False sense of security...
7 Reasons the TSA Sucks (A Security Expert's Perspective)
One of the many reasons I don't fly any more is I'm not a big believer in "Security Theater" - lots of people in uniforms running around, barking orders, giving the impression that they're doing something important.
They're not doing spit, other than making people think they're going to be safe when boarding the plane.
A couple o' quotes:
Ben Gurion is probably the most threatened airport in the world. It has between 50 and 70 incidents every day. Nobody hears about those because we handle them.Withdraw your consent. Don't fly unless it's a life-or-death circumstance. Literally.
The TSA treats each traveler the same because of some stupid idea that everything needs to be fair. Security needs to be done due to risk -- and risk means that in Israel we don't check luggage, we check people. And I'm not talking about racial profiling here; that's a product of poor training. Regardless of race or creed, people with bombs strapped to their body behave in similar ways.
At Ben Gurion Airport, we get travelers from their car to their gate in 25 minutes. When was the last time that happened to you in an American airport? Probably never, because a dozen 747s worth of cranky travelers can't take their shoes and coats off, pull their laptops out of their luggage, and queue up for pat downs without chaos.
Hillary will be our next president. The soft-heads will fall for the same heart-tugging crap they fell for when electing Obama simply because of the color of his skin. A strong woman. A dedicated woman. A competent woman. The first woman president.
Get used to it, 'cause it's gonna happen.
As a bonus for Hillary, she's part of the, "take from the rich, give to the poor via legislation" party. You'll never get a Taker to vote for someone whose platform includes removing their subsidies and making them work for a living.
The NY Times is already clearing the Benghazi decks of the dead bodies. Their "exhaustive" reporting failed to mention her name - even once - as the person ultimately responsible for what happens at our embassies. Even this [link] CNN re-hash of the article fails to mention Hillary, only referring to "the State Department" or "the Administration". All the names of the responsible persons removed.
Oversight? Yeah, right.
Pope thoughts.... [btw, I'm Christian, but not Catholic]
When this new Pope was elected, I liked what I heard. Frugal, common man, etc. Paid for his hotel room while awaiting the outcome of the election.
He then fired some German Bishop who was a big spender, and stories started surfacing that he was sneaking out at night to help the poor.
Well, yeah, but.... it's starting to seem like this is being orchestrated. Like we're being played. For instance, if he's sneaking out at night to feed the poor, how are we finding out about this? Pope Paparazzi?
And what's all of this crap about evil capitalism and the greedy rich? I'd like him to show me one poor guy that ever created a job. Being poor isn't noble in and of itself. It's an economic condition. Your actions as an individual determine if you're a good person or a bad person.
If you want to be poor, more power to you. But don't cast people who own companies and make money as these evil, blood sucking bastards. Look at them as people who give others the ability to feed, clothe and house themselves, while making a buck for themselves.
Keepin' an eye out on this guy....
The Irony Police have been called....
I must not have been paying close attention, but I didn't realize that the big ship that's stuck in the ice down in Antarctica was there to continue the lie about.... global warming!
Passengers and crew who set off on an expedition to prove climate change are ringing in the new year in the same place where they have been for the past week: stuck in ice at the bottom of the world.Remember, it's summer down there right now.
Most of The Compliant Media has dropped all mention of the ship's primary task, and is now filling us with stories of them singing, and keeping their spirits up, and blah, blah, blah.
It appears they are now binge drinking to pass the time (what else are you going to do when your life's work just kicked you in the nuts?). At least they'll have plenty of ice for their cocktails...
Starting a business pointers....
Guy Kawasaki: The Top 10 Mistakes of Entrepreneurs is a Youtube video by the former "Chief Evangelist" for Apple Computer. While the video (about an hour and a half) is primarily focused on High Tech start ups, there are LOTS of take-aways for any kind of business.
In fact, the imaginary company he uses in his example makes and sells dog food!
A couple of my favorites:
- Scaling Too Soon - starting your business to handle a gazillion sales before you've made your first sale. You dump all of this money, time and effort into building the Next Great Thing before you even know if the market will embrace your product as you hope.
- Believing that Patents = Defensibility. He drones on a bit about this - how by having a patent on some process or product will give you the ability to fight off a big company from stealing your idea. He discusses how if Microsoft steals your shit, they'll keep you buried in legal limbo forever. He then delivers a great gem: The first to scale is the company that is defensible. If the market truly has a ravenous appetite for your product, growing the business and building brand recognition, is what allows you to defend your turf, not some piece of paper.
- It's trite, but true. "Under promise, over deliver". Tell your customer that they'll have their shipment on Friday, but deliver it two days earlier on Wednesday. Give them a repair estimate of $100, knowing it will likely only cost $75 - then only charge them $75. You get the idea. Every business and marketing book you'll read discusses this, but too few companies actually live by it. The great ones - of any size - make this the core of their business process.
Be alert, safe and prosperous in 2014, my friends.
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