Daily Archives: August 1, 2004

To get all FOX about it,some people say there are no accidents.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President George W. Bush may be tapping into solid human psychology when he invokes the September 11 attacks while campaigning for the next election, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

Talking about death can raise people’s need for psychological security, the researchers report in studies to be published in the December issue of the journal Psychological Science and the September issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

“There are people all over who are claiming every time Bush is in trouble he generates fear by declaring an imminent threat,” said Sheldon Solomon of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, who worked on the study.
“We are saying this is psychologically useful,” said Solomon.

Not to mention politically useful.

The students who thought about death were much more likely to choose the charismatic leader, they found. Only four out of about 100 chose that imaginary leader when thinking about exams, but 30 did after thinking about death.

Greenberg, Solomon and colleagues then decided to test the idea further and set up four separate studies at different universities.

“In one we asked half the people to think about the September 11 attacks, or to think about watching TV,” Solomon said. “What we found was staggering.”
When asked to think about television, the 100 or so volunteers did not approve of Bush or his policies in Iraq. But when asked to think about Sept. 11 first and then asked about their attitudes to Bush, another 100 volunteers had very different reactions.

“They had a very strong approval of President Bush and his policy in Iraq,” Solomon said.

So if you like television you don’t like Bush. No wonder he’s been kept so carefully under wraps. No wonder so many Fahrenheit 9/11 viewers said they came to the filmin order to “see the President.”

The volunteers were aged from 18 into their 50s and described themselves as ranging from liberal to deeply conservative. No matter what a person’s political conviction, thinking about death made them tend to favor Bush, Solomon said. Otherwise, they preferred Kerry.

“I think this should concern anybody,” Solomon said. “If I was speaking lightly, I would say that people in their, quote, right minds, unquote, don’t care much for President Bush and his policies in Iraq.”

So what’s Bush to do? Why keep them out of their, quote, right minds, unquote with color-coded terror

WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will announce Sunday that the threat level in the nation’s capital will be raised from yellow (elevated) to orange (high), a government official told CNN.

Ridge was scheduled to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT.
A Homeland Security official said that Ridge planned to discuss “recent threat reports and update Americans about protective measures that are being put in place in response to these reports.”

News of the level increase followed reports of new information indicating that terrorists plan attacks on corporate and financial institutions in New York and Washington, officials said Sunday.

The nation’s threat level is at category yellow. But New York has remained at orange since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

A federal law enforcement official said the information, released late last week, suggests “there is a new plan in the works” targeting New York, while a Homeland Security Department official said the nation’s capital was also mentioned as a target, although from a different source.

Unnamed, of course.

Federal officials also met with Ridge on Friday night and Saturday.

Among the precautions New York police recommended Saturday to companies are:
Consider posting a security officer at the fresh-air intake in heating, ventilation and air conditioning rooms, if they are accessible to the public, and be sure the rooms are locked.
Be wary of visitors who appear lost or disoriented, and people asking directions to sensitive areas.
Challenge and identify maintenance workers when maintenance has not been requested, and watch for unanticipated deliveries.
Quickly engage loiterers.
Thoroughly screen new employees and vendors.
Post clear signs indicating restricted areas, and that persons caught trespassing will be arrested.
Test alarm systems, and include doors to rooftops in the system.

What? No duct tape?

Ridge said in early July that al Qaeda was planning a large-scale attack in “an effort to disrupt the democratic process” before Election Day on November 2.

John Cale said it best:

Standing waiting for a man to show
Wide eyed one eye fixed on the door
This waiting’s killing me, it’s wearing me down
Day in day out, my feet are burning holes in the ground
Darkness warmer than a bedroom floor
Want someone to hold me close forever more
I’m a sleeping dog, but you can’t tell
When I’m on the prowl you’d better run like hell
You know it makes sense, don’t even think about it
Life and death are just things you do when you’re bored
Say fear’s a man’s best friend
You add it up it brings you down
Home is living like a man on the run
Trails leading nowhere, where to my son?
We’re already dead, just not yet in the ground
Take my helping hand I’ll show you around
You know it makes sense, don’t even think about it
Life and death are just things you do when you’re bored
Say fear’s a man’s best friend
You add it up it brings you down
You add it up it brings you down
Say, fear is a man’s best friend
Say, fear is a man’s best friend
Say, fear is a man’s best friend
Say, fear is a man’s best friend