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THE MURDER OF MY NEW COMPUTER
Indyeastend ^ | December 09, 2009 | By Jerry Della Femina

Posted on 12/09/2009 12:48:32 AM PST by Swordmaker

This happened a while ago but every time I re-read this column I become infuriated . . .

It was the nicest, neatest, new Apple laptop computer. I'd had it for just six days.

So I was treating my new computer with great care. I cradled it in my arms as though it were a six-day-old infant. Although I must admit I have never actually held an infant. Because I'm a klutz, I drop things — so much so that I have been forbidden by my family from holding my children and grandchildren until they reach puberty.

I was at security at the San Diego airport. I took off my shoes and put them into a tray. My jacket went into another tray. My beautiful new computer into a third tray, and I resisted the urge to wave goodbye to it as it rolled into the security machine.

I went through security and waited on the other side of the machine and quickly put my computer into my carry-on bag and zipped it up. Suddenly there was a pleasant security man saying, "Is this yours? I have to look at it." With that he grabbed my bags and moved me to a table off to the side.

I hobbled after him, trying to put one of my shoes on as I hopped along behind him.

He unzipped my carry-on bag, ran his hand over my computer, and looked under and opened a small leather bag that I carry. He went through it and put it back. Then he went into my other bag and kept searching for something.

"Excuse me, what did she say she saw?" I asked, motioning to the operator of the X-ray machine.

"She says there's some green mass of liquid in your bags."

"Oh crap," I thought, "now he's going to find out I'm part of a ring that is smuggling Liquid Prell from San Diego to New York." Great maturity kept me from saying this out loud. Finally, after going through every item in my bag, the security officer was satisfied that I was not carrying any mysterious green liquid. He carefully zipped up my bag and said, "You're free to go."

I grabbed my bag in one hand and swung my carry-on onto my shoulder when I heard this sickening crash. Horrible. There, smashing against the concrete floor, was my new computer.

"Oh, I didn't zip that one up," said the security guard. "Let me help you with that."

"My new computer!" I moaned. The screen was a cobweb of cracks. It was dented and it was so out of line it couldn't be closed.

I looked at the security person and thought about all the airlines and the hell that traveling has turned into.

On one side we have the airlines, which have dropped all pretense of giving their passengers even the most rudimentary service. On the other side we have passengers, who feel resentment at being charged a fortune to be lied to and abused. Mark my words: Airline passenger rage will be the catch phrase of this holiday season. We're on a collision course.

The prospect of being forced to sit for countless hours bent like a pretzel in a tiny seat with absolutely no leg room so that a fat and greedy airline CEO can meet his profit forecast is the stuff that revolutions are made of.

Millions of Americans will be flying off on vacations in the next few months. It's time they realized we're at war with the airlines. The minute you set foot in an airport you must assume you have been captured and are a prisoner of war. You owe your captors nothing more than your name, rank, serial number and driver's license. You must expect your captors to lie to you at every turn. When they "innocently" announce that your flight is delayed for 10 minutes, don't believe it. Take your cell phone and book yourself on another airline. Are they claiming they are serving a "delicious" meal on your flight? Save your life. Do what I do – carry a spare pastrami sandwich in your carry-on bag at all times.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: tragedy
A tragic tale of warning... always double check your laptop case when someone other than you... and even when YOU have opened it... before you pick it up again.
1 posted on 12/09/2009 12:48:32 AM PST by Swordmaker
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; 50mm; 6SJ7; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; Airwinger; Aliska; altair; ...
ARRRGGGGGHHH! CRINGE! PING!

There, but for the grace of foresight and God, go I...


Destroyed Mac Laptop—Cringe—Ping!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

2 posted on 12/09/2009 12:55:43 AM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE isAAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker

What about the laptop? Has it recovered? Was it replaced by TSA?

Why would someone write about owning a Mac and its tragic death only to close with how horrible TSA and the Airlines have become and NOT tell us the outcome of the laptop? (out of breath typing long sentence).


3 posted on 12/09/2009 1:00:07 AM PST by VicVega (Join Jihad, get captured by the US and resettled in the best places in to the world. I love the USA)
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To: Swordmaker
At least he had someone to blame.

