There's a very old joke about statisticians, from back when planes were getting hijacked to Cuba at what seemed like a rate of one a week, decades before TSA was inflicted on air travelers. It seems there was a big statistician convention and all the attendees took the train or drove; even though airplanes were slightly safer per passenger-mile, they were a lot more likely to be hijacked.
--Well, all the statisticians but one avoided air travel. When his horrified colleagues asked him how he could possibly take the risk of a hijacker on his flight he smiled very calmly, patted his suit jacket in the shoulder-holster region and asked them, "So, none of you bothered to calculate the probability of there being two people with a gun aboard the airplane?"
...And it is in the spirit of that story that I share this photo. It's a screencap of a PDF of an anonymous image found in the trash. I did track down the person most likely to have taken it, who agreed to my posting it provided that I not specify time or venue. Feel free to assume it's 'shopped or an Airsoft or whatever.I'm assured that the man behind the gun was right there, somewhat averse to being photographed and is on the payroll of a "well-respected government department." That's all I know and I only know that by hearsay.
Well, that and the fact there there was an infinitesimal, indeed nearly non-existent chance of there being two men with guns in that location. I just wonder if that was his department's logic, too?
6 months ago