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  • Lung cancer screening could cost Medicare billions

    05/14/2014 5:33:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2014 5:21 PM EDT
    Every person covered by Medicare would shell out an additional $3 a month if the government agreed to pay to screen certain current and former smokers for lung cancer, a new study estimates. It would cost Medicare $2 billion a year to follow recent advice to offer these lung scansand fuel angst about rising health costs that are borne by everyone, not just smokers, the study found. [] Lung cancer is the worlds top cancer killer, mainly because its usually found too late for treatment to do much good. Most deaths involve Medicare-age people, and most are due to smoking....
  • Planned Parenthood Cuts Breast Screenings 34% After Exploiting Komen for Millions

    12/13/2013 7:16:02 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | Kelsey Hazzard
    I hate to say I told you so. Thats usually an empty phrase. Lets face it: most people love to say I told you so. But in this case, I really do hate itbecause I successfully predicted that something pretty awful would happen. Back in February of 2012, the Susan G. Komen controversy was at its zenith. Youll recall that Susan G. Komen announced that it would stop funding Planned Parenthood, which it had been doing to the tune of about $600,000 a year, and use that money for other projects instead. Planned Parenthood responded with an extensive media campaign...
  • IRS chief: Inappropriate screening was broad

    06/24/2013 1:32:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 6/24/13 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON (AP) The Internal Revenue Service's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency said Monday. An internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press said that besides "tea party," lists used by screeners to pick groups for close examination also included the terms "Israel," ''Progressive" and "Occupy." The document said an investigation into why specific terms were included was still underway. In a conference call with reporters, Danny Werfel said that after becoming acting IRS chief last month, he discovered wide-ranging and improper terms...
  • Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search

    02/23/2013 6:50:24 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Michael Mullins
    Newsmax Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search Friday, February 22, 2013 10:55 AM By: Michael Mullins VIDEO A wheelchair-bound 3-year-old girl on her way to Disney World became distraught when she was patted down by a Transportation Security Administration agent apparently looking for explosives. The Feb. 9 incident at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was partially captured on a cell phone video. It shows the toddler, Lucy Forck, of Osage Beach, Mo., crying, "I dont want to go to Disney World," as a female TSA agent hovers behind her, instructing the girl's mother to put away her...
  • Shocking New TSA Statistics

    05/28/2012 4:47:47 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 19 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 28, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Results of latest TSA airport screening techniques from theDepartment Of Homeland Security: TerroristsDiscovered: 0 Transvestites:1305 Hernias Diagnosed:785 HemorrhoidCases: 10,172 Enlarged Prostates:8,249 Breast Implants: 59,350 NaturalBlondes: 3 It was also found that almost every single one of the535 US congressionallegislatorswere lacking a full set... no, not luggage- the kind of 'set' that Palin and Bachmann have, yet McConnell, Cantor, and Boehner(ironically) do not. Way-to-go BIG SIS! Moonbattery h/t Speedunque
  • Report: TSA wasting money on screening machines

    05/09/2012 9:56:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/9/12 | Shaun Waterman
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars by allowing screening machines to languish in warehouses rather than deploying them at U.S. airports, congressional investigators said Wednesday. When the new screening units finally were installed, they were not properly tested and were used only for very short periods of time in many locations, the investigators said. And the public is not allowed to know whether the machines, which are designed to detect nonmetallic underwear bombs like the one al Qaeda planned to use this week, are effective, they said.
  • Would you pay $100 to skip the TSA screening line?

    03/17/2012 10:03:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/17/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    An idea long overdue in my opinion. The Wall Street Journal reports that a pilot program is already in place for two airlines at nine airports where you can skip the TSA nudie scans and gropings, zipping through the airport almost as fast as you did before 9/11. You can leave on your shoes, your belt, your coat and your hat. All you’ll have to do is go through a “pre-screening” background check process and sit down for an interview with an official. Oh, and there’s one other catch… it will cost you $100. The Transportation Security Administration is rolling...
  • EU bans full-body X-ray scanners due to health concerns

