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Watch out for hysterical politicians
October 7th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Clowns, Kids & Satan. The secu­ri­ty expert Bruce Schneier coined a term for this: Movie plot threat. We imag­ine the threat to our kids is just like the one we’d see, or have seen, in the movies. It’s eas­i­er to pic­ture Bozo with a bazooka than a car crash when mom or dad is con­fused by their GPS (which in our car seems to be about a third of the time), so that’s the threat we focus on…to the point where we start exag­ger­at­ing unlike­ly out­comes, or even see­ing things. [Free Range Kids­Free Range Kids]

Even now there are peo­ple being per­se­cut­ed (espe­cial­ly in New York City) because of laws writ­ten by politi­cians who had con­fused West Side Sto­ry with a doc­u­men­tary. I hate to think what sort of future per­se­cu­tion will result from politi­cians think­ing that Killer Klowns from Out­er Space was a doc­u­men­tary.


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