Monday, January 31, 2005

Serious, and not so

First, the serious post: Security expert, Bruce Schneier, is part of the team tasked with implementing Security First. Security First is the program that matches airline passenger's names with those on terrorist watch lists in the U.S. The problem is that Schneier thinks this is a waste of taxpayer's money.

That’s my usual metric when I think about a terrorism security measure: Would it be more effective than taking that money and funding intelligence, investigation, or emergency response -- things that protect us regardless of what the terrorists are planning next. Money spent on security measures that only work against a particular terrorist tactic, forgetting that terrorists are adaptable, is largely wasted.

In the not-so-serious category comes this unbelievable story of a man who saved himself after being buried in an avalanche by drinking copious amounts of beer and urinating.

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