February 27, 2003

Oohoo! One of my major

Oohoo! One of my major pet peeves for a long time, and especially since 9/11 (because it's so much worse) has been so-called "security" measures that don't increase security---either because they screen for something that has already been checked, or because anyone who wanted to avoid them could do so trivially, or because some minor increase in security is purchased at the cost of massive incovenience or intrusion.

And now, someone is running a contest to come up with the world's stupidest security measures. I can't wait to see what they come up with.

Dear Miss Manners: I am not a know-it-all and don't monopolize conversations, but I do contribute some factual knowledge in areas that interest me. Numerous times, I've heard, "How come you know so much?" I'm confident that Miss Manners can suggest a reply that, while not accommodating an apparently peeved attitude, might facilitate social peace.
Gentle Reader: Try "I like to listen to people who know more than I do." Miss Manners suggests following this with a pleasant smile and then a long pause. Posted by blahedo at 4:00pm on 27 Feb 2003

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