(urth) Predictions Re: The Politics Of Gene Wolfe

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Thu Aug 2 15:17:38 PDT 2012

On 8/2/2012 5:32 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:
> On 8/2/2012 4:18 PM, David Stockhoff wrote:
>> On 8/2/2012 5:11 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:
>>> On 8/2/2012 6:45 AM, David Stockhoff wrote:
>>>> On 8/1/2012 11:44 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:
>>>>> Then whenever the terror org needs some publicity, they call in
>>>>> another arson threat, and everyone running an unsanctioned weenie
>>>>> roast gets to enjoy the half-assed security theatre "zero tolerance"
>>>>> policies...
>>>> All true, but there's a big difference between "terror" and "media
>>>> hysterics." I just have to assume terrorists know the difference too.
>>> That difference is largely in the eye of the media consumers in
>>> countries that rely on popular support of government.
>> Perhaps. But even granting that terrorists are not all-knowing why don't
>> they try things like this?
>> My first answer, even before all the other stuff, is: because there are
>> so few of them. (Real ones, I mean, not FBI extras.)
> Yes, however, as the number of radicals hardcore enough to do some 
> unthinkable thing starts off very small, as they do more of it it 
> becomes thinkable to more, less hardcore people who see the actual 
> results of the act as a way to further their agenda. At least, this 
> happened with skyjacking.
> Also, the recent anti-terror, anti-shooter measures have made bomb and 
> shooter hoaxes more effective at causing disruption, and are just now 
> starting to saturate to the point where some places' cops are 
> declining to shut down public venues on single reports, IIRC.

Sure. And skyjacking got boring too.

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