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Obfuscate

August 21, 2021

Holy #UCK

Since when did incident
Become a euphemism
For forest fire??

Saw some temporary highway
Pointy pink placards
On the roadway that read

Incident
Up ahead
Do not report

All well and good
No sense in overwhelming 911

However…..observed no “incident”
Or anything considered reportable
(And hey, I make observations)

Prompting me to want to call someone
To find out what the incident was and or
Remind someone to take down the signs

There was a lot of smoke in the area
Yet fire and smoke are not incidents
Rather more of a circumstance
An ignited combustibles release fire
Therefore smoke is a circumstance

I can appreciate the use of
Incident over accident if let’s say two
Vehicles collided or one hit a guardrail
Yet saw nothing over several days
While the signs remained up

Because there are no “accidents” merely
Two or more things trying to occupy
The same space at the same time
That would be an unfortunate coincidence

Here’s the kicker

In a neighboring state on a different day
Which is having more brutal fires
I drove by what in my best recollection
Used to be called a “fire camp”
A wide cleared lot with large tents
Food services, showers and lots of
What appeared to be fire fighting equipment

Was now designated as an…….

Incident base………..WTF

Which must have being used
To feed rest and clean

Incident squelchers

As Rome burns while words are fiddled with

“I don’t like words that hide the truth. I don’t like words that conceal reality. I don’t like euphemisms or euphemistic language.

And American English is loaded with euphemisms, because Americans have a lot of trouble dealing with reality.

Americans have trouble facing the truth, so they invent the kind of a soft language to protect themselves from it. And it gets worse with every generation. For some reason it just keeps getting worse.”

– George Carlin

I guess if it is called a forest fire
Those responsible for not wanting
Some of it harvested to prevent
These “incidents” will feel bad and
Won’t be able to explain what it is
They were trying to “save” anyway

“Just an observation,
Maybe I need
Different glasses.”
.
– Angelo Devlin

From → Quotes, random, Windshield

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