Once in a very great while, I've been able to predict the future with success. Here - possibly - is one such success, concerning the Moslem cabbies in Minneapolis-St. Paul refusing to take passengers who were carrying alcohol. We discussed this on September 19th and near the bottom of this now long-dead thread, I proposed a solution - a system of colored lights for every cab, so that you could board the one that most closely corresponds to your ethnicity and religion, thereby keeping your delicate sensibilities undisturbed and, more importantly, bringing the liberal dream of societal atomization one step closer to reality. Each cab would have a distinctive pattern of colors and blinks, rather like lighthouses. Maybe Zagat or Frommer's or Lonely Planet could then publish a light book, like the kind that an old freighter would have kept on its bridge, only pocket-sized. I said:
So say you're at an airport. Halal Hacks could have a light that flashes 1 1/2 seconds green, while the Kosher Kab Kompany flashes 1 second of blue, an interval of one second, followed by 1 second of white. The Mennonites-Only Cab, which only comes every four hours, is distinguished by its alternating red and green lights.
It is just barely possible that the administrators of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport read Flares. Ah, but will they be green lights, you ask? And will they flash? We shall see. Predictions are an art, one fraught with uncertainty and peril.