    12/01/2011 8:18:17 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | Nov 16, 2011
    EU bans full-body X-ray scanners due to health concerns Nov 16, 2011 1:30 PM Full-body scanners that use X-ray technology for security screening purposes will be banned at Europe's airports because of radiation risks and concerns, said the European Union (EU) on Monday. The scanners screen airline passengers for hidden explosive devices, hundreds of which were installed at airports across the United States after the failed Christmas Day attack in 2009 by the so-called "underwear bomber." Soon after the new full-body X-ray machines were unveiled, concerns were raised over the possible levels of radiation exposure during airport security checks. Instead...
  • TSA fires 28 over improper luggage screening at Honolulu airport

    09/18/2011 6:56:58 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 4:44 PM EST, Sun September 18, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    The Transportation Security Administration fired 28 of its employees -- in addition to three that resigned or retired -- following a probe that revealed bags were allowed onto planes at Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport without being properly screened, the agency said Sunday. Another 15 people were suspended, the TSA reported in a statement. The moves come after the agency "completed the adjudication process" it had announced in June, months after the allegations first surfaced. ... In March, Honolulu's KITV 4 News reported that TSA officers assigned to a morning shift regularly allowed checked bags to be loaded onto flights on...
  • Coming soon: Keeping your shoes on at TSA screening

    09/06/2011 2:16:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/06/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Janet Napolitano heard the cries of an anguished nation this week and said that maybe … just maybe .. you might be able to keep your shoes on when going through TSA screening in the near future. Of course, you’ll still have to buy all your drinks on the plane because the liquids ban will be “the last thing to go,” but I suppose it’s better than nothing. Air travelers will eventually be able to keep their shoes on to pass through security, but the restrictions on carrying liquids on board are likely to remain in place for some time,...
  • TSA testing Israeli-style screening program in Boston (Will it work in the USA?)

    08/03/2011 11:25:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Our Townhall colleague Katie Pavlich first spotted this story a couple of days ago, and now the Boston Herald has a fresh report on a new experiment for the Transportation Safety Administration. Instead of conducting random patdowns or irradiating all passengers, the TSA will try the Israeli screening approach to see whether they can more effectively spot potential threats. But will it work in the US, and does the TSA have the requisite skills and resources? CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Boston’s TSA screeners — part of a security force whose competency has come under fire nationwide — soon...
  • DC Circuit Holds that New Airport Screening Security Measures Comply With the Fourth Amendment

    07/15/2011 9:00:00 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 7 replies
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 07/15/2011 | Orin Kerr
    The new airport screening measures involving millimeter wave technology and backscatter technology together with the opt-out of a pat-down have received a great deal of public attention. Back when the new measures were first widely introduced, I blogged about why a Fourth Amendment challenge to the new practices was an uphill battle. Today, the DC Circuit handed down an opinion in EPIC v. Department of Homeland Security holding that the new practices comply with the Fourth Amendment. I believe this is the first clear court ruling on the question, and its certainly the first from a federal court...
  • Time Sensitive, Personal Invitation for Thur, Jun 30, 7 pm. Kennesaw, GA.

    06/29/2011 10:13:02 AM PDT · by RobaWho · 4 replies
    Georgia Organize4Palin ^ | June 29, 2011 | Rob Cunningham
    For all Georgia State leaders, business owners and local professionals, your attendance AND participation in generating maximum awareness of the Georgia screening of "The UNDEFEATED" movie is urgently requested. Please help spread the awareness of this VIP, invitation-only event with all Georgia leaders that meet the following criteria: 1 - They have a general predisposition of support for the conservative, common sense, practical solutions held by Gov. Palin. 2 - They're a person of influence within their community (business, church, media, government, sports, arts, education). 3 - They're a person willing to share their thoughts and opinions on this epic...
  • Photo of pat-down of baby at KCI goes worldwide

    05/11/2011 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 77 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | May 10, 2011 | ROBERT A. CRONKLETON
    The Rev. Jacob Jester wasnt trying to start anything. But when he saw security screeners at Kansas City International Airport patting down a baby a baby he took a picture. And then he shared that picture on Twitter. It went viral, and voila: Jesters snapshot is the flashpoint of the day in the debate over who should be considered a threat to the flying public. Not what he intended, Jester said Tuesday, after the image had been picked up by The Drudge Report and the Daily Mail in London, among others, and viewed nearly 300,000 times. I thought...
  • Texas bill would make invasive pat-downs a felony

