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TSA confiscates a toy ray-gun belt buckle

Does this make you feel safer? At an airport security checkpoint the TSA confiscated a belt buckle made to look like a toy Flash Gordon ray-gun.

It wasn’t a real gun. It wasn’t even a toy gun. It was a belt buckle fashioned to look like a 1940s science fiction ray-gun. Even if it was one of the actual Flash Gordon ray-guns that was used in the movie serial, it couldn’t have done anything.

But it wasn’t. It was a belt buckle.

I am so glad we have the TSA looking out for us!

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • BSJ

    Next, they’ll be putting people under house arrest becasue they “might” be ill.

    Oh wait, they’re all ready trying that…

  • wodun

    Not the same at all lol. One is a highly infectious disease that is transmissible for days before a person knows they have Ebola and only gets worse as the disease progresses. A disease that has ravaged several Africa countries. And the other is the confiscation of a belt because the buckle has a facsimile of a gun on the buckle.

    If you think the two are in any way comparable, you fail to grasp how serious Ebola is.

  • BSJ

    “that is transmissible for days before a person knows they have Ebola”

    That is completely false. A lie spread by fear mongers!

    Thomas Duncan’s fiancée slept next to him while he was sweating with fever. She didn’t catch it. Only those who had contact with him while he was VERY sick, in the hospital became infected.

  • wodun

    “That is completely false. A lie spread by fear mongers!”

    Lol, no it isn’t. You can transmit Ebola before even testing positive for it. It is just harder to transmit in the earlier stages.

    “Thomas Duncan’s fiancée slept next to him while he was sweating with fever. She didn’t catch it.”

    She might have some immunity. A lot of Africans do. There is a lot about Ebola that we don’t know.

    “Only those who had contact with him while he was VERY sick, in the hospital became infected.”

    Yes, the people who wore hazmat suits. That you can get Ebola while using hazmat suits or even while taking one off, should tell you how dangerous this disease is. A 21 day quarantine is a prudent precaution considering how difficult it is to treat the disease and how easy it can be spread the further the disease progresses.

    No one is being a fear monger, they just want people who should know better not to act like idiots.

  • BSJ

    Sorry dude lol. You’re full of it lol. You can’t just make stuff up lol. And think infringing someone’s rights is just A OK, as long as you think they’re liberal. lol

    I hope when they come for you there are enough of us left to defend your rights. lol

  • Pzatchok

    This nation has had quarantine laws since before it was a nation and since day one.

    Please provide proof she slept with him while he was sick.

    One of the reasons Ebola spread so far and fast in Africa was because the people there didn’t adhere to quarantines.

    Quarantine laws have been used and legally upheld for the last 300 years. Fight them all you want but you will lose.

    And since he knew he was sick do you think it was smart of him to risk infection of his very own loved ones?
    If this was Hiv/Aids he could be charged with attempted murder. People infected with that have been charged and found guilty when they have tried to spread the disease.

    Is Ebola less deadly than HIV/Aids?

  • Pzatchok

    Members of the medical community have already stated that the disease could possibly stay active for a week or more outside the body in the right environments.

    If the disease could NEVER stay active outside the body why do they go through so much trouble cleaning up the areas the victims have been in?
    Couldn’t they just leave the area closed off for a week and viola its safe to go back in?

    Look at what they are DOING not what they are saying.

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