Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?"

Smart guy that Dostoevsky.

How is it that Russians know how to hammer a man but cannot prevent the initial crime?

The suicide attack on Moscow's Domodedovo airport may prompt a reevaluation of how to protect airport terminals but is unlikely to result in tougher security measures, pilots and aviation security experts said Tuesday.

Analysts warned that the large crowds that gather at airports' public areas are an easy target for terrorists. But it's virtually impossible to screen them because many airports have been turned into commercial centres, with shops, food courts, train stations and other facilities.

"Airport security needs to be thorough but it also needs to be rational, and the truth is that we can never make any airport totally impervious to attack," said Patrick Smith, a commercial airline pilot and aviation author.

"Like any crowded public space, be it a subway station or a shopping mall or a football stadium, an airport will always have inherent vulnerabilities."

Monday's attack in Domodedovo's international arrivals area killed 35 people and wounded 180.

Most airports in the West don't restrict access to the terminals, which are considered public areas. Security screening only takes place once the passengers enter the departure areas.

But in some countries, like Israel, Jordan or Pakistan, police roadblocks situated several kilometres from the airport parking lots prescreen arriving passengers and others, before allowing them to proceed.

It is suggested that Russian security failed to prevent this attack (just like in Beslan). It's not like the Russians didn't know who or what they were looking for. The Israelis do which is why their airports are some of the safest in the world. The proverbial horse is out of the barn. The Russians can either adopt Israeli (one may even be familiar with the Russian frame of mind) methods of security or get used to further violence.

Stelmach is out. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Other ways in which we can screw up:

Canada’s youngest multiple killer on Tuesday will face a Medicine Hat, Alta., judge who will review her progress with intensive rehabilitation.

The girl, whose identity is protected by law, is 17 and serving an open custody sentence in a Calgary group home. The move, which allows her to go on escorted trips to shopping malls and banks, was a step toward gradual reintegration to society by 2016.

She was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in the 2006 slaughter of her parents and eight-year-old brother in Medicine Hat.

She was 12 years old at the time and called herself Runaway Devil online.
The regular hearings, held in Medicine Hat’s Court of Queen’s Bench, are the only chance the public has to learn of the convicted girl’s progress, as her identity and psychological reports are kept secret by youth criminal justice and privacy laws.

As part of her 10-year sentence — the maximum in youth law — she spent time in Edmonton’s Alberta Hospital intensive rehabilitative custody and supervision. The sentence includes time spent in custody awaiting trial.

At age 22, she will be free.

She helped plan and carry out the brutal deaths of her family. She now has escorted trips to the mall. In the greater interests of justice, she should never be released.

What this guy said.

Let me understand something. If all religions are the same, why are Ethiopian Christians told to convert or else?

According to a news release from International Christian Concern (ICC) , Christians in the Ethiopian city of Besheno are being harassed and physically abused after Muslims posted notices on the doors of Christian homes warning them to convert, leave the city or face death. 

The world has taken crazy pills.

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