Sunday, February 01, 2009

Civil Defense in the Land of the Undead

Public-spirited citizens in Austin, Texas hacked into roadside signs and warned travelers in the area of the zombie sightings. Some of the signs read "Zombies Ahead" and "Run for Cold Climes". Sadly, the Texas Department of Transportation is responding with anger, not gratitude.


I've met a lot of people who don't prepare for zombie attacks because they think that they can count on governments to rescue them during disasters. Two words, folks: Hurricane Katrina.

The response of the Texas Department of Transportation should remind us of something: governments aren't primarily interested in making you safe. Governments are interested in controlling you.

So you'd better look out for yourself.

Hat tip to Gary's PC Help, Jeff the Baptist, Dan Trabue, Jeremy Durocher, Jody Leavell, Brett Royal, Kurt Boemler.

7 comments:

Heather said...

I recently re-read Max Brooks's excellent book, "World War Z." It's an oral history of the most recent war against the zombies, containing fascinating interviews with a wide range of people involved, from the pharmaceutical executive who profited from Phalanx, the notorious fake vaccine against zombism, to veterans from the iconic Battle of Yonkers. I can't recommend it highly enough as a resource for learning from the mistakes of the past while being inspired by the heroes of that war- everyone should read this book, so as to be better prepared to fight off the zombie menace in the future.

John said...

World War Z is truly an outstanding novel -- even for those disinterested in zombies. There's a movie version in production now.

Dan Trabue said...

It could be worse. You could be in Indiana:

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/18620871/detail.html#-

Tom Jackson said...

You'd better clear up Reverend Mommy's mistaken assumption: she was blaming this on _you_.

(Blaming or crediting; I couldn't tell which.)

the reverend mommy said...

Crediting. It was a brilliant move.

John said...

I admit to nothing.

trekkerjay said...

John, I must admit that when I saw this news story on tv, I immediately thought of you.... especially since I know how concerned you are that others are aware of and protected from zombie attacks...