Sunday, January 14, 2007

Enemy of the State / Food Scares

Gene Callahan wishes us Welcome to Fascist America!

Consider what the point of classifying these programmes was in the first place, and who they were being kept secret from. The jihadists no doubt already knew about the secret prisons – their friends are in them! They surely knew that the war in Iraq has been helping their recruiting – it’s their recruiting! ("Praise be to Allah, Abdul, I read in The NY Times that it is the Iraq War that is sending us these thousands of new recruits – who knew?") They no doubt suspect they may be wiretapped – what they didn’t know was that all the rest of us are, as well. No, not one of these leaks helps terrorists, nor was one of them classified to stop terrorists from finding them out. We were the ones who weren’t supposed to find out about them.

The Center for Consumer Freedom gives us a little lesson in "Food Scares: Why They Get Away With It"

The basic reason for this cognitive disconnect is the way the human mind is organized. As the experts told TIME, we disproportionately fear "catastrophic risks ... Unfamiliar threats are similarly scarier than familiar ones ... [We] misjudge risk if we feel we have some control over it ..."

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