Saturday, January 29, 2005


Some Problems Can Be Fixed With Duct Tape, Some Can't

Europe & the US (Western Canada, too, by the way) certainly have different strokes. Consider these two stories, side by side: the murder of Anna Lindh in Sweden, and the more recent subduing of a troubling passenger on a plane:

The Murder Of Anna LindhThe Story Of Flight 2161
There seem to have been an awful lot of bystanders to Lindh's stabbing -- in broad daylight, in a crowded Stockholm department store, after being pursued by her assailant up an escalator. Granted that most of the people bystanding around were women, it still seems odd -- at least from this side of the Atlantic -- that no one attempted to intervene or halt the blood-drenched killer as he calmly left the store.

Nobody. Did. A. Thing. I can't comprehend that. How can you just stand there as a murderer walks by? How can you even let this sort of thing happen? SHE WAS BEING PURSUED UP AN ESCALATOR AND NOBODY STEPPED IN TO HELP!
Passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight helped wrestle a fellow passenger to the floor Tuesday night after he tried to force his way into the cockpit, law enforcement officials said.


"They used duct tape to tie him up," FBI spokeswoman Judy Orijuela said.

Egyed was charged with interfering with a flight crew, she said.

The pilot did not declare an emergency, and the plane landed without further incident at 9:45 p.m. ET in West Palm Beach.

Me, I like any story where duct tape is involved, but which approach do you prefer?