Saturday, January 30, 2010

The New Environmentalist

DUBAI: Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden blamed industrial nations for global warming, and urged a boycott of the US dollar to end "slavery," in an audiotape aired by an Arabic television on Friday. News

He said this after his buns were toasted while sunbathing at mountains of Tora Bora as he celebrated the monthly outing out of his cave. When reporter asked him how were his buns now, he replied "Allah ho Akbar". He told the reporter to 'behave' when the reporter glanced at his bikini.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Humanitarian Bomb

Do not be misled by the title. Just read.

The CBU-105, however frightening, may actually point the way toward less violent warfare. Cluster munitions—which release bomblets to cover a wide area—are banned or tightly restricted by an international convention. But the CBU-105 and its cousins, known as sensor-fused weapons, are considered legal because very few discs remain unexploded on the battlefield. Those that fail to detect a target are supposed to self-destruct in the air. The trigger batteries of those that do not will quickly die, so duds are unlikely to kill civilians later.

Crucially, the manufacturer of the CBU-105, Textron Defense Systems, of Wilmington, Massachusetts, is improving sensors to allow the weapon to distinguish the heat signatures of cars, buses and homes from those of military hardware. If there is such a thing as a humanitarian bomb, this might be it. (Link)

Mankind does not have a parallel when in comes to ingenuity in killing others - and themselves in the end. This specie will fall victim to one of its own devices. Rest assured.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Productive Profiling?

He: I think they (Americans) should profile; it is Muslims blowing up planes and building and not old white ladies. Whenever I fly; I feel much more comfortable if I see the staff profiling and checking Muslim men more closely. I for one am not offended in the least

I: I don't think profiling works in this case (security at airports). Its just more nuisance for passengers and escalated security costs. They 'should' have caught that idiot nigerian with good-for-nothing in his pants.

He: How can you say that profiling does not work? 9 out of 10 times, such attacks are comitted by non-caucasian, male adults who are primarily (with a few exceptions) Muslims. Airport security must identify men who fit into this category and give them a very thorogh once over; maybe even a strip search. I fall into this category and would not mind any security precaution which makes my flight safer.

I: how many cases have you heard that worked when profiling was being done? That nigerian still went through. I still maintain that in this particular case, muslim profiling is not productive. They should focus more on how the nigerian got through. It appears that these body scanners have got to be 'sold'. Strip search, and these scanners, are the worst thing to happen to 'you' but you are still unaware I guess. Your civil liberties are going to dust - as if you had them after 911. And a pakistani is telling this to an american.. how amazing.