Security Esoterics – gett off my lawn

Dear Reader,

Do you believe in astrology? Or creationismintelligent design, or any other pseudo-science?

Then ignore this post. It will upset you.

The believers in this mumbo-jumbo have something in common with the security obsessed of today. They are using the same techniques. What are those?

Individual events serve as justification.
Studies on the non-effectiveness are ignored.
The discussion about single events replaces the discussion of the general sense and purpose.
Religiously, the need for more security is repeated.
Tautological reasoning loops are used.
Critics are vilified.

All the government spying, all the TSA airport theater has not protected us against one single act of terrorism or any major crime. But we still need them. Because “Security”.

The scanners at ports inspecting containers are proven to not work. “But we are still better off having them, than without.” Wait, what?

Biometric passports and no-fly lists have been proven to be utterly useless. But we still need them. Because “Security”.

What the alphabet soup of secret agencies does, is a secret, and the secret courts in secret proceedings allowed them to do what ever they want. Why? It’s a secret. And if you want to make them tell, if you want transparency, then you are “endangering lifes and protecting the enemy.” How? That’s a secret too.

And if you are against all this humbug, then you are supporting the terrorists, which makes you a terrorist.

Common sense tells us, life is not a bed of roses. It can’t be child-proofed.

There is no such thing as 100% security. A totally secured house has neither doors, nor windows. Which makes it unusable. And the same is true for any other system.

Dear Security Esoterics, unless you have scientific proof, that your program works, and that it has a positive results-to-cost ratio, and that is does not make the whole system useless, get the fuck out.

Stay sane,

Engine Room

maxwell’s silver hammer…

Dear diablog,

Earlier this week we visited the Tower of London and I thought this may give Pete some ideas as we know he is hard at work improving the facilities at Petesville ont’ River.

His erudite post did not show his skill at some of the preparatory work needed so we sent our ‘roving hands’ reporter to film the preparation work in progress.

I am not sure that this is the safest way of obtaining the desired outcome, but then needs must….

He and Mrs Pete should be well proud of what they have achieved at the Locanda with Mr Toad, Ratty and Mole beaming in satisfaction.

Just mind the hammer ol’ bean!

Yours, diablog, ducking


Food For Thought ….

I am most grateful to Glynsky for pointing out my newly found culinary skills in his recent article ‘massage in a bottle’.

Naturally I thought he was referring to yet another form of sexual deviancy he was turned on by, but it appears on closer inspection to be about cooking.

It is true to say that I have gone from a Z list toast burning amateur, to 3* Michelin chef in under 3 weeks.

This apparently is a unique achievement but I have done it mainly due to the 24/7 guidance I have received from Gordon Glynsky and his current wife Nigella. They both have been very helpful in getting me ‘up to speed’ (especially Nigella who knows a thing about speed).

Naturally my rapid ability to pick up the little they know left me needing to expand my horizons, and my new restaurant has opened to some acclaim as you can see from the video shown below.

Those of you who have met me will be aware that I am not a morning person (Or for that matter an afternoon or early evening person) and when I reviewed the video footage it would appear that I needed to work on my people skills.

This will become particularly important when my latest venture opens in the next few weeks. Continue reading “Food For Thought ….”

Beaches around NY

Dear Reader,

Our beloved commentator Smiles is begging forgiveness. And we are nice here at diablog.

Thus, before he makes the tiny mistake of booking himself and Mrs. Smiles a trip to Bermuda, let’s tell him about the beaches around his first stop, NY.

Pretty much everyone has heard of Coney Island, the local beach in Brooklyn.

Naturally, that close to a few million people, Cony Island, Brighton Beach:

Continue reading “Beaches around NY”

RIP Pete

Dear Reader,

Relax, our Pete is well and happy, I guess, but somewhat absent minded.

But yesterday one of the best NYers died, Pete Seeger. It is likely, that Glynsky does not like him very much, he was a pacifist, at age 92 a supporter of Occupy Wall Street, and self-proclaimed communist. About that he said:

“I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it. But if by some freak of history communism had caught up with this country, I would have been one of the first people thrown in jail.”

Pete Seeger was a smart man, here is another quote:

“Technology will save us if it doesn’t wipe us out first.”

And Glynsky might even agree with that one:

“I like to say I’m more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.”

In case the name Pete Seeger does not mean anything to you – do some reading, will ya? – certainly you have heard his music. Either played by himself, or by the many artist who performed, copied, and remixed his works. Here you can find many of the world famous songs like “Where have all the flowers gone”, “Guantanamera”, “This Land is Your Land”, etc.

And here now one of my favorites, Turn, Turn Turn, by The Byrds:

Stay tuned,

Engine Room