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I am from the 60's where we all grew our hair and took off our clothes. It is time for the latter to happen.

Take Off Your Clothes!

In a situation where we are presented with two uncompromising and demeaning alternatives what is our choice? Which death do you choose? People have asked what we can do to make things change. My opinion is that is up to art. On the side of art we have Banksy and Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, to list the most obvious persons. We also have the freeway bloggers of which I am one. Banksy is my hero but he has not been effective. What he needs and what any guerrilla art movement needs is the participation of many people who may not call themselves artists. You will think I am nuts but the body scanning at the airports presents an opportunity. Truly it does.

This is why. We have a diary at Kos that talks about the seriously demeaning aspects of the new technologies used to detect bombs on planes. We know how well that works. Ya got a plastic bomb then do the scan and the bomb gets through. Ya don't but you think the scan is invasive then be raped by the TSA.  Love it!  So what do we do? It is what the hippies knew in the 60's. We take off our clothes. It is easy. Just don't stop with your shoes. And it is radical. And it will stop this nonsense.

Puritanical  values are the pivot of what is wrecking our country. Hey let's confront it face on. I am willing and I am a 65 year old female not about to get the Angelina Jolie body award. Next time I fly out of Raleigh-Durham expect to see an encounter. You do it before me you get my spot on Keith Olbermann. But I tell you we can win the propaganda war. Just be there. Like our soldiers you put your body on the line.

There are many paths to the waterfall.

Originally posted to Marihilda on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 08:38 PM PST.

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  •  WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    burrow owl, Earth Ling, DemandTruth

    GET NEKKID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. - K.V.

    by psilocynic on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 08:40:04 PM PST

  •  this succeeds at several of alinsky's rules (13+ / 0-)

    Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.

    Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people.
    The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.

    Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

    Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

    Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

    Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”

    Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.

    Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”

    Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.

    Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”

    Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

    at bare minimum, it nails #s 3, 4, 5 and 9. the trick is finding enough people to do it to cause sufficient frivolity and mayhem, and not just isolated and easily contained incidents.

    surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

    by wu ming on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 08:46:08 PM PST

  •  I'd do it (1+ / 0-)
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    Not fond of getting arrested, really, and I can't afford to get dragged off because I usually travel with my kids now.  But, yeah, I'd personally have no trouble getting in on a proper prank like this if the situation were right.   People are hilariously dumb about nudity, even as they throw away privacy rights.  It's a funny way to point out the paradox.  

    I told you the "I told you so" pie fight wasn't going to get us anywhere.

    by Sun dog on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 08:47:11 PM PST

  •  Darn, I was just planning on batting my eyes (2+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, Russ Jarmusch

    ironically at the TSA guys and gals as they x-rayed my precious bodily parts.

    And now... there's a better way.

    A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. ...Salman Rushdie

    by begone on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 08:48:31 PM PST

  •  I Several Times Advocated Here Nudity to Confront (4+ / 0-)
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    wu ming, indybend, BlackSheep1, jessical

    the Westboro godhatesfags crowd here.

    Abortion clinic protests would be another target.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 09:13:45 PM PST

  •  I am from that era, i had long hair and a beard (1+ / 0-)
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    burrow owl

    but i didn't take my clothes off.

    We were also dumb. Super dumb. Dumb as shit. We handed the election of 1968 to Nixon because we were so freaking stupid that we didn't see or realize what we were doing.

    And some on this blog are making the same mistake 42 years later.

    Oh god i couldn't stand the "Clean for Eugene" crowd. The dumbest crowd on earth.

    With Wallace on running taking away old dixie from the Nixon, a big chunk of the Republican vote, we couldn't win for god's sake. If we didn't demonized LBJ, he would have run, won and ended the war.

    Instead, we handed the country to tricky dick and he extended the war by 5 years and watered the seeds of what has become the Christian right--America's cancer

    Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

    by Mutual Assured Destruction on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 09:24:33 PM PST

  •  Tipped for Banksy reference nt (0+ / 0-)

    "... the Professional Left, that is simultaneously totally irrelevant and ruining everything" (Glenn Greenwald)

    by ranger995 on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 09:45:38 PM PST

  •  Good idea, and (2+ / 0-)
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    indybend, jessical
    I double dog dare you.

    Suggestion for added fillip: give it a charitable slant. Collect $5 for your favorite charity from a few sponsors for daring to do this thing. Be sure to emphasize the charitable angle to the news media when arrested for indecent exposure.

    Another possible angle: suppose people agree to be searched only if the screeners show us their naked bodies also? Tit for tat, so to speak?

    •  You know (3+ / 0-)
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      indybend, Clio2, CherryTheTart

      it is going to be a strange arrest for indecent exposure when the damn scans are indecent exposure in themselves. I like your idea of a tit for tat or more pointedly a tit for tit.

      •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

        Perhaps the charge would be something else like disorderly conduct. One thing we can bet, the powers that be will have zero sense of humor about it, which has been forbidden at airports since the early 70's.

