WikiLeaks: Simply human nature?

Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

“As one of my intelligence community sources says, we need to eliminate MICE. By that he means Money, Ideology, Compromise, Ego, the common denominators of all leaks. In other words, leaks will persist as long as human nature does.”

Quote from article, “How to Turn Off WikiLeaks;” Keith Thomson Reporter, Huffington Post, 11-29-10 04:00 PM


Reportedly more than 2 million users on the military’s secret internet network (Siprnet).   This was an information leak and not a breach of internet security (hacking), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today. Undermining world leadership in one fell swoop — simply human nature?

Raining: The Flipside of Down

Washington, D.C.

Rolling through high-heeled streets,
Shimmering in a photo finish.

Small drops with big ideas,
Ya make that steal, or merely cop a feel?

Too much cotton for mirrors on the flipside of down,
But soaking floats color.

So dragging the horizon like an ephemeral plea,
She teases air from smog.

Small drops, what’s the big idea?

She prays for din to break silence,
Before fancying a prey on thunder.

Pattering in gardens of brick and cities of grass,
She won’t ride lightening to wit,
Why take a bolt, when Sun owns color?

Glasgow, Scotland

San Diego, CA

Sunday Night Drum Circle — Little Beach, Maui

Laid out…

Local drum circle on Sunday nights: It’s not in the guidebooks, but, if you are open to spending the evening on a nude beach listening to kettle drum, bongo, and tabla beats, it’s worth checking out. After the sunset, about 100 of us exited in a ritualistic procession led by three men wielding torches and lighting our way down a windy trail of rocks. My friend summarized the evening best:

“I finally understand what this whole peace-love thing is about!”


TSA Body Scan: Will you say “No” Nov. 24th — National Opt Out Day?

“If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.”

–John Tyner’s battle cry at San Diego International Airport, during an invasive pat down by a TSA screener.  And the new punchline for privacy advocates. On his YouTube video that captured the incident, we hear the overhead announcement, “Security is everyone’s responsibility,”  as Tyner dubs the phrase.
Tree Trunk — Balboa Park, SD
The instructions:  Step into the oversized, closet-like contraption.  Place your palms facing out on either side of your head so that your arms are about parallel with your shoulders.  Spread your legs shoulder length apart.  Now hold still…

If there is any confusion, look around, and you’ll probably see a cutout type drawing that will illustrate the position to assume.

“Is this safe?  How much radiation am I taking in?” I asked with a friendly smile, as I stepped into the box a few months ago at Nashville International Airport.

“You are getting more radiation by using your cell phone than going through this machine,”  the TSA screener responded, equally amicable.

Questions most are asking:  Is it safe for my health? Does it violate my privacy rights?

In the News:

  • San Diego, Calif — Monday, 32-year-old local resident, John Tyner, posted a YouTube video of his probing pat down, after refusing a full body scanner and body search at San Diego International Airport.  In the video, Tyner offers to go through the metal detector on several occasions and apologizes “for the hassle” following the TSA screener’s pat down.  He cancelled his American Airlines’ flight and is now being investigated by TSA.  Irony?  The clip has received more than 50,000 hits as of this morning. “If I don’t do it, nobody will,” Tyner says in the video.
  • New Jersey — Lawmakers are asking airport passengers to refuse the body scan for “National Opt Out Day” on Wednesday, November 24th, one of the busiest travel days.
  • Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, two pilots filed a federal suit against the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, alleging that the full body scans and pat downs are a violation of their Fourth Amendment Rights (protects against unreasonable search and seizure).

Did They Serve Spam or Not?? That is the Question.

Tweet from Carnival Cruise Liner, Splendor: In regards to our last post, we wanted to clarify that while some SPAM was delivered, it was never served to guests. Tweeted November 11, 2010 (day ship docked in San Diego Bay)

San Francisco Examiner; here is the lede: Grazia Gala and her husband, Kishore Pradhan, expected sun, relaxation and rest on their seven-day cruise to Mexico. What happened instead were long lines, cold showers and Spam. –Today’s news

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:

Voyage of the Doomed: Carnival Awaits Spamcationers!

Reunions and cheers welcomed, but no stale Pop Tarts or Spam please!

–Passengers said they waited in line upwards of two hours for such tasty treats!

Above: The 113,000-ton Splendor, one of Carnival Cruise Lines’ largest ships, docks in San Diego Bay around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, after an early morning engine room fire rendered it stranded last Monday.

San Diego Bay, Calif.  The plethora of media, Veteran’s Day parade, warm weather and jubilation bathed the popular tourist destination in, excuse the pun, a carnivalesque vibe.  People gathered in the hundreds, and a laissez faire sense of community support welcomed passengers back to dry land San Diego style.

Tugboats reined in almost 3,300 passengers on the Carnival Splendor cruise liner from Baja, Calif to San Diego, docking at the Port of San Diego’s B Street Pier Cruise Ship Terminal.  The ship departed from San Diego on Sunday, November 7, 2010.

Above: Cindi Wolfe, of Ventura, CA, weaves past the crowd toward her family, who has just disembarked.

Series Below: Jeanne Ralston, age 85, is greeted by daughter, Cindi Wolfe.

Wolfe’s cheerful energy put her in the spotlight.  Ralston seemed to be keeping pace with her daughter, taking questions from reporters with thoughtful and animated ease.

Top of Ralston’s wish list:  Coffee.

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