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Duct tape?!?!??!!?

Given Older Lifter’s thread about what to really do in the case of an NBC (nuke, bio, chem) emergency, some of the T-Nation might be wondering just how far the government has its head up its ass with the duct tape suggestions. I submit the following for your perusal:

By Al Kamen
Friday, February 21, 2003; Page A25

That most lamentable duct tape suggestion last week by a Homeland Security official – which drove countless panicked citizens out to buy the product – has been widely derided as useless and pretty crazy.

But maybe not so crazy. Turns out that nearly half – 46 percent to be precise – of the duct tape sold in this country is manufactured by a company in Avon, Ohio. And the founder of that company, that would be Jack Kahl, gave how much to the Republican National Committee and other GOP committees in the 2000 election cycle? Would that be more than $100,000?

His son, John Kahl, who became CEO after his father stepped down shortly after the election, told CNBC last week that “we’re seeing a doubling and tripling of our sales, particularly in certain metro markets and around the coasts and borders.” The plant has “gone to a 24/7 operation, which is about a 40 percent increase” over this time last year, Kahl said. The company had more than $300 million in sales in 2001.