January 16, 2010 at 19:05 (Safety, Science & Technology, Something To Think About)
Oh we knew this would come out! According to a Wired magazine-ABCNews.com piece, parents can simply pop a portable GPS into the backpack of their child or install it as an app on their iPhone to keep track of their child or if you want to get more imaginative…(anyone!!)
Though this would seem like a great idea, the GPS unit does not come cheap at $350, plus the $15 monthly charge for a service subscription or the monthly $15 fee for the iPhone app Where The Flock (WTF)
Also, it might be the source of a few problems either over-obsession on the part of the part or alienation on the part of the child. If said child is mentally disabled, the GPS ensures the safety of that child and relief of the parent.
David Eigen, a psychologist added GPS to his two daughters cell phones during their middle school years to keep track of where they sauntered off to. He defended use of it saying, “I felt that it was my job as a parent to know where they were every minute,” however, “Once I found out that everything was basically okay, I didn’t feel that I needed it anymore.” Which we think we can agree with.
Safety comes first but over-worrying is difficult to keep up.
We think that GPS could transferred into a system actually. For example, when you lose your keys, wallet, a suitcase (it happens), anything, it could have a GPS strip put on it while the main controller is put onto the wall in your house showing you a map of where said missing object is. Could be usefulll.
What do you think about GPS and your children?
January 9, 2010 at 22:35 (A Bitter Truth, Angleterre, Safety, Tragic Times)
The UK group Action on Rights for Children have advocated against the body scanning of children at the airport as it infringes upon Child Pornography laws. Thus, passengers under the age of 18 are now exempt. What we don’t understand is why the UK-based group is under the impression that this is pornography, they look more CSI than naked and sexy to us. Though this is a concern, it seems minuscule when contrasted with the issues of society’s safety. It seems that terrorist attacks increase in number per year, on air planes no less so is it safe for terrorists to know that children will be excluded?
The scanners are being put in place to protect everyone. What is most important is discovering whether someone possesses a gun, knife or explosive device.
Is it right to endanger society because safety in scanners is being interpreted as supposed child porn?
January 9, 2010 at 22:10 (Américanoland, Angleterre, Canada, Safety)
North Americans have been suffering from some of the most frigid weather this winter but now they are not alone as it is predicted for weather in Europe to remain below freezing temperature in the weeks to come!
Remember to bundle up. Hypothermia is not fun!
January 8, 2010 at 23:19 (A Bitter Truth, Américanoland, Angleterre, Canada, Europa, France, Safety)
Très bon la France!
France follows after Canada, the Netherlands and Britain in their support for the installment of the controversial body scanners. Controversial since not many are comfortable having their privacy invaded in being seen naked. You can all thank the moron who is currently pleading not guilty.
The scanners will be introduced later this month to scan passengers and will be used on all flights leaving Charles de Gaulle airport with the intended destination of the United States.
It may not be your fault for the introduction of the personal space-invading scanners but for the moment, it seems the best thing that anyone’s come up with.
January 6, 2010 at 19:12 (Américanoland, Oddities and Crazy, Safety, Sports)
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely Wednesday by Commissioner David Stern. Stern condemned the ‘three-time all-star “not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game.”
Why was he not fit? He was arguing with Javaris Crittenton concerning guns while in possession of four unloaded ones that he brought into the Verizon Center, which is illegal in the D.C gun laws and League rules.
Dumb, real Dumb
Stern shared his distaste in a statement stating, “The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident.”
He continues, “Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game. Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA.”
On Tuesday, before playing against the Philadelphia 76ers, Arenas pretended to shoot his teammates, amusing some but not amusing all.
Therefore, this has led to teammates supporting the decision the suspend Arenas with thefollowing statement:
“We fully endorse the decision of the NBA to indefinitely suspend Gilbert Arenas. Strictly legal issues aside, Gilbert’s recent behavior and statements, including his actions and statements last night in Philadelphia, are unacceptable. Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert’s behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable. Under Abe Pollin’s leadership, our organization never tolerated such behavior, and we have no intention of ever doing so.”
January 6, 2010 at 18:53 (France, Oddities and Crazy, Romance, Safety, True Blood)
The man must have some mouth on him or his standards are low. Who knows? The last we saw of Rachel was in True Blood in her role as the Vampire Queen. It was ok, she wasn’t as amazing or la-di-da as we assume she was meant to be.
Manson, on the other hand, talks intelligently in interviews and though certain videos of his seem to be hmmm, misogynistic towards women, perhaps it is art instead of implied terror against women?
He proposed to his lover on stage in gay old Par-ee and she agreed.
Of course she would!
January 6, 2010 at 18:32 (HAHAA!, Politics, Safety)
For a demonstration
January 5, 2010 at 19:56 (Canada, Safety)
Fast reaction Canada
Not only have body scanners already been ordered to ship to Canada but also laws pertaining to or concerning privacy have already been written and ready to be enforced.
Minister of State Rob Merrifield says, “We are not immune to acts of terrorism or terrorist threats and we must remain vigilant to be at the forefront of new security technology.”
The scanners will be able to see three-dimensional images of passengers and possess the ability to see through clothes revealing any concealed weapons or explosives. These will be installed over the next two months at 11 airports.
44 of these controversial scanners, which cost 250,000 Canadian dollars each (240,000 US) are to be set up in total in an effort to ensure all passengers and personnel safety.