The Eclipse of the World as We Know It?

 

For much of human history, even before we understood what it was, an eclipse of the sun has been just that … the sun behind the moon for a second or two.

 

Today, in 2017 America, the event may qualify as a natural disaster. Not kidding.

 

I first heard about the eclipse from a park ranger who was getting ready for the excited crowds. Then, I actually heard about some states treating it like a disaster. This story by CBS Philly and Chris Melore pushed the idea over the edge and I had to share it.

 

Photo by Time and Date.

 

“Americans across the U.S. will see the country’s first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. While millions of people get ready to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse, local authorities are the treating the event more like a natural disaster and are preparing for the worst.”

 

The total eclipse will be visible to about 12 million people in 12 states (rest of us will see a watered down version).

The spectacle has sky watchers on the road for better viewing. A lot of them…

 

From Oregon to Idaho to South Carolina, local and state governments are gearing up for disaster. They’re setting up emergency shelters like it’s a hurricane.

 

This speaks to the real natural disaster of our time – two of them, really. First, there’s the worried nanny state. Second, there’s the people – the people who can’t take a minute of dusk in the day without needing bottled water and shelters and services.

 

I doubt any preppers will be impacted by this foolishness. For the most part we can just enjoy the eclipse when it happens – if we’re looking.

 

So enjoy it. Just watch out for your neighbors…

 

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