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April 11, 2003

Personal Respiratory Defense Systems on Sale

Is it just me, or does it seem just a little creepy that you can buy gas masks now at Fry's? Are things going askew so gradually that we can accept living in perpetual alert status without getting worked up about it?

It reminds me a bit of The Sheep Look Up, the classic John Brunner novel in which the environment degrades slowly and commercial bandaids like oxygen vending machines and birth defect insurance step in to smooth over the symptoms without addressing the root cause.