Keeping threats in context.

It’s amazing to me how much money we’ll spend, how much time and effort we’ll waste, how many liberties we’re willing to give up in the name of “the war on terror” which in reality is one of the more minor dangers we face in the world today.

The truth:  “We need to keep terrorism in some kind of context,” he said. “For example, every year in the UK, more people die in road accidents than have been killed by terrorists in all of recorded history.”

That’s a quote from Nigel Inkster, former Assistant Chief and Director of Operations and Intelligence of MI6, as reported in The Register via Schneier on Security.


Vegetarian nachos, anyway.   I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to the time and the trouble to cook meat, I want to eat meat…Not sprinkle little bits of it over nachos.   Nachos with beans instead of meat, however, are both filling and can be prepared in 5 minutes.  Ten tops.


Tortilla chips – Enough to cover a dinner plate.  (I like Tostitos Restaurant-style for nachos.)
Refried beans – 1/2 can
Tomato – Half a small tomato, chopped.
Onion – 1/3 of a medium sized onion, chopped.
Avocado – 1/4 of a large avocado, cut into slivers.
Jalapeno – 1 jalapeno, chopped.
Cheddar & Jack cheese – 1/4 pound, (little more than a cup, maybe?) grated
Habanero cheddar – (About 3/4 of a cup?) finely grated.
Salsa to taste.   I like loads of salsa, and I like to mix the medium Sontava Organics salsa that I find at Costco with the super-hot D.L. Jardine’s Habanero salsa.

Cover a plate with the chips, and dab on the refried beans until you have a good layer.  Then sprinkle the chopped tomato, onion, jalapeno, and the silvered avocado evenly over top.   Cover with a thin layer of the cheddar and jack,and then cover that with a thin layer of the habanero cheddar. Stick it in the microwave for a minute and a half to two minutes, or until the cheese starts to get melty.   Pull it out, cover it with the salsa, and then back in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to warm the salsa, and finish melting the cheese.   Then, pull it out and enjoy!


Good advice

I was watching a show about a special police task force in South Africa that was gallivanting around the countryside finding and destroying illegal arms caches.   When they found a cache, they’d pile up all of the weapons and blow them up right there.   The EOD specialist who was setting the explosive charges to destroy the weapons was wearing a shirt with a good tip.  It said “I am a bomb technician.  If you see me running, try to keep up.

Foil hats…The controversy.

Many believe that foil hats are an essential tool to protect against government oppression via brain wave reading/manipulation.  A study from MIT examines their effectiveness, and shockingly concludes that the foil hat craze may have been *created* by the government in a cunning example of misdirection, and  they may actually increase the ability of the men in black to control the minds of the wearers.  A True Believer©, however, has issued a rebuttal calling the the study into question.