Government Run Airport Security Screening

The business traveler who hops on a plane multiple times a week probably doesn’t even blink anymore at airport security. It is a part of his or her daily routine. Many of us, however, only get on a plane once every year or two for that much anticipated summer vacation. Going through security at the airport can be a very confusing. Different countries have different security procedures, and often it appears that there are different procedures in different cities in the United States.


The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) oversees airport security in the United States. It was created in response to the horrible tragedies of September 11, 2001, and is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The idea was that a single federal agency would be better able to manage airport security, and protect our air travel, than private companies. The TSA did not completely eliminate private screening, and airports can opt out of federal screening by getting TSA approval and following TSA procedures.

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Is government run security better?

It is hard to assess whether we are better off with or without government run airport security. Certainly, we haven’t had a tragedy to date in the United States like 9/11. However, undercover operations to test security effectiveness routinely show guns and even bombs making it through the security screening. Is it all just a big show and we are just as vulnerable as we were before the attacks?

One of my favorite airport screening stories occurred right after 9/11. A good friend of mine (and an elderly nun) was traveling, and they pulled her aside because they found tweezers in her bag. They told her that metal tweezers were not permissible to bring on to the airplane. She asked what she should do, and they said, “Either throw them away or check them.” Women can become very attached to her tweezers, so my friend had to go buy a box, tape the tweezers inside, and send them along as checked baggage.

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Now, metal tweezers are allowed on an airplane. If they were too dangerous to bring before, why are they okay to bring now? Another one of my favorite old security “no’s” was a screwdriver. I saw a man get pulled aside and he had to discard his tiny tiny screwdriver (we are talking 1 inch long) that was part of an eyeglasses repair kit.

A few of the current security guidelines (according to the TSA website) prohibit:

• Knives (except for plastic or round bladed butter knives)
• Scissors (metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited)
• Tools (greater than seven inches in length). I guess now it is okay to repair your eyeglasses on the plane with a tiny screwdriver.
• Self Defense Sprays (only in checked baggage allowed, and less than 4 ounces)

I hope that the government is doing a good job, but for me, it is hard to have confidence when one day tweezers are deemed a threat and the next day they are not. A six inch tool is okay, but an eight inch tool is dangerous. A very dull knife, one that hasn’t been sharpened with a chefs choice 130 sharpener, no matter what size is probably less dangerous than a pen. I understand we have to draw the line somewhere, but I’m not sure the government knows the right place to draw it.

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Many of the governments of the world do operate through the money that they collect in the forms of taxes. This is the money that has to be used for the purpose of funding all the activities of the state such as politics, Education, Agriculture and all the other projects that a government needs to fund. However, does it mean that the government only collects all its revenue through the taxes only? Are there no other means through which the same government can get revenue? This is a common question that people ask. Well, there are many other ways of collecting revenue. Here are the various ways: Continue reading

Easy to Believe and Disengage

Easy to Believe and DisengageThere have been many concerning events taking place in Britain over the last few years, and what is of particular interest to me is how it has been received by the public, which in some cases has either forgotten about, or simply ignored some very serious issues. In a tradition stretching from Edward Bernays, governments and corporations have long used tested methods to control what the public are exposed to, and ultimately what they can think and feel: ‘If you can be told what you can see or read, then it follows that you can be told what you can say or think’. These people control far more than we think from their steel framed buildings, and if we make it easier for them they would only be grateful.

Brief history
Edward Bernays was a nephew of Sigmund Freud, who although was much more famous was by no means more influential than his nephew. Edward Barnays was the founder of public relations, and he basically brought about the discovery of advertising and how the human mind is very impressionable if something is presented in a certain way. This still plays a huge part of how we live today in the age of advertising and how we read news, most of which comes from Rupert Murdoch’s papers which are a massive part of how we receive news.

How do they get away with it?
The biggest revelation to come out recently has to be what Snowden revealed, not only about how our governments are spying on us, but also how information is shared by governments of the world – interestingly showing how Israel is the only country to receive raw data from the US as a pose to the filtered information that others such as Britain receive, however this is only of interest when considering how America appears to be trying to reach some kind of peaceful solution to the war going on there.

Firstly, why would our government want to spy on us when I think it is safe to assume that not all of us pose a threat to society other than some kind of reason that follows in the vein of Bernays. If you do not believe so, then perhaps the fact that it has been largely swept under the carpet and forgotten about does serve to show how much what we think about is influenced by the news we read, and which is undeniably connected by politics.

Consider Rupert Murdoch, the biggest news mogul in the world owning the majority of newspapers in Britain, incidentally including the only ones that consider a pair of breasts newsworthy, namely The Sun, the late News of the World, and The Times, as well as major ones in America.

The power these papers have over the public is incredible, and highly financially and politically motivated. All politicians including Tony Blair know that their success largely depends on public opinion which is easily moved and altered by these papers, so in order to achieve success they are going to have to make a deal with Murdoch and receive his personal favour.

