"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

18 November 2010

TSA and statistics

I came across this little gem on Fox News... TSA tries to justify its molestation of the American public based on their "success" rate in the past:
"This year alone, the use of advanced imaging technology has led to the detection of over 130 prohibited, illegal or dangerous items," TSA spokesman Greg Soule told FoxNews.com. The TSA would not disclose exactly what those items were, but it said they included weapons like ceramic knives and various drugs -- including a syringe filled with heroine hidden in a passenger’s underwear.

Now boys and girls... let's do a little math. Today, November 18th, is the 322nd day of the year. That gives TSA a rate of finding contraband (which is of course defined however they like; they refuse to give us details... it could be anything from an automatic weapon to granny's knitting) less than once every two and a half days.

Divided by one hundred airports.

Divided by 1.5 Million airline travellers a day.

At a cost of $212 million per year.

If even half of these offenses were to involve malicious intent, and let's round up to 150 offenses in a full year (I'm being generous... really). Then 75 attempts divided by $212 million comes out to over two million dollars per attempt. Each item found is worth over a million dollars, regardless of the intent of the guy who left it in his pockets.

Meanwhile 3.75 million travellers are molested in order to find one forbidden trinket.

Your tax dollars at work.

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