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  •  it is, but what we're getting (1+ / 0-)
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    is Chicken Little rather than real education.  It's easy to ramp up a "panic reaction", but it rarely leaves people any wiser when the panic subsides.  More likely it leaves them more cynical and complacent next time, as they remember back to the last panic that didn't pan out.

    •  I see a measured response (4+ / 0-)

      What I see coming from the Obama administration is calm and competence.  Decisions are being made on the basis of science.  Media reaction, for sure, is across the board from cynicism to sensationalism.  My own state and local governments as well as the federal administration is performing quite well as far as I can see.  Preparations are being made.  That makes sense to me.  Every year I see my state of Florida's response to urricanes and I'm reassured by its competence.  Most times the  preparations aren't needed but when it is, it generally works.  I spent a few minutes in my classroom this week calming student fears and dispelling rumors with facts and science.  I see the Obama administration doing the same things.

      Always grateful to wake up alive.

      by Subo03 on Sun May 03, 2009 at 09:18:28 AM PDT

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    •  the hysteria comes from the media (0+ / 0-)

      trying to hype everything that comes down the pike, in order to attract more customers. Wolf Blitzer et al. It started with Iran hostage and will never end. Add in the nativists, Fauxers, Dobbsers, et al plus the rumor factor....chaos.

      fouls, excesses and immoderate behavior are scored ZERO at Over the Line, Smokey!

      by seesdifferent on Tue May 05, 2009 at 08:49:35 AM PDT

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