homeland security follies
The Department of Homeland Security is but a few weeks old and already it's jumped the shark. Bad enough was the color-coded so-called "alert system" that provided no useful information, proved all too susceptible to misinformation, and has been greeted with reactions from dismissal to ridicule. Then Tom Ridge made his infamous duct tape comment; while keeping three days' supplies on hand actually makes sense, it's information that any yo-yo could come up with by a Google search (come to think of it, someone probably did). Now the DHS launches its next brave new program to protect us: a Web site! Oooh...I feel safer already. Of course, as far as I know, Bush hasn't used those powers he sought to actually fire those whose incompetence led to 9/11 (which also means, obviously, that Bush hasn't resigned, but oh well...)
Speaking of those helpful government graphics, check out Pandagon's nifty new design. And Kieran Healy explains it all for you...both of these worthy bloggers are now permalinked.
Update: Here's another parody site ("Helping America prepare for a firey death"), via MetaFilter.
Update 2: Davezilla gets into the act. Sheesh!