Skip to main content

It’s all in the numbers: U.S. No Fly list tops 1 million, we got a 100 hits today and this is post 200

The US no fly list has hit 1 million records.

The American Civil Liberties Union is publicizing this ridiculous number via Reuters here.
"America's new million-record watch list is a perfect symbol for what's wrong with this administration's approach to security: it's unfair, out-of-control, a waste of resources (and) treats the rights of the innocent as an afterthought,"
Worked with a guy in the US who found himself on the No Fly list one day in Seattle trying to board a flight to Toronto. They basically called him aside told him he was on the list and handed him a form.
The form was simple, you are on the list, we can't tell you why you are on the list, it is against Federal law to tell anyone that you are on the list and here’s a number to call.

He spent an hour and half on the phone and finally got a human voice who told him he would have to apply for a different form over the web.

If his information checked out he would be sent another form that he should carry with him when traveling, which he did for the next nine months. His name was Larry Johnson.

Not the football player, the baseball player or the basketball player. Neither was he the Larry Johnson, ex-CIA operative, that was spouting off about the Plame scandal on CNN, 3 months before.
Meanwhile the US Government Accountability Office said. "The list is very effective. In fact it's one of the most effective counterterrorism tools that our country has"

And the scary thing about that statement is that it is, probably true.

Now for the really strange shit.

We've always focussed on quantity over quality around here at JAWL. No offense intended to the 20 or so regulars who show up each day. We really appreciate the visitors we receive and believe they are the finest quality found on the intertubes. 

We are just not as fussy about the quality of our posts. Consistency over content, quantity over quality. Our motto has always been, if you want quality go to the blogs listed on the sidebar.

Anyway today over a 100 people showed up, because someone linked one of our posts to something called Have no idea what that is, nor could I find where we were listed on the damn thing. It looks like some kind of aggregator for people that are too lazy to go find bloggers that they like reading.

Nobody stayed around for that long, although they certainly were polite (I think they were mostly foreigners) with no one tracking dirt on the rugs and all. But somehow it has left us with this hollow feeling.

The idea was to grow slowly on the premise that as the posts got better, more people would start dropping by regularly. You know first 20 then 50 and then finally 100 regulars every day.

This reddit thing has sort of taken the fun out of our first 1oo. The thought was that we would get there together. Now we feel somewhat cheapened by the whole experience.

Anyway tomorrow it's back to obscurity.

This was our 200th post together.


Beijing York said…
Congratulations on your 200th post!

I may not always comment but I do read your posts regularly. You're doing a great job.
Thanks I appreciate that.

Popular posts from this blog

Election close call, Omar, Bob and move over Warren

Wow that was a close one:
With the NDP leading in the polls at the beginning of September, I started to prepare myself, for the very first time in my life, to vote for the NDP. Mulcair looked good enough for me, with some of the best lines about Harper's Government during most of his interviews, except that he would always add the phrase, "just like the liberals" to the end of it and I thought, if I'm one of those Harper hating, Liberal voters that you probably need to vote for you, why the hell are you insulting me with this partisan bullshit.


That is the number of Syrian refuges that the Harper government has brought into Canada.

From the Globe and Mail:
However, the government is facing criticism because 2,374 Syrian refugees have so far been settled. Of that number, only 622 - or 26 percent - were assisted by the government. The others were privately sponsored by individuals or non-government. The others were privately sponsored by individuals or non-government organizations. The NDP argues that in addition to private sponsors, the government should immediately accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said the target should be 25,000 government-sponsored refugees, which he estimates would cost Ottawa $100-million.In other words the Harper government that banters around the 10,000 plus refugee number has brought in 622 refugees or about 170 families.

The other 2,352 so called refugees that Harper has allowed to emigrate to Canada consist of wealthy Syrian Christians who paid their own way in, hightailing …

Surprising how some tunes are just timeless