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I think you're dead on, Nautikos...
I am trying to do my small part to awaken people. Sometimes I feel like the Dutch boy with his finger in the dyke, and the only one getting any mileage out of that these days is Rosie O'Donald.

posted by arGee on January 12, 2007 at 9:09 PM | link to this | reply


I think the only thing people generally pay attention to is what's in the flow of sound bites and video blips emanating from the mainstream media. But these always come in 'bits', and people's attention span is no longer capable of holding on to more than 'bits'. But news has to be news, so the bits change. And while there may be 'themes', there is rarely any serious discussion of serious topics. And the rest is 'entertainment'...

And, last not least, knowing that there are all kinds of editorial rules in place, I suspect one of them is not to mention things like E - bombs, 'dirty' bombs, bombs that may arrive on ships, etc.etc.

Hell, they don't even talk about Islamist terrorism, to them it's just terrorism, as though it were some kind of 'generic' version...

posted by Nautikos on January 12, 2007 at 7:07 PM | link to this | reply

Please give me a heads-up, Ariel...
When your post appears.

posted by arGee on January 9, 2007 at 9:46 AM | link to this | reply

Of course, Ariel...

Posting anything on Blogit grants permission for further dissemination, although normally, one would give appropriate credit.

Thank you very much for your kind words. When you think about it, we give basketball players who can't even spell their own names millions to spend on cocaine, while many of our best scientists toil in obscurity for less in a year than a ball player gets in a day. So is it really surprising that my own writing on science-related matters doesn't get a wider audience?

Fortunately, my book, The Chicken Little Agenda, is doing rather well, so the work is getting out!

posted by arGee on January 9, 2007 at 9:45 AM | link to this | reply


Nautikos and I are having some dialogue on this very subject ; the apapthy, compacency and complaisancy both within and without Blogit.

As a result, I'm posting a piece this evening ( our time, here in Spain ), which I doubt will endear me to a lot of folks in here.

I read your e-bomb post some time ago, but it was late, and I was very tired, so didn't comment. Like Nautikos's work, yours deserves a far wider, and more interested audience than it has had to date.

I mentioned your piece to a friend at a New Year party, and he was very interested, but, ( senior moment! ) I'd forgotten who'd posted it.

I'd like to email it to him now, if that's okay with you?

posted by ariel70 on January 9, 2007 at 7:47 AM | link to this | reply

It is a bit surprising, Nautikos...
That I have had so little response to this post. Could it be that people simply don't understand the implications of this kind of weapon?

posted by arGee on January 9, 2007 at 7:41 AM | link to this | reply


you are describing a scenario which, in outline, I too am familiar with. This one, and many more, involving different modalities, ought to be the basis for any comprehensive security policy.

You know the other thing that scares me? The lack of response to your posts in this forum...

posted by Nautikos on January 9, 2007 at 4:09 AM | link to this | reply

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