…how far in advance was this page planned?
A while. Had the ’96 Olympics in mind, originally.
I figured some folks might think it “too soon,” and others might think it “timely,” but to be honest I just didn’t want to re-script the whole thing. Especially because people coming to it for the first time a month or a year from now won’t think it “too soon.” (And for those of you joining us a month or a year down the road, the Boston Marathon bombing just happened.)
Note that XKCD’s What If had the same unfortunate timing issue.
This was the comic they had up the day of the Boston Marathon:
Revisiting this a year after, it seems that the 5th amendment stuff you are about to get into is going to be far more relevant.
And here is where we see politicians fighting to tear down the rules, blissfully ignorant that situations like that are precisely when they are needed the most.
Following the rules are easy when times are good. It’s when things are bad, when people are pushing against them hardest, that it’s most important to stick to them.