    04/30/2011 5:33:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 29, 2011 | Angela K. Brown
    A former Miss USA's tearful claim that she was groped during a pat-down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport could be a criminal matter under a bill gaining momentum in the Texas Legislature. The proposed Texas law, aimed at people conducting security checkpoints at airports and public buildings, would make it a felony to intentionally touch someone's private areas even on top of clothing unless the officer or agent has probable cause to believe the person is carrying something illegal. State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, who sponsored the bill, said Friday that the invasive pat-down searches at airports nationwide...
  • A Pat-Down

    04/30/2011 4:21:44 AM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 4 replies · 1+ views
    A Pat-Down By Ari Bussel During the many stops of my international flight, I was only stopped in Frankfurt, twice as a matter of fact. In the United States, my suitcases were not even checked, and there were many things in them that might appear suspicious at first glance and would have required a secondary inspection. In Europe, no one paid much attention. I left the airport on foot, toting a carryon heavy enough to contain a bomb, circled the airport and returned. It was only my insistence to check out a certain lounge that twice subjected me to a...
  • TSA stands by decision to use intimate screening techniques on 6-year-old girl

    04/14/2011 10:28:33 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/13/11 | Chris Moody
    Facing outrage after a video surfaced online of a Transportation Security Agency (TSA) worker performing the new enhanced pat-down techniques on a six-year-old girl, TSA defended its decision in a statement Wednesday. Some folks are asking if the proper procedures were followed. Yes. TSA has reviewed the incident and the security officer in the video followed the current standard operating procedures, a TSA spokesman wrote on the agencys official blog. Six-year-old Anna Drexel was flagged to undergo an extra screening procedure at the New Orleans airport earlier this month that required an agent to place her fingers inside the rim...
  • Freep a Poll! (New Hampshire. Bill Would Make Some Airport Screening Sexual Assault)

    03/01/2011 2:03:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    wmur.com ^ | 3-1-11 | WMUR
    Do you support this bill? Yes No
  • Bill Would Make Some Airport Screening Sexual Assault

    03/01/2011 8:48:50 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 13 replies
    WMUR ^ | 3/1/11 | WMUR
    CONCORD, N.H. -- A House committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would make it a sexual assault for an airport screener to touch or view a person's breast or genitals without probable cause.
  • Pregnant Al Jazeera reporter objects to 'humiliating' Israeli security checks

    01/13/2011 6:14:57 AM PST · by fruser1 · 11 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 13 January 2011 | Catrina Stewart
    Arab reporters, who were among several hundred foreign journalists invited to the briefing and cocktail reception held Tuesday evening, complained that they were subjected to humiliating and invasive security checks upon arrival, prompting an angry response from the Foreign Press Association in Israel. "While we appreciate the need for security, it is not remotely acceptable to invite people for cocktails at a five-star hotel and then make them undress at the door," the FPA said... Najwan Simri, a 31-year-old Palestinian producer at Al Jazeera, said that she was humiliated by the rigorous security search. "They told me to take off...
  • EIV Network (TSA screening)

    12/25/2010 2:12:13 PM PST · by opbuzz · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | 25 December 2010 | OPBuzz
    After waiting in the TSA line in the airport, going through the detector, getting wanded and patted down, I figured out a way to speed things up considerably. The TSA man said it would have been much quicker if they had been informed that I had a hip replacement, but I told him the prosthetic card my surgeon had given me didn't seem to provide any help when I used it before. The TSA website,(http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds), states, "All disability-related equipment, aids, and devices continue to be allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening. Additionally, we are continuing to permit prescription...
  • Sacramento's whistleblowing pilot explains why he did it (lost gun,badge for telling truth)

    12/23/2010 5:39:24 PM PST · by STARWISE · 29 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12-23-10 | Sarah Amos
    The airline pilot who was reprimanded by the TSA for posting videos showing security flaws at a major airport is speaking out exclusively for the first time, saying that it was the "fallacy of the system" that inspired him to take this action. *snip* He first posted the videos to YouTube on November 28. Three days later, he says, four federal air marshals and two local sheriff's deputies showed up at his home to question him about the footage. The pilot filmed the conversation, during which the federal marshals confiscated his federally-issued firearm. (News video runs when you click the...
  • TSA chief Pistole: Passenger screening should be minimally invasive (Oh?)

