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February 20, 2003

Also in our comment section, Kirstie points out this fine parody of the Homeland Security web site. “Ready.gov: Helping America Prepare for Fiery Death.”

Though along these lines, the champion blog response has still got to be Matthew Yglesias, marveling at the revelation that it’s better to be farther away from a nuclear detonation:

See I’d always thought you wanted to be as close as possible to the center of a nuclear explosion in order to survive. Now I know better and I’ll make sure that the next time terrorists tell me where they’ve hidden their nukes I’ll stay far away.

Thanks Tom Ridge!

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Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: February 21, 2003, 02:27 AM:

These rather lame suggestion make me wonder whether these Homeland Security folks have *clue* of what to tell folks to do in the event of a Nasty Deadly Stuff emergency, beyond basic common-sense stuff.

I mean, geeze, most of the advice is the same sort of stuff you absorb by osmosis when living in California. Bottled water? First aid kit? Flashlights? Batteries for you radio? Like, dUH?

I guess we should be thankful that the "well-stocked bunker and lots of guns" meme seems to have played itself out.

Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: February 22, 2003, 09:14 AM:
I guess we should be thankful that the "well-stocked bunker and lots of guns" meme seems to have played itself out.

I'm not sure that's true, especially not for those occupying the White House. Lucky for them, they have the best bunkers in the world and as many guns as a man could want.

More generally, this is the week when the cover of Time Magazine features an eye peeking out from behind a wall of duct tape.

A Nation on Edge
Constant terror alerts have the U.S. public more vigilant than ever. But are all the warnings and precautions a help or a harm to the country?

While I have moments of feeling that I'm being a bit paranoid about the current political situation, there are vast oceans of nationalist/right wing paranoia fed by the Bush administration. That it never even occurred to me to rush out and but duct tape and bottled water indicated to me that I'm resisting a lot of paranoid nonsense which in some quarters is received as common sense.