The US Customs Service, among its many other pressing duties,
has "to combat the rising tide of Ecstasy."
Nothing much seems to have happened in this important battle since
Sept 2001, though. Maybe we were overwhelmed by
the rising tide of Ecstasy and nobody even noticed.
Every time they kick up the ol' Orange Alert color-coding,
dope squeezes out of the Texas border like Rio Grande orange juice.
Even Canadian bears, like "Corky" and "Pumpkin," have gone into
the dope-smuggling border racket.
Here's some new homemade logos for the Customs' new sponsor, Homeland
Security. Man are those dumb.
It's handy when people blog my panel appearances, because then
I can figure out what the hell I was saying.
Huge SXSW party here afterward. We digerati were really living it up
at my house party, while Zoran Djindjic was getting assassinated.
I met Zoran Djindjic at Davos WEF in New York City. He had the scariest bodyguards there.
We took part together in a discussion called "Future of Europe."
Djindjic was tough, well-groomed, cold-eyed. He
gave me the strong impression that (a) he knew he was
doing something very dangerous
and (b) he wasn't even a little bit scared.
He was two years older than me. Funny that people my
age run the world now, and they get killed doing it.
The future is still there; it's just that Zoran isn't.
Welp, so much for the federal "cybersecurity" effort.
Not only is there no there-there, nobody with any
clout even wants to go there.
Sure is a good thing we Yankees have got the British around
to tell us what's happening in our government.
In Iran, the cops don't mess-around with this net.stuff; they
just blunder right in there and find out it's all
Forget the tactics. Who makes and sells the hardware?
If somebody bombs my capital someday -- I live in one,
and George W. Bush used to rule it -- I hope they use those
nice cuddly e-bombs and carbon-fiber bombs, instead of those
corny old MOAB kinds that actually lacerate your flesh and
part limbs from your body.
I'd be betting these peculiar characters will be seeing a lot more
veterans soon, some new guys with hands-on experience.
Warblog your heads off.
Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him,
and read tattered electronic copies of Cheap Truth, at the
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He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.