Hello? Is There Anyone In Charge Listening to Sense?

Boggles the mind how our leaders allow reactionary bullshit to take the place of thoughtful planning and tactics. And at the population of the US for allowing our leaders substitute smoke and mirrors (inconveniently situated ones at that) for sane and sensible and useful policy.


“Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don’t take s— from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for — not for hours — but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, ‘We’re not going to do this. You’re going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport.”

[From The ‘Israelification’ of airports: High security, little bother – thestar.com]


Via Daring Fireball

Not Shutting Out the World

Things I heard during the three days I did not listen to music over my earphones when I left the house:

  • birds singing
  • children playing
  • lots of cars
  • louder buses while riding in them
  • human voices

It was an interesting several days: neither all that painful nor particularly revelatory. While I am not forsaking my music and podcasts for all time, I am trying to be a bit more mindful of not needing to plug myself in for every single minute I’m out and about.