I don’t want you to riot I don’t want you to protest

Not Wanting to Earn Their Wings
They sight costs as the biggest factor, lessons and the planes themselves make driving that Hummer seem down right practical. The last I read most commercial airline pilots get their training and experience from the military so a shortage of commercial airline pilots may be a different story. Some of those interviewed had some anecdotal speculation about the lack of interests. One may have a point when he suggested that in 2006 flying is seen as just another form of transportation, that flying in itself doesn’t provide much in the way of adrenaline rush. The days of Lindberg and new flying frontiers are over. He may have a point, the thrill seekers are always moving on to the newest thrill. With air safety having reached a level where accidents are relatively rare the skies have become safer then our highways. Still, a Porche Boxster is a bargain basement adrenaline pump compared to a private plane. Make private aircraft as cheap as an an exotic sportscar and they will come.
I already knew about the ability to track license plates and with some safeguards seems like a reasonable tool to help fight crime, but as this article points out we seem to be tumbling down the road without rules, License Plate Tracking for All

“We have pretty much a Wild West society when it comes to privacy rights,” says Jay Stanley, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union. “The overall lesson here is that we really need to put in place some broad-based privacy laws. We need to establish basic ground rules for how these new capabilities are constrained.”Current laws don’t constrain much. Just as it’s legal for the paparazzi to take pictures of celebrities in public, it’s legal for anyone to photograph your license plate on the street. Still, there aren’t enough LPR units in service yet to follow your car everywhere.

In other privacy news, Judge Dismisses Phone Records Lawsuit

Citing national security, a federal judge Tuesday threw out a lawsuit aimed at blocking AT&T from giving telephone records to the government for use in the war on terror.

“The court is persuaded that requiring AT&T to confirm or deny whether it has disclosed large quantities of telephone records to the federal government could give adversaries of this country valuable insight into the government’s intelligence activities,” U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly said.

This is not the slippery slope, we’re at the bottom. The government can pretty much do anything it wants in secret, minimal if any oversight, claim national security is threatened and civil liberties are thrown out like so much excess baggage. In comparison to other countries Americans are relatively trusting of one another in general, but the last fifty years don’t speak well for some members of the government when it comes to being guardians of the public trust. At times they have acted in a manner that is less then respectful of the principles of a democracy, Nixon’s spying on domestic political adversaries and Reagan’s Iran-Contra shenanigans come to mind.
If Nixon and Reagan had used the current conservative governing cabal’s rationale those very egregious attacks on democracy may have gone unpunished(even as it was Iran-Contra was meet with a smack on the wrist).

There are probably a multitude of lessons to be learned from the assassination of President James A. Garfield, one of them is to wash your hands, A President Felled by an Assassin and 1880’s Medical Care

At least a dozen medical experts probed the president’s wound, often with unsterilized metal instruments or bare hands, as was common at the time.

Sterile technique, developed by the British surgeon Joseph Lister in the mid-1860’s, was not yet widely appreciated in the United States, although it was accepted in France, Germany and other parts of Europe. Historians agree that massive infection, which resulted from unsterile practices, contributed to Garfield’s death.

They lie so often they’ve singlehandedly invented lie-porn, On Those White House Claims That Discretionary Spending Has Declined


I don’t want you to riot. I
don’t want you to protest. I
don’t want you to write your
congressmen. Because I wouldn’t
know what to tell you to write.
I don’t know what to do about the
depression and the inflation and
the defense budget and the Russians
and crime in the street. All
I know is first you got to get
mad. You’ve got to say: “I’m
mad as hell and I’m not going
to take this any more. I’m a
human being, goddammit. My life
has value.” So I want you to
get up now. I want you to get
out of your chairs and go to
the window. Right now. I want
you to go to the window, open
it, and stick your head out
and yell. I want you to yell:
“I’m mad as hell and I’m not
going to take this any more!”

from the screenplay N E T W O R K by Paddy Chayefsky