Thursday, February 09, 2006

Security scare forces Capitol evacuation

So there I am last night, watching TV when they cut to some "Breaking News". Seems that an alarm in the Russell Senate Office Building went off signaling the presence of a 'nerve agent'. What's a nerve agent you ask? I have no idea but by the response last night I'm assuming it's a 10 on the 1-10 scale of bad things.

Eight senators were among 200 people held in a Capitol parking garage after a security sensor indicated the presence of a nerve agent in their office building. Later tests proved negative.

So does that mean the alarms work or they don't work?

The thing that struck me yesterday was the television news coverage. As the investigation progressed it became more and more obvious that it had been a false alarm. I blew a sigh of relief. (Hey, as mad as I might be at the world I don't want to watch members of my government die from nerve agents on a Wednesday when Lost is on. I like that show and that would soooo interupt it)
Anyway, so you'd think the news reporters would say things along the lines of "It seems to be a false alarm" or "Luckily it seems that there was not a nerve agent present". You know, calm peoples nerves. (no pun intended)
But no, the reporters are saying things like "We don't know for sure", getting experts on their show and saying, "Let's remind people what this could have been like if it had been a nerve agent" or just flat out denying the alarm was false, "This still could be a positive test for nerve agents". Anything to boost ratings. And what boosts ratings? Fear.

Lawmakers, aides and other personnel were evacuated to the nearby West Legislative Garage shortly after 6.45pm.

Haha...they made the governement stand in the garage.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this on the news and still can't believe it, we become a nation of Chicken Littles. Will the real God step out front and show us what fools we become...can the duct tape be far behind! stop the madness...the baby-boomers are out of control, overdoing everything...
can they all go peacefully into the night and let the next generation deal with it.

February 09, 2006 12:03 PM  
Blogger f.b.i.t.c. said...

If you're really bored then a description of a nerve agent follows. If you're not that bored, tune out now.

A nerve agent is one which attacks your nervous system, it normally found in a vapour form which you can neither see or smell, or an oily liquid which gives off the vapour and has the following symptoms:

Early - Pinpointing of pupils and dimness of vision.
Running nose and increased saliva.
Tightness of chest and difficulty in breathing.

Later - Headache, increased saliva, drooling (I kid you not).
Dizziness and general weakness.
Excessive sweating.

Danger symptoms - Nausea and vomiting.
Involuntary urination and defecation.
Muscular twitching and jerking.
Stopping breathing.

Oddly enough this last one tends to lead to death.

Oops, so yeah, on a scale of 1-10, 10 + an 'Oh Fuck' pretty much covers it.

That said, would it be a huge loss to the nation?

February 10, 2006 4:41 AM  

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