Travel blogger Christopher Elliot has an informed post up about the odd timing of the latest terror scare
, and a theory that this might be "just another cleverly-timed event that pushes us toward mandatory full-body scans at the airport," just like the underwear failbomber conveniently ended a lively debate
about the privacy issues posed by "strip-search machines."
When will full-body scans become mandatory? (elliott.org)
If you aren’t a conspiracy theorist, then last weekend’s foiled bomb plot will just strike you as an interesting coincidence. Which it certainly is.
No matter who you are, though, the happenings of the last two weeks, which include the Transportation Security Administration’s imposition of new enhanced pat-down procedures for passengers who refuse the full-body scans, the terrorism scare, and a pilot who refused to undergo the TSA’s new screening, all lead to the same question: When will the government force us to go through these new machines?
Probably a lot sooner than we think.
Your Roomba vacuum cleaner collects data about the size and geometry of your home as it cleans and transmits that data back to Irobot, Roomba’s parent company — and now the company says it wants to sell that data to companies like Apple and Google.
The American “productivity paradox”: technology keeps marching, but the amount of profit generated by the average worker’s average hour is stagnant.
You know all those health industry lobbyists who say that the American healthcare industry will go broke if it has to take care of the health of Americans?
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