    11/21/2010 10:27:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    TDT News ^ | 11/22/10 | Jim Abrams
    TSA chief: Passenger screening should be minimally invasiveby Jim Abrams Published: November 22, 2010 WASHINGTON - The head of the agency responsible for airport security, facing protests from travelers and pressure from the White House, appeared to give ground Sunday on his position that there would be no change in policies regarding invasive passenger screening procedures. Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole said in a statement that the agency would work to make screening methods "as minimally invasive as possible," although he gave no indication that screening changes were imminent. The statement came just hours after Pistole, in a TV...
  • Priests have gone to jail for doing what that TSA screener did to that boy.

    11/21/2010 2:15:01 PM PST · by Cousin Eddie · 35 replies
    (and rightly so, for the record). Any priest that removed even some of a boy's clothes and touched his private parts would be hauled up before a court in 2 seconds. Same for a teacher. These pat downs are lunacy. Anyone who really wants to smuggle junk on board will stick the stuff in a body cavity or in the one quart bag.
  • TSA Enhanced Screening Procedures...

    11/19/2010 3:59:31 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 19, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    The indignities we must endure under the regime of Comrade Obama and henchgoblin Big Sis just to travel in our own country...But what else to expect when the WH steadfastly refuses to secure the borders of our own country, leaving few options but to treat us all like terrorists... meanwhile pervy TSA rent-a-cop types get paid (well) to sit there and induldge themselves in hours of "randomly selected" free peep-show entertainment: [YouTube -here- or at Reaganite Republican]... this is should explain a few things, lol More/links at Reaganite Republican
  • Rep. John Mica urges airports to opt out of TSA screening

    11/18/2010 6:11:34 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Central Florida News 13. ^ | November 17, 2010
    As complaints grow over full body scanners, one local congressman said he wants airports, including Orlando International Airport, to use private security to screen passengers. U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, has sent a letter to the heads of more than 150 airports across the country, suggesting that they opt out of Transportation Security Administration screening. Mica is in line to become chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • TSA - Sexual Assault

    11/17/2010 11:05:09 AM PST · by Smelly_Fed · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Blog ^ | Erin Chase
    I have an incident to share that occurred late Friday afternoon, November 12, 2010, around 5:15 in the Dayton International Airport. -- snip -- She did not tell me that she was going to touch my buttocks, or reach forward to my vagina area. She then moved in front of my and touched the top and underneath portions of both of my breasts. She did not tell me that she was going to touch my breasts. She then felt around my waist. She then moved to the bottoms of my legs. She then felt my inner thighs and my vagina...
  • TSA: Touching Sensitive Areas -- My Two Cents on Terrorizing Passengers

    11/16/2010 8:32:28 PM PST · by SpareChange · 21 replies
    Spare Change | 17 November 2010 | David J. Aland
    TSA: Touching Sensitive Areas -- My Two Cents on Terrorizing Travelers By David J. Aland /// 19 November 2010 In the classic joke, the mother tells the teacher: If my son acts up, dont punish him. Hes sensitive; punish the kid next to him and hell get the message. Apparently, the folks at TSA think the same way to dissuade terrorists, terrorize passengers and the bad guys will get the message. Janet Napolitano went for the Obama Defense the other day when faced with mounting outrage over the growing intrusiveness of airline passenger screening: people would understand that this...
  • Bill Clinton To Work For The TSA?

    11/16/2010 7:23:50 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-16-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Man, he looks like he's getting a little chunky when he sits around staring at tail instead of chasing it. If its tough to read you can click the image to see a larger version.
  • The American Department of Groping

    11/16/2010 6:19:22 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 58 replies
    The Calgary Sun ^ | November 16, 2010 | Ezra Levant
    Surprise! Canadian travellers to the United States are now subject to having high school dropouts touch their breasts, penises and vaginas as part of airline security. Sorry, do the words penis and vagina make you uncomfortable? They certainly make the U.S. Transportation Security Administration uncomfortable. The TSA cant even bring themselves to use those words when describing their new enhanced pat-down procedure. You will find them nowhere on their website, including their section on advice for travellers. They have pages about how to pack your toothpaste. But they dont tell you that you will stand in line while a stranger...
  • Are new security screenings affecting your decision to fly? (VOTE in Reuter's POLL)

