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Pat H

Back in the TSA*

Checking back with the TSA, here are the accomplishments on their list for the period between January 23rd and 29th, 2012: 2 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints 31 firearms found at checkpoints 0 passengers arrested after investigation of suspicious behavior or fraudulent…

Nanotube paint: looking for trouble

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have just announced the development of a new paint that can spot movement in large structures like bridges, mines and tunnels and alert authorities before there is a serious problem. It’s made from aligned…

Mobile phones: you never have to shop alone

According to a study just released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 1/3 of adult shoppers used their cell phones to check reviews and/or compare prices while shopping in a physical store during the recent holiday season. (And…

Scanners: not just for airports any more

As part of its ongoing investigation of body scanners, ProPublica has written about their proliferation as law enforcement agencies around the country, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the New York Police Department, have begun using x-ray devices, sometimes…

About that sea of tsunami trash headed our way…

Last year’s giant earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami got world-wide attention at the time but, except for continuing concerns about the damaged nuclear power stations, it has mostly faded from the public’s awareness. However, that hasn’t stopped the millions…

TSA. What they’ve done for (or to) some of us lately

Here’s what those busy folks at TSA did during the period between January 16th and 22nd, 2012: 4 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints 26 firearms found at checkpoints 1 passenger was arrested after investigation of suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents…

Comparing incomes: Mitt Romney and you

Slate put an “interesting” calculator up yesterday that puts things in perspective: Mitt Romney released his 2010 tax return on Monday. His total income for the year was listed as $21.6 million, more than one-half of which came from capital gains. How…

Eric Schneiderman to head new mortgage agency

Here’s what the LA Times has to say about Mr. Schneiderman: Schneiderman has been one of the most aggresssive state attorneys general in investigating the actions of financial firms and others leading up to the housing bust. Along with California…