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Not the greatest news

Friday, November 11, 2011

There are days I imagine what it would be like to worked in a more feel-good industry, like being employed as the editor of a puppy magazine. I imagine I'd be researching articles on the new breeds out there (anything combined with a poodle, for example) or what the best new dog toy is. It would all be simple and heartwarming.

I'm sure you can tell that today is not my best day. Today's newswire says it all: An analysis of the attacks in Mumbai; coverage of the violent Black Friday weekend; a security breach at Orlando airport; the litigious nature of nightclub security; a threat to New York and Washington transit systems over the holiday.

And now this: The Washington Post is reporting that the chances of a terror attack on a major city somewhere in the world using weapons of mass destruction are better than even, according to a task force mandated by the U.S. Congress.

A draft study by the panel warns of growing threats from rogue states, nuclear smuggling rings and the spread of atomic information in the developing world, the newspaper reported.

The panel, the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, singled out Pakistan as a grave concern because of its network of terror groups, history of instability and nuclear capabilities, according to the report.

"In our judgment, America's margin of safety is shrinking, not growing," the newspaper quoted from the draft report.

I am a very nervous person (Do they give out pills for that?) and this news doesn't really sit well with me. If I worked at a magazine geared toward new puppy owners, I wonder if I would have come across this article. Actually, I doubt I would have as I wouldn't have been googling "terror attack."

I'll, hopefully, be back to regular programming tomorrow.