Thursday, January 27, 2011

knowing when to be afraid... (always)

Wow. The Department of Homeland Security is finally doing away with the color-coded terror alert system, which had to be one of the silliest ideas ever conceived.

I mean, look at this chart. What is the difference between "elevated" and "high", or when does "high" become "severe"?.. And if the risk goes from orange to red, what do you do then? Stay home, not go to work? Cancel your plane reservations? Or were the alerts just a reminder that we should live in FEAR?

And you might be interested to know that the alert has not been below orange since August 2006. Would it have been such a big deal to reduce it to yellow now and then? Or did they just need to be able to say, "Well, you can't say you weren't warned!" if there is an actual terrorist attack?

We'll see what they replace this with. Whatever it is, it won't be any less useful.

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