Later That Same Day

Full body scanners are back in the news and I have the answers to those burning questions you have about them. Because I looked them up online. First of all they currently at 19 airports and the U.S. government is working on equipping airports across the country. For now, they are a voluntary option for all passengers, but if the full body scan is declined, the passenger must submit to full body pat down. If you’re wondering if images are saved, worry ye not. There is no storage capability and no image capturing device (camera, cell phone, renaissance artist) is allowed in the resolution room. To do so is a terminable offense. There are two types of scans; millimeter wave and backscatter. The millimeter bounces harmless electromagnetic waves, which are 10,000 times less than what is permitted for a cell phone, and produces a black and white image. Backscatter projects an ionizing X-ray beam over the body. The reflection (backscatter) is digitized and displayed on a monitor. Each scan produces less than 10 microrem of emission, equivalent to what you receive in about two minutes on a flight at altitude. Whatever that means. Is it private? Define private. The attending security officer cannot see the image and the remotely-located officer cannot see the passenger. A privacy algorithm blurs facial features. But what about those traveling who’d rather not admit to the Irish curse? Guys? If I’ve got my facts straight, the process takes about a half a minute, from the scan time to the remote officer who reads the results. A full body pat down takes about 2-4 minutes. As threats to aviation evolve, so does technology to help detect them.

However, British officials have an issue with full body scans and passengers under the age of 18. A scan of someone in that age range would go against the British child pornography laws and the scans showing a child’s genitals are considered indecent and illegal. Yeah, that makes sense in this anti-terrorist, you never know what’s next world we live in. Chill out Britain. If the images aren’t stored and the individual’s identity is hidden, then what’s the problem?

From the bunch of hooey files, Vito Franco, professor of pathological anatomy a the University of Palermo, is worried that one of the world’s most famous women suffered from high levels of cholesterol. He made that diagnosis after spotting signs of xanthelasma, which is a build up yellowish fatty acids under the skin as well as subcutaneous lipomas, benign tumors composed of fatty tissue, on her hands. The woman? The Mona Lisa!  

Lastly for today, I saw an article on my internet server’s homepage that One Life to Live is in danger of getting the ax. Now they’re blaming storylines like wrecking someone’s love affair or characters coming back from the dead. Isn’t that what every other soap is all about? Whatever the reason One Life to Live is being threatened, I think it’s time Brian Frons, head of ABC Daytime should investigate the matter and not be part of this epidemic. Let’s keep the institution of soap operas alive.



And with that, I give you Thursday.


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