Having been in Austin with Tina the last couple of days, great museum (From Turner to Impressionism) groovy restaurants and a couple of ultra cool book stores (Monkey Wrench Books and Book Woman) all I can say is that Austin shatters any stereotypes regarding Texas one might have.
Parts of it seem more like Berkeley than Texas. Great music scene, lots of long haired hippie folks riding bicycles etc.
If any place here will stand up in opposition to inane obtrusive invasions of personal space it will be people who have embraced the "Keep Austin Weird" ethos.
Americans used to believe in their constitutional rights to say no to stupid arbitrary rule including illegal search and seizure but now the right wing has so destroyed those expectations that we have come to tolerate full blown torture of people like Bradley Manning.
From KXAN Austin News: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/critics-no-body-scanners-at-abia
TSA hopeful scanners in place sometime in 2011
Published : Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010, 5:44 PM CST
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin's Airport Advisory Commission approved a resolution on Tuesday night advising the city council to oppose airport body scanners and invasive body searches.
The Transportation Security Administration said it is hopeful advanced imaging technology or “body scanners” will be in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport sometime next year. Already, March has been thrown out as a possibility, though the TSA said it would likely be late 2011 or even 2012.
"I think people in the United States area little bit spoiled, I think, to quick travel and having everything instantaneous,” said Paula Tye, on her way to a flight to Orlando.
Tye flies out of Austin on business every three weeks to many cities that already have body scanners for extra security. The TSA said 70 airports already have the devices.
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