London. Global warming is approaching the critical point of no return, after which widespread drought, crop failure and rising sea-levels would be irreversible, an international climate change task force warned yesterday.
— Associated Press, January 25, 2005.

When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
— Jesus Christ, Matthew 16:2-4

Just an unattended bag? Or a bomb?
— NJ Homeland Security poster

The day after Christmas turned out to be a living nightmare reminiscent of The Day after Tomorrow.
Arthur C. Clarke, credited with first conceiving the idea of global satellites, describing the tsunami's effect on his homeland of Sri Lanka

Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.
— Grand Moff Tarkin, Star Wars

Terror is the normal state of any oral society, for in it everything affects everything all the time.
— Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy, 1962, p. 44.

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world … But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
— Galatians 4:3, 9

Live By It.
—Tagline of The Weather Channel

Michael Crichton's latest book, the eighteenth from this prodigious gentleman, will remind you simultaneously of recent disaster movies and recent weather forecasts. The trick is figuring out which one is an advertisement for the other.

Immediately after 9/11, critics agreed that it was ...

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