I actually tried to go to work today. I made it halfway through before a coworker drove me home.
In other news (with sincere apologies to my British friends), 7 out of 10 people in Britain are spineless cowards. From the article:
The survey found seven in every 10 people think compulsory identity cards for all adults would be "a price worth paying" to reduce the threat of terrorism. Eight in 10 say the authorities should be able to tap the phones of people suspected of involvement in terrorism, open their mail and impose electronic tagging or home curfews.
What's worse, I suspect we have similar numbers in the US, but it horrifies me. The problem is summed up perfectly in a Bruce Schneier (a well-regarded security expert) article about CCTV cameras catching a murderer:
I can write essay after essay about the inefficacy of security cameras. I can talk about trade-offs, and the better ways to spend the money. I can cite statistics and experts and whatever I want. But -- used correctly -- stories like this one will do more to move public opinion than anything I can do.
Does it occur to any of them that rather than taking away their freedoms and allowing the government to spy on them 24/7 that maybe a wee bit of root cause analysis might be in order here? Few people seem to be interested in truly understanding the problems we face or determining what would truly bring the greatest good to society. It's all emotion, emotion, emotion.