Out of the Blue

I was checking to make sure TiVO was set to catch the Deadwood season finale tonight (it still hasn't sunk in The Sopranos is over for the season), and with a quick pop, the audio went. Some checking seems to isolate the problem to my receiver, so I need to check and see if hopefully this may just be a blown fuse. I have fears that it goes beyond that, as there was a distinctive smell following this that seems very familiar as fried circuitry, so it may be a goner.

Play Time: The Polyphonic Spree - The Quest For The Rest.
Stories of the Day: Grapefruit-sized meteorite strikes house.
Science!: 'Electric armour' vaporises anti-tank grenades and shells.
Hypochondriacs have real disease `health anxiety'. Thanks Jim Chaney.
Men Have Biological Clocks, Too.
Image of the Day: Battered Moon. Thanks Jim Hendrickson.
Media of the Day: Croc Under Car. Thanks Ant.
Auction of the Day: Panzer Dragoon Saga - Sega Saturn, Near Mint. Thanks Jon. There was this time in band camp...
Follow-up: For Scientists, It's Hard to Love Venus (registration required). There once was a man from Peru...
Thanks Mike Martinez
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Re: England vs France Euro2004
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Re: England vs France Euro2004 Jun 13, 2004, 15:05
Jun 13, 2004, 15:05
nin
 
Yeah, but in this case treating everyone the same means treating everyone like a potential terrorist.

But isn't that the only way we're going to catch those guys?

I think it might also create an "us vs. them" mentality between normal US citizens. You'd have those who willingly agreed to share their information with the government (AND pay a yearly fee) and those that chose not to.

And why wouldn't you (not you in particular, but any traveler) share everything with the government? Do you have something to hide? If you don't sing up, you might be a terrorist. Tell grandma she better take her shoes and jacket off, and prepair to have her bags searched. She didn't sign up, so she must have SOMETHING to hide.

The moment we start lumping average people into certain groups ("This guy signed up, so he's probably ok. But that guy in the other line? He looks shifty."), it becomes a very slippery slope...

And guess what Joe Terrorist is going to do? In order to get his wares onto the plane, he's either going to sign up with false information and slip through (in YOUR line, no less!), or he's going to figure out how to falsify the id cards and slip through (in YOUR line again!)...if he has a choice between a high security line and a medium security line, guess which one he's going to want to try and get in?


People look so snooty, Take pills make them moody, Automatic bzooty, Zero to tutti fruitti, Sex in the halls, Niagra Falls, Local shopping malls receive Anonymous calls

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