Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Unknown National Scourge of Faraday Cages

I recently came across a reference to something called a Faraday Cage. Curious fellow that I am, I looked up the term and discovered that a Faraday Cage (named for 19th-century English physicist Michael Faraday) is a metallic enclosure which prevents the entry or escape of electromagnetic radiation. Faraday Cages are often used as a security measure to keep eavesdroppers from listening to telephone and computer signals leaking through walls, or to prevent persons outside a protected structure from transmitting signals to the interior.

On the basis of this new knowledge, it occurs to me that perhaps Faraday Cages are the insidious reason our government is so dysfunctional.

Why else would we have a president so intent on maintaining secrecy in his administration, so reluctant to admit mistakes, and so resistant to taking advice? The White House must be a giant Faraday Cage which keeps information from the public and insulates the President from the sinister effects of external, unwanted data.

And why are so many members of Congress so reluctant to accept new ideas and make compromises to move the nation forward on crucial issues? Obviously, the Capitol is a giant Faraday Cage which protects them from the influence of dangerous and politically incorrect ideas.

I think there's a lot to be said for my theory. Can you think of any other reason why otherwise intelligent people are so resistant to outside advice and influences? I'm willing to bet that there's a Pulitzer Prize here for some aggressive reporter ready to expose the sinister effect of Faraday Cages on the Executive and Legislative branches of our government. Probably on the Judicial branch, too.

Because I have a hard time believing public servants could act this stupid without help.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


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