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THIS JUST IN: Bitcoin Is Real. Ask the TSA.

THIS JUST IN 2ICYMI: The world of Bitcoin encountered a colossal fart-and-fall-down moment with the landslide of Mt. Gox.

And ICYMI too, Mt. Gox is an acronym for “Magic the Gathering Online Exchange,” because it originally served as a trading hub for cards from a fantasy game. (Please, like we are smart enough to make that up.)

Anywho, Mt. Gox was the world’s largest database of Bitcoin — a uber-nerdy peer-to-peer cryptocurrency. According to Daily Tech, 25,000 Bitcoins were transferred from 478 accounts via the highly trustworthy Mt. Gox. Later, Mt. Gox “admitted a major breach” and has shut down.

In all, approximately $8.75M USD worth of Bitcoins appear to have — at least temporarily — been stolen in the intrusion.

So, how is the just as trustworthy Transportation Security Administration involved? You’ll love this.  Read more

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The TSA Pulls Its Guns Out (On Instagram)

Let’s play the hypothetical game: Say you’re a government agency that many see as a necessary evil, but you still get singled out as an example of everything wrong with our system. It’s tough to be popular when your job involves insisting that everyone remove their shoes, belts, wallets, ice picks, meat cleavers, spear guns, brass knuckles, gasoline canisters, and any other vaguely metallic objects before entering a full-body scanner with an NC-17 rating.

What do you do to improve your public profile? Start an Instagram account to show the world what you’re doing right—because who reads things anymore?

Our point: here are some fun weapons that the Transportation Security Administration confiscated and featured on its brand new picture page. Oh hey, it’s a loaded pistol small enough to fit in your toiletry bag!

Next comes another tiny, poorly hidden handgun:

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The TSA Will No Longer Get to See You Naked

TSA Rapiscan full-body scannersA good tip when it comes to PR strategy: Whatever the Transportation Security Administration is doing, do the opposite.

The organization may claim to do everything in the interest of keeping people safe, but the public generally detests the TSA for requiring us to take our shoes off and stand in front of the infamous full-body scanner in order to board a plane. The fact that said scanners produced all-but-naked images of travelers felt like an invasion of privacy to many Americans, and some politicians even set up their own PR stunts in order to protest being subjected to the whole process.

Well, last week we heard about what may be the TSA’s biggest recent PR win–though it certainly didn’t happen at the group’s request. In short, it looks like the era of “naked” full-body scans is coming to an end. We have a feeling the TSA’s PR agency of record breathed a sigh of relief upon learning that the organization, under pressure from a new law to develop scanners that produce less intimate images of travelers’ bodies, announced that its partner in scanning Rapiscan Systems would not be able to update the relevant software in time. The org even blogged about it!

Of course, this is by no means an end to the TSA’s ongoing PR problem.

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