Via NYTimes.com: Color-Coded Terror Alerts to Be Dropped by Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is planning to get rid of the color-coded terrorism alert system. Known officially as the Homeland Security Advisory System, the five-color scheme was introduced by the Bush administration in March 2002.

It’s about time. The comments in the article really tell the whole story. No actionable information included in alert, check. Broad, undefined categores, check. Possibly politically motivated, check. Childish in its implementation, check (though, to be fair, the purple, orange, magenta thing I don’t get at all).

Instead, let’s try some honesty. In the time it takes to say, “We’ve upped the terror alert level to orange,” you could just as easily say what’s happened. And then tell people what they can do about it. Easy peasy, if you ask me.

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