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NATO Invades Chicago

I just read an article about the upcoming NATO conference in Chicago, and how much of a big deal it is to beef up security. I had read earlier how certain tourist attractions are even closed to the general public during this time period. Today's story also mentioned all the protesters getting organized. Tens of thousands of ordinary people are getting their lives and daily routine upset, millions of dollars eXpended, ... and for what? So some "important" people can chat?

Then I thought, why can't they just send e-mails and have video conferences like the rest of us already do? Skype? Text messaging? Tin cans and string?

And then I read farther into the article and saw that the Secret Service was handling the security at the venue. I laughed when I thought, "Let's see, wasn't there another recent news story involving the Secret Service and an international conference somewhere, um, let's see, South America maybe? Why, what else could possibly go wrong with the Secret Service in charge?"


Marianne said...

It's such a pain in the arse. Tons of securtity and hooligans using the event to wreak havoc. Bluck.

Your pal in Chicago

esbboston said...

Marianne: Yes, I was thinking about you and your family having to put up with NATO and The Crew while I was writing this piece.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm blog surfing, looking for new things to read. Interesting thought about why can't they just work things out in cyberspace lol... there must be a reason - but I don't know what it is.

esbboston said...

Lady in Red: You are not alone. NATO doesn't know either. The A in NATO stands for Atlantic, perhaps they are confused thinking that Lake Michigan is their ocean(?).

Rob Z Tobor said...

NATO was designed to kick the arse (ass) of the bad guys but seldom succeeds. But because it is called NATO is has a feeling of grand importance beyond its ability to solve issues. What it requires is a name that will make it feel less grand and be less threatening and therefore require much less security. I therefore propose NOTOE as it is difficult to kick ass with no toes. Sadly I do not have time to work out what it should stand for right now, maybe the O instead of the A could represent Ocean as the Atlantic is an Ocean.

esbboston said...

Rob: I think the sole purpose of NATO was to defend Europe against a Soviet attack. That threat disappeared 20 some years ago.

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