Took me a while to get around to this, but it’s been percolating through the dark recesses of my troubled mind for some time now. You have all heard of the Christmas Day Panty Bomber.
I don’t get it. Since 9/11 there can be no doubt that the government is snoopy snooping to a greater degree in each of our lives. If we fly we need to take off our shoes and belts. I couldn’t even carry a little Swiss Army knife into my state capital. You know the gubmint is capturing, tracking and analyzing all of our banking, phone, credit card and Internet activity. Anyways, I feel as though the government is imposing itself into private aspects of my life since 9/11.
So the father of the Christmas Day Panty Bomber actually called up the authorities to alert them. “U.S. government officials tell The Associated Press that the Nigerian man charged with trying to destroy a jetliner came to the attention of U.S. intelligence in November when his father went to the U.S. embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, to express his concerns about his son.”
I just don’t get how if the government is collecting all of this information, our privacy is being diminished, we’re being watched and taped more often and more inconvenienced rather than less, how they let this guy get on board a plane. I mean why the hell do we put up with Big Brother getting bigger every day, week and year if there if there is no benefit in it for us. I want to know what the hell they are doing with all of this information that they are collecting if they can’t even use it for its intended purpose. I know the government has infiltrated meetings of peace activists. Maybe the information is being used to track political enemies or for commercial gain. One thing for sure though, it doesn’t seem like it’s making us any safer. When one is looking for a needle in a haystack I never got the point of making the haystack insurmountably large. Privacy, with the ease and speed that information is transmitted, is too easy to destroy.
Why do we stand for Government trespasses?
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. B. Franklin, 1759
GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!!!
It’s that time of year. It was a beautiful weekend. Saturday was cold, dry and sunny so there was maybe an inch or two of fresh snow on hard pack. Sunday was 40 or so so the snow was all soft like mashed potaters. I like skiing abandoned ski areas. I like skiing through trees. I like to walk up and ski down. This is a picture of the trail where the t-bar used to run. You can see the big rusty old pole with the wheel at the top that the cable used to run along. The trail is a bit overgrown. This trail is maybe five feet wide and, trust me, it is much steeper than it looks. In fact if you don’t ski you may not even be able to see a trail running straight down the hill. This truly was first tracks, not even footprints.
And here is another nice trail. I am always literally dumbfounded that I hardly ever run into anyone else when I am recreating in the out of doors. If you ski you gotta appreciate how nice this trail is. If you look at the horizon you can see massive office buildings and neighborhoods of houses. Amazing to find hidden little jewels like this in the center of suburbia. There were some footprints, but I was the first person to carve some turns.