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    >From: "Philip Jonkers" <>
    >Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2002 23:46:05 -0500
    >--- Original Message ---
    >From: "Wade T. Smith" <>
    >To: "Memetics Discussion List" <>
    > >Hi -
    > >
    > >>Ask all outsiders whether they plan to crash
    > >>a plane in the near future?
    > >
    > >It's a nice little hindsight fact that, if we had
    >been aware of certain
    > >signs, we would have not only singled out the
    >hijackers, but, indeed,
    > >apprehended them months earlier.
    > >
    > >What indeed shall we do?
    > >
    > >It's a nice little hindsight fact that, if someone
    >had actually gone into
    > >the bedroom of one of the Columbine kids, that
    >tragedy would have been
    > >prevented.
    > >
    > >And it's a nice little hindsight that, if someone had
    >actually taken a
    > >good look at the kid in Florida (a nice quiet kid no-
    >one paid any
    > >attention to), that might have been prevented, too.
    > >
    > >I don't have any answers here, but, yes, this
    >hindsight sucks. There were
    > >way too many red flags up.
    > >
    > >So, what's the response to red flags these days? Is
    >it really that no-one
    > >gives a shit?
    > >
    > >Looks that way.
    > >
    > >Maybe we're too busy these days making our own little
    >corners tidy. Or
    > >maybe it don't really matter whom we're stepping over
    >all the time.
    > >
    > >And yet, we also have the little case of the shoe-
    >bomb dupe, incompetent
    > >and clumsy, who made himself all too obvious, and in
    >his case, there was
    > >a response to the red flags, although he was waving
    >them with both hands.
    > >Nice little case of hindsight, but he should have
    >remained in France.
    > >
    > >But, yeah, just how far is a deviation needed to be
    >before the general
    > >alarm is out?
    > >
    > >Why is it while we're burying the dead that we
    >realize what we've been
    > >ignoring?
    >Hi Wade, well you might say we're handicapped in
    >spotting pending disaster if the potential perpetrators
    >are covertly planning such devastating operations.
    >How on earth are people to recognize possible threats
    >if they don't receive any clues or signs?
    >The kid was shy and introverted as you say (this
    >reminds me also of your typical serial killer), there
    >was no way to detect his devious plans.
    >Also most people mostly need really strong
    >alarming signals to trigger them to undertake
    >preventive action. You think twice before you make a
    >possible fool of yourself, right?
    More details are coming to light and make this case a bit harder to fathom
    as some who knew the boy recall him in a manner at odds with someone capable
    of such an act. The notion that he was a loner seems to be contradicted too.
    This just shows that everything is far too preliminary to jump to any

    The kid was apparently an honor student too, from what I've been reading.

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