Friday, August 18, 2006

Friday random 10

Two out of three ain't badMeatloafBat out of Hell
Mony MonyBilly IdolGreatest hits
GypsyFleetwood MacGreatest hits
Part of me part of youFinn BrothersEveryone is here
Afternoons and coffeespoonsCrash test dummiesGod shuffled his feet
AdiaSarah McLaclanAfterglow Live
SunriseNorah JonesFeels like home
ReverieBrooke FraserWhat to do with daylight
Kryptonite3 doors downThe better life

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Something to think about

I stumbbled across this while browsing Stranger Fruit and it makes a lot of sense.

Bruce Schneier writes:

None of the airplane security measures implemented because of 9/11 -- no-fly lists, secondary screening, prohibitions against pocket knives and corkscrews -- had anything to do with last week's arrests. And they wouldn't have prevented the planned attacks, had the terrorists not been arrested. A national ID card wouldn't have made a difference, either.

Instead, the arrests are a victory for old-fashioned intelligence and investigation. Details are still secret, but police in at least two countries were watching the terrorists for a long time. They followed leads, figured out who was talking to whom, and slowly pieced together both the network and the plot.

... Banning box cutters since 9/11, or taking off our shoes since Richard Reid, has not made us any safer. And a long-term prohibition against liquid carry-ons won't make us safer, either. It's not just that there are ways around the rules, it's that focusing on tactics is a losing proposition.

It's easy to defend against what the terrorists planned last time, but it's shortsighted. If we spend billions fielding liquid-analysis machines in airports and the terrorists use solid explosives, we've wasted our money. If they target shopping malls, we've wasted our money. Focusing on tactics simply forces the terrorists to make a minor modification in their plans. There are too many targets -- stadiums, schools, theaters, churches, the long line of densely packed people before airport security -- and too many ways to kill people.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Friday random 10

LosRammsteinReise, Reise
Day of daysRunrigProterra
CalifornicationRed Hot Chilli PeppersCalifornication
Wish I had an angelNightwishHighest hopes: The best of Nightwish
Adam's songBlink-182Enema of the state
Learning to FlyTom Petty and the The HeartbreakersGreatest hits
Back in a momentAngelzoomSchattenreich Vol.2
InnuendoQueenGreatest Hits II
MoronsShihadBlue Light disco