A one-time school project gone terribly, terribly wrong.

01 February 2007

The Face of Terror

1) Someone dreams up a fairly innocuous, if not terribly bright, little guerilla advertising campaign.
2) This someone plants a bunch of devices in ten cities. The devices look like the picture below.
3) Someone else sees one of these gadgets and calls the bomb squad. Terror alerts spew forth, one device is blown up, and countless people have a fairly busy day interrupted as the mechanisms of "terror response" come into play.
4) Ted Turner chuckles all the way to the bank as millions google "Mooninite" and "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" because there is no such thing as bad publicity.

The mayor and the governor are making silly remarks about this being a "hoax". Wouldn't that mean that the people who planted these gadgets intended that the Boston emergency services would mistake these things for bombs?

It wasn't a hoax. It was a case of the reaction being totally inappropriate to the "threat". I mean, when you see the pic above (which I totally swiped off Jesus' General), is the word "bomb" the uppermost thing in your mind?

If so, you need your paranoia chip de-tuned. Please see your nearest CIA agent--you need look no further than the person you think is your best friend.

I note that Seattle authorities didn't seem to think too hard about it. Nor did the other eight cities that have been quietly battling the Mooninite invasion for about three weeks.

To the Boston police and related agencies who blew about $2 million running around on high-panic alert: Learn to recognize the device below when you see it.

Feel like practising to be a terrorist? Try this


At 3:13 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone purchasing a lite-bright is now being put under surveillance by the Dept. of Homeland Paranoia as a suspected terrorist.
I had one 30 years ago. Guess I'd better check for wire taps, etc.


At 3:30 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

Of course I see two near-certain effects of this--sorry, three:

1) Copycats all over the place.
2) Possibly an actual Mooninite-shaped bomb.
3) A T-shirt.

At 4:48 p.m., Anonymous archie said...

As humans we have a choice. We can live, or we can cower. The USA has decided to cower.


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