Too Little, Too Late

Has anyone else noticed how when something bad happens, suddenly everything even remotely resembling ANY circumstance surrounding the bad thing becomes news?

What brings up the subject is Ophelia. Ophelia is no less than the 17th hurricane to make landfall this season. Are you hearing me? And not only that, it’s a category one. That means it has 85 mile an hour winds and heavy rain. Are you kidding me? I’ve had 80 MPH winds and heavy rain at MY house, and I live in FRICKING KANSAS. The only thing I don’t have is the storm surge, which in a category one hurricane is little more than an abnormally high tide.

Remember after 9/11? Suddenly the only security issue that mattered to anyone was people getting on planes with box cutters. Then we decided that wasn’t enough, so we started taking matches, lighters, and nail clippers. Are you kidding me? First of all, terrorists are unlikely to try the same thing again, because they know that’s the ONE FRICKING THING we are anticipating now. Second, if they want to beat up a flight attendant, I doubt they’re going to need too many weapons besides their fists.

After the Oklahoma City bombing, suddenly we couldn’t have any kind of truck within 9 miles of a building. Are you kidding me? Millions of trucks have been parked by millions of buildings, and because ONE truck has a bomb in it, put there by a military trained nutjob, we’re going to stop normal business activities? Are you stupid?

After the tsunami in Asia, every time there was a 0.2 tremor somewhere in the ocean, everyone would start freaking out that this was the next tsunami, on it’s way to wipe out California. Are you kidding me? Earthquakes happen all over the world, all the time. Mathematically speaking, a tsunami of that magnitude, hitting heavily populated areas, areas without warning systems, is so incredibly minute, we shouldn’t even be discussing it.

Natural disasters and evil forces like terrorism are not predictable. There are infinite possibilities, and our feeble attempts to stop them by protecting against things that have already happened will ultimately prove fruitless. At least on a basic level, we have to acknowledge that natural disasters will continue to kill people regardless of our precautions, especially as long as we continue to live in disaster-prone regions, and terrorists will continue to find ways to kill and destroy until such day we wipe the entire fanatical religion out, or we give into their demands. There is not a third option.

  8 comments for “Too Little, Too Late

  1. September 15, 2005 at 8:58 am

    You’re just so damn smart. Great entry. Hear hear.

  2. September 15, 2005 at 9:29 am

    I agree! If I wanted to take over a plne I wouldn’t use a nail clipper! Fuck, I have seen “Grosse Point Blank” A dozen times and I know how to stick a ball point pen into someones neck to kill them. But yeah they don’t thake those away from us! Bunch of retards running the show again. Besides do they think that anyone flying today os gonna let someone take over a plane with out a fight?

    I mean c’mon, eveythime I fly nowadays I look around the plane and make note of the people I will have trouble kicking the shit out of and then noticing the ones I know will help me kick the shit out of them.

    It is a sham to think that anyone will be able to do what happend once again, even if they have some manicure tools on them.

  3. September 15, 2005 at 9:54 am

    Now see, if everyone in America was packing heat this wouldn’t even be an issue. Just put a .45 in their heads and be done with it.

    Oh yeah, and swimming lessons wouldn’t hurt, either.

  4. September 15, 2005 at 11:07 am

    I agree (mostly). The media does its best to scare the shit out of us, by latching on to the disaster du jour and doing their best to convince us it’s going to happen every day for the rest of our lives – or until some other catastrophe occurs. Then that one will take over as the doom of our society. Which is pretty much why I don’t watch the news. Instead I watch informative and important shows like Laguna Beach and The Real World. You know – programs THAT MATTER.

  5. Rik
    September 15, 2005 at 11:13 am

    Who pee’d in your cheerios this morning, Incredipete?

  6. September 15, 2005 at 11:16 am

    Wow, nobody’s ever called me modest before! Oh wait … that says “moderate”.

  7. Rik
    September 15, 2005 at 4:36 pm

    I’m a moderate?

  8. September 15, 2005 at 5:30 pm

    I’m “moderatly” annoyed most of the time. And yeah, I don’t think there’s anything that can be done to really ever protect anyone from anything except getting the hell out of the way or doing it first to them. Sad but true.

    And yo Incredipete. Wa’ss up?

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