    11/14/2010 4:44:18 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 12, 2010 | Reuters
    Stepped-up security screening at airports in the wake of foiled terrorism plots has provoked an outcry from airline pilots and travelers, including parents of children who say they are too intrusive. Are you less likely to fly because of stepped-up security procedures such as full-body scans and patdowns? Yes - I will make alternate travel plans to avoid intrusive security scans and patdowns No - It is a necessary procedure to ensure terror plots are thwarted Undecided
  • The Honorable Legislator's Creed

    09/12/2010 2:36:09 PM PDT · by nuckollsr · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Simple-Ideas Occasional ^ | 09/11/10 | Robert L Nuckolls III
    The Honorable Legislators Creed: This I Believe I. This I believe: Liberty is a condition where individuals are free of force or fraud against their persons and their property. Defense of liberty for every citizen is the foundation upon which our nation stands. No individual or agency of government has a right to command the behavior of any honorable citizen. Nor may they confiscate value from the property of any honorable citizen. It is a fundamental right of every honorable citizen to be left alone. Any individual who rationalizes an attack upon liberty as: an unfortunate but necessary sacrifice for...
  • Dengue fever hits Miami-Dade County, reports the health department

    07/15/2010 10:14:36 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 15, 2010 | Fred Tasker and Cammy Clark
    The first suspected locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County was reported Thursday by county health officials. A viral disease that afflicts 100 million worldwide every year, it hadn't been seen in Florida since 1934. "Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by a breed of mosquito common to the southeastern United States and the tropics," the Miami-Dade Health Department said in a news release. "It is not spread from person to person. More than 100 million cases of dengue occur every year worldwide.''
  • Practical profiling

    01/11/2010 3:26:51 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 316+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 10, 2010 | Editorial
    Those purporting to speak for American Muslims say they condemn Islamist terrorism of the sort attempted on an airliner on final approach to Detroit on Christmas Day. Just dont expect them to support anything designed to prevent the next attack. Last week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued breathless condemnations of new transportation-security guidelines that call for enhanced scrutiny of travelers entering the US from terror-prone countries. CAIR called the policy religious and ethnic profiling that serves to alienate and stigmatize Muslims. MPAC said it deeply undermines the Obama administrations stated commitment to civil...
  • Mind-reading systems could change air security

    01/08/2010 11:12:57 PM PST · by ransomnote · 9 replies · 508+ views
    APNEWS.MYWAY.COM ^ | an 8, 6:22 AM (ET) | By MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO (AP) - A would-be terrorist tries to board a plane, bent on mass murder. As he walks through a security checkpoint, fidgeting and glancing around, a network of high-tech machines analyzes his body language and reads his mind. Screeners pull him aside. Tragedy is averted. As far-fetched as that sounds, systems that aim to get inside an evildoer's head are among the proposals floated by security experts thinking beyond the X-ray machines and metal detectors used on millions of passengers and bags each year.
  • Spotty enforcement for new US air screening rules

    01/04/2010 4:14:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 321+ views
    My Way News ^ | 1/4/10 | ERIN McCLAM
    On the first day of what was supposed to be tighter screening ordered by the U.S. for airline passengers from certain countries, some airports around the world conceded Monday they had not cracked down. The United States demanded more careful screening for people who are citizens of, or are flying from, 14 nations deemed security risks. But enforcement of the U.S. rules appeared spotty. "Everything is the same. There is no extra security," said an aviation official in Lebanon, one of the countries on the list. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak...
  • What method of profiling would be most effective for National Security? Poll

    01/03/2010 7:38:29 PM PST · by DBlake · 21 replies · 662+ views
    Youpolls ^ | 01-03-2010 | bbc
    Reports say people flying from Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and Cuba will have pat-down body searches
  • In Defense of Profiling

    01/01/2010 3:14:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 397+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 01, 2010 | Chuck Hustmyre
    Let's get one thing straight right up front: Profiling is an effective tool. We do it with serial killers all the time. Why not terrorists? Because it's discrimination. Therefore, it must be evil. Wrong. According to my World Book dictionary, discriminate means "to see or note a difference; (to) make a distinction." When I choose steak over fish, I discriminate. When I decide to see one movie and not another, I discriminate. We make discriminating choices all day, every day. Discrimination is nothing more than the implementation of personal experience. I want airport security personnel to discriminate between terrorists and...
  • Re-Learning the Lessons from the Thwarted Detroit Airline Bombing

