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August 9, 2007 am31 5:40 am

In the late ’80s and early ’90s I got profiled. I was traveling to Britain or France whenever I got the chance, and I was stopped, searched, or questioned on a fairly regular basis. Part of the problem was that I was young, male, traveling alone, scruffy, and traveling very light. There was more, but I’d rather not go into it. Suffice it to say, whatever they were looking for they never found, because I never carried anything illegal and I was never looking for trouble, just cheap quickie vacations without baggage weighting me down. (I still travel light).

Now, I didn’t like getting stopped. It was uncomfortable and embarrassing. Travel is stressful enough without hearing “open this” or “come with me.” But what really got me angry was when they claimed “this is only a random check.” Coincidences tend not to be random, and no one likes being lied to.

That’s a long way to come to the point. I am not a huge fan of the Carnival of Education (see this post [link corrected]), but I do contribute to some of them. I submitted to about ten Carnivals since February, including most recently 125, 126, 127, and 131. (they send you a little receipt). Except my submissions to 125 and 131, both on the political side (my graduation speech with the anti-war lines and the bit about not confusing charter schools with public schools), and both with the same host, neither one of these was included in the carnival.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence. But I remember this kind of coincidence, from Orly airport in Paris.

[postscript. The host explained “There were some problems with the blog carnival sending posts to the proper email” and offered to run the lost submissions (there was at least one more). Of course I accepted and thanked him.

I still won’t go back to Orly]

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