Wednesday, March 26, 2008

send foil hats to Sebastapol

Just read that Sebastapol Voided its contract to provide free wireless to its citizens.

I have a particular hatred of people who embrace stupidity and fear. (there are those who would state that those that fear wireless networks are merely ignorant, but as the information debunking fearful positions is readily available any attachment to an unsupportable conclusion is choosing to remain in ignorance and is therefore stupid.)

I have had similar experiences. We got many pallets of wireless gear from 3com a couple of years back and offered to set up wireless access points all along University (a major street in berkeley not the educational institution in Berkeley.)for free to any business along telegraph that wanted it, We lined up an upstream internet provider and had clients lined up.

project died because one of the players involved thought that it would cause a "radiation problem"

I was told this over a cell phone.

Back to Sebastapol, I say recall the politicians involved as they demonstrate either fear of things they do not understand and an unwillingness to avoid their fear through simple education, or they fear the power of ignorant cowards. A more cynical option would be that they are making a play based on a true knowledge of the electorate and that pandering to ignorance keeps them in office.
I submit that recent presidents demonstrate this but it is interesting that it can be so readily demonstrated on both sides of the political spectrum and what does it say about the people of sebasatpol? Or the rest of us? The case against wireless is has as little merit as those proposed by various hick school boards in kansas. As they are elected officials the method of correction should be obvious.

What makes this even more amusing is that they could quite possibly use wireless to lower the net load of "radiation" as they could Possibly move some (most,all?) of the existing cell phone traffic to voip over wireless and hell, Might even end up with free local calling as a happy consequence all on a fraction of the power used by the thin, chrome, microwaves they currently glue to their ear.

One of the best definitions of humanity I have ever encountered was that human beings process information better than anything else we have yet met. Better than any other animal. Better than any machine. It has also been said by many that are considered wise that knowledge is the only way to defeat fear. In a small town in Sonoma the fearful and the ignorant rule.

I submit that we need to send aluminum foil hats to the city council of Sebastapol and to any citizens therein who might have concerns about such issues. I suspect that some sort of poll was taken and that everyone involved was properly numbered and listed, so helping them out with a little anti-radiation home millinery should be fun, easy and you help the handicapped. (stupidity is a handicap) from 21st century cooties!! if you use your sandwich wrap, its recycling!

Sorry got A little silly there. But let try this instead: While I think in the long run it probably just makes me more neurotic, I have been lauded more than once and on some major stages (for verification see the freaking sidebar) for what I have done for the environment and for my fellow human beings and I say that this serves neither. I'd even go so far as to say it harms both.

Can an entire town win a darwin award?


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