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but do the scanners even work?
It appears the Obama administration wants to keep that information classified. Earlier this year at the request of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) attempted to smuggle bomb making materials past the scanners at various airports around the country but when the report was released it was "classified."
"The Obama administration which is now responsible for keeping airline passengers safe doesn't want you to know the results of these tests," Senator Grassley said on the Senate floor in September. (1)
Originally posted by rakkasansct
Maybe everyone should just have to be sniffed up by bomb dogs
Quote from : Wikipedia : Security Theater
Security Theater is a term that describes security countermeasures intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to actually improve security.
The term was coined by Bruce Schneier for his book Beyond Fear, but has gained currency in security circles, particularly for describing airport security measures.
It is also used by some experts such as Edward Felten to describe the airport security repercussions due to the September 11 attacks.
Security theater gains importance both by satisfying and exploiting the gap between perceived risk and actual risk.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Psychodrama
Psychodrama is a method of psychotherapy in which clients are encouraged to continue and complete their actions through dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation.
Both verbal and non-verbal communications are utilized.
A number of scenes are enacted, depicting, for example memories of specific happenings in the past, unfinished situations, inner dramas, fantasies, dreams, preparations for future risk-taking situations, or unrehearsed expressions of mental states in the here and now.
These scenes either approximate real-life situations or are externalizations of inner mental processes.
If required, other roles may be taken by group members or by inanimate objects.
It is mostly used as a group work method, in which each person in the group can become a therapeutic agent for each other in the group.
Developed by Jacob L. Moreno, psychodrama has strong elements of theater, often conducted on a stage where props can be used.
The audience is fully involved with the dramatic action.
Audience involvement is either through personal interest in the concerns of the leading actor, called the protagonist; or through playing some roles of the drama which helps the protagonist; or taking the form of some of the other elements of the drama, which can give voice to the rest of our wild universe; or through active engagement as an audience member.
Psychodrama's core function is the raising of spontaneity in an adequate and functional manner.
It is through the raising of spontaneity that a system, whether an internal human system or an organizational system, can begin to become creative, life filled and develop new solutions to old and tired problems or adequate solutions to new situations and concerns.
A psychodrama is best conducted and produced by a person trained in the method or learning the method called a psychodrama director.
Psychodrama training institutes exist in many countries around the world.
Publishers Weekly : Amazon Review :
Gardner, a columnist and senior writer for the Ottawa Citizen, is both matter-of-fact and entertaining in this look at fear and how it shapes our lives.
Although we are capable of reason, says Gardner, we often rely instead on intuitive snap judgments.
We also assume instinctively, but incorrectly, that if examples of something can be recalled easily, that thing must be common.
And what is more memorable than headlines and news programs blaring horrible crimes and diseases, plane crashes and terrorist attacks?
In fact, such events are rare, but their media omnipresence activates a gut-level fear response that is out of proportion to the likelihood of our going through such an event.
It doesn't help that scientific data and statistics are often misunderstood and misused and that our risk assessment is influenced less by the facts than by how others respond.
Gardner's vivid, direct style, backed up by clear examples and solid data from science and psychology, brings a breath of fresh air and common sense to an emotional topic.
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