Tag: security

Eve Ensler asks “What is security?”

April 24, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Eve Ensler asks “What is security?”

In this TED talk, Eve Ensler (who wrote “The Vagina Monologues“) addresses the question, “What is security?”

According to Ensler, security is elusive and impossible, and that’s the good news, “unless your whole life is about being secure.” If you’re one of those people who obsess about security, you will become a cultural and intellectual recluse. You will become a frozen and numbed to the possibility of change/growth and you will perceive enemies to be everywhere. All you’ll have time for is to worry about protecting yourself.

The talk then moves to engaging stories about women who have created real versions of security. Real security is “hungering for connection rather than power.”

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It’s supposedly illegal to take photographs in public spaces

February 11, 2009 | By | 12 Replies More
It’s supposedly illegal to take photographs in public spaces

I’ve previously read accounts of photographers being harassed. This smart guy turned on his camera’s video function and recorded the outrageous conversation with a security guard. She was pleasant, but instructed him about a “policy” that is utterly bizarre (because this policy, to my knowledge, doesn’t really exist in the law). Keep in mind that, according to this security guard, it’s illegal for a tourist to snap any photos of the historic buildings in Washington D.C. without special clearance.

I’d like to reserve this post as a place for anyone else to post comments if they or someone they know has been warned to not take photos in public spaces, prevented from taking such photos or had their camera(s) confiscated.

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A toy for these dangerous times

January 22, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More
A toy for these dangerous times

Would you like to be a junior security officer?   You can spend your whole day keeping your toy room safe with this offering that I found on Amazon (via Reddit.com).  Only $52 to implement this check point, giving you the highest degree of protection.

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Worthless airport security

November 20, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
Worthless airport security

Is our airport security better than it was prior to 9/11?   In “The Things He Carried,” Jeff Goldberg digs in deeply, going so far as to look and act suspicious to test the TSA and concludes that we’re getting nothing for most of the money we’ve spent on “improvements.”  We now have a system designed […]

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A pilot complains about the airport “security theater.”

June 19, 2008 | By | Reply More
A pilot complains about the airport “security theater.”

I’ve sometimes wondered what insiders think about pre-flight security. Here is a recent account by one pilot: Before we take off, I would like to apologize on behalf of this and every airline for the hassle you just endured at the security checkpoint. As is patently obvious to any reasonable person, the humiliating shoe removals, […]

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