Omg wtf tsa

Secret launch codes? The minutemen ones were set to 00000000.


A week after I quit my job in early 2012 (for family care reasons, an entirely different bucket of nonsense), I went to my bank branch for routine business. The teller, out loud, apropos of nothing in particular, noted that I “recently had a job change,” and did a little bit of a soft sell about the bank’s IRA products - rollovers and such.

I hadn’t filed for unemployment. I certainly hadn’t told my bank about my “job change.” And yet there at the counter was an hourly-wage teller, entirely unknown to me, who - based on prompts on her screen - knew that I was now unemployed.

Within a week.

And that’s when I knew that data privacy doesn’t mean fuck-all. It’s dead, folks. The only way to achieve it is to remove yourself from the electronic society, which increases the likelihood that you’ll eat poison berries or be eaten by bears. Or both.

So: TSA, banks, etc. That stuff? Transparent data exchange! It’s important. It works!

I’m on week three of trying to get subsidized health insurance coverage through a much-vaunted state exchange.

That? That doesn’t work for shit.

Judge a society by what functionality it ensures.


A classic user/IT battle: you can make them obey your security standards; but you can’t actually make them be secure if they don’t want to be… Bunch of would-be Gen. Jack Rippers didn’t want to be wasting time with some fancy ‘codes’ nonsense when Ivan dropped the big one. So they complied with the mandate to install the PAL. And not a step more.

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Can we please just drop the pretense and remove the “T” from “TSA” and just put the “N” there that already runs it?


If it makes you feel any better I know how awesome you are. Black Mirror reference FTW!

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Luckily for everyone, they are sharing all of this data with corporations as well.
I’m sure nothing could go wrong with this idea at all.
Wanna buy a bridge in Brooklyn?


That is because you are awesome.

That isn’t as bad as when they force you to inform if you want to return home from overseas. There is a law against this type of behavior, but it is almost never enforced.


No, that is not the terrorist’s goal, it’s the Home Offices’¹ goal. The terrorists are just a convenient excuse they don’t have to invent.

¹ Or whatever it is called in any particular country.

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Keep him tired it makes him well.
He’s getting better can’t you tell?

Sorry, just feels appropriate. Yes I’m song quoting. There is no evil plot, not a direct step by step illuminati approved freemason originated plot as directed by the lizardmen of Uranus. It’s just a case of beurucratic momentum and a bunch of people getting a taste of power that can will and are abusing it using either justifications to get what they want, or people just trying to do their job but having to do things they don’t like since it’s either that or no job.

Yes I’m well aware that keeping silent when you are morally outraged does not absolve you of your inaction at the situation, but I refuse to believe every single member of the tsa on the ground is a cackling mad red stapler hording mini-despot.

Still when it’s impossible to tell those willingly drinking the koolaid and those drinking because there’s no water I gues it doesn’t matter much.

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Did you used to be paid by direct transfer into your account? A transfer arrangement that had recently been cancelled?


Missed a headline opportunity there. If you’re going for the Hix nix stix pix trope, you could have used the TLA in the article and gone with OMG WTF TSA, ATS YET?

Or something.

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Dear Federal Govt - I woke up this morning and was a little hazy about why I fucking hate you so much.

Thanks for the reminder. The next time there’s a shutdown, can we permanently furlough the entirety of the scumbags being employed by the TSA?

Oh, that’s right. There’s “nothing in the budget left to cut!”.


Remember Americans, keep your mouth shut if you use your real name online. They’ll check your FaceBook, Twitter and Google Plus and if they don’t like what you say, they can make things “difficult” for you.

The land of the free, the home of the brave… what a crock of shit.


Doesn’t mean you don’t work there anymore. You could be in the midst of changing banks or decide paper checks are better or a hundred other reasons.

Hey, that’s the combination to my luggage!

Unless, of course, a “condition” code is transmitted from ADP or whoever to the bank when it cancels the payment.

I’m just speculating here. It isn’t clear to me that my bank finding out that I no longer work where I used to means that anything nefarious is going on, although it obviously could.

Oh, there wasn’t any real mystery as to how the information got from point A to point C. There just seemed to be, perceptually, a whiplash-quick moment from my personal pit-of-the-gut “My god, I don’t have a job in this economy anymore” realization, to hearing a chipper “I see you’ve had a job change! Would you like to know about our IRA rollovers?” from a stranger. A stranger who a) used lingo delivered to her on a display (“Job change! Tee-hee!”); and b) was then told by that same screen to sell me something.

It wasn’t a moment of inexplicable wonderment so much as a sliver of insight into how things are, and will continue to be, until society decides it would like them to be some other way. I’ve found that sliver to be highly extrapolatable.

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Why is nobody here commenting on the last part of the blurb?

The T.S.A. also maintains a PreCheck disqualification list, tracking people accused of violating security regulations, including disputes with checkpoint or airline staff members.

So apparently complaining about them means I risk losing the privilege of flying? Does this post count if it is being connected to my real name?

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Like it isn’t? The real problem will begin when the TSA, NSA, DEA, etc all pool their “intelligence”. All hail the thinkpol at that point.

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