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mr bill

From the WTF department....

What happens when you combine Flipper + Rambo and add in a healthy dose of natural disaster?

"Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico."

Has anyone else noticed how we never hear good news after the military decides to monkey around with some animal so as to make it more dangerous? I mean, ok fine, it's clear the powers that be don't watch the news (see stupid quote #20 here), but come on guys, watch a little sci-fi once in a while so you can anticipate these problems. Otherwise, next thing you know Dubbya is going to be going on about "sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!" ;)


that's because all the good news is, um, classified?

Reminds me how last fall my crazy republican uncle was sending me emails trying to convince me to vote for bush and he said he wished he could tell me all of the wonderful things he knew that were going on in Iraq but the information was classified (he had a pretty high clearance in the army). And I was like "um, right, I'm going to vote for this guy because you claim classified information reveals that he's a good president. maybe they should UNCLASSIFY some of it, because all of the public information reveals that he sucks ass."
Heh, I'd wanted to respond to this comment for a while.

It seems mind boggling that people seriously think that "trust me there are a bunch of really good reasons why you should do A, but I can't tell you any of them" is even remotely plausible.

It makes me wonder how much geniune verifiable information your uncle had available when he was making those claims. My gut reaction is that once you accept that even news is on a "need to know basis" it becomes easy to accept you yourself don't need to know something and you can just believe in the "wonderful things" that are going on even if you don't know what those wonderful things are.