It has been incredibly shocking to see the support that UKIP raised and how people started to feel comfortable being overtly racist in the streets; the careful cherry picking of those on benefits and immigrants to portray the poor and immigrants as lazy thieves who want to work off of your living. This is the perfect excuse to divert money from benefits and other public sectors to other areas such as the £1bn increase in spending on nuclear weapons and other more profitable and shady areas.

From schools
It was not long ago while doing work at a school in a poor area that I heard the teacher put down the children’s ambitions to become footballers, actors, whatever, telling them that these dreams are unachievable instead it is a far better idea to literally stack shelves in Tesco. The amount of social ordering that goes on under our noses is incredible – and the most shocking of it all is that we are a part of it.

Is a Trust Deed another version of an IVA?

Is a Trust Deed another version of an IVA?When your financial boat starts to sink and you are looking for available debt management solutions, one of the popular and most promising solutions you must have come across is IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangements). If you did further research you would discover that the Scottish version of an IVA is trust deed and although both are possible solutions to a financial problem, it can be confusing whether it is the same thing or different options. Actually, the major difference between an IVA and a Trust Deed is that the former is a debt relief process for the English and the other is for the Scottish. Only English and Welsh residents are eligible for the IVA while the latter is available to the Scottish residents.

To qualify for an IVA, besides being either Welsh or English, one has to have a minimum of £15,000 in unsecured debts whereas the Scottish can seek Trust Deeds if they have a minimum of £10000 in debts. The other difference between the two is the duration. Whereas an IVA lasts for 60 months (5 years), a Trust Deed lasts for 48 months (4 years).

Similarities of Trust Deeds and IVAs

Trust Deeds and IVAs have a lot in common, and this is why most people confuse the two or just interchange the names. If you are familiar with the English IVA, you will get to know Scottish version, which is the Trust Deed. Here are the most notable similarities between the two debt management solutions:

i) To be eligible for either IVA or trust deed, you must owe money to 2 or more creditors.
ii) Your monthly income should be £150 or less.
iii) You must make payments based on affordability.
iv) Only unsecured debts can be put forward in a Trust Deed or IVA agreement. Secured debts will not be included.
v) For both, at the end of the term of arrangement, any unsecured debts will be written off completely and you can then start a fresh.
vi) Both of these solutions are best when you have a job to prevent you from being sequestered or being declared bankrupt.
vii) Even after an IVA or Trust Deed, you can still hold public office or act in the capacity of a company director.
viii) You will be required to declare all windfalls valued at over £200 including lottery wins, bonuses and inheritances.
ix) Both Trust Deeds and IVAs will be recorded on a public register.
x) These debt management solutions will negatively affect your credit recorded and will be recorded in your credit file.

Because IVAs and Trust Deeds are among the most effective debt management solutions, they have been used by hundreds of thousands of people to pay their debts off and start over a fresh. However, as appealing as they may be, these solutions are only right when the circumstances favors it and Insolvency Practitioners often advice that you weigh the pros and cons before deciding on a course of action.

Most people often overlook such helpful financial solutions because they believe bankruptcy is the ultimate path to starting a fresh. Further research will show you that despite the difference in names, the English IVA and the Scottish Trust Deed are the same thing, albeit with a few variations and that the Scottish Trust Deed has friendlier terms and can set one free of debts much sooner.

Areas of Practice of the Peachstate Lawyer in Atlanta

Areas of Practice of the Peachstate Lawyer in AtlantaWhen one is arrested or accused of crimes that can have them jailed, they need not take such an issue lightly. They must ensure that they have found the right lawyers so that they can be fairly heard and represented in a court of law. if you do not know what you have to do so that you can find the best lawyers to defend you, then you c an visit website. This website should be a guide to you on what numbers to call, how to send an email to the lawyers or the law firms or even the guidelines that you have to follow as you file your defense. Further, the website should help you to read the reviews or the defenses that the company has had so far and the success rates of the same. When you have done this, then you and even your relatives can sit pretty and let the attorneys that work for this law firm do their work in defense of your case.

Atlanta: Locations Served

For the residents of Atlanta, there are many areas that this company serves. It is likely that you area is among them and this can be a good thing for you when you have cases that need to be attended to. W. Scott Smith, one of the Peachstate Lawyers is always ready to come to the aid of the people who need his services. The law firm also has many other attorneys that will come to the rescue of the clients who feel that they cases are in need of qualified and experienced lawyers. When you feel that your life is on the line, and that you may not have a chance of winning the cases, you need not give up. It is always important to trust the Peachstate lawyers and they will for sure do their job. Some of the areas that are served in Atlanta are:

1.       Alpharetta

2.       Johns Creek

3.       Sandy springs

4.       Marietta

5.       Chattahoochee Hills

6.       Powder Springs

7.       Roswell

8.       Dunwoody

You should also get help from wherever else you may be while in Atlanta. This does not have to be such a difficult thing for you to do as long as you can call the law firm and get your case to be addressed. by calling the team, your case should get free evaluation so that you will not have to worry about the charges before the company takes up your case.