It was raining on a jobsite one time, so, having finished my estimations, I tucked my brand new (days old) laptop on top of my front-left 42" Super-Swamper so it would not get wet as I talked with the contractor.

As we finished our conversation, I hopped up into the cab and drove away, completely forgetting about the laptop resting on top of the tire, inside the fender well.

An expensive lapse in attention, to be sure. : (

4 posted on 12/09/2009 1:08:58 AM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit)
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To: VicVega

I agree, it’s almost cruel and unusual punishment


5 posted on 12/09/2009 1:10:12 AM PST by Shimmer1 (When life hands you lemons, ask for tequila and salt)
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To: VicVega

Like Franco, still dead, one assumes.


6 posted on 12/09/2009 1:11:19 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (IN A SMALL TENT WE JUST STAND CLOSER! * IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: roamer_1

Ouch!


7 posted on 12/09/2009 1:14:45 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: roamer_1

“completely forgetting about the laptop resting on top of the tire, inside the fender well.”

OWWWW.


8 posted on 12/09/2009 1:15:47 AM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Swordmaker

Heh... I just have to laugh at stories like this one. The last plane ride of my life was in February 2001. It was uneventful, but I will not be getting on a plane ever again. Whenever I flew the, “Is this the flight that goes down,” feeling that most people get and instantly dismiss always stayed with me until the wheels hit the runway. If you took a big revolver with 50,000 chambers and one bullet, and gave the cylinder a spin, I still wouldn’t put it to my head and pull the trigger.

No more planes for me.


9 posted on 12/09/2009 1:15:47 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Swordmaker
On one side we have the airlines, which have dropped all pretense of giving their passengers even the most rudimentary service.

In my experience, and as the details in the article point out, the airlines had NOTHING to do with the destruction of the laptop. It was TSA. Since 9/11, I have taken several national and international flights and the service I have received from the airlines has always been very acceptable at the minimum, and if I ever go back to South Korea, I'm flying Korean Airlines. The flights between Inchon and Atlanta are 12-14 hours non-stop, but a great professional aircrew makes a HUGE difference in the trip.

10 posted on 12/09/2009 1:17:44 AM PST by AF_Blue ("Are you guys ready? Let's roll!" - Todd Beamer)
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To: roamer_1

I did that with a pizza one time. Picked it up at Giuseppe’s Pizza, put it on the roof of my car to get my keys out, jumped in the car and drove away. That pizza ended up in the middle of the first intersection I came to.


11 posted on 12/09/2009 1:18:31 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard; Yehuda; Schnucki
Yeah... Not one of my better days... But, a lesson learned. That was my last $2000 laptop. Ever since, I have been buying new, cheaper boxes. Acer makes great machines under $600. The one I'm on right now cost me $450 and is extremely nice, though Mac folks won't appreciate the 64bit Win7...

I can run over four of these, and STILL save money!!! : P

12 posted on 12/09/2009 1:36:24 AM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit)
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To: Swordmaker

I always put a large 6 oz. bag of dessicant, a moisture absorber used to keep moisture out of large underground telco cable splices, in my camera bag. On one recent trip I forgot to remove the dessicant from my camera bag and I tossed the camera into my backpack. After arriving at the airport and getting my boarding pass, I removing my shoes, belt, and pocket change,I put my backpack on the converyor belt to be x-rayed. I saw the TSA guy do a double take then run my backpack through again. When he ran it through a third time I realized what he was looking at. I tried to grab my backpack and show them what it was but I was too late as all hell broke loose. They grabbed me and my backpack and shuffeled me off to a side room with about six other TSA people and cops, all wearing latex gloves and face masks. I managed to grab my backpack while they were talking to each other and open the camera bag a pull out the bag of dessicant. They all jumped back in fear as i ripped open the bag and dumped it out on the table. Then I licked a finger, ran it through the powder, and put the finger in my mouth. Then I acted like I was choking to death. The look on their faces was priceless. My flight was 30 mins. late taking off but I was on it.


