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TSA: Prohibited Items

Posted on August 20th, 2006 at 21:47 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News, Security

From the TSA web site, on prohibited items:


We encourage everyone to pack gel-filled bras in their checked baggage.

everyone? Does anybody have a suggestion for me where I could buy some?

from the same web page the following Orwellian quote:

We also ask that you follow the guidelines above and try not to over-think these guidelines.

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Agent houdt ‘bonnendag’

Posted on August 20th, 2006 at 9:57 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


Agenten lassen geregeld ‘bonnendagen’ in om hun loopbaan veilig te stellen. Op deze dagen bekeuren zij iedereen die ze kunnen betrappen.

De bonnendagen zijn nodig om een slechte beoordeling te voorkomen. Dat stelt de Nederlandse Politiebond (NPB).

Het persoonlijke bonnenquotum leidt tot veel klachten, zegt bondsvoorzitter Hans van Duijn. Agenten die eerder ‘uitstekend’ of ‘goed’ functioneerden worden volgens de NPB zonder pardon in de mindere categorie ‘naar behoren’ gezet.

“Zelfs agenten die enkele bonnen te weinig schrijven merken het”, stelt Van Duijn. “Een agent schreef 226 bonnen in plaats van 250 en werd afgewaardeerd, terwijl hij op alle andere punten uitstekend scoorde.” De politiebond stelt dat de bonnenjacht niet ten einde is. Ook al maakte het kabinet onlangs bekend dat korpsen bij hun financiering niet langer worden afgerekend op het aantal bekeuringen, ” voldoende bonnen is voor leidinggevenden een belangrijke en meetbare norm geworden”.

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Afghanistan to reconstitute religious police

Posted on August 20th, 2006 at 9:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


Nearly five years after the ouster of the fundamentalist Taliban regime, President Hamid Karzai plans to breathe new life into a strict Islamic institution that many Afghans were happy to see die: the Amr Bilmaruf va Nahi az Mankar, or literally, “Do the good, don’t do the bad.”

Last month, Karzai’s Cabinet approved a proposal to re-establish the agency also known as the Department for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue, whose police under the Taliban beat and imprisoned Afghans for violating Shariah law. For many, the revival of religious cops raises painful memories of ruffians zipping around Kabul in Datsun pickups mainly in search of women and girls who refused to wear the head-to-toe burqa, donned high heels, wore nail polish or walked down city streets without a male relative. Men were cited for sporting short beards, drinking alcohol, working during prayer time, playing chess or listening to nonreligious music.

The department was banned after a U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban in 2001.

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  1. Countries that demonstrate that they use religion as a system of law should be immediately subject to UN sanctions and be totally isolated from the rest of the world. It is about time the world stopped anybody from imposing their usually barbaric and dated beliefs on anybody else; it is a violation of basic human rights.

  2. Well, it just shows how successful the “Bringer of Democracy” was.

Al Kyder’s last boarding call….

Posted on August 20th, 2006 at 9:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


It’s a prank Bart Simpson would be proud of. After several controversial stunts, including trying to flog knuckle-dusters outside a Bulldogs rugby league game and approaching the Prime Minister, John Howard, with an over-sized axe, ABC TV’s Chaser boys have struck again.


The satirical show’s executive producer, Julian Morrow, said two tickets were booked online under the names “Mr Al Kyder” and “Mr Terry Wrist” for an 8.30am Virgin Blue flight from Sydney to Melbourne.

He picked up the boarding passes using the airline’s self-serve computers, which do not require proof of photo identification.

Then, after deliberately failing to board the plane, an announcement was made over the airport’s loud speaker system.

the video is here.

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