RIP Philo

'Why I will never return to the US'

http://huffpost.com/us/entry/4098130

First, he saw my Sri Lankan stamp. The customs officer raised his eyebrows.
"Sri Lanka, what were you doing over there?" "Surfing. Traveling. My best friend lives there. He is an architect."

The officer flipped on, seemingly satisfied.
Secondly, he found my stamps from Singapore
and Malaysia.
"What were you doing over there? Singapore and
Malaysia? Aren't those countries Islamic?"
Looking over my shoulder, his eyes searched for
his colleague's confirmation.
"Malaysia, I think so, yeah. But not Singapore.
It's a melting pot. A very futuristic city.
Airconditioned to the ceiling. To Singapore I
went mostly for the food, to be honest."
"Sure."
"I'm sorry?"
"Nothing. And how about Malaysia?"
I explained flights departing from Malaysia were
cheaper compared to Singapore. That I only went
there for a few days, but also, a little bit, for the
food. The customs officer went through some
more pages. Then he found my Yemeni visa. He
put my passport down and stared at me.
"What the hell were you doing in Yemen?"
"I went to the island Socotra, it's not on
mainland Yemen. It's a small island closer to
Somalia. A very special place, some call it
'Galapagos of the Middle East.' I think 85
percent of the plants and animals there, are
indigenous."
"Weren't you scared?"
"Yeah. I was scared. When I was at the airport in
mainland Yemen. That entire area is now taken
by al Qaeda, I believe."
The customs officer was looking at my passport
no longer. If he would have leafed through, he
would have found Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi
stamps.




God only knows what they'd make of my passport.
Permalink Colm 
October 23rd, 2013 12:47pm
Long story short, the guy wasn't allowed in.
Permalink Colm 
October 23rd, 2013 12:48pm
Something's wrong with the URL.
Permalink Quant 
October 23rd, 2013 12:55pm
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4098130
Permalink Colm 
October 23rd, 2013 12:57pm
Yep. SO proud of my country.

There really need to be two nations here at this point. There's no reconciling the two very well defined and ultra-polarized camps that the country has divided itself into.
Permalink muppet 
October 23rd, 2013 12:59pm
Let all the xenophobes, homophobes, racists, and Koch-cultists live in their little barbed wire, burning moat bubble and leave the rest of us the fuck alone.
Permalink muppet 
October 23rd, 2013 1:00pm
"An officer held up the coat and barked:

"Who takes a coat to the U.S. in the summer?"

I answered it would keep me dry, in case the New Orleans levees would break again."

Tactical mistake.

I'm not disputing the obvious fact that the US border control is paranoid, but cracking jokes at such time is a no-no if you want to get through.
Permalink Quant 
October 23rd, 2013 1:23pm
""You yourself, what do you believe in?"

I thought about it for a second and replied.

"Nothing, really.""

Heh, that did him in for sure. No way they would trust an ATHEIST.
Permalink Quant 
October 23rd, 2013 1:25pm
They're not paranoid. They're simply vindictive, officious and drunk with power.

To me, these kinds of stories are like milestones on the road to a police state.
Permalink Colm 
October 23rd, 2013 1:33pm
They're not paranoid. They're simply vindictive, officious and drunk with power.

To me, these kinds of stories are like milestones on the road to a police state. They've been slowly ratcheting it up for years.
Permalink Colm 
October 23rd, 2013 1:36pm
'MURICA.  FUCK YEAH.  Keep that commie Muslim anti-American Dutch (Netherlands = Dutch right?) terrorist out of our borders. 

GREAT WORK BOYS ANOTHER WOULD-BE TERRORIST STOPPED.  'MURICA.

.. okay, channeling a bit too much C. McGhee there.
Permalink Somebody 
October 23rd, 2013 1:44pm
>>They're not paranoid. They're simply vindictive, officious and drunk with power.

Did you even consider the possibility that maybe this guy really is a terrorist?
Permalink Morons 
October 23rd, 2013 2:19pm
"They're not paranoid. They're simply vindictive, officious and drunk with power."

Agreed, and thank you for saying this, it needed to be said.

Same deal with the school dance and national honor society drug tests. It's not really about serving the public good by reducing the scourge of teen drinking. That's a cover story to justify acclimating the populace to further police state measures and identifying sources of dissent for investigation and possible neutralization if thought necessary.
Permalink C. McGhee 
October 23rd, 2013 2:42pm
##Did you even consider the possibility that maybe this guy really is a terrorist?

