Minutiae
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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Monday, June 10, 2002
A Smallpox outbreak?!? Oh I really hope not.
posted by Rachel 6/10/2002
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Wycliffe just discovered the other cat in the mirror. It's only the second time I've seen him puff up his tail.
posted by Rachel 6/10/2002
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From USS Clueless: "We used to think during airline hijackings that safety of the crew and passengers was the top priority. If we dealt with the hijackers, gave in to their demands, then we'd be able to get those people on the jet freed, and that was a success.

Last September we learned the truth: the most important thing is to maintain control of the jet itself, and to achieve that we must be willing to sacrifice everyone on it. If you don't give in to hijacker demands, they may horribly murder everyone on board. But if you do, they can use the jet to kill far more people on the ground. The hard logic of war is that it's better for those on the jet to die than for more people on the ground to be killed. No-one will ever make that mistake again."


This is precisely why I am extremely reluctant to fly any time soon. I may do it when we get married and I might do it for anything else that I decide I'm willing to risk my life for, but I won't be doing it casually.
The risk of a plane crash is smaller than that of a car crash. I don't know how to compute the probability of a hijacking. Statistically speaking it's pretty damn low, but I'm not interested in historic trends I'm interested in avoiding terrorism tomorrow.
Basically I'm not willing to pay too much, get abominable service, have my privacy violated, and be systematically disarmed in the name of safety, only to be deemed expendable by the very people who just treated me like an animal to cover their political asses. I'll only do it if the trip is worth all that. Few are.

posted by Rachel 6/10/2002
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