Throwaway Weekend

By , April 29, 2007

So Hotel Angelino is one of the first to get it right– wireless internet. So many modern hotels I go to, and there is no internet. Maybe I use my computer too much.

So the reason that I am in a hotel in LA (where I live) is that Kris is working the Festival of Books this weekend. I attended a panel at the festival entitled ‘Profiles in Terror’, which was rather interesting; Jeffrey Goldberg, Brian Michael Jenkins, Terry McDermott and Lawrence Wright were the panelists. Made me want to go out and buy their books (insert shopzilla publisher program text links here). The conversation focused on the war in Iraq, and terrorism. One of the authors, Lawrence Wright, pointed out how few of the 9/11 investigators spoke arabic, and still today, how few troops and staff in the intelligence bureaus do. Another key concept he pointed out, using Bin Laden issuing commands and declaring war from a cave having symbolic links back to [the prophet] Mohammed as an example, is that even today this depth of understanding is still lacking in US intelligence and troops on the ground.

I think this is the hotel my dad stayed in a while ago. I remember you mentioned, Dad, the 405, and that it does not stop. Kris and I grabbed a drink in the restaurant / bar on the top floor last night. The 405 lights up as far as the eye can see, and it boggles the mind how much traffic it carries. An article today in the [LA] times mentioned a fare hike for MTA services / public transport. Just doesn’t seem to be the way forward to me.

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