Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Unfriendly Skies Edition

The most effective deadly weapon a man can carry is a non-networked three-pound supercomputer called the human brain. It takes instruction only from an intangible, non-geolocatable command apparatus sometimes called “the heart.” – Scott Ott, PJ Media.

The above quote is in reference to the douchebag copilot who crashed the GermanWings Airbus, killing all aboard. It is from Scott Ott’s excellent piece at PJ Media, “The Mass Murderer Used the Safety Door to Slaughter: How Evil Foils Our Best Defenses“. In a nutshell, the technology of the reinforced door, designed to prevent a cockpit intrusion, did that very thing. Despite attacking the door with a fire axe, the pilot was unable to breach the door, and the copilot succeeded in is macabre mission.

It is a theme that we have touched on countless times at TTAK, most recently yesterday in reference to the knife-attack problem in China. It doesn’t matter the tool of choice. The greatest school massacre in US history was not with a gun or a knife rather it was an arson that killed 44 people. Yet there is no “Mom’s Demand Action for Match Sense”. Guns are icky and must be banned. That will stop madmen from committing evil acts.

We live in an world where  honor students get expelled for Swiss Army knives in backpacks. Pop tarts are considered deadly weapons. No matter what the scenerio, the civilian disarmament industry seeks to fetishize tools, punishing the innocent rather placing the blame on the warped and evil individual who perpetrated the crime.

I recommend you read all of Mr. Ott’s piece here. However, I will leave with a longer quote to give my highlighted one context.

The door did its job. It prevented a flight deck breach. All of the engineering worked to prevent access to the most dangerous place on the plane.  And thus, the best laid plans of engineers and regulatory officials actually helped the wicked man to carry out his murderous scheme.

The very security device instituted after the 9/11/2001 attacks to deter evil-doers from turning a passenger jet into a weapon became the ideal tool for allowing an evil-doer to do just that.

With the touch of a button — really no effort at all — one person can absolutely foil millions of hours of planning devoted to preventing the very act that he’s determined to commit.

The most effective deadly weapon a man can carry is a non-networked three-pound supercomputer called the human brain. It takes instruction only from an intangible, non-geolocatable command apparatus sometimes called “the heart.”

Discussion

3 responses to ‘Quote of the Day: Unfriendly Skies Edition

  1. No matter what one does, there’s someone somewhere who knows that no matter how fool-proof something is, we’re developing a higher quality of fools these days. Talent, schmalent; all the fool has to do is get lucky enough to see what nobody else has seen and exploit the flaw. And nobody, even a hundred thousand really smart people, can predict what one thing could go wrong that another thing going wrong would open up the system to catastrophic failure.

  2. Kind of like the potential of government. It can be a guardian or a predator will all too real exploits. Just below the quote you gave & linked to is this one:

    The heart is deceitful above all things,

    and desperately sick.

    Who can understand it?

    – Jeremiah 17:9

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