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Monday, 23 May 2011

Guess we'll believe anything

Back in the day, when the world was black and white, when we were all a little less sophisticated, Orson Welles caused a mass panic by broadcasting a dramatisation of H G Wells War of the Worlds, as actual newsreels. Apparently people thought the Martians really had landed. - couldn't happen these days....right?

Wrong....


The offending blog post
A blog post by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that mentions a “zombie apocalypse” as a lighthearted way to get Americans to read about preparing for hurricanes drove so much traffic that it crashed the website, the agency said on Thursday.
The Zombie Apocalypse campaign is a social media effort by the CDC’s Public Health and Preparedness center to spread the word about the June 1 start of hurricane season.
The CDC is a U.S. federal government health agency based in Atlanta.
“There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for,” the blog post begins. “Take a zombie apocalypse for example. … You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.”
The blog appeared just days before May 21, when an evangelical broadcaster in California has predicted “Judgment Day” will mark the end of the world.
“If you prepare for the zombie apocalypse, you’ll be prepared for all hazards,” CDC spokesman Dave Daigle told Reuters on Thursday.
The Zombie Apocalypse
Coming late Summer 2011
The Dead Walked
by Vincent Stark
A zombie thriller like no other – it’s the best of the dead.

1 comment:

BJH said...

Yep. Lots of people even believe that "entitlement programs," especially Social Security and Medicare, are evil. If entitlement programs are not destroyed immediately, people believe, America will be punished severely. The same people never mention defense spending and off-budget wars.