Discussion in 'Other Aspects of Aviation Security' started by RB, Feb 26, 2012.
When will the fear end?
As I keep saying, this country has lost its collective mind. People are doing this to themselves.
Again: "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," Twilight Zone, 1960.
Well, I tried to leave a comment at that WJS article. Here's the error message I received:
My attempted comment:
Seems pretty bland to me.
WSJ tends to be fairly formal. They would probably prefer that you refer to Mr. Sheeple.
Got my two cents in. What a joke.
We've become a nation of sniveling cowards.
It's hard to even know what to say. You're right, Lisa, this country has lost its mind.
It is really, really sad. I don't even know what to say anymore, but I really hope that the ones crying wolf are punished in some way. It isn't fair that the passengers who have been innocent in past are delayed, shamed, logged and recorded and branded for the future.
But I will say that the business of fear is spreading beyond airports. I read regularly online Americans who are scared to travel to 'dangerous' Europe. Read any travel forum and there are people truly fearful of the big bad world. It's very sad, and honestly confusing sometimes. An Italian colleague last week was telling me how he couldn't believe that he saw GUNS for sale at a Dick's Sporting Good in America, and I had to explain that isn't entirely uncommon. Yet an American with us didn't want to walk in a midsized European city after dark because she didn't think it was 'safe'.
The public definition of safety seems really skewed, and many people seem to mistake 'different' for 'unsafe' these days. I'm sad how we seem to continue to move backwards instead of forwards.
Unfortunately, this country has a long history of xenophobia. And it comes out most virulently at times like this -- meaning times when the corporate government hypes a state of fear.
We jailed people during WWI simply for speaking out against the war. Jailed them for speech. People were beaten up on the streets. Then in WWII we rounded up Japanese-Americans and stuck them in prison camps (actually did it to Italian- and German-Americans, too, only not as many). Stole their property and locked them away. Then during the Red Scare of the late '40s-early '50s, Joseph McCarthy whipped the country into a frenzy and we jailed more people, then blacklisted them afterwards for good measure.
When the big scary commie menace went away, we needed a new enemy. Enter "Terrorism!" From the point of view of warmongers and profiteers, the best possible enemy of all -- because it will never end. It is a permanent war. Endless money to be made and endless populations to be suckered.
But they can't be suckered unless they allow themselves to be, unless they do it willingly. So far, they're doing it in spades. And given the history of this country, I see it having to get worse, a lot worse, before it gets better.
I've recently started a new, part-time job and I came across a business card from a gentleman whose business name is something to the effect of "Water Security Solutions" - he deals with issues with homeowners' water wells! He, too, is feeding off the fear factor!!!!
I'd be a lot more concerned about the water I drink than about a terrorist around every corner.
With all of the fracking being done around the country I would have concerns if I was on well water, not to mention the other possible sources of contamination.
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