**shudders**

Pray tell us Morons. What is a terrorist?
Permalink PigPen 
October 23rd, 2013 3:00pm
He's obviously a terrorist. A terrorist is someone who writes a well reasoned article criticizing US policy.
Permalink C. McGhee 
October 23rd, 2013 3:08pm
>>Pray tell us Morons. What is a terrorist?

Anyone asked to show ID or take a breathalyzer test.
Permalink Morons 
October 23rd, 2013 3:08pm
Depends.. what is FOX News' definition of terrorist these days?
Permalink Somebody 
October 23rd, 2013 3:08pm
Everyone who doesn't watch Fox. Plus a bunch who do, the sly dogs, they're the hard ones.
Permalink less is more 
October 23rd, 2013 3:24pm
##Anyone asked to show ID or take a breathalyzer test.

Ah troll. I see.
Permalink PigPen 
October 23rd, 2013 3:26pm
His big mistake was to even consider going to the biggest shithole in the world!

Fuck USA.
Permalink Shylock 
October 23rd, 2013 6:50pm
I'm sitting here listening to a lecture about a case to reclaim assets stolen by the Nazis. My mind wanders, and I contemplate the French Revolution, the Soviet Revolution, and Hitler's rise to power.

And I think about the parallels regarding disparity in wealth, fascism/statism vs. those who are have-nots. This time I pondered the predictability of the US decline - except now the lost empire has nuclear weapons. Would it be justifiable for the UN (or more likely NATO nations) to intercede in US politics?

There were jokes in 2008 about having UN observers at US elections. That gets less funny each time around.
Permalink Send private email Philo 
October 23rd, 2013 7:37pm
The Soviet Union had nukes when it collapsed in the 90s.

Depending on whom you ask, a few Lt Cols did sell off a few warheads to the highest bidder.
Permalink PigPen 
October 23rd, 2013 8:36pm
> Depending on whom you ask, a few Lt Cols did sell off a few warheads to the highest bidder.

Who... besides Steven Seagal and Tom Clancy makes that claim?
Permalink Bot Berlin 
October 23rd, 2013 8:55pm
It actually doesn't matter since nuclear warheads are useless as nuclear warheads. The radiation severely damages the housing and has to be totally refurbished and rebuilt every 5-7 years. If not, the warhead isn't going to go boom.

Screwing with it is likely to make you very sick.

The secret formulas for making the goopy housing stuff are allegedly lost. This is stuff that keeps the material in place long enough when the fission reaction starts for the fusion reaction to kick in.

It's not even very useful to recycle for new warheads since the tech to do so requires massive infrastructure, essentially only a sovereign country with significant territory can pull it off.
Permalink C. McGhee 
October 23rd, 2013 9:16pm
"I'm sitting here listening to a lecture about a case to reclaim assets stolen by the Nazis. My mind wanders, and I contemplate the French Revolution, the Soviet Revolution, and Hitler's rise to power.

And I think about the parallels regarding disparity in wealth, fascism/statism vs. those who are have-nots. This time I pondered the predictability of the US decline"

USA is not a Nazi state. It's a Weimar Republic.
Permalink Quant 
October 24th, 2013 3:55pm
Only if we let it.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
October 24th, 2013 7:50pm
McGhee, you're regurgitating the Pentagon propaganda version.

In reality, warheads hardly give off radiation to trigger a sensitive geiger counter held up close, and it takes 70 years for them to degrade to a level that yield or reliability is affected.

Source: Public US military documents on the topic.

A a big chunk of plutonium can safely be held in the palm of the hand, as long as it's not close to critical mass. making the "radiation degradation" point moot.

As to the degradation of the high explosives and other components - they are designed to last forever, basically.

I studied this topic a long time ago, after allegations by gen. Lebed that 200 suitcase nukes were missing from the Russian arsenal. The US claimed that suitcase nukes did not exist, and that even if they did, they'd be useless in years.

lebed claimed there were at least 80 buried in the US near the NSA, NASA, Pentagon etc.  He die in a helicopter crash soon after being banished to Siberia.
Permalink Dr. Horrorwitz 
October 26th, 2013 6:36am

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