U.S. to Drop Color-Coded Terror Alerts

From the NY Times:

The Department of Homeland Security is planning to get rid of the color-coded terrorism alert system. Known officially as the Homeland Security Advisory System, the five-color scheme was introduced by the Bush administration in March 2002.

Red, the highest level, meant “severe risk of terrorist attacks.” The lowest level, green, meant “low risk of terrorist attacks.” Between those were blue (guarded risk), yellow (significant) and orange (high).

The nation has generally lived in the yellow and orange range. The threat level has never been green, or even blue.

I am gonna miss living my life on Bert alert.

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  1. Since finally grasping the Zen Ko’an “Who is the Lord who makes the grass green?” (we make a model of reality in our brains – this model, or map, is not the territory, merely a representation of something), the answer: you are the Lord who makes the grass green.

    ERGO: the colour alert is artificial, as colours (as we know them), are not objectively real. So the Terror Alert is an illusion, upon an illusion.

    As a child this song was strangely disturbing, but isn’t any more:

    Row, row, row your boat,
    Gently down the stream.
    Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
    Life is but a dream.

    How’s the Black Friday shopping coming along? Hopefully it’ll give the economy a badly needed boost, going forward.

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