The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.
E Pluribus Unum has never been considered controversial. The motto, which is Latin for "out of many, one," was adopted by the Founding Fathers in 1782 as part of the Great Seal of the United States, intended to represent the federal nature of the nation – out of many states, one country. The framers sharply disputed many issues in the formation of the nation, but E Pluribus Unum was not one of them.
In fact, as the nation’s population has grown the motto has taken on a secondary meaning as well, reflecting the country’s melting pot nature – out of many peoples, one American people. Certainly, if there’s one issue we can all agree on, it’s that E Pluribus Unum is an excellent statement of America and its values, right?
Not so fast. The Religious Right, led by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) wants you to know that E Pluribus Unum is, well, almost un-American.
I suggest she runs for 2012, together with Sarah Palin.
I already have the slogan: “It’s a no-brainer!”
The first rule of using social networking as a marketing tool should be: Know when to do it and when not to do it.
The aftermath of an unfathomable natural disaster should be Example No. 1 of when not to do it.
and this footage from Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture is impressive too…