“The only useful airport security measures since 9/11,” he says, “were locking and reinforcing the cockpit doors, so terrorists can’t break in, positive baggage matching”—ensuring that people can’t put luggage on planes, and then not board them —“and teaching the passengers to fight back. The rest is security theater.”
Anyone who pays attention to green news will have spent the last two years hearing a torrent of stories about EPA rules and the political fights over them. It can get tedious. After a certain point even my eyes glaze over, and I’m paid to follow this stuff.
But this one is a Big Deal. It’s worth lifting our heads out of the news cycle and taking a moment to appreciate that history is being made. Finally controlling mercury and toxics will be an advance on par with getting lead out of gasoline. It will save save tens of thousands of lives every year and prevent birth defects, learning disabilities, and respiratory diseases. It will make America a more decent, just, and humane place to live.
You're missing the point. The money is spent, the infrastructure exists. Now we're saying we should stop and walk away. Great.
Now what? "Nothing" is not an acceptable answer.
The United States' top fighter jet, the Lockheed Martin F-22, has recently required more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour in the skies, pushing its hourly cost of flying to more than $44,000
Votes by the House and Senate armed services committees last month to spend $369 million to $1.75 billion more to keep the F-22 production line open
Why is nothing not an acceptable answer? You must not know any, you know, people. Human beings with wacky, irrational expectations.
I want you to imagine a world where the police suddenly stood up and said, "I think we're done here. Good enough. The threats aren't that bad. You're safe enough. Enjoy your flight."
Dude. You'd have people running for the doors.
Seriously, it's like few people on MeFi ever deal with the public on a regular basis...sheesh. Go get a job at Starbucks and tell your first customer that, hey, I left the milk out overnight, but it's cool, I haven't seen bad milk around here in, like, a long time, so...
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