Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Worthless Advice

The Department of Homeland Security’s website is stupid and worthless, but so is the Washington Post article that points out its problems.

When I was in elementary school, we had drills in which we prepared for a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. In these drills we would exit our classrooms, line up in front of our lockers and away from windows and doors, and assume a fetal position. Now isn’t that about one of the dumbest things you have ever heard?

In the days of the Cold War face-off with the Soviet Union, people were building fallout shelters in their basements or back yards. The idea was that in the event of a nuclear attack, people would take refuge in their shelters and come out when it was safe again. Which, if your area was irradiated, would effectively be long after your bones had turned to dust. And children in school would, after a nuclear blast that blew in the windows and doors, walk home in a no man’s land or wait for their parents to pick them up? Get real!

The whole idea is laughably stupid. But here is the Department of Homeland Security (another sink for tax money) and the Washington Post essentially telling us the same thing. Our leaders will waste tax money thinking up imbecilic things like that, instead of trying to create a world without nuclear weapons and war. The situation has gotten significantly worse under the insane Armageddon-courting Bush regime and its talk of building and using new kinds of nuclear weapons. It’s like a man telling his wife and kids how to survive a car accident, then loading them in the car and driving like a maniac.

Our leaders are insane, and the lapdog media are telling us that their lunatic ravings are essentially OK. The system just needs a little fine tuning, right?

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