"In his house, sonne had acetone and hydrogen peroxide—common chemicals that can be used to make a bomb"
But fails to say that could have been nail polish and a first aid bottle of hydrogen peroxide for when you get a cut. Much less scary and like you mentioned is something that everyone owns.
Edit from the article: "The main ingredients of TATP are hydrogen peroxide (which he had for his rocket experiments) and acetone (a solvent he kept in his garage)"
edit: in response to the downvotes, I don't agree with his treatment. I'm just stating my thought that it probably wasn't the same as the bottle of hydrogen peroxide that you have in your medicine cabinet.
It's water with some extra oxygen, folks. Let's not get too bent out of shape over this. Saying you can clip some wires while owning tooth bleach and nail polish remover does not exactly make you the criminal mastermind of the century.
I've been reading "Ignition!", a 1972 book about rocket fuels by rocket-fuel chemist John D. Clark. I got it from http://library.sciencemadness.org/library/. It is extremely entertaining, although often in train-wreck fashion. (Did you know that titanium immersed in red fuming nitric acid sometimes spontaneously detonates? The guy who discovered that never got a chance to tell anybody, because you know what happens when glassware full of fuming nitric acid blows up in your face?)
As far as I know, that's pretty typical of hair bleaching products. i.e. a powder which isn't hydrogen peroxide. It looks like people use peroxide, but just the over-the-counter stuff, and just for highlights.
Whatever happened to the no-politics rule? I really liked the no-politics rule.
He is nonetheless thrilled to be out and, from what I've seen, only grown stronger and more focussed from the experience.
You have an extremely hot wife, who also happens to be extremely wealthy. Instead of making love to her and rolling around in money all day, why on Earth would this freak waste his time building rockets and shite?
I never thought I'd have to explain why having a hot wife AND building rockets would be a better life than just having a hot wife. Extra points if you build rockets together.
Most people in the general population don't get this. I've found that artists and musicians largely do.
Staff programmers program because they are paid well to do it. At the end of the day, they generally clock out of software development and into whatever their real passion is (sports of some sort as often as not for guys). Some staff programmers are really, really good at developing software. The majority are average at best.
Coders are the artists. They code because their computer is their canvas and their editor is their paint. Regardless what their day job might be, they would be coding in the evening. Many are artists in other media as well, very often music and photography, which utilize a similar melding of technology and inner-eye as coding. They almost never stop coding, no matter how far away a computer actually is.
The former will generally get you a repeatable (perhaps highly inefficient) process.
The latter will get you http://www.anseladams.com/, http://www.mountainlight.com/gallery.html, or http://www.philborges.com/. But you'll likely leave a few slides on the darkroom floor in the process.
"Having interests" is not the same as "having passions".
But even disregarding that, many people do not understand creation. A passion for watching TV or playing video games maps poorly to someone obsessed with creating things - whether it's sculpture, software, music, or architecture. Personally I find it very difficult to identify with non-creators, while there is a very natural mesh when I talk with other creators - even if I know nothing of their craft. Their fundamental passion and mentality is mutually understood.
At the risk of making this a political statement - what else can you expect from the population that elected Rob Ford?
Why didn't they have the whole thing (G20 in addition to G8) up in Huntsville, away from the city? For those not familiar with Toronto or this event, it completely shut down the downtown core, which houses all of the financial institutions that keep TO humming.
And don't get me started on Officer Bubbles ...
A dark period in our city's history.
I don't know that it is wise to purposely antagonize the government, but it doesn't read like he was attempting to induce sedition.
It's disappointing that there isn't more outrage at this, the G20 mass arrests (which are the largest in Canada's history), and the fabrication of the "secret fence law".
That is a bad thing, but it is a different kind of bad thing than the one that creates a soap opera about oppressed geeks.
• Wierd chemicals they don't understand that could be used for explosives? - check
• Seemingly anti-social activities? - check
• Filming weak points in security? - check
• Was voted most likely to be a terrorist in high school? - check
Hey this is a text book terrorist!
I would have understood if he was detained. Maybe even for a week or two before given an apology and maybe a "what were you thinking?" But this is ridiculous. It's obvious that they totally boned this up. They should drop the charges pronto and issue an apology, and hope it ends there.
Good times. Good times.
My wife would have divorced me, then killed me, then chopped me up and fed me to the dog, then killed the dog.
It's also different if you're just minding your own business and the cops come and arrest you - but I will bet they'd had words about this beforehand, then the cops came and arrested her.
And yeah, their marriage may not have been on such a solid basis anyway, who knows? Or, she's just a jerk. But it wouldn't take much of a jerk to really resent getting arrested for somebody else's windmill tilting.
Sonne's actions of filming the security measures and his belief that this was an effective method of action were very naive. There are a number of reasons why.
To begin with, the G8 (rebranded as the G20) has long been protested and the police response can be brutal. A protestor, Carlo Giuliani, was shot and killed by police at the 27th G8 summit (the police were surprisingly found not responsible). A bystander, Ian Tomlinson, was beaten to death by riot police at the meeting of the group in London. The Miami Model is being expanded and police are becoming militarised, with Long Range Acoustic Devices used on protesters in the United States http://youtu.be/QSMyY3_dmrM and similar pain rays http://youtu.be/dmuyLIrSjxI tested on protestors in Iraq -- when these devices and Miami Model tactics are the routine at summits and simple protests, it is foolish to talk about "civil liberties" and "civil rights" and "the Constitution".