        Wish I had your nerve, but have been bashful about nudity since early childhood and am a damn sight to old to even want to change that.

  •  Tipped and Recc'd for the idea, but mostly (4+ / 0-)

    for the Raymond Carver reference.  A New Path to the Waterfall is one of the ways my wife and I fell in love.

    His "Late Fragment" was read at our wedding:

     And did you get
     what you wanted from this life, even so?
     I did.
     And what did you want?
     To call myself beloved, to feel myself
     beloved on the earth.

     Raymond Carver

  •  Alas, it's not on Youtube (3+ / 0-)
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    indybend, kurt, peachcreek

    Pete Seeger's "Do as the Doukhobors do"

    There's a new tactic to use, my dear,
    If you have a protest no one wants to hear,
    Just attend a rally where the big shots meet
    Strip to your hide and walk down the street.
    Way up in Canada, Doukhobor lads
    Were sent to public schools disapproved of by their dads,
    So the Doukhobor mamas said "That's enough"
    And they went to the meeting in the buff.

    Do as the Doukhobors do, honey,
    Do as the Doukhobors do.
    If public policy gets on your nerves
    And no one pays attention to you
    Throw away your dresses and your lingerie too,
    And do as the Doukhobors do.

    Our women hold meetings to stop atom tests,
    They're not afraid of billy clubs, cops and arrests,
    They sign those petitions 'til they're sad in the face
    And still they seem to be getting no place.
    They little boat EVERYMAN couldn't leave port,
    Bomb tests continue of every sort
    We've got to do something that's wild and new,
    And do as the Doukhobors do.

    Do as the Doukhobors do, honey,
    Do as the Doukhobors do.
    If public policy gets on your nerves
    And no one pays attention to you
    Throw away your dresses and your lingerie too,
    And do as the Doukhobors do.

    Of course, down in Cannes on the coast of France,
    You'd get no attention minus bras and pants,
    If you'd hit the beach in a grin or less,
    They'd think you had on last year's bathing dress.
    But up there in Canada at twenty below
    People keep covered from head to toe.
    Kennedy would send a cup of coffee or two
    If we did as the Doukhobors do.

    Do as the Doukhobors do, honey,
    Do as the Doukhobors do.
    If public policy gets on your nerves
    And no one pays attention to you
    Throw away your dresses and your lingerie too,
    And do as the Doukhobors do.

    Agricultural hemp is "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs."

    by ben masel on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 10:44:18 PM PST

  •  I would do it but I don't fly. (0+ / 0-)

    I found out what and how they pay pilots. If they are neglecting someone as important as the pilot, what are they neglecting in maintenance in service of the bottomline, I ask myself?

    I don't think flying is safe. I will take a train or a boat. Scoff all you want. I won't be in the air crashes coming.

    Take my clothes off in the service of art and society? No problem. Do it tomorrow if you want. Fly? No way.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 01:50:11 AM PST

  •  Gross. (0+ / 0-)

    Please don't.  Thanks.

  •  It's November. (0+ / 0-)

    Fuck.  That.  Noise.

    "Little Corwin" already wants to crawl into my chest when I step outside fully clothed.

  •  I love the way you think (0+ / 0-)

    Your plan is an elegant response to the clumsiness of TSA tactics.

  •  yeah except... (0+ / 0-)

    ...there are people behind you in line who just want to see someone they love or get to their job.  A lot hinges on airplane trips -- getting there on time, making the connection.  In service of the larger point, a lot of smaller personal disasters would follow...and that would be part of the larger takeaway message, diluting the impact considerably.  

    I mean, the idea made me smile and all...but if someone ahead of me in line did this, it wouldn't resonate as a blow for freedom, exactly.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 06:01:39 AM PST

  •  The new "pat down" is more of a "probe" up (0+ / 0-)

    My lodger, a flight attendant supervisor, has a close friend who is a flight attendant.  They both work at IAD.  The flight attendant opted for the so-called "pat down" instead of the scanner, and she almost fainted from the EXTREMELY invasive procedure, where they put their hands right up her crotch.  (She always wears dresses, by the way.)

    Diane Sawyer reported on World Nudes Tonight last night that a pilot who'd refused to be irradiated by going through the scanner opted for the "pat down" and felt so violated he didn't fly. He went home, threw up in his own driveway, and just didn't go to work that day.

    This whole thing makes me ill.  I'm going to join the passenger rights' organization and donate to the American Civil Liberties Union.  I'm already planning to drive, not fly, to Montreal next summer from Washington, DC.

    No one should have to be subject to a virtual strip search or to face the alternative of having someone's nasty, insanitary hands up their private parts.  And there is a completely NONTECHNOLOGICAL alternative used by EL AL airlines that's completely effective!  When was the last time you heard of anything happening on EL AL?  I'll tell you--it was the twelfth of never.

    Yes, I'm het, but I'm NOT a Mad Hetter!

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 06:18:45 AM PST

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