Monday, January 29, 2007

X-Ray Screening

This story about using X-Ray technology gave me all sorts of ideas on the problems that this change of the future will give rise to, and the humour that may abound as it is implemented (“X-ray cameras on lampposts plan”). From religious controversy and privacy, to embarrassment from misuse.


Forget about civil liberties types. I think the real issues will be:


(Mis) Uses by the Media.

Could you imagine the legal penalties as famous movie personalities revolt as those secrets come out (plastic surgery malfunctions – boob jobs, lip injections; and perhaps  too small equipment like Schwarzenegger was always accused of). Or even an X-Ray photo of Gordon Brown as he turns up next to Putin (please SOMEbody tell him to go to the gym).


Anger by some religious groups.

Boy this one is going to be huge. I can imagine the Muslim groups won’t be the only ones that don’t want their women folk gazed at. Not only because Muslim men feel only they are allowed to treat them as property but I also imagine that these guys would not like to be viewed by women in the X-Ray control room. But heck, its not just the muslim groups. I can imagine there are many other religious issues.


New clothing designs.

Just a thought: maybe some X-Ray proof clothing will be designed, or perhaps even misleading clothing.


Hidden obscenities.

This one is really my idea. For example, if you are not allowed to say some words in public, or write them, but you are allowed to say and write them in private, then that surely means you can imbed them in your clothing. What a better place to complain to the government.


Or come to think of it, perhaps to even advertise to the X-Ray community.


Practical jokes.

What about using a lead ink pen to draw a gun outline in your dad’s jacket ?  That will get him in trouble on the flight to Europe!


Vetting of the Xray Screener.

And just how do you find these individuals that won’t offend anyone? Somehow you will need to find an X-Ray version of the Eunuch. Job Description: X-Ray Screener. Individual of high moral standing, not prone to sexual stimulation, revulsion or giddiness, when viewing  when viewing cellulitic women, busty women, well-endowed men. Medical professionals, darwinists and atheists preferred.


So futuristic, don’t you think?


 On a related note, I have never heard this phrase used before: “Street furniture”.
"Street furniture could routinely house detection systems that would indicate the likely presence of a gun for example."




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