Consider the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, occurring nine months before the Toronto summit where Sonne had trouble. At Pittsburgh, military police make snatch-and-grab arrests - http://youtu.be/G8CNa_viKg0 . Peaceful people are denied the right to assemble - http://youtu.be/etv8YEqaWgA and marches are deemed "unlawful" - http://youtu.be/5k0Y7_5a5d0
To see this atmosphere and then 9 months later to attempt to challenge these same authoritarians by filming them, purposely provoking them, and having them ruin your life and then being surprised by this is as naive as the college kids who chant "Let him go!" (in that last video above) as police drag away their fellow marcher. Police do as they please, and they are supported by their district attorneys and courts. Get in their way or challenge their authority in any way and enjoy the inevitable.
Filming a fence does nothing to the agenda of the G20 and even if you are only protesting the spending of the city of Toronto, it likewise does nothing. Peaceful assemblies are mocked, derided, and ignored by the politicians and bureaucrats who make up the Department of Homeland Security and the City of Toronto. And those protestors who employ property destruction? Breaking the window of a Starbucks does nothing to the G20 and it does nothing to Starbucks who makes up the cost of the window in less than one second of worldwide sales. Burning a Toronto police car? The city could care less as they will simply send the bill to the taxpayer (you and your neighbors).
Opposing these people and their secuirty apparatus -whether by peacefully chanting feel good slogans from the Sixties or by "exercising" and flexing your "civil liberties" and natural rights by filming a fence- is futile. Additionally, they will not hesitate to ruin your life, nor feel any remorse for someone who opposed them.
Do not get in their way.
People will "get in the way", regardless of the danger. Some will protest because it's the only way they can sleep at night. Others will be dragged into the fight by circumstance or just find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Here's another big story from the Toronto G20. This guy didn't do anything remarkable besides have an odd name:
Let your civil liberties slip away and eventually parts of your life, inoccuous as you may live it, will go with them.
The only discussion worth having is over what rights we have and how to protect them.
What you see in Toronto, and in Sonne's case, is part of a never-ending conflict between individuals with respect for liberty and individuals with a need for authority. Authoritarians and libertarians have been clashing as long as humans have existed. A spoiler: the authoritarians win.
Consider this passage from Bertrand Russell:
"I am naturally pugnacious, and am only restrained (when I am restrained) by a realization of the tragedy of human existence, and the absurdity of spending our little moment in strife and heat. That I, a funny little gesticulating animal on two legs, should stand beneath the stars and declaim in a passion about my rights—it seems so laughable, so out of all proportion. Much better, like Archimedes, to be killed because of absorption in eternal things... There is a possibility in human minds of something mysterious as the night-wind, deep as the sea, calm as the stars, and strong as Death, a mystic contemplation, the ‘intellectual love of God.’ Those who have known it cannot believe in wars any longer, or in any kind of hot struggle."
A soldier was insulted when Archimedes insisted he finish working on his math problem before obeying the soldier and meeting with a general, so the soldier killed him. Today, while immediate techne are different, those two psychologies still exist. And while the soldiers might not kill you, their apparatus will not hesitate to imprison you and ruin your life in other ways (or in the case of Giuliani and Tomlinson, will indeed kill you). And so, as Russell points out, better to spend your limited days on eternal things, like Archimedes, then to fall into their game and be distracted by petty struggle.
Hunter S. Thompson summarises the protesters of the 1960s:
"The hippies, who had never really believed they were the wave of the future anyway, saw the election results as brutal confirmation of the futility of fighting the establishment on its own terms. There had to be a whole new scene, they said, and the only way to do it was to make the big move — either figuratively or literally — from Berkeley to the Haight-Ashbury, from pragmatism to mysticism, from politics to dope... The thrust is no longer for "change" or "progress" or "revolution," but merely to escape, to live on the far perimeter of a world that might have been."
As Gavin McInnes says "Boomers, who are masters at glorifying their past, insist they stopped a war, but we all know it was Kissinger’s relentless bombing that ended it." Protest does nothing. The success of the hippies was not their conflict with authoritarians (our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrates how they won and always will win) -- that was a complete failure. The success and value of the hippies was their ability to create autonomous zones and safe enclaves from which they could explore personal growth and become, as Russell advises, absorbed in eternal things.
Furthermore, I see that as a fairly selfish attitude. Whilst I might have the ability to "escape", others might not, so I see it as my duty to fight for the freedoms of others to make that choice.
They do always win. Consider France, India, South Africa, and Egypt. All of the examples you gave are of authoritarian states being replaced by authoritarian states. France, Egypt, India and likely South Africa would all be just as likely to trod on an individual who was opposing their security apparatus, especially when said security apparatus is taking orders from the visiting G8.
As far as you feeling guilty about being "selfish", that is your issue. You need to get over the idea that the world owes you something, and likewise that you owe the world something (apart from perhaps fair play and non-aggression - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-aggression_principle )
Fair? Dunno. Wise? Hell no.