“Across-the-pond” update: Switched on the news when I (finally) got in to hear LA’s new mayor describing how LAX and other major bodies in LA are on alert (along with all the major cities in the US).
First thought: didn’t see any signs of it myself. Second thought: wouldn’t notice it anyway, the police here carry guns all the time. scaring the hell out of me (also still not used to seeing London police with projectile weapons). Third thought: anything to keep the populace scared and under control, eh? (TinFoil hat™ (curious hamster).) Fourth thought: I wish I hadn’t moved here. abc has opportunistically scheduled an entire evening of “prime-time live” continuously showing footage of the seriously injured and bringing on “security consultants” who kept saying “I told you so” and generally trying to pour scorn on what I think was an excellent response by London’s emergency services and its hardy population. I’m very uneasy about the response over here. I’m convinced there is a clear-thinking majority here, however the mainstream media is just full of scare-mongering propaganda presented as “analysis”. I don’t like the spin, nor the packaging. Nor the “selling” of news as stories, and not facts.
I was very impressed by the way New Yorkers carried on living their lives after the bombing of the towers. Just as I’m convinced Londoners will pull through, sticking two fingers at those who wish them unwarranted harm. Which makes me mad (as predicted earlier) that such suffering is being exploited by the TV networks here. I have no objections to seeing images of victims of the bombings, but only with their permission, g’dammit. And I sure as hell don’t like the way some are calling this a good “wake-up call”. Piss off to whatever windowless hole you live in, creeps.