01/12/2006

People no longer are free to smoke at work. Factory chimneys are still not forbidden.

Yesterday something really cranked me up. I heard some high chief of the American Chamber of Commerce explain why people are no longer allowed to smoke on the job. This was his arguement: Smokers bring along costs that they do not entirely pay for themselves, like cancers from colleagues, other medical costs, lost worktime, etc... The smoker only pays for the cigarettes and doesn't pay for his friend who just got ill.

I agree with this, the arguement is correct. HOWEVER! The same arguement can put a ban on 'smoke' from any factory. Arent they 'smokers' as well? Sure they are, they also produce (very often even more!) toxic fumes, hereby bringing about costs that they do not entirely pay for themselves, like cancers from emplyees, global warming, other medical costs, etc...

Ofcourse the great economist from the chamber of commerce accidently failed to mention that. Companies have many, many more rights and freedoms than ordinary citizens. When will the world learn, when will economists learn, when will any employee from the chamber of commerce learn? Never, indeed.

01/04/2006

Everyone's a potential 'terrist' to the all-paranoid 'patriots'

January 3, 2006 -- A cherubic-cheeked, 4-year-old boy almost didn't get to spend Christmas with his adoring Bronx grandparents — after clueless security heavies at two airports demanded his mom prove he's not a terrorist.

Little Edward Allen's incredulous mom yesterday angrily detailed for The Post the bureaucratic nightmare that she and her pint-sized son encountered both at La Guardia Airport and Bush Intercontinental in Houston when her son's name popped up on the feds' "no-fly" terror watch list. "They said, 'We need ID for your son.' I said, 'You're joking,' " said Houston resident Sijollie Allen, a 39-year-old payroll accountant. "The man said, 'No I'm very serious. It clearly stipulates I need ID for him.'

"I told them, 'He doesn't need any ID — he's 4 years old!' " the mom said. "It was ridiculous. You can tell he's not in any terrorist war. Would they let a terrorist in pre-K class?" Sijollie Allen said her and Edward's saga first began Dec. 21, when she and her son approached the Continental Airlines ticket counter at Bush Intercontinental to head to New York. "They just said, 'You're on the [government's no-fly] list,' " Sijollie Allen said. "I asked if we were both on the list. They said, 'No, you're not on the list. He [Edward] is,' " the mom told KTRK TV in Houston.

It turns out there is an Edward Allen on the federal Transportation Security Administration's "no-fly" list of suspected terrorists — but he's clearly not 4 years old. Continental officials finally let the boy through, after some heavy pleading from his mother for them to use "common sense." "He was upset," the mom said of her son. "When my sister picked us up at the airport [in Queens], he told her, 'Auntie, it's not my mommy — it's me that's on the list.' He doesn't even know what the list is." Sijollie Allen said she then realized that she would have just as hard a time getting back home from New York — so she cut short their vacation with her Bronx relatives to make sure she made it in time.

But she didn't know that airline security at La Guardia would prove an even worse ordeal. "In order for him to get cleared, you have to fill out a form and provide three notarized forms of ID, like a military ID or driver's license," she said. She said she had her son's birth certificate at home but doesn't have any other forms of ID for him. "We were finally allowed to fly, but they had to get special clearance to get us on the plane," she said. Continental spokesman David Messing said the airline was "conforming to TSA requirements" when it demanded that the mom provide ID for the boy, and that "these cases happen all the time."

Yolanda Clark of the security administration agreed. "The process really applies to anyone," she said of the airline security. Still, "I am going to personally pass [the case] on to the redress office," Clark said, adding that she would urge Allen to contact the office to get help directly from personnel there. Clark said she couldn't reveal anything about the real Edward Allen who is on the feds' terror list, because of security reasons. Meanwhile, Sijollie Allen said her son has quite a "What Happened to Me on My Christmas Vacation" story to tell to his friends in pre-K.

"I only wished my baby was in diapers. Then if they had asked to check and search him, I would have taken off his dirty diaper and told them to do a DNA test," the mom said.

12/24/2005

Chimpeach!

George Bush, April 2004:

"There are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.

Clinton lied, Clinton got impeached. How many times does the world have to see Georgie eat his own words before Americans (ch)impeach him? What is worse, to lie about an affair you're having or to lie about the war(s) you started?

05/08/2004

How many more albums does Maxi Jazz have to write

With a long range weapon or suicide bomber
Wicked mind is a weapon of mass destruction
Whether your stowaway's son or BBC 1
Dis-information is a weapon of mass destruction
You could be caucasian or a poor asian
Racism is a weapon of mass destruction
Whether inflation or globalisation
Fear is a weapon of mass destruction
Whether Haliburton or Enron or anyone
Greed is a weapon of mass destruction

My dad came into my room holdin his hat
I knew he was leavin, he sat on my bed told me some facts son
I have a duty, callin on me
You and your sister be brave my little solider, and don't forget all I told ya
You're the mister of the house now remember this
And when you wake up in the morning give ya momma a kiss, then I had to say goodbye
In the morn i woke momma with a kiss on each eyelid,
Even though im only a kid, certain things can't be hid
Momma grabbed me, held me like I was made of gold, but left her in the story untold
I said, momma it will be allright, when daddy comes home, tonight

We need to find courage, overcome
Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction
Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction
Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction

My story stops here, lets be clear
this scenario is happenin everywhere
and you aint goin to nirvana or favana
You comin right back here to live out your karma
with even more drama than previously, seriously
Just how many centuries have we been waiting for someone else to make us free
And we refuse to sleep, the people overseas are just like we
Mad leadership, amigos, unfettered and free
They feed on the people they're supposed to lead, I dont need it
We need to pray away, for the lord to make it all straight
Its only now we do it right, cos I don't want my daddy, leavin home tonight