On The Stupidity Of Airline Gadget Rules

Some thoughts.

It really is a mess, and it isn’t helped by the technocluelessness of airline personnel. You’re supposed to “turn off” your phone (whatever that means), but you can fire up your laptop in the air. It has Bluetooth and a wireless widget that are almost certainly emitting, unless one is diligent enough to disable them. How many do that? I rarely do. I think that, like what happens before you board the plane at the airport, it is just more security theater, and has nothing to do with actual flight safety.

I wonder if one airline came up with smart policy, it would provide them with a competitive advantage that would force the rest of the industry to follow?

[Via Geekpress]

Kill The State Department?

Some thoughts. I think that several departments and agencies should be razed, and be rebuilt from the ground up (if they need to be replaced at all). State is an essential department, but it does need a complete overhaul. Same thing with the CIA, which would be disbanded, and replaced with something else. Over course, the departments of Education and Labor should be simply eliminated.

The UN Loves Barack Obama

because he is weak. Just the way they wish all US presidents were.

Of course, that’s only when dealing with our enemies. On the home front, it’s the Chicago Way.

[Update a few minutes later]

Obama’s time warp — the US is still the bad guy.

[Late morning update]

Obama’s most naive speech ever? I don’t know, that’s a pretty high bar. But could be.

Nice Little AWACS You Have There

It would be a shame if anything happened to it.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force operated a single Simorgh, a former Iraqi Air Force Adnan. The Adnan AWACS was in turn a modification of a Soviet-built Ilyushin Il-76 transport.

The Simorgh collided with one of the Air Force’s Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighters over the area of the Imam Khomeyni Shrine, southern Tehran. According to eyewitnesses, the crash occurred immediately after the parade. Apparently, no mayday call was issued.

You say it was your only one? Too bad, so sad.

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