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yeah, such an attack would be bad. The industy might take decades to recover, what with the loss of all those fluffers, 9.5 inch dicks, and women willing to do a dp scene. Not to mention the sheer expertise loss... crews for a sex flix are extremely rare.

Posted by Phenics | August 9, 2007 8:50 AM

I think you're overestimating the damage a bomb can do, especially in a suburban area like Van Nuys. There's no way you could take out more than a couple of houses, let alone 6,000 porn stars.

The most obvious place for a suicide bomber attack is at the security queue at the airport. Not on the plane; while waiting in line. Thousands of people all crammed together? Perfect. Because you'd not only do massive damage, but you'd shut down the air travel system again, all of it, and for a lot longer than 9/11 (because figuring out how to prevent it again would be very difficult).

I would follow it up a day later with two or three bridge bombings. A small charge could cause a major collapse. Obviously the country would be on high alert already, so you'd have to hire some clean-cut white kids in Dockers to place the bombs.

Or a big chemical plant, which are practically unguarded, and could create a major environmental disaster. They tend to be in places that are already pretty awful, though.

Better idea, especially if you can get up in a small plane: Bailey Yard in Nebraska. It's the world's largest railroad classification yard, and something like half of all US rail freight passes through it. Economists use the level of activity there to predict the economy.

Posted by Fnarf | August 9, 2007 9:13 AM

FYI, two days ago Freakonomics was an independent site... Will being part of the NYT machine dull its edge? Guessing by this post, not at all...

Posted by High-Rise | August 9, 2007 9:34 AM

Something tells me there might be some people freaking out at the NSA about all the new "chatter on the net" about terrorism suggestions. heh.

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 9, 2007 9:48 AM

man, replying to that post is just asking to get warrantless wiretapped.


Posted by Kiru Banzai | August 9, 2007 10:01 AM


You're already being wiretapped, @5. You just don't realize it yet.

That said, some of us don't post comments on threads like this, because we have military training in how to do things like that, and it's not good to give people ideas.

But ... at the end of the day ... you are STILL far more likely to be killed or injured from heart disease, crossing the street, driving a car, or taking a bath, than by any FUD about terrorism.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 9, 2007 10:22 AM

To take a page out of Bush's playbook, it's much better to take the porn to the terrorists, rather than wait for the terrorists to attack the pornographers in our own country.

Posted by Hugh Hefner | August 9, 2007 10:34 AM

Jenna Jameson is looking a little rough around the edges lately. So to speak. I miss circa-1996 Asia Carrera. Smart can be very, very sexy.

Posted by Big Sven | August 9, 2007 2:06 PM

Yeah...would they get all sorts of monetary bail-outs like the airline industry did?


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