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Engineers=terrorists?

An Israeli analyst says a disproportionate number of engineers became terrorists because they can't tolerate uncertainty:

What links the following people: the Nigerian who wanted to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit on Christmas Day; the two Palestinians arrested at Be'er Sheva's Central Bus Station and who are suspected of reconnoitering for a mass terror attack; Mohammed Abd al-Salam Faraj, leader of the killers of Anwar Sadat; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, planner of the attack on the Twin Towers; Mohamed Atta, who commanded the attack; and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Answer: all are engineers or students of engineering and applied science.

Tom again: Hmm, I wonder that guy in Austin who had a psychotic gripe against the IRS did for a living (besides play bass in a honky tonk band)? Maybe a software engineer?

This is gonna make my next Thanksgiving fun. Half my male relatives are engineers-civil, mechanical, chemical, you name it. Now I'm gonna have to figure out which of them are most likely to snap or blow up their underwear.

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The Best Defense

Tom does Colorado

I'm wearing down and doing a short tour next week, with just two appearances in Colorado. Not even going skiing afterwards. I really need to get back to working on my next book.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

7:30 pm: Boulder Bookstore in Boulder

Wednesday, Feb. 24

8-ish: I am scheduled to be yakking on KKZN

12-ish: I am scheduled to be doing the same on Minnesota NPR's "Midday" show

7:30 pm: The Tattered Cover, 2526 Colfax Ave., Denver

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