“Let Me Touch You For A While” *Open Thread*

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You might think from the title that I am referring to the latest Wikileaks revelation that the CIA has been reaching out and touching us through our Samsung tvs (which I have), our Samsung phones, Iphones, iPads, Androids, you name it, and they have figured out how to spy on us at home on our devices.

And without a doubt, this news is BAD, BAD, BAD. In case you have missed it in the midst of the new Republican roll-out of Obamacare-Lite, here’s the latest on that from Reuters:

[…]

The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc iPhones, Google Inc Android devices and other gadgets in order to capture text and voice messages before they were encrypted with sophisticated software.

[…]

 

The information in what WikiLeaks said were 7,818 web pages with 943 attachments appears to represent the latest breach in recent years of classified material from U.S. intelligence agencies.

Security experts differed over how much the disclosures could damage U.S. cyber espionage. Many said that, while harmful, they do not compare to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 of mass NSA data collection.

“This is a big dump about extremely sophisticated tools that can be used to target individual user devices … I haven’t yet come across the mass exploiting of mobile devices,” said Tarah Wheeler, senior director of engineering and principal security advocate for Symantec.

 

[…]

In one case, the documents say, U.S. and British personnel, under a program known as Weeping Angel, developed ways to take over a Samsung smart television, making it appear it was off when in fact it was recording conversations in the room. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Awesome. Just awesome. Nothing like having your freakin’ TV spying on you, huh? Never mind your iPad, or phone. Now I am even gladder that I still have an old-school Blackberry type phone. Uh, yeah.

But no – this is not the reason I have the title I do, an Alison Krauss and Union Station tune. Nope. It is because of the TSA. This is apparently their new theme song.

Now, many of you know i have double knee replacements, and as a result, I have been subjected to incredibly invasive TSA pat-downs. Heck, even with the new scanners, AND the TSA pre-screen, I STILL get some pat-down action when I go to the airport. Suffice it to say, as I have noted before, it is not fun. And the more invasive ones have literally left me in tears they were so bad.

Well, they are about to get worse, which should strike fear into the hearts of everyone with a joint replacement, cochlear implant, or any other medical condition that often gets us yanked out of line and subjected to being physically assaulted by a government agency. From Bloomberg:

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has declined to say exactly where—and how—employees will be touching air travelers as part of the more invasive physical pat-down procedure it recently ordered.

The decision to alert local and airport police raises a question of just how intimate the agency’s employees may get. On its website, the TSA says employees “use the back of the hands for pat-downs over sensitive areas of the body. In limited cases, additional screening involving a sensitive area pat-down with the front of the hand may be needed to determine that a threat does not exist.”

Now security screeners will use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if one of the prior screening methods indicates the presence of explosives, according to a “security notice” that the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent its U.S. members following a March 1 conference call with TSA officials. 1

Uh, HELL YEAH, I would consider being sexually assaulted by a Government agent “unusual.” Are you KIDDING me with this?? I am infuriated jut reading this, knowing full well how much worse it will be for someone who is giving this kind of treatment.

In case you are wondering, here is the justification for this change:

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“Passengers who have not previously experienced the now standardized pat-down screening may not realize that they did in fact receive the correct procedure, and may ask our partners, including law enforcement at the airport, about the procedure,” TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson wrote March 3 in an email, describing why the agency notified police.

The pat-down change, first reported Friday by Bloomberg News, is “intended to reduce the cognitive burden on [employees] who previously had to choose from various pat-down procedures depending on the type of screening lane,” the ACI-NA wrote in its notice.

Physical screening has long been one of the public’s strongest dislikes about airport security protocols. The TSA has all pat-downs conducted by an employee of the same gender as the traveler and allows a passenger to request a private area for the screening, as well as to have a witness present. Likewise, the traveler can request that the pat-down occur in public view. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Oh, YAY! That makes it SO much better – a peep show for all the airport to see. Awesome.

GRRRRRR.

All I can say is I much prefer Alison Krauss’ version of “Let Me Touch You For A While” than the TSA’s any day of the week and twice on Sundays:

Yep – this is much better than being assaulted by the TSA…

That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.

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16 Responses to ““Let Me Touch You For A While” *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I can understand and deeply sympathize with your outrage at the actions that are allowed by the TSA. IMO this behavior should never be perpetrated on their citizens by ANY government.

    Allow “refugees” in from God knows where, keep an “open” border, allow “Sanctuary Cities” that flaunt the law, but an honest American citizen cannot be allowed to fly anywhere without being groped by some POS that works for TSA.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you, Marge. I cannot begin to tell you how unsettling some of these “pat downs” have been. The worst, by FAR, was in Tampa when the TSA agent willfully used a machine she knew to be faulty (Suzy overheard her say that after I had already been taken elsewhere), then shoved into what was basically a closet. And it went downhill from there.

      To think they will be even worse is mind boggling, appalling, and completely unacceptable.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, I knew it wasn’t some “alt-right” guy – anti-Semitism has become quite the cause celebre among Leftists these days. Just go on ay college campus and you will see just how much they embrace it and celebrate Palestinian terrorists. Juts infuriating.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    MEDIA FAIL: Trump Has Higher Favorability Than Media, Dems, Hillary, GOP, Congress…

    A new Suffolk University/USA Today national poll produced some rather disappointing numbers for Democrats and their allies in the establishment media. Despite an incessant flow of hysterical reports jam-packed with drummed-up outrage, vague accusations, anti-factual fact-checking, and “no evidence”-based conclusions, Americans like Trump more than they like the Democratic Party, the media, Hillary Clinton, the Republican Party, or Congress. As Twitchy puts it, that’s called a busted narrative.

