8.14.2006

Lipstick on your Collar

Ok. An addendum to what we can take on planes...

Glucose: makes sense.
Pills: alright.
Baby food: yeah, those things like to eat... Greedy bastards.
Solid Lipstick: HOLD UP!

While I am against lipstick for its social normalization qualities (see below), I think this is ridiculous. I am against this whole ban thing in the first place, but if you are going to allow lipstick, you must allow other things. Of all things that might explode, I'd place lipstick HIGH on the list. Lipstick is a compound generally made of carbon alcohols and plastics to produce a malleable material, but so is certain an other composition that we see in movies and was used to blow up the U.S.S. Cole

Oh shit. Composition C-4.

Now, I highly doubt that the amount of C-4 carried in a lipstick tube would blow up anything
(that big), but the point is: Don't outlaw carry-ons. A) It's inconvenient as hell, and B) You are never going to think of all the possibilities.

And just because it's culturally engineered to have women wear lipstick, and outlawing it would mean 50% of the population (ok, maybe 45% or less) not being able to look "their best" when traveling is no reason to be selective.

Either outlaw everything, and see your transportation businesses crash. Simply, stop being big sissies.

But then, when in history was the population ever REALLY brave, other than in maybe Sparta.
I just hope "the terrorists" (you know the ones the media and gov't talks about to scare us, oh!) don't decide to poison salt packets used to season McDonalds' fries.


(And now, if that actually does happen, I'm fucked)

-tre

8.04.2006

Unfortunately Not About Bellies

A few days ago, I saw this boingboing post about the Diebold Voting machines used in the last election. I followed the link to slashdot, and found this intriguing video linked on the comments page. It explains in detail how the Diebold machines were able to rig the election. For anyone who isn't aware of the backstory, and for the sake of clarity, Diebold's president wrote "I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year" in 2003.
It's hard to see this sort of evidence and not think: "Why haven't I heard about this yet? Is this for real?" I doubted myself, but then I think: "Why wouldn't this be true?" Is it unbelievable that the president defrauded an entire nation? We live in the future people, Nixon and Kennedy are suspected of having comitted fraud, but when they did it, they had to be friendly with the police comissioner of a county to stuff the boxes. With Diebold, it was high tech. The company wrote software that could easily and tracelessly steal an election, and it's taken us between two and six years to figure out what was up. Face it, it was voter fraud. This same shit happened in Mexico for seventy years, everyone knew about it, but no one could do anything. That's the beauty of it, we can do something about it as long as people will listen, now that we know the truth it's time to start thinking differently.