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Ohio Emergency Responders Stage Mock Zombie Invasion 219

destinyland writes "An Ohio Emergency Management Agency staged a mock zombie attack using more than 225 volunteers dressed as zombies at an Ohio college. 'Organizers hoped the theme would attract more volunteers than previous simulations of industrial accidents or train crashes,' the AP reports, quoting a spokesman for the agency as saying that 'People got zombie fever here in Delaware.' The exercise included decontamination procedures for hazardous materials, and was inspired by an 'emergency preparedness' post on the CDC web site citing the popular fascination with zombies. Now, 'Dozens of agencies have embraced the idea,' the AP reports, 'spreading the message that if you're prepared for a zombie attack, you're prepared for just about anything.'"
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Ohio Emergency Responders Stage Mock Zombie Invasion

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  • by destinyland ( 578448 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @11:20AM (#37886240)
    Another interesting random statistic: The number of zombie ebooks in Amazon's Kindle store has increased by 13.9% since September. (Which is now four times as many zombie books as are in the library of Congress.) []
  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @11:33AM (#37886310)

    This could have been a hoot and a half, if people actually believed that it was happening, like with Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds"- Folks driving around in pickups, blasting away at anything that moves with shotguns.

    It would certainly get the voters' minds off economic problems.

  • by cyber-vandal ( 148830 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @03:18PM (#37887458) Homepage

    So you would sack millions of people and then set armed troops on them when they not unreasonably protest about that. That doesn't sound any less fascistic or extreme. You do realise as well that productive people will lose their jobs as the spending power of 30 million people disappears. In 1921 jobs weren't heading to low wage economies like they are now. I'd be interested to know which government employees you consider to be productive. So far we have the National Guard. Who else?

  • by Artifakt ( 700173 ) on Sunday October 30, 2011 @03:44PM (#37887560)

    Dr. Paul wants to shut down the DOE (as do Bachmann and several other Republican candidates). The DOE does the security for nuclear weapons making and dismantling, and nuclear fuel and waste management.
    So, if those are not the federal government's job, do they belong to the individual states? Do 50 US governors each have some control over individual nuclear weapons when they are stateside? Or is it just for the states that have facilities to service these weapons (Hey, Tennessee and New Mexico become nuclear powers, but New York doesn't). Or is it a matter of rights of the individual?
    What's the plan here? Sell the nuclear arsenal to the highest private bidder? Stop servicing the bombs and let them decay? Let any private corporation service the nuclear industry, uncertified and uninspected? Have state standards, but let every state write its own laws for inspection and private industry pick the states that allow them the most 'freedom' in disposing of nukewastes? Every state in the union that has a power reactor needs its own Yucca Flats style facility? (Where's Rhode Island going to put its problem materials?). What's the plan?
          And what do all the other claims that the federal government shouldn't be involved in "X" mean, when it's coming in this same context? If the constitution really calls for letting nuclear security on the US arsenal go to lowest private bidders affiliated with 50 different state governments, then we need to stop following the old one and write a new constitution, fast, because the old one really is a suicide pact!.

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