Friday Insanity

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First off, sorry for my lack of postings (and replying to emails). I went straight from MAX to meetings at Broadchoice. I had to share this story though and I think you guys might enjoy it.

I went to the gym this morning and climbed on a treadmill. I turned the TV to CNN where the lead story was about the attorney general collapsing. Unfortunately the closed captioning wasn't working so I couldn't get any more information. I changed to the next channel which just so happened to be Fox News. I figured I could live with Fox for 30 minutes as long as the CC worked. Unfortunately it didn't - but the News Alert at the bottom of the screen left me... well a bit surprised.

Analyst predicts food riots and roving gangs in US by 2012

Seriously. This was a news alert (bright red UI, etc) on Fox this morning. Now that I'm reading it again I wonder if I dreamed it instead.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Luke Kilpatrick posted on 11/22/2008 at 3:53 AM

Here is a another blog about this with video!

Comment 2 by Lola LB posted on 11/22/2008 at 4:23 AM

It's that threat assessment report that a bunch of analysts put together as to what was going to happen by 2025 . . . basically all doom and gloom. They did say an oil alternative would be in place by then.

Comment 3 by Craig Kaminsky posted on 11/22/2008 at 5:29 AM

"...basically all doom and gloom. They did say an oil alternative would be in place by then."

Classic! They'll be roving gangs and mass murderers on the loose and most of us will be dead. However, they'll be plenty of alternative energy for the gangs and murders to get around and destroy us.

Comment 4 by James Allen posted on 11/22/2008 at 5:53 AM

You didn't dream it:

But what is stranger is that the guy who wrote this blog entry bears a striking resemblance to you Mr Camden..

There are some strange things a foot in the universe I tells ya.

Comment 5 by Jeffry Houser posted on 11/22/2008 at 6:27 AM

My brother and I were talking about the "wealth gap" in the US; and he seemed to think that the 'wealth gap' could lead to a revolution. He referred me to the french revolution as an example. He also made a comment along the lines that "If they don't have bread, why don't they eat cake?" which I assume related to the rich being out of touch w/ the poor folk.

Reading the Wikipedia entry on the french revolution, it is not hard to see similarities w/ the US today. Food Riots and roving gangs seem to be a "Absolute worst case" scenario. I can't fathom the US society degrading to that in five years without some serious "beyond our control" event ( Nuclear War, Alien invasion, ice caps melting, etc.. )

I could be in denial.

Comment 6 by John Whish posted on 11/22/2008 at 6:15 PM

Sorry for going all historical and standing up for the French Nobility, but that quote is a bad translation from the original "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche". What she was probably trying to say was "as flour is in short supply and therefore expensive why don't they eat brioche instead of bread at the same price" as French law at the time stated that all types of loaf were sold at a fixed price.
I hope I haven't just bored everyone!? :)

Comment 7 by Richard Dillman posted on 11/22/2008 at 7:41 PM

Hey Ray,
The wife thinks you might want to start budgeting for better armor.... It seems a bit lacking. The face is good!

Comment 8 by Mikey posted on 11/22/2008 at 10:06 PM

Hmm, something tells me...FOX news...Obama...can't be positive now can it?

FOX couldn't prevent Obama getting in, so now they're planning on removing optimism for his term.

Yup yup.

Comment 9 by John Dowdell posted on 11/22/2008 at 10:36 PM

Here's a good roundup on "let them eat cake", and how what we've been led to believe is a bit different than what actually happened:

(I remember reading something (Paul Johnson?) about "brioche" also being a term bakers used for the loaf overflow and scrapings which bakers discarded, but cannot locate a source on The Web.)

I like the helmet, Ray, but you've got to get some high-UV protection on your shoulders there.... ;-)

Comment 10 by Raul Riera posted on 11/22/2008 at 11:23 PM

I think you guys are over reacting and this is just advertising to

Wouldnt be the first time, Independence Day and War of THe World (the old one) got publicity in this same manner.

Comment 11 by Dave DuPlantis posted on 11/25/2008 at 1:16 AM

I don't think the armor should be much of an issue as long as the "helmet" protects against critical hits. Now, if that's a two-handed sword ... well, I've always been partial to dual-wielding myself. If you insist on a single sword, at least carry a tower shield or something like that.

Comment 12 by Keith Rains posted on 11/25/2008 at 3:11 AM

Wow. That's somehow not surprising coming from Fox. Can't wait to pass this one on!

@Dave DuPlantis: Your geek is showing!