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Alarmed and alert

November 14th, 2005

Joanne Jacobs points to this emergency evacuation of Brisbane public transport apparently in response to an anonymous terrorist threat, which appears to have been a false alarm. She notes the way the story evolves in successive news editions.

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  1. Roberto
    November 14th, 2005 at 15:24 | #1

    Joanne wrote: “….a means of garnering citizen support for the terrorism laws presently facing parliament”

    This coming from an academic that is supposed to be trainied in rationale thinking.

  2. Nick Caldwell
    November 14th, 2005 at 16:10 | #2

    Roberto, your responses so far here and on Jane’s site have been a) argument from personal incredulity and b) Ad Hominem attacks. Not exactly taking the high ground, is it?

  3. Hal9000
    November 14th, 2005 at 17:11 | #3

    I’d have thought ‘cui bono?’ (‘who benefits?’) was a legitimate area for academic inquiry.

    Meanwhile, Roberto needs perhaps to take a few deep breaths before hastening into print: two spelling errors and a syntactical blunder in a 14-word sentence. Tut-tut.

  4. Nabakov
    November 14th, 2005 at 19:12 | #4

    I think Hal that “rationale thinking” was perhaps more of a Freudian slip than a typo.

  5. Roberto
    November 16th, 2005 at 08:06 | #5

    Here http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/bomb-threat-man-charged-over-hoax/2005/11/16/1132016819682.html is Joanne’s conspiracy theory!

    Hal9000 thank you for Tut-tut. Very sweet. What was it that Socrates (the philosopher not the footballer) said about spelling!

  6. November 17th, 2005 at 14:17 | #6

    I have a relevant quotation, and this time I do recall its source – Spike Milligan.

    “Be alert. Your country needs lerts.”

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