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Thursday, October 20, 2005



Oct. 18, 2005 WASHINGTON -- On Sept. 24, 2005, tens of thousands of protesters marched past the White House and flooded the National Mall near 17th Street and Constitution Avenue. They had arrived from all over the country for a day of speeches and concerts to protest the war in Iraq. It may have been the biggest antiwar rally since Vietnam. A light rain fell early in the day and most of the afternoon was cool and overcast.
Unknown to the crowd, biological-weapons sensors, scattered for miles across Washington by the Department of Homeland Security, were quietly doing their work. The machines are designed to detect killer pathogens. Sometime between 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 and 10 a.m. on Sept. 25, six of those machines sucked in trace amounts of deadly bacteria called Francisella tularensis. The government fears it is one of six biological weapons most likely to be used against the United States.
It was an alarming reading. The biological-weapons detection system in Washington had never set off any alarms before. There are more than 150 sensors spread across 30 of the most populated cities in America. But this was the first time that six sensors in any one place had detected a toxin at the same time. The sensors are also located miles from one another, suggesting that the pathogen was airborne and probably not limited to a local environmental source. .....

.... in the event of a big event, classic scenario would be that to notify the public would simply create a panic. So, the initial reactions would be to do nothing except quietly notify the 'elite' or the 'important' players. This is what I get from the story in SALON.
So, you and I? Need to do some home work to be a little ready for some events just for the heck of it. The idea of having a small store of basic supplies is a good one. The idea of having an in case of emergency plan for your circle of people is a good one. The idea of having some knowledge of skills to survive in harsh situations is valid. I would not be extreme about it and get all camo over it but I would postulate that the majority of today's people do not have core skills needed to deal with simple concerns like getting clean water, dealing with injuries in the field, staying warm, how to make hard choices in a critical path scenerio to survival.
A tongue in cheek response? Get some good classic biker friends for protection, a scientist type, a backcountry guide, a medical type, and everyone learn backcountry skills for camping and have your 'camping gear' always ready and stay in shape and keep a few classic works of knowledg in classic book form.

But really, if you are like a good knight in the Kingdom of Heaven, it does not matter what life brings your way. You will handle it with the Grace of a good person and that is all we can ask in this life... to learn how to do that.

I am pretty tired right now.
until i find more inspirational things to say....

I guess other then, choose your friends wisely for some suck the energy from you, take take take and offer little evident return..

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