    The poll, which surveyed 1,000 registered voters between March 1-5, found Trump (45/47) faring better than both the official and unofficial “opposition party” (Dems 36/52, Media 37/50), his vanquished foe (36/52), Congress (26/52), and even his Republican quasi-allies (37/48). The only person ahead of him in the survey is Vice President Mike Pence (47/35).

    Another political figure the poll asked respondents to rate is Elizabeth Warren, who came out 34 percent favorable, 34 percent unfavorable. A total of 21 percent had no opinion either way, while 11 percent had no earthly idea who she was, which is in itself a massive negative for her.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/14245/media-fail-trump-has-higher-favorability-media-james-barrett

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I saw another article in which they switched the genders of Trump and Clinton for a poll, and she STILL fared worse than Trump. That says something, huh?

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    I also have an older phone, mine is an old “flip” phone since all I want my phone to do is make calls. Not that there is much to data mine in my mind.

    Some of my contemporaries on the other hand are a bit silly in their concern about the government spying on them.

    Personally I haven’t trusted my toaster for quite some time. It has an evil look…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      ROTFMAO abt the waffle iron! Ahahaaha…

      I loved flip phones. So satisfying to flip them shut, like putting the handle back into the cradle for old-school phones.

      I had a friend tell me over a year ago abt Samsung tvs, and sure enough, she was right. I researched it at the time and learned there are things you MUST do to keep from having anyone be up to no good with them.

      But yeah – people can go too far…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        The problem is that some and I stress some of the fear and paranoia is legitimate – a lot is not.

        But as you might know, I have a cartoon for that.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, without a doubt – like the old saying that, “just because you are paranoid does not mean they aren’t out to get you.” 😀

          And the cartoon is perfect!

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    William A. Jacobson: Buy-cott of Ivanka Trump clothing line beats pants off Ivanka boycott

    The liberal internet mob has been trying to destroy Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessories line.

    There have been calls for a boycott, and pressure put on retailers to drop the lines. When several retailers pulled Ivanka’s products off the store shelves, there were hoots and hollers of joy in liberal land.

    Ivanka Trump may have shown that any publicity is good publicity when it comes to selling fashion.

    Despite a boycott and a decision by Nordstrom to no longer carry the brand, Ivanka Trump’s fashion line soared in online sales of individual items last month, according to a major e-commerce site.

    Trump’s brand was in 11th place based on the number of items sold, according to Lyst, a fashion search engine that links shoppers with more than 12,000 retailers and designers. That represented a 346% leap in items sold from the previous month, when Trump’s line ranked 550th.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/03/buy-cott-of-ivanka-trump-clothing-line-beats-pants-off-ivanka-boycott/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I have to say, I do find this to be a bit funny especially as it puts into their place all those sanctimonious “feminists” who are targeting a woman’s ability to sell her wares. Kinda funny that.

      And ROTFL abt the Nordstroms part, though sadly, I think that is too close to the truth these days…

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Pastor Lobbies For Murderer’s Release. Murderer Marries Pastor’s Daughter. What Happens Next Is Horrifying.

    Released from prison after his conviction, in part due to the efforts of Fred Harris, his pastor in Detroit who lobbied for him, Green married Harris’ daughter Faith, who already had two children. Green and Faith then had two daughters, Koi and Kaliegh.

    On September 21, 2016, Green bound Faith Harris-Green with duct tape and zip ties in their basement; Green had shot her in the foot and slashed her face with a box cutter.

    But it was far worse than that.

    Green shot Harris-Green’s two teenage children to death in front of her. Their two daughters, Koi, now five, and Kaliegh, now four, were dead upstairs; they had been poisoned by carbon monoxide in the car as duct tape covered the muffler. Green moved their bodies upstairs later.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/14260/pastor-lobbies-murderers-release-murderer-marries-hank-berrien

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, my dear Lord – that is HORRIBLE, Marge! Just horrible. Just SMH – wow…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I don’t understand the Pastor’s insistance on getting a guilty man out of prison. If there was some doubt about his guilt – but there wasn’t. And five innocent people died because of it.

        I realize that we should forgive people but that doesn’t mean we forget what they’ve done or what they are capable of doing. This man has got to live the rest of his life knowing that he is, in part, responsible for what happened.

        Personally, I couldn’t live with it. But I wouldn’t have wanted a murderer set free either.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I don’t get it either, Marge. I mean, really – if the man was legitimately in prison for murder, and it wasn’t something like involuntary manslaughter or something, why would you push to get him out? And then invite him into the family?

          I mean, I have done a LOT of work with prisoners when I lived in Boston, from county to state prisoners. There were some folks I really liked, and there was indeed a mother/daughter who were wrongly incarcerated (it took YEARS to prove that, btw), but it sounds like this pastor glossed over what kind of man he invited into his family. To put it mildly…

          And yes – one can forgive the sin, but justice is still important.

          Yeah, I don’t know how that man lives with himself either…

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