    12/29/2009 6:16:13 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies · 581+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | December 28, 2009 | by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
    There are many valuable lessons to be learned from the failed Christmas attack on a Detroit-bound airliner; throwing more money at airline security is not one of them.The most effective means of stopping terrorist attacks is get as far to the “left of the boom” as possible—i.e., stopping attacks before they even come close to fruition. Since 9/11 many systems and programs have been put in place to allow the U.S. government to get “left of the boom.” The failed Christmas Day attack made one thing clear: The Administration has to use these tools more effectively.Where There Is Smoke...
  • Screening could have detected explosives

    12/28/2009 2:28:57 AM PST · by myknowledge · 26 replies · 945+ views
    UPI ^ | December 27, 2009
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Existing airport screening equipment could have detected the explosive suspected in the attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, experts say. But the screening equipment is used on a only small fraction of passengers in part because of concerns about privacy rights, costs and long lines at airport security, The Washington Post reported Monday. That Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian suspect, allegedly managed to bring PETN, or pentaerythritol tetranitrate, aboard the Christmas Day flight alarms some international security experts and former U.S. government officials, the Post said. Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism analyst at Georgetown...
  • Debate: C.A.I.R. VS. (Former) SECURITY CHIEF FOR EL-AL AIRLINES (Re: "Profiling) My Challenge

    12/28/2009 12:30:33 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 22 replies · 1,432+ views
    AmericanInTokyo proposal ^ | 28 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    VS. WHO: Yeffet Isaac, Former Director of El-Al Airlines Security -VS.- Ibrahim Hooper Executive Director of C.A.I.R.WHAT: A Well Overdue DEBATEWHEN: As Soon As PossibleWHERE: LIVE NATIONWIDE on American TV, CNN, FOX, Major Networks, Radio Stations, NPR, etc., With Studio Audience Able to Ask QuestionsWHY: America dodged a major bullet on Christmas Day in Detroit. Reports are that additional terrorist acts involving US airliners are probably on the way. El-Al has a clean record of never being attacked by Islamist Extremists. C.A.I.R. has stated that the US should not, at all costs, racially and religiously profile passengers in the...
  • (Breast Cancer:) Rationing's First Step

    11/18/2009 5:06:31 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies · 1,134+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 17, 2009 | IBD staff
    Health Care: A government task force has decided that women need fewer mammograms and later in life. Shouldn't that be between patient and physician? We have seen the future of health care, and it doesn't work. We have warned repeatedly that the net results of health care bills before Congress will be higher demand, fewer doctors, more cost control, all leading to rationing. New recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) regarding breast cancer and the necessity for early and frequent mammograms do not convince us otherwise. Just six months ago, the panel, which works under the...
  • Breast Screening Advice Is Upended

    11/16/2009 9:10:50 PM PST · by NautiNurse · 126 replies · 2,485+ views
    WSJ.com ^ | SHIRLEY S. WANG
    Less Rigorous Guidelines for Breast Cancer ScreeningsFor years, women have been taught to perform regular breast self-exams and those 40 and older told to undergo annual mammograms to detect breast cancer, a disease that kills about 40,000 people in the U.S. every year. Now, new guidelines released by an influential government-funded authority on screening offer this message: never mind. The new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, state that routine mammograms aren't necessary for women of average cancer risk in their 40s, and that women between 50 and 74 years old don't...
  • In Reversal, U.S. Urges Mammograms at 50, Not 40 (Here comes Obamacare)

    11/16/2009 2:50:45 PM PST · by earlJam · 60 replies · 1,863+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/16/09 | by Gina Kolta
    11/16/09 Most women should start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, not 40, according to new guidelines released Monday by an influential group that provides guidance to doctors, insurance companies and policy makers. The new recommendations reverse longstanding guidelines and are aimed at reducing harm from overtreatment, the group says. It also says women age 50 to 74 should have mammograms less frequently every two years, rather than every year. And it said doctors should stop teaching women to examine their breasts on a regular basis. The new report conflicts with advice from groups like the American Cancer...
  • Japan Health Agency Says Flu To Be Called "North American Flu"; Reports Also of Lax U.S. Response

