Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just to Clarify... then more Rebelliousness

A few recent events have made me a little panicky about this blog.  I just want to clarify that I'm not an investigative blogger.  I have no pretensions with this blog.  It's just perspective, it's just thoughts, and hopefully it's mostly the truth.  I believe like all people who blog what is on their minds I've had enough figurative foot-in-mouth moments of embarrassment that make me want to go back and delete a post for something I wrote... but I guess if I did that I would have only a pitiful handful of entries on this blog.

Whew! Now that's out of the way, I have noticed some hullabaloo about the full body scanners... I had to go through one in Europe.  They aren't so bad, but the scanner still picked up my zippers on my boots and the buttons sewn into my jeans, things that didn't set off the metal detectors (in some airports in Europe you don't have to take off your shoes)... so I still had to get a pat-down.  It was done by a female, but I felt annoyed.  Why did I have to go through the machine if I was getting a pat-down anyway?  Obviously the technology is lacking.  Thus far and from this side, my biggest complaint lies with the inefficacy of these new machines, I'm not too sure about radiation side-effects when supposedly we get a lot of those from holding cell phones to our heads too.

I also am suspicious of stricter measures at airports and perhaps throughout the states in the name of national security.  Airports are already nightmares of waiting.  And even if we do implement a new measure it will only be as effective as the last without the budget to go with the manpower to enforce it.  I am just skeptical that making things more inconvenient is a viable solution.

On a slightly related but hilarious side note, apparently a certain airline's insurance does not cover the following:

This plan does not cover any insured Loss caused by or resulting from:
  • Intentionally self-inflicted Injury, suicide, or attempted suicide of the Insured, Family Member, Traveling Companion or Business Partner while sane or insane;
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, or elective abortion, other than Complications of Pregnancy;
  • Participation in professional athletic events, motor sport, or motor racing, including training or practice for the same;
  • Mountaineering where ropes or guides are normally used. The ascent or descent of a mountain requiring the use of specialized equipment, including but not limited to pick-axes, anchors, bolts, crampons, carabineers, and lead or top-rope anchoring equipment;
  • War or act of war, whether declared or not, civil disorder, riot, or insurrection;
  • Operating or learning to operate any aircraft, as student, pilot, or crew;
  • Air travel on any air-supported device, other than a regularly scheduled airline or air charter company;
  • Loss or damage caused by detention, confiscation, or destruction by customs;
  • Any unlawful acts, committed by the Insured, a Family Member, or a Traveling Companion, or Business Partner whether insured or not;
  • Mental, Nervous or Psychological Disorder or rest cures;
  • If the Insured’s tickets do not contain specific travel dates (open tickets);
  • Use of drugs, narcotics, or alcohol, unless administered upon the advice of a Physician;
  • Any failure of a provider of travel related services (including any Travel Supplier) to provide the bargained-for travel services or to refund money due the Insured;
  • Experimental or Investigative treatment or procedures;
  • Any Loss that occurs at a time when this coverage is not in effect;
  • Traveling for the purpose of securing medical treatment;
  • Care or treatment which is not Medically Necessary;
  • Any Trip taken outside the advice of a Physician;
  • Financial Default;

War or act of war is my absolute favorite ^^ if insurance doesn't cover this, than I don't want it.  You can never be too sure, right?  And what's the point in buying it, if it won't cover your basic acts of war or other international incidents? Naturally I jest ;)

Once again I've written a blog over a lengthy period of time and in between work and homework.  Of course the night ends with me knowing I am still not caught up with my work and still need to work on my thesis and still need to submit those interviews!  Occasionally I feel overwhelmed.

At the last few exciting events and talks I've been to, I've had the chance to shine in natural brightness.  It's a nice feeling.  I am not claiming to be very intelligent.  Facts and figures escape me.  I open mouth insert foot all the time.  It's such a hit and a miss, but I've made some new friends and this has reaffirmed some beliefs I've held about myself all these years.  I was also spurred into more action... but still a part of me reflects on myself, my particular strengths and weaknesses and what I want to do with the rest of my life.  It's such an open road, I really promise to write more about this another blog.  Until then, tchau!

1 comment:

  1. Cell phones are practically a first world necessity nowadays, and there are ways to avoid the radiation, like using headsets instead of holding the phone to your ear.

    Backscatter machines and Full Body Scanners are unnecessary and as you've pointed out, they don't work very well. I had to get a pat down because of my necklace, and I DIDN'T want to go through the scanner to begin with, so it pissed me off twice, since I wanted ONLY the pat down—thanks, TSA.

    It may not seem like a big deal, but I get really offended when security theater imposes radiation on me, whether or not it helps my cell phone cause cancer in thirty years.