Now, if you are not sure of the cases that this law firm handles, then you can be sure that this will be discussed here for your benefit. These are some of the common cases that the Peachstate lawyers will be handling for you and assure you of success. Rather, these are some of the cases that the company has handled in the past and done well:

1.       DUI

This is a common offence that many people commit while they are in this state and indeed in all the other states of the US. DUI stands for driving under the influence. This could be a case where one is caught driving while they are under the influence of alcohol or even drugs. For the people who may not be aware, this is a very serious offence and conviction may mean that you have to pay a heavy fine or even serve a prison sentence. For you to be sure that you will be acquitted of this kind of a crime, you need to hire well experienced lawyers. If you do not find a lawyer who is specialized on this kind of a crime, then you will definitely suffer the consequences.

2.       Drug Crime Defense

There are many crimes that one can commit when they have taken drugs. One can also be accused of drug abuse or even in the crime of peddling the drugs. Regardless of the drug crime, this is a serious offence and representation by an attorney who is not up to the task means that you are likely to lose the case. Hiring a Peachstate attorney may be the best option that you can trust. One of the good things with the law firms is that it has a number of qualified lawyers who can take up this kind of a case and push it through to a successful conclusion and to your favor.

3.       Domestic Violence Defense

Any kind of violence that takes place in your home means that it can be prosecuted. When a husband beats his wife, or the vice versa, then this is referred to as domestic violence. This crime may also spill to any violence that could be meted on the children. In the event that this happens to you, then the only option that you can count on is a qualified lawyer. And like all the other offences, the crime of domestic violence is highly punished. This means that you must hire a good lawyer so that you can be assured of the best representation.

Now, the above are not the only cases that the Peachstate lawyers can represent you in. There are many others and therefore it is up to you to present the cases and expect the best outcome.

Learn about Copperloy which is a Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturer

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Do you vote?

Do you vote?A lot of people love to talk about politics and who they are going to vote for. They love nothing more than to have a good debate and decide who should be elected. The trouble is that not all of us are like that and can get quite bored with in-depth political conversations. Continue reading

State of Healthcare in the United States

healthcare_jobsWhat is  the state of healthcare in the United States? How many healthcare personnel does the country have?  Who owns most of the health facilities in this country? Is the United States a role model country for the rest of the world when it comes to healthcare? Many countries would definitely envy the state if healthcare in the United States. However, the healthcare in this country has taken time to bring it where it is right now. The government has worked to improve the regulation and modernize the laws that govern the provision of healthcare facilities in this country.

Before you Become a certified nurse or phlebotomist, you need to understand the healthcare dynamics in the United States. This will give you a glimpse of some of the institutions that are likely to employ you as a qualified healthcare facilitator. You need to be aware of the statistics about the provision of healthcare in this country. Would you like to work in the private sector? Would you like to be employed by the government? How much would you expect in salaries and emoluments? What are some of the benefits that you will be entitle to as worker in the healthcare system?

Healthcare Providers

There are many distinct organizations that provide healthcare in the United States. Most of these healthcare facilities are owned and operated by the private sector. 62% of the hospitals that operate in the United States are non profit. This simply means that their mission is to provide the population with good healthcare services without them having to concentrate much on making profit.

20% of the hospitals are owned by the government while the remaining 18% is owned by private businesses that work for profit. Probably the fact that the government does not own most of the healthcare facilities explains the advancement in healthcare provision in this country.

Healthcare Statistics

Here are a number of statistics that would better explain the state of healthcare in the United States:

  1. Healthcare is primarily in the hands if the private sector businesses
  2. Healthcare insurance for the majority of the population in the United States is provided by the government. Most of the public workers are insured by the government.
  3. 65 % of the healthcare provision comes from programs like Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Veterans Health and the Children’s Healthcare Insurance program 

Shortage of Healthcare Workers In The United States 

One of the factors that have been pulling down the state of healthcare in the US and indeed in most other advanced nations has been a shortage of healthcare personnel. There is a general shortage of such workers as nurses, doctors, dentists, mental health workers and others. The shortage has been growing over the years and unless it is remedied early enough, the growing population in this country is likely to face a poor healthcare system in years to come.

The effects of the shortages

The shortage of the key healthcare providers has brought some far reaching effects to the population. The stakes are definitely high and unless this problem is solved in the earliest time possible, then the state of health could be grim in the long run. The public health nurses comprise the highest majority of the healthcare workers. There is a shortage in the public health system and. If this shortage is not remedied, then it could have effects such as:

  1. Poor patient healthcare
  2. Lower rates of breast feeding
  3. Increase in pre-term births
  4. Poor or no patient education
  5. High pregnancy rates among teens

How To Alleviate the deficiencies

Well, all is not lost. There are a number of things that can be done so that the shortage can be reduced. The government should improve the terms of the healthcare workers and also ensure that there is an increase in enrollment into the institutions that train the various health care workers. The government should also think of increasing the funding for the healthcare sector so that the programs that are being carried out can be successful. This is a general way of improving the state of healthcare but specific programs should be given emphasize that they deserve.