13 posted on 12/09/2009 1:42:40 AM PST by skimask
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To: Swordmaker

happened to me after a hecktit day of sales orders. Pulled my laptop out of the car and BLAM!!!!

Computer was fine, except for he two lines that ran across my VAIO screen.

I was so sad. I loved this computer, despite having a battery that lasted only about 45 minutes.

I put up with a broken screen for a few months and then one day it died. I assume it’s demise came about because of the previous injury, when it fell so hard on the concrete.

I immediately performed triage and finally opened it up to find a cracked motherboard. No duct tape is going to fix that.

Ran down to computer store, picked up another VAIO and Voila! I had just performed my daily backup/sync and had no concern I would back up in the morning.

Started loading all my old programs, starting with Window Office 2003. Update, Update, Update.

Great no problems. Then I started loading my other programs and trying to connect peripherals. Who knew 65bit would not allow 32 bit progs.

Oh well, time for my old trick and downloaded a copy of Virtual Machine. After loading all my programs and doing every update possible I now had a base file, to take a snapshot of. Copied onto a disk.

The next time a drive crashes, all I have to do is load up the new computer with VM and withing a few minutes I will be running again.

VM saved me having to buy new software that would have run me thousands and I didn’t have to invest in a new color laser printer. I was very happy and am very happy with my Minolta Magic color 2300DL. It would have cost me $500 for another printer and another $100 for a scanner.

Anyway, that is my story.


14 posted on 12/09/2009 2:34:10 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Swordmaker

Better yet, get one of these. Panasonic Toughbook.

15 posted on 12/09/2009 2:41:58 AM PST by CholeraJoe (I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter.)
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To: AF_Blue
a great professional aircrew makes a HUGE difference in the trip.

Bump for that. You have to fly internationally to know just how rude the TSA folks are in the US. You also have to fly through airports that do experience periodic terrorism to realize how much of a sick joke "security" is on paying customers on US domestic flights.

16 posted on 12/09/2009 3:24:50 AM PST by altair (I want him to fail)
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To: roamer_1
I can run over four of these, and STILL save money!!! : P

But at the end of the day, you're still running Microsoft Windows which makes me want to drive an ice pick through my forehead. Whatever works for you ...

17 posted on 12/09/2009 3:27:48 AM PST by altair (I'll take four of those running Linux please, with no Microsoft tax)
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To: Swordmaker
This is a most offensive article.

The prospect of being forced to sit for countless hours bent like a pretzel in a tiny seat with absolutely no leg room so that a fat and greedy airline CEO can meet his profit forecast is the stuff that revolutions are made of.

JAL, which used to be superb airline to fly on is on the verge of bankruptcy.

All airlines are in the cross hairs of the global warming nuts and US government. Flying is now worse than having teeth pulled out. At least you get anesthetized when you have dental work done. I don't blame the airlines. There are still good ones out there. Singapore Air to name the best I've ever been on.

18 posted on 12/09/2009 3:35:36 AM PST by altair (Whatever became of Alaska Air?)
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To: Swordmaker

I might guess “homey security” is involved in this story.


19 posted on 12/09/2009 3:39:49 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: altair
But at the end of the day, you're still running Microsoft Windows which makes me want to drive an ice pick through my forehead. Whatever works for you ...

I run windows because I must (I'm a tech), but I'm a Linux guy when I can. Ubuntu for the masses, Slack for the rest of us...

Sry, me no sprechen MACanese...

20 posted on 12/09/2009 4:01:40 AM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit)
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To: AF_Blue
I flew Southwest to NYC back in September. Great flight. Fun crew. Same on the way back down. Flew Lufthansa to Germany a couple years ago. There and back - the worst flight I ever flew. Plane, crew, passengers - everything sucked. Flew down to Atlanta late September. I think it was AirTran. Average flight - nothing bad nor good, which is good I guess.

However - it is TSA that sucks. Their arrogance is constantly on display as they know the slightest complaint from a passenger gives them the authority to wreck havoc on their lives.

