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a friend just IM'd me while i was preparing dinner. when i came back to the PC he had left. he said he just saw on the news that connie chung had just told America to buy "duct tape and plastic sheeting". then he said, "this is insane."<br><br><br><br>
wtf? does anyone know what he's talking about?
 

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It was put out by the government that those can be used in the case of a chemical or biological attack. Except the experst are saying don't bother because it woun't do jack.
 

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uh, so the government is telling people in the US to tape up their doors and windows?<br><br><br><br>
did they give an idea of when this supposed attack is likely to occur? or all y'all just supposed to stay holed up until they give the "all clear"?
 

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I was on the homeland security's website this morning. Here's what I've experienced so far today:<br><br><br><br>
Get up this am and boot the pc..coffee.<br><br><br><br>
Come back and sign on to my local news. The first story was one of checking out the emergency evacuation procedures and maps for getting out of Downtown (where I work)called 'City Outlines Plan If Code Red Status Declared'. It seems that since I work next to the Federal Reserve and on the next block from the Federal Building, I'm in the high risk block (yeah for me). I printed it and we had an impromptu meeting at work. The building had been informed by the powers that be that we are to move east..people are to exit out of a certain area. Oh, if you have your car downtown you probably won't have access to it immediately. Have to keeps the streets clear for emergency vehicles. OK by me 'cause I don't drive to work. I take the train (public transportation). Those that do drive however, will be shuffled off to this now deserted mall where loved ones can pick them up or whatever so that can continue on home.<br><br><br><br>
So, this leads me to a search for the Office of Homeland Security for more in-depth details. <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/</a><br><br>
Click on the link that tells you how to prepare for all kinds of terrorist attacks and what we should be doing now if a code red is declared. A brief synopsis from what I read included (but not limited to of course) locating a room with the least amount of windows/door; openings in general. Measure your plastic for each window if necessary and have it waiting to be installed. Have on hand enough for 3 days: water, non-perishable foods, emergency kit, fresh batteries for the radio, flash light, blankets, etc. All this stuff should be in the room you would stay in if you and your family couldn't get out.<br><br><br><br>
OK..at this point me and my friend that lives downstairs, even though I'm not panicking, it wouldn't hurt to do a few things. Like get fresh batteries, some extra butt paper, water, you know a few things. Putting them in the basement. I already have duck tape and plastic...just haven't cut it. That can wait as there are only 2 vent windows inset into the glass blocks to worry about.<br><br><br><br>
Not to scare anyone, but I also heard on the radio (one of the college stations I believe) that we should be keeping our eyes peeled for stuff like light bulbs, empty mayo jars, capped beer bottles in strange and unusual places. We are also supposed to be looking at people who have freshly shaven beards (this one didn't make sense to me or maybe they were just yanking my chain) and this person will be wearing some kind of uniform that doesn't fit properly.<br><br><br><br>
Please someone, send me a time machine quick. I want to go back to the days when I was 8 and finding my favorite jump rope was priority. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
PS Sorry about the long post. I'm getting worried...<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
 

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Corporate Headquarters sent a company wide email today too about Feb. 14th. Apparantly this is a popular day to hack PC's.<br><br>
Be very careful opening email's they said.
 

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I've been trying to figure out or think of a reason/alterior motive as to why they would tell us all this stuff if it wasn't real. I can't come up with one enough for me to justify blowing it off. I wonder how others feel?
 

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I feel like crying. It feels like I'm already loosing something.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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god, i hope NOTHING happens. i am feeling really freaked out about this right now.<br><br><br><br>
i mean, the cynic in me says that it's propaganda designed to keep popular opinion on the pro-war side of things....but if it IS just propaganda, it's going WAY TOO FAR.
 

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I totally agree. The length of it and the depth of everything being posted everywhere...it seems as though we are to take this serious. I've even been thinking of dates with meanings..I was a little freaky on 1/2/03 and I'll probably be the same way on 3/21. Is this just me or are there others out there like this? President's day is Monday 2/17. Ugh! To many thoughts.
 

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I've been so absorbed in the mundane trivialities of daily life lately that I've barely bothered to watch the news. This all comes as a surprise to me. A rather unpleasant one, at that.<br><br><br><br>
I guess I look at my life as being so nondescript that I feel that I am below the notice of those who would seek to do harm. I don't work for the government, or in a particularly high risk area. I think the only major target in Atlanta would be the CDC, and I'm nowhere near that.<br><br><br><br>
I live in a plain little apartment in a quiet suburb. It doesn't seem like an area that would be targeted, but maybe I'm fooling myself.<br><br><br><br>
I don't see how it could hurt to have some extra batteries, a flashlight or two, a first aid kit, and some non-perishable food supplies in my apartment. It's probably a good idea to have those, in the event of a "normal" disaster. (IE: Bad storm, flood, etc.)<br><br><br><br>
I'll probably put a little survival kit together, but I doubt that there's much I could do to avoid a biological or chemical contaminant, if it came close enough to do me harm. I don't see how the plastic sheeting can really help all that much. ^^;;<br><br><br><br>
It's frightening, nonetheless. It makes me wish I could have a decked out bomb shelter. ^^;;
 

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I actually expect we will see a lot of US citizens relocating to Canada. I've run into a lot of folks over the years whose parents were originally from the US, but came here to avoid war, especially the Vietnam war.
 

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I haven't been keeping up on the news at all recently, and it seems like there's been so much "be careful" vagueness that I don't know what I can really do anyway. I'm prepared for a big storm or whatever, but beyond that I'm much more concerned about getting all my homework done that's due tomorrow.
 

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Yeah or in the hallway with all bent down in a ball with your hands clasped behind your head. I always got stuck behind the kid who had gas. Ewww...<br><br><br><br>
I also read on the site to fill up your gas tank and stuff like that. If the computers are hit things like gas pumps, ATM's, etc. won't be operable. So even if you are in a burb and the chemical doesn't affect you, it doesn't mean that something else can't.<br><br><br><br>
The HLS site runs down all of the possible ways we are vulnerable and where it may effect you.
 

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*chuckles* What good would getting under desks do in case of chemical warfare? It's potentially protective if there's an earthquake, but I can't see as it would do much good any other time. It probably just gave people something to do so they could feel a little safer.
 

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Same with nucular war. The tyhing in the50;s was duck and cover and kiss your ass goodbye because there wasn't anything they could really do. The preperation and the drills made people FEEL like they were prepared though. Maybe that was the same thing withy the duct tape and plastic?
 
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