August 28, 2011


photo: MTA

Being on the East Coast (and having been stranded in Maine the past few days), I’m a lot more connected to this story than if I’d been in L.A.  Anyway, this is one of the more interesting photos I’ve seen from Irene-aggedon, Grand Central a zero-tolerance ghost town.  The question the photo raises is whether preparations for Irene could have been handled on a more limited basis, or if (and we could be talking about Obama and Afghanistan, or Bloomberg post-snowpocalypse) politicians are so unwilling to take calculated risks these days that we’re in for automatic and massive security investments at the first whiff of either high-profile natural or man-made threats. (Hence, the significance of Old Glory.)

(photo: MTA)

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