When you’re prepared, you’re prepared.
Here are a couple for Pissed:
I’ve seen them here in Denver twice — I was blown away both times. I was at this very show last month:
Why in the world does everyone feel the compulsive need to clap along — with no rhythm?
Official YouTube stuff here.
The Department of Fear’s (no, not that one) Emergency Alert System test today confirmed a few things:
– no matter how much planning goes into it, government employees will do the absolute least amount of work possible. What do I mean? Easy: that audio recording was crap. Couldn’t they at least put together something that people could clearly understand that didn’t have the digital signal overlay along with ambient background noise, and the terrible echo of the audio itself? Was that intentional?
– what’s the benefit of having a nationwide alert of anything? No, really — when was the last time there was a nationwide disaster where the whole populace had to be notified instantaneously that there was something horrendously bad happening? Do people not understand the scope of emergencies? Usually they’re isolated, regional issues. Hurricanes, tornado warnings, “we just had an earthquake” — that kind of thing. The whole country doesn’t need to know. Sure, I could envision a couple of scenarios where that would be helpful, but the odds of those (asteroid strike, a very laughable global EMP strike, a literal zombie apocalypse or very rapid disease outbreak, destruction of the nation’s framework as we know it) are astoundingly remote. Okay, that last one gives me pause.
– why even bother? I mean, none of this stuff is really automated anyway; any station can choose to simply not retransmit it. If you really wanted to get the attention of the populace, do a series of blast SMS messages to every single mobile phone. That, though, wouldn’t work very well either because you 1) don’t know what language to put it in so the recipient actually understands the message, 2) the people who don’t have a clue how to read an SMS message on their phones are probably the ones who would benefit most from the message itself, 3) it’ll piss people off.
Humor me: What, exactly, is the purpose of this? How might one of our all-knowing government drones envision using such a thing?
Feel free to challenge the EMP remark in the comments.
In childhood, we looked forward to attending lots of birthday parties.
In adulthood, we found that we attended more weddings than birthday parties.
Now that I’m middleaged, I think I attend more funerals than weddings.
What happens next?
His blog. Also, it occurs to me, that William was only a few years older than I.
A clarification of the American bill of rights:
We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, delusional and other liberal, commie, pinko bedwetters.