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(Mercury News)   Charges against dude with the suspicious watch at the airport dropped. With a picture of the suspicious watch. Frankly, this guy was asking for trouble (especially if he expected TSA to be understanding and get his hipster irony)   ( mercurynews.com) divider line
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2012-11-20 10:32:32 AM  
5 votes:
22 javascripts for one crappy local news rag? No thanks.
2012-11-20 10:41:56 AM  
2 votes:
I hate the TSA with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. However..... the TSA was absolutely in the right for detaining this guy, and calling the bomb squad.

Whoever made the decision to haul him off to jail once the bomb squad cleared it should be kicked in the teeth.
2012-11-20 10:30:51 AM  
2 votes:
Both sides at fault here.

Guy for being dumb enough to wear that thing to the airport and think he would attract attention.

Airport for having him hauled off to jail requiring him to post $150,000 in bail to get out after the airport bomb squad checked the watch and cleared it.
2012-11-20 10:27:43 AM  
2 votes:
You know looking at that, I don't blame the TSA idiot for asking the bomb squad to find out what the hell is going on with that.
2012-11-20 10:52:47 AM  
1 vote:
Oh, and if it's "stupid" to wear a non-dangerous watch which doesn't appear dangerous except to the most undereducated buffoons known to man, then contained within the statement that it is stupid is the tacit admission that policing is done by fools, and that the rules are arbitrary, and that there is so much grey area around the rules that they aren't rules at all, at least, not the kind that protect anyone from anything. You would have to admit that such a society would be adequately described by the following : " That which is not prohibited is mandatory, and for all exceptions there is a permit, license, or other form of controls."

If we prohibit dangerous items, items which are crafted to appear dangerous, OR items that the policeman doesn't understand, shouldn't we endeavor to choose policemen who are understanding of the fundamentals of our society? If they are to judge harmless electronic devices from dangerous ones, shouldn't they understand that fuses are not incendiaries or explosives? Shouldn't they know that toggle switches are not dangerous? Why do we tolerate being policed by undereducated thugs and then call this a free country?

It's not a bomb look-alike. It's an electronics look-alike, and home-crafting of electronics only implies danger in the minds of people who live within a technological society but deliberately remain completely ignorant of the very technology that separates humans from apes. People who know nothing of technology are ape parasites on a technological society, and their rules, their judgements, and their opinions on technology should be ridiculed as loudly as possible and as openly as is practical.

Idiocracy was right. This is an idiocracy, a society governed by idiots, and it's a democracy, which means those idiots are all around you.
2012-11-20 10:45:57 AM  
1 vote:

Once upon a time (long before 2011) I tried to go through airport security with one of these in my hand:

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The security guard said, "I don't think so."

I went and had a drink at the bar and put the box in my carryon bag. Went through (a different) security later with no problem.

2012-11-20 10:44:36 AM  
1 vote:
It's a free country, until you decide to do something different than what everyone else is doing. Then it VERY quickly stops being a free country. Like, if you're gay it doesn't feel like a free country, or if you're a swinger, or if you like to dress strangely, or have a mohawk, or are brown-skinned. In any of those cases, it doesn't feel very free at all. But it's a free country.

Freedom to do what pleases the government and makes everyone around you comfortable is granted in even the most oppressive gulags in the world. The defining "free" moment is when you can zig while everyone else zags, and nobody is harmed, not even you.
2012-11-20 10:39:44 AM  
1 vote:
Performance art? Nah, that would have been if he stood up on the plane with his hand on the switch and 50 passengers beat him to death and the coroner said oh, it's only a watch, it wasn't attached to anything, give him a round of applause.
2012-11-20 10:35:34 AM  
1 vote:

BigLuca: 22 javascripts for one crappy local news rag? No thanks.

Yup, just googled the pic instead of working through all the farking scripts on NoScript.

The comments critical of the TSA on this (including in the article) are asinine. If this HAD been some kind of device that released gas or something, and the man was allowed through security, the TSA critics would then switch to blasting the security agents for not realizing the guy was nuts and the device was CLEARLY some kind of weapon. Then they'd go on and on about searching kids and old ladies and taking nail clippers away while this kind of shiat gets through yadda yadda yadda...

2012-11-20 10:31:20 AM  
1 vote:

dustygrimp: My neighbors are hipsters. It's like a theater of the absurd.

Are hipsters sort of like Urban Rednecks?
2012-11-20 10:30:09 AM  
1 vote:
There's hipster irony and there's being a farking asshole. This guy is the latter.
2012-11-20 10:28:35 AM  
1 vote:
Lets see, lets just say you wanted to build a watch that would so incredibly obviously scream "I AM A BOMB" to even the most unsophisticated and uneducated idiot on the planet it would look.... pretty much like what they guy was wearing... not surprised he got detained. Hope he enjoyed the cavity search.... and maybe that's what he was after all along.
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