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Bridge threat

2001-11-02 16:47:49+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

[Sunrise at Golden Gate Bridge] So yesterday California Governor Gray Davis warned of attacks on suspension bridges. This morning traffic seemed heavier than usual on the Richmond-San Rafael bridge, probably compensating for what traffic reports said was an unusually light day on the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. We were trying to think of ways to take out suspension bridges yesterday evening, and weren't coming up with surefire methods that wouldn't currently be fairly well protected against. I mean, sure you could take out some roadway, but bringing down the bridge seems pretty tough. But what really blows me away are the people who, after that warning, avoid those bridges, presumably in favor of the other bridges. "Hey, security's tight on two of the 5 bridges that are essential to the Bay Area economy..."

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:10+00 by: Dan Lyke

Lydia, author of The Pornographer's Diary, has this to say about the current scare:

It has occurred to me that maybe one reason I can't work up any real anxiety about all this is that I recognize mindfuck when I see it.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:11+00 by: Dan Lyke

I got to thinking about this a little more, and it's starting to piss me off. If this information was initially privileged, as those who told Davis allege, then he could have compromised a vital information source and put Californians in more[Wiki] danger, not less.

What sort of power game is he playing, and with whom?

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:11+00 by: John Abbe

My inner cynic says he wants to get in on the "I am a great American leader protecting us" stuff to boost his chances in the next election. My inner voter ain't having it....

My inner Buddha has compassion for his personal/electoral insecurity, but moreso for the many Californians he's panicking. And way moreso for the people around the world who suffer unnecessarily from U.S. policies which continue to go unexamined while we breathlessly contemplate our "security" navel.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:12+00 by: TC

Yup, a political faux pas for sure. I think he believed he would be perceived as a protector and good governor for "informing us". This has of course done the opposite now that the public realizes that we have "Chicken Little" running the state. I didn't like the power companies running negative ads against him but he has done this to himself. --Wondering how one rubs their inner buddha for luck? --