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Does it take a nuclear power plant inspector to determine if an empty computer case with a radioactive symbol stuck to it is safe or not?  A Geiger counter is child's play to use.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jun 23rd, 2009 at 06:45:45 PM EST
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If somebody phones in that he's "seen a thingy on the walkway that had a nuclear symbol on it - I think it may be a bomb" then the police roll out with everything and the kitchen sink. The Danish police have been known to send the bomb squad after a forgotten backpack on a train station (and not a very busy train station either - if it had been a bombing attempt, it would have been the dumbest terrorist on record...).

I guess the theory is that they'd rather hassle a hundred people over a potential bomb than have ten people killed by an actual bomb. And while I can't fault that analysis, I do wish that all those paranoid old ladies would stop calling in bomb scares over lost everyday objects.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jun 24th, 2009 at 05:28:22 PM EST
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Of course it also helps to have a scare or two if your objective is to keep the populace in a constant state of fear and dependence on your wonderful security apparatus...

notes from no w here
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 25th, 2009 at 06:05:02 AM EST
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