Once again, US efforts to keep their population complacent by instilling an over-arching sense of fear are in danger of backfiring. The Transportation Security Administration, whose “no-fly” list is alleged to contain over 100,000 names, admits having received at least 89 formal requests to have names withdrawn … from children under the age of twelve. Thank-you, George Bush II, for keeping the 11 month old terrorist bombers off airplanes since 2001. Whatever would we do without you? I’m so glad Canada is following suit and implementing a no-fly list of our own!
In related news, Shannon recently visited a friend in Massachusetts. For a variety of reasons she didn’t have any non-expired, official-looking government ID, but she correctly assumed that if a nice white guy like this can walk across with a bloody axe, a home-made sword with an engraved swastika, a hatchet, a knife, two brass knuckles and a can of pepper spray, they wouldn’t be stopping a nice white girl like her, even with a butter knife packed in her lunch. Edit: Shannon reminded me that, of all the people on her bus, the only one taken aside for questioning… was also the only black passenger. Institutional racism just ain’t subtle. sigh
On a happier note, we woke up early today and picked all the basil from our bountiful garden to make a litre of pesto before Shannon had to go to work. Mmmm…. I wonder how long we can hold off before eating it all. Yay for late summer harvests!