21 posted on 12/09/2009 4:02:35 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Swordmaker

The greenies don’t want us to fly. The government probably doesn’t think too much of the idea either.


22 posted on 12/09/2009 4:06:21 AM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: Swordmaker

Not to mention using the inner strap as well, which most laptop cases have.


23 posted on 12/09/2009 4:19:00 AM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Lancey Howard
If you took a big revolver with 50,000 chambers and one bullet, and gave the cylinder a spin, I still wouldn’t put it to my head and pull the trigger.

Do you still drive?

24 posted on 12/09/2009 4:20:53 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: Swordmaker
Too bad Apple won't let Panasonic make these in MAC OS flavor...


25 posted on 12/09/2009 4:22:16 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: roamer_1
I run windows because I must (I'm a tech)

That's B.S. Barry Soetoro. You can always Just Say No. Or at least I do. When I signed on to NEC's Unix division, my manager presented me with a PC-98 Microsoft Windows box. I asked him flat out, "This is a joke, right?". I proceeded to use that as a footrest until they took they machine for some other unfortunate soul to use, while I ran Linux for desktop on a more suitable machine.

I'm not all that fond of CDE on Solaris, but it works better for me than Microsoft Windows.

26 posted on 12/09/2009 4:28:22 AM PST by altair (Friends don't let friends use Microsoft Windows)
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To: Swordmaker
When they "innocently" announce that your flight is delayed for 10 minutes, don't believe it.

In Nov. my Continental flight to Newark was delayed for 5 hrs. As a result we then missed our next flight to PA. So we ended up renting a Hertz car to get home and had a flat tire on Route 78 at midnight.

27 posted on 12/09/2009 4:30:33 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Swordmaker

Huh? A TSA agent did not zip up his bag and he spends the last two paragraphs complaining about “the airlines” - sheesh...


28 posted on 12/09/2009 4:42:35 AM PST by Tzfat
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To: altair
That's B.S. Barry Soetoro.

: D

You can always Just Say No. Or at least I do.

Not in BumF&%k, Egypt you can't...

When I signed on to NEC's Unix division [...]

There are only two major 'nix networks in town... I know the guys running both of them, and consult for both of them. But the lion's share of the work here is in SOHO and residential, which is primarily, and ultimately Windows.

I have converted a fair number of mom & pop folks to Linux (Ubuntu, so BSD, really), and considering the level of 'nix support in this town, I probably get most of that action...

But 'nix boxen don't break and are virus free... And ext3 doesn't crap itself up like NTFS5 does.

If you expect me to be a Linux purist and make a living here, you're dreaming.

29 posted on 12/09/2009 4:46:55 AM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit)
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To: Swordmaker
A tragic tale of warning... always double check your laptop case when someone other than you... and even when YOU have opened it... before you pick it up again.

I feel sorry for this guy, because I've fallen into similarly unfortunate (though not as expensive) circumstances. However, it was definitely his fault... and this is the exact lesson to learn, not "TSA is evil" (they are, but not for this).

This is where it is good to have a non-"TSA approved" laptop bag... I have to take the laptop out, then I am the one to put it in again.

30 posted on 12/09/2009 4:51:14 AM PST by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: Swordmaker
always double check your laptop case when someone other than you... and even when YOU have opened it... before you pick it up again.

Exactly.

The best gift you can give yourself every day is to keep your head in the game. Always be aware of what is going on around you and your person. You'll be amazed at what you'll see and what tragedies you'll avoid.

31 posted on 12/09/2009 5:24:34 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: CholeraJoe
Panasonic Toughbook.

Now yer talkin' tough.

32 posted on 12/09/2009 5:31:19 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: Swordmaker
The prospect of being forced to sit for countless hours bent like a pretzel in a tiny seat with absolutely no leg room so that a fat and greedy airline CEO can meet his profit forecast is the stuff that revolutions are made of.

The airlines are only doing this because a majority of customers demanded the cheapest airfare possible.

33 posted on 12/09/2009 5:58:32 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Swordmaker

Poor man. TSA set him up for failure. But he grabbed the bag without double-checking.


