Friday, August 05, 2005

Never Safe, Never Alone

The NYC bag check for the subways is probably the most absurd thing the city has done in the last month. So far I have seen two check areas. One at Time Square and one at Grand Central. Both times I was coming out of the subway, having been on it for half an hour.

When I got on, no one checked my bag.

Anybody who wants to harm a load of people in New York can slip through this "net". There is nothing to stop some one from seeing the bag check, turning around and walking down 6 blocks to the next stop and getting on with no hassle.

This bag thing is really just a way for the Mayor to appear as though he's doing something when really he's doing nothing. The truth is you are never safe, 100%. It is impossible to police all the dangers you could face without policing everything. In the end I see this thing as a big waste of time and money.

Here's an idea, outfit all the turn-styles with the air blow system they have at the airport to check for explosive material. Have bomb sniffing dogs at every entrance to the subway to sniff out bombs (that's what they do). Have a guy stand behind the dog and ask every one who passes by if they have a bomb, or if they are a terrorist. Lastly, have each run of a subway train contain only one car, to cut down on the number of potential casualties.

I'm not saying this is perfect, but it's ten times better than checking every 5 bags entering random subways around the city.

Oh yeah, any one who says that this bag deal "isn't a problem for them" and "if it helps subway safety," needs an mental enema.


There are no fat people in Ireland

It's true. OK, I was only there for a week. Still, I only saw one fat person and he had a Texas accent.

I don't know why they're so thin. Maybe they have better food, maybe they don't eat as much at meals, maybe they can't afford to eat. I'm pretty sure they can afford to eat, though. They all looked fit and trim, not like congolese refugees, ya know.

They should come out with a diet program, that way they have something to fall back on if the IT thing falls through.