Sunday, July 01, 2007

Random Thoughts and the Electoral College

Alarmist global warming claims melt under scientific scrutiny

Hiroshima 'couldn't be helped', says Japan

Women mutilated by Muslims seek help in Norway

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Death of 12-Year-Old Circumcised Girl Shocks Egypt

Canada: a nation of lazy, dull bores

American Scuba Schools on Alert
In the United States, the FBI has sent a warning to all scuba diving schools. Diving instructors are told to be on the lookout for anyone requesting instruction in techniques that could be used by terrorists. In short, these are "combat swimming" techniques. While some diving instructors have military diving experience, most do not, and would not normally recognize requests for training a terrorist could use. This includes stuff like how to dive in murky water, or up pipes, or how to handle being towed while in the water with diving gear, or how to use re-breathers, do deep diving and handle diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs). Interest in underwater navigation training is another warning sign, as are those who pay in cash and refuse to give any personal information. Anyone requesting help in purchasing diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs) could also be up to no good. A lot of these requests can be legitimate. Some people have special diving needs. But if people from a country not noted for a lot of scuba divers, pays cash, and asks for training in arcane diving subjects, diving school personnel are asked to let the FBI know, and the feds will take it from there.

Something is up, or some FBI bureaucrat doesn't want to be accused of ignoring something similar to the pilot training alerts that were phoned in prior to September 11, 2001. The FBI is interested in anyone who has, in the past, received, or requested, the suspicious training

In Iran Today
The government is offering rewards for those who turn in people sending "immoral messages" (including photographs) via their cell phones. The government is trying to install software to censor these kinds of messages, but is not having much success. The government believes cell phones have become a major tool for dissident and rebellious Iranians, but the devices are too popular, and useful for the economy, to ban completely.

Thoughts on Getting rid of the Electoral College
It is entirely possible that one day in the not too distant future, the Electoral College will become an exercise in futility, and the president of the United States will be elected by New York, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and another large state or two. Wonderful – if you live in these areas and agree with the politics practiced there. Horrible – if you live in Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, Arkansas and other small states that may disagree with the politics of the big states. The current system forces candidates to visit both large and small states and listen to the concerns of the people. The current system forces candidates to be equally concerned about winning the Electoral College delegates in small states and large states.

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Thoughts on Democrats and Muslims
There is nothing progressive about the left. The left supports feel-good movements, not progress. The left consistently sides with Islamic Supremacists, the most reactionary anti-gay, anti-women, anti-democracy, hardcore violent religious fanatics on the planet.

McCain Today

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