Monday, December 28, 2009

The only way to prevent terrorism on airplanes

The latest terrorist attempt to take down an airplane has me once again kicking around my radical idea of how far we have to go if we want to make sure that no terrorist can ever take down a plane while being a passenger.

Basically, what we need to do is to have all passengers strip down buck naked. Then they must be poked and prodded...all of exceptations. They must fly to their destination this way.

Their luggage must be flown on a different plane. No one is allowed carry-ons of any sort. And the buggage plane can only be used for baggage; it cannot carry passengers.

Furthermore, all passengers must be given drugs, so that they sleep during the entire flight.

All passengers must be subjected to xrays, and other assorted scans; we do not want people hiding bombs in body cavities.

Of course, the flaw in this plan is that it leaves the door open to biological terrorism. It also does not prevent terrorist organizations from recruiting airlane employees.

Oh, on second thought, let's ban just all airtravel and go back to trains and steamboats. After all, it is the only way to make airlanes perfectly safe. And that is what we all want, isn't it?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I am confused by healthcare reform

Something I realized recently is that I have absolutely no clue what the current healthcare reform bill looks like. All I know is that taking a cue from Dan Carlin, I suspect that it is going to cause more harm than good; the people who should be complaining about it, and fighting it every inch of the way, are not concerned about it. So what is in the bill that helps them (and hurts us)?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Presidential Lottery Spam

As most of my regular readers know, periodically I criticize the spam mail that I recieve. Often this happens when I am trying to get into writing mode (today my wife is home sick; all attached writers know how disruptive that is).

Today's winner was from the United States of America International Lottery Program (whoever they are). Supposely, my email address was partially responsible for me having the winning numbers. Hmmm, I am paranoid; I bet everyone who got the email was told the same thing, down to the exact same numbers.

But that is not why it was chosen as today's winner. Here is the best line from this particular piece of spam:

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by the New American President (Barrack Obama) as part of his social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base and you are entitled with a huge lump sum of One Million United States Dollars ($1,000.000.00USD).


Ok, the person writing the email has less than perfect knowledge of grammar rules. And what exactly is an "operational base"? Won't it be a lack of an operational base? (Ok, I am bluffing; I have no idea what an operational base is.)

And more importantly, exactly how does running a internet lottery help fulfill the President's social responsibilty? I imagine each of my readers can come with a dozen things that he should be doing that would sooner fulfill his social responsibility.

Fixing the economy, funding higher education, making us safer, etc., add you personal favorites in the comment section.

Once again, I find myself wondering who writes this stuff; and more importantly, who exactly is falling for it.

Oh wait...evil thought...what if this is the same email that was sent to the companies who were "too big to fail"? That give-away was lumped under social responsibility, wasn't it? Maybe I should answer it; after all, it would hurt so many people if I fail, won't it?