Saturday, September 22, 2007

Note to self-- Dont wear 'biohazard' shirt to the airport

Did you all hear the news today about a woman being arrested for wearing a bomb to the airport? Turns out shes an MIT student, and it was a shirt she made for a presentation.

She had sewn a circuit board to her shirt that said 'Socket to me!' (Get it, socket--> sock it? Get it? Nevermind.) Even lit up to look like (to me) a star. What do these security people think are in those stupid light-up sweaters 2nd grade teachers wear with 'Christmas lights'?

Huh. I just think this is weird (she didnt try to get on a plane...), and I might be upset at MIT for not backing her up (I havent decided yet), but I was a biology major in college. Our department T-shirts had 'BIOHAZARD' on them, so I have several 'BIOHAZARD' T-shirts. Note to self-- Dont wear them to the airport. Airport security might think Im really biohazardous. *rolleyes*

7 comments:

Tyler DiPietro said...

"Note to self-- Dont wear them to the airport. Airport security might think Im really biohazardous. *rolleyes*"

Not that outlandish, IMO. This country just seems to get dumber every day.

I heard several people discussing this story. The scary part is that the general consensus was that the MIT student deserved what she got. Add this to similar reactions to the UCLA student getting tasered, and I'm finding increasingly worrisome that people in this country are so deferential to authority.

I'm not the biggest fan of Noam Chomsky, but he had it right when he said that fascism would be easy to establish in America. It already exists in people's minds.

Tyler DiPietro said...

And let's not forget the University of Florida student at the John Kerry event, too. I heard similar knee-jerk state-worshipping reactions from those defending what the the cops did.

Aaron "Hawkeye" Golas said...

I'm really sick of people's thinking electronics can explode all by themselves without being attached to, you know, EXPLOSIVES.

Bill said...

Try taking an electrolytic capacitor and applying a reverse-bias voltage.

Not that moi ever blew up capacitors in lab for fun. I'm just saying...

Kristjan Wager said...

I am not impressed by this whole story (tiny bit of blogwhoring).

The student did a mistake wearing that shirt, but only because of the airport paranoia in the US.

I seriously hope that the authorities in Boston wise up and drop the charges.

Anonymous said...

I'm not so forgiving. The clerk said she asked what was with the circuit, and was not answered. If there were wires or the breakout board anywhere in view (well, maybe only the LEDs were showing. tough to tell) then that + modeling clay means the attendant had every reason to call police.

People have seen flashing shoes and singing santa sweatshirts for several years now; a breadboard, 9V's and modeling clay are a tad different.

Plus, look at that haircut. Can you say attention whore? "She was asking for it"

Kristjan Wager said...

Plus, look at that haircut. Can you say attention whore? "She was asking for it"

Yes I can, but it wouldn't be any more true than when you say it, asshole. So why don't you fuck off and crawl back under the rock you climbed out under?