    04/29/2009 1:10:46 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 63 replies · 2,649+ views
    Infectious Disease Surveillance Center (IDSC), Tokyo, Japan (link in Japanese) ^ | 29 April 2009 | AmericanInTokyo (translation/synopsis/commentary)
    Original report just issued on web in Japanese. English translation not up yet; synopsizing here for Free Republic.Upshot is that Japanese pandemic-tracking organization (per Japanese link) is bundling this Mexican swing flu into a threat coming from both MEXICO and the UNITED STATES, and as such more than likely the flu will be officially named "The North American Influenza" in due time. (理的由来から名づけられており、このため、このインフルエンザは「北アメリカインフルエンザ(North American influenza)」と呼ばれることが理にかなっているだろう。 )Additional observations:1) Japanese Border Inspection authorities (at airports and ports) are stringently inspecting each aircraft coming either from Mexico, or the United States with travelers from Mexico. Protection-suited up health specialists with googles, operation...
  • Prostate Cancer Screening May Not Reduce Deaths - Studies Cast Doubt on Usefulness of Common Test...

    03/22/2009 2:14:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,259+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2009 | Rob Stein
    Studies Cast Doubt on Usefulness of Common Test for Disease Men are being urged to carefully consider risks before undergoing prostate cancer screening in the wake of two large, long-awaited studies that did not produce convincing evidence that routine testing significantly reduces the chance of dying from the disease. The PSA blood test, which millions of men undergo each year, did not lower the death toll from the disease in the first decade of a U.S. government-funded study involving more than 76,000 men, researchers reported yesterday. The second study, released simultaneously, was a European trial involving more than 162,000 men......
  • A shave, a cut and please roll up your sleeve

    03/12/2009 10:25:01 PM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies · 383+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | 9:45 PM PDT, March 12, 2009 | By Mary Engel
    Movies have been made and treatises have been written on the role of barbershops in African American life. In the pre-Civil Rights era, they were one of the first businesses that black men, especially in the South, could own, and, outside of churches, one of the few places they could gather. In recent years, the barbershop has continued to be a place of fellowship, where African American men meet, gossip and dissect sports and politics across generational and socioeconomic lines. Now barbershops across South Los Angeles have been targeted as the site of lifesaving efforts, thanks to Dr. Bill Releford...
  • US lawmaker hosts anti-Islamic Dutch lawmaker

    02/24/2009 8:49:45 PM PST · by americanophile · 19 replies · 968+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 24, 2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON Republican Sen. Jon Kyl is hosting a film screening at the Capitol building on Thursday for a far-right Dutch lawmaker who claims that Islam inspires terrorism. Kyl is sponsoring the event for Geert Wilders, who was denied entry to London earlier this month because British authorities said he posed a threat to public order. Wilders 15-minute film juxtaposes verses from the Quran with images of violence by Muslims. Wilders has called the Quran a "fascist book" and said it should be banned. Kyl agreed to facilitate the event because "all too often, people who have the courage to...
  • Keeping prevention in perspective: Has the value of screenings been oversold?

    02/01/2009 1:52:04 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 607+ views
    AMNews ^ | Jan. 26, 2009 | Victoria Stagg Elliott
    <p>Prevention has become a catchword, prompting some experts to question whether physician and patient expectations are realistic.</p> <p>Alfred O. Berg, MD, MPH, believes prevention has been oversold. "As you start looking where the evidence is clear, start doing the math and asking what the actual benefit may be for an individual patient or clinician in practice, it does make you pause," said Dr. Berg, a former head of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and professor of family medicine at the University of Washington.</p>
  • New immigration screening methods target Muslims, critics charge

    03/04/2008 8:27:14 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 26 replies · 175+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 3, 2008 | Marisa Taylor
    WASHINGTON - In the six and a half years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, federal law-enforcement agencies have secretly established profiling techniques to screen immigrants based on their nationalities, protocols that critics charge encourage the unjustified targeting of Muslims. The profiling, described in a February 2006 Immigration and Customs Enforcement memo obtained by McClatchy Newspapers, shows that the government has relied more heavily on nationality as an indicator of security risks than was previously known. Federal agencies have created internal lists of countries that are of "special interest" for national security reasons, wrote the memo's author, Ted Stark, supervisory...