34 posted on 12/09/2009 6:37:22 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: altair
I'm not all that fond of CDE on Solaris, but it works better for me than Microsoft Windows.

Only marginally better, in that it has actual multiple desktops. However, CDE sucks. Every version I've ever run was a serious dog. Of course, it used to be all you could get, so you had to live with it. Hell, I'd rather use gnome than CDE.

BTW: I was the same way at my job. First thing I did with my laptop was load Linux on it. WHen they ordered me my latest desktop, the disk came virgin clean. I honestly don't know how folks get work done on windows.

35 posted on 12/09/2009 6:44:52 AM PST by zeugma (Proofread a page a day: http://www.pgdp.net/)
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To: roamer_1
Ubuntu, so BSD, really

Don't know where you got THAT idea. It's incorrect.

Ubuntu is not BSD, it's based on Debian Linux.

36 posted on 12/09/2009 6:45:28 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: roamer_1

>I have converted a fair number of mom & pop folks to Linux (Ubuntu, so BSD, really), and considering the level of ‘nix support in this town, I probably get most of that action...<

Chuckle. Upthread you said something about not speakin’ da Macanese. Since said Macanese is based on Unix, I bet you speaka more of it than you’ll ever care to admit.

Ducking and running for cover :P


37 posted on 12/09/2009 7:44:27 AM PST by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: listenhillary
You were saying ...

The greenies don’t want us to fly. The government probably doesn’t think too much of the idea either.

Well, while I might agree that the greenies don't, I doubt it about the government. I think the "government" (in that generic form) does realize how much business and money comes out of that activity and into the rest of the economy.

38 posted on 12/09/2009 7:50:55 AM PST by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: ReignOfError
Do you still drive?

Oh, sure. The operative word being "I". (I'm not a comfortable passenger.)
Anyway, you're not comparing survival rates for car crashes versus plane crashes, are you?

39 posted on 12/09/2009 8:10:25 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: All
Some previous Apple articles posted on Free Republic...
at least by Star Traveler


40 posted on 12/09/2009 8:45:24 AM PST by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: All
Some more previous Apple articles posted on Free Republic...
these by Swordmaker


41 posted on 12/09/2009 8:46:00 AM PST by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Lancey Howard

I used to fly once to three times a week for business.

My last flight was February, 2002, I believe. The incompetence of the federal government and the airlines is beyond my tolerance for stupidity.


42 posted on 12/09/2009 10:16:42 AM PST by NVDave
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To: CholeraJoe

What's that thing weigh? 15 lbs?

43 posted on 12/09/2009 11:36:01 AM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE isAAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker

Eight.


44 posted on 12/09/2009 11:50:42 AM PST by CholeraJoe (I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter.)
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To: skimask

LOL - That’s funny!


45 posted on 12/09/2009 12:15:26 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Swordmaker

The author is an idiot, I hope he learned from this.


46 posted on 12/09/2009 12:21:55 PM PST by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: skimask

“I always put a large 6 oz. bag of dessicant, a moisture absorber used to keep moisture out of large underground telco cable splices, in my camera bag.”

This has got to be the funniest post of the week on Freepers, LOL!!!!


47 posted on 12/09/2009 3:38:49 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: Lancey Howard
Anyway, you're not comparing survival rates for car crashes versus plane crashes, are you?

Per crash, no. Per mile, traveling by car is far more dangerous.

Based on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics numbers (http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/), U.S. commercial airliners from 1990-2007 had about one fatality per 4.7 billion passenger miles; passenger cars, one per 118 million passenger miles.

And the airliner numbers are skewed higher by the anomaly of 9/11; nearly a third of the fatalities in those 18 years were in 2001 alone.

48 posted on 12/09/2009 5:46:00 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: Swordmaker

What the heck does the sickening sound of his new Macbook crashing on the concrete floor because he was too distracted and idiotic to be sure the bag was securely closed, have to do with crummy airline service and a “revolution” against those evil airlines??? Hello? The security person is not a representative of the airline.

Whine and Moan... ugh. Just be responsible. Duh...


49 posted on 12/10/2009 7:36:07 AM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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