March 22, 2002

HERE WE HAVE THE PROBLEM

HERE WE HAVE THE PROBLEM

"[Prime Minister Jean] Chrťtien also said he expects the campaign against terrorism to carry on for some time, but added Canada hopes to wrap up its mission to Afghanistan by July." --National Post, March 19

"Well, the nature of terrorism being what it is, they will continue to attack. So this war isnít over from a long shot and I donít think anybodyís under the impression that this was the last bastion of Al-Qaeda resistance in the entire theatre. So itís going to be going on for years I would expect."--Lieut. Col. Pat Stogran, commander of Canadian ground forces in Afghanistan, March 21

Posted by BruceR at 02:12 PM

SELF-PROCLAIMED CYBORG VS AIR MONOPOLY:

SELF-PROCLAIMED CYBORG VS AIR MONOPOLY: WHO TO ROOT FOR?

Wearable computing innovator Steven Mann is suing Air Canada for roughing him up.

Mann's an interesting fish, who's had run-ins with Canada's airline before: compare this summary of another problematic flight a couple years ago to what happened to him this time to see what a difference Sept. 11 has made even to the lifestyle of a frequent-flying cyborg. Before, though, the airline staff were just jerks, amusingly caught on film by Mann's surveillance suite: now it's a question whether Mann (who with the blocky CPU and battery packs under his sweater vest and his never-removed giant camera-sunglasses, looks even at the best of times something like a suicide bomber for the Nerd Liberation Front) will ever be able to fly "comfortably" again. So sad...

Posted by BruceR at 11:38 AM