockula
    countglockula August 25, 2017 9:08 am

    I have been living exclusively off ‘remaindered meat’ for several years. Our local chain market has a bin with ‘managers specials’ which I cruise through a couple of times a week. Price reduction is typically 30% or 50%. Unless I want a particular cut, I stick with the 50% items.

    Over the years I have had only one item that was ‘bad’, some boneless pork chops. They had a bad smell upon defrosting so they went into the trash.
    I cycle through the meat I store and discard it after a year. Usually this seldom happens, as we use items that approaching that date.

    The best remainders are beef; roasts, steaks, chopped steaks. I seldom buy processed items like kabobs or pre-seasoned patties.
    Best buys in pork is loins, roasts and bone-in chops.

  6. Comrade X
    Comrade X August 25, 2017 11:26 am

    I try to save up a good fart for my TSA pat downs, but I am always soooooooooo sorrrrrrrrrrrrry afterwards!

    But it is an art to keep everything under control you know.

  7. larryarnold
    larryarnold August 25, 2017 1:44 pm

    I know an unpleasant braggart who put in a security camera system at his run down, falling apart trailer house.

    One of my younger friends got a great deal on the components of a home security system at a police auction. I was very gentle when I pointed out that it being in the police auction meant it had already been stolen.

    I’d use more remaindered meat, but the market here is fierce. Our store doesn’t bother with bins or special marking, they just reduce the price sticker and it disappears. Maybe part of that is our large retirement population.

  8. Mark Leigh
    Mark Leigh August 25, 2017 11:15 pm

    Seattle remains true to type. Remember the Boeing slump? the signs said will the last person to leave Seattle please turn the lights out. And the Alaskan goldrush Seattle’s business was fleecing miners and woe betide any other port trying to steal Seattles business.

  9. parabarbarian
    parabarbarian August 27, 2017 5:29 pm

    Placing blame for poor security in surveillance cameras (or any IoT device for that matter) on the manufacturer is the wrong place. Consumers want cheap cameras with lots of “features” and the manufacturers are simply servicing that demand. A reasonably secure device with forward support for the firmware would cost more.

  10. Claire
    Claire August 27, 2017 7:35 pm

    Boy, that really brings it home, doesn’t it?

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