Wyoming Bill Prepares for Doomsday
Lawmakers plan for nationwide economic meltdown
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2012 5:00 PM CST
The state capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where doomsday is being duly considered.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Wyoming lawmakers are ready for anything—even the apocalypse. House legislators advanced a bill Friday to prepare for a possible nationwide economic or political meltdown, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. The legislation would create a task force to consider steps such as issuing a state currency, drafting a statewide army, and acquiring an aircraft carrier. “I don’t think there’s anyone in this room today what would come up here and say that this country is in good shape, that the world is stable and in good shape," said Rep. Lorraine Quarberg.

“To put your head in the sand and think ... we have no obligation to the citizens of the state of Wyoming to at least have the discussion, is not healthy," added Quarberg, a Republican. Wyoming already has a Department of Homeland Security with a crisis management plan, but that wouldn't cover an extreme nationwide collapse. The bill still needs to pass two more House votes before reaching the Senate, but at least there's funding—about $16,000, cut down from $32,000 earlier this week.

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Feb 27, 2012 5:26 PM CST
In 1780, New England had a mysterious "Dark Day" when the sky went dark. Many people thought it was the end of the world, and ". in Connecticut, the legislature adjourned after looking out of the chamber windows and then hurried home to their families. The members of the Council of Safety lobbied Senator Abraham Davenport to do the same, as the Day of Judgment may very well be at hand, but he reportedly said “The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause of an adjournment: if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.”Sen. Davenport had better sense than the Wyoming legislature http://www.johnhorrigan.com/darkday.html.
Feb 27, 2012 10:53 AM CST
For thousands of years each generation has created the perception that the mounting circumstances will ultimately lead to man's demise. To believe that your generation, religious sect, country or group is going to experience the "end-of-days" is plain cynical. Being prepared for risks that you actually may face is smart, but to assert that you will see out "doomsday" is another example of how we attempt to find meaning in our small, sad lives.
Feb 27, 2012 10:25 AM CST
The Aircraft Carrier To Nowhere. Now THAT'S an earmark!