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London bombing memage

July 22nd, 2005 (08:08 pm)
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1. How did you learn about yesterday's bombings in London?

I heard about it in passing at the tail end of All Things Considered; something about "the Dow was down in response to the bombings", or some such.

2. Do you have any personal connections to the area?

Not that I know of...I think my cousin who was working there is back in the States. If she were still there, her parents would've posted to the family list letting us know her status.

Other than that: the day before the first bombings, I was thinking it'd be a good idea to go visit London soon, before it becomes impassable with pre-Olympic construction. I'm not thinking that any more. :-(

3. Do you use public transportation?

Every day: I take commuter rail to work.

4. Have you ever let threats of terrorism change the way that you live each day?

Not really. I'm likely to go back to using my Fourth Amendment Bag on my commute, now that there actually are cops coming on to search the train, instead of just posters saying it could happen. (I haven't yet seen them do anything except walk through with their dogs, though.)

5. If you could say something directly to the person or group responsible for this tragedy, what would you say?

"Mr. Bush, it's time to resign."

Comments

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)

I'm not thinking that any more. :-(

Nowhere is safer than anywhere else when there are armed loonies involved.

Posted by: Pat Siobhan (patsmor)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
Loonies everywhere

No. Duncan's plane to London last August got held up for a suspected set of terrorists on it, and I've been in London when bombs went off there. I figure the only way I personally can fight the terrorists is to live my life without being afraid of them. Virgin Airlines is, however, one of my top choices because they actually do security instead of seeming to. (They also have real beds in Upper Class, not that I'll get to snooze on one any time in the near future.)

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
Not quite

Nowhere is safe, in any absolute sense; but some places are safer than others.

Posted by: Pat Siobhan (patsmor)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)
Re: Not quite
to the point

ahh. you are saying that it dumb to put yourself in harm's way?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: July 24th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: Not quite

No, I'm saying that you have to compare; ignoring danger is no more sensible than fearing everything.

Posted by: Pat Siobhan (patsmor)
Posted at: July 24th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
Re: Not quite
to the point

I'll agree with that; and what my comparison has on each side of the line depends on what I'm risking. For example, there were many things I wouldn't do when my children were small because of risk to them (or risk of them losing me). For example, I have friends who didn't travel on the same plane in order to never put their children at risk of losing both parents in a plane crash. I never went quite that far.

Nowadays my comparison chart is different. When Duncan and I discuss traveling to England, for example, we have come to the conclusion that we can be caught in a bomb blast as easily (perhaps more so) in SFO as we can in LHR, and that we won't let our choices be driven by that. However, we might well stay somewhere we could watch the London Christmas Parade on TV instead of a viewing stand in downtown London. The last few times I was in England by myself there were active bombings in Milton Keynes, a place I had planned to go; I changed my plans.

I'm unlikely to ever go back to the Philippines; they've been under a civil war for the last 30-something years, and I was too closely involved in a sniper attack for my own feelings of security when I was there. I find looking out my hotel window and seeing soldiers with machine guns on every corner a good sign of danger. More practically, I had to have malaria shots and several other inoculations, altho the State Department Web site said that only people who left the Manila area would probably get in range of mosquitoes. In point of fact the only mosquito I saw the whole time I was there was one that had infiltrated the air conditioning in the plant and bit the man next to me in a 7th floor conference room.

What I propose, John, is a calculated risk assessment. (Duh, and what was my job for the past couple of years???) Does that sound like what you mean?

Posted by: Pat Siobhan (patsmor)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
Remind me, please...
to the point

Where does the line "The only way to win is not to play..." come from?

Posted by: metahacker (metahacker)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
Re: Remind me, please...

Wargames (1983).

"An interesting game. The only way to win is not to play."

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