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The sky is falling! [Mar. 20th, 2003|01:30 pm]
[Current Mood |cynicalcynical]
[Current Music |The drums and chants of war protesters outside]

We received the updated security plan for Case Western Reserve University, in case of terrorist emergency.

I’m still trying to determine if this is an act of arrogant naiveté or just the covering of butts. I am reminded of my coworkers on 9/11, scurrying about in frantic indignation that we weren’t evacuating the building, because, after all, we worked in the shadow of KeyBank Center, the tallest building between New York and Chicago.

The tallest building


New York and Chicago….

GET OVER YOURSELVES! My god, if more terrorist attacks were going to occur, they would be aimed at national landmarks like the Sears Tower, not trivia questions! (Maybe this belief that the obscure is important has been injected into our society by national sports – “He has an ERA of 2.5 when pitching while wearing blue shoes.”)

It gets better. Some other friends said that they shut down the trains because the station is in Tower City and Tower City would (of course) be the target because it represents the heart and soul of Cleveland.


We’re fucking Cleveland!!! It’s nice that you have such a positive view of yourself, but the sad truth is we probably aren’t on the top-ten of morale-shattering targets in America. We’re a footnote.

And Case Western Reserve University is a perfectly nice, flirting-with-first-tier, Midwestern College. It’s not Harvard or Yale or Columbia. It’s not even Notre Dame. And it doesn’t have a football team. No one is going to attack us. We’re nowhere near important enough.

A more honest approach than the evacuation and safety plan would have been the following memo:

“If it comes to the point where terrorists are attacking this campus, the world will no longer be a fit place to live. Remain at your desks and make peace with your god.”

[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2003-03-20 10:42 am (UTC)


I am also stealing that memo. Bryce will get a kick out of it--and dear gods, it so needs to be SAID!

Because you know what, horrible as it all is, violation of interntional law as it is--we are so fucking the rules here--it' s history.

War is part of history--very familiar. We as a society HAVE no solution for necessary war. (not that I think this falls under that category, mind. See Carter's ed. in the Times, I believe it was, on the 9th. I have it. Will send. Well done.)

Damn...that was funny. :)

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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2003-03-20 02:28 pm (UTC)

It's Not About Realism

As noted in Bowling for Columbine but adequately mentioned everywhere else, the media has successfully overblown every instance of crime so that the US are afraid to go out of their front door. We're all terrified of crime and horror, even though (rampant gun battles aside) we're one of the safer places to live in the world.

I'm not sure whether it's people in general or whether this is some sort of global statistical human failure, but this has nothing to do with realistic danger; this has everything to do with gut-level fear, both from the population and from the ass-covering federal asshats who need to make sure their job is protected IF anything should go wrong.

I don't think the Bush administration in particular will be happy until everyone's as shit-scared of the eeeeevil terrorists as my dad and former babysitter, Sheryl, are. IT COULD HAPPEN! IT COULD HAPPEN!

Man, these days are NOT going to be looked upon fondly by historians. But wartime lies never are, I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: ladycathead
2003-03-20 05:28 pm (UTC)
(Stands up & applauds)

Yeah, everyone has been flipping out & it's like, c'mon, we're CLEVELAND!!!

Thank you, voice of reason!
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