Zero Hour (documentary series)

ZeroHourSuggested by Brad Nelson • Zero Hour dramatizes the hour leading up to some of the most memorable historical events as they unfold minute by minute. The aim of Zero Hour is to experience history just before it became history.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    They have two seasons of this currently available for streaming on Netflix. You can also find many of these episodes on YouTube, including The Massacre at Columbine High, Disaster at Chernobyl, Terror in Tokyo, The Sinking of the Estonia, Capturing Saddam, The Bali Bombing, The King of Cocaine — Pablo Escobar, SAS Mission Impossible, Falling Star — Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster, and The Last Hour of Flight 11.

    I’ve watched about four of these episodes so far. The most outstanding (in a horrifying sort of way) is the one on Columbine. This is a story I hadn’t followed closely at the time. But watching this presentation has convinced me that I need to immediately go out and buy a gun. I know that as a conservative I’m suppose to be mindlessly rah-rah-rah for the police. But it’s been apparent for some time now that Leftist/Progressive values have so infiltrated the culture, that not even law enforcement is immune.

    It was a real eye-opener to see how the police did nothing to stop the shooters at Columbine. All they did was “set up a perimeter” and hunched down behind their squad cars as the two shooters took their own sweet time to execute students at will. Even after the shooters were dead, one guy (a teacher) bled to death because the cops wouldn’t let in the paramedics to help.

    Maybe watching John Wayne movies has given me an unrealistic expectation of what is the expected thing to do if you are the town marshall and you see that Snidely Whiplash has tied some girl to the railroad tracks. If someone is shooting children, you would just supposed that the adults would risk life and limb to confront the shooters.

    Not so. And you will likely be as appalled as I was at how law enforcement acted. Do not assume that law enforcement will be on your side if you are being terrorized by the bad guys. Do not assume they will be fast to respond.

    This series does a pretty good job at showing how some of this bad stuff happened. The Columbia shuttle disaster is also another good example of a Chernobyl-like eff-up. And the series pulls no punches in pointing this out, which is a breath of fresh air in our generally namby-pamby culture which tends to apologize for negligence.

    Still, it was somewhat revealing how no one thus far was able to come up with a reason for the Columbine shooters. But, Jesus, one of them was apparently wearing a shirt that said “Natural Selection” on it. Criminal behavior doesn’t have to be explained, per se, because it’s common enough. But these various school shootings certainly are still left unexplained. The implications of a materialist/Leftist culture left unexamined. I think the answer is as simple as “They didn’t go to church often enough,” for certainly you’re not going to produce these kinds of monsters from too much Jesus (although too much Mohammed has indeed shown to create such monsters). But you might if they believe that nothing means nothing and watch movies, such as the pornographic “Natural Born Killers,” that glorify this nihilism.

    The “Terror in Tokyo” episode is frighteningly interesting as well.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I remember reading at the time about the failure of the police to act even after they arrived at Columbine. We have all these militarized SWAT teams who do a certain amount of harm to innocent people when they get wrong information — but when a violent situation is unfolding, they fail to act. I think it was the police equivalent of the “rules of engagement”. Of course, suburban departments don’t expect anything like Columbine to happen in their towns.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        The episode notes that the “rules of engagement” were later changed. And certainly one can have bad rules that exacerbate a situation.

        But I don’t think those rules themselves are the problem, per se. As my brother said, it’s hard to imagine many cops not saying “F**K the rules, we’re going in.”

        I think what these “rules of engagement” really signify is not just a bad set of rules but that far too many people lack any kind of internal guidance. Instead of instilling good values in people, we’ve become a mindlessly pedantic rules-based culture. Doesn’t matter how insanely stupid something is. We’ve been trained to “follow the rules.”

        Real men don’t follow the rules. They do what is right and what is needed. But then, this culture has done its utmost to undermine any kind of authority or morality that do not flow from the dictates of government. And such “rules” are very often not particularly moral at all. And that’s the problem.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          I think what these “rules of engagement” really signify is not just a bad set of rules but that far too many people lack any kind of internal guidance. Instead of instilling good values in people, we’ve become a mindlessly pedantic rules-based culture. Doesn’t matter how insanely stupid something is. We’ve been trained to “follow the rules.”

          This is in large part thanks to the bureaucratization of our culture which is in large part due to the f*&king lawyers.

          America has always been a litigious country, but common sense was still relatively common. Today, it ain’t.

          By the way, one of the things many foreigners notice about Americans when they visit is how orderly Americans generally are. We wait in lines!!

        • Timothy Lane says:

          The problem is that rejecting the rules can mean losing a job, and few people are willing to risk that — it can be even harder than risking your life.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            I don’t disagree, Timothy. Again, perhaps I’ve just seen too many Jimmy Stewart films where the good guy does the right thing, even if it costs him.

            I submit that we live in a highly materialist world. But unlike the brainiac Marxist, Pope Francis, I’m not going to fault the free market system. Does anyone seriously believe that Barack Obama, or someone like him, is going to form a better system from the top-down via authoritarian rule? Of course not. There are excesses that come with freedom. But there are even worse faults that come from tyranny, even if no-nothing Marxist Popes might call it “social justice.”

            But without a doubt people have become heavily identified with material things. “I spend, therefore I am” would seem to be the guiding influence. And it is in that context that we can understand why “losing your job” overrides all other considerations. Because so many people can define themselves in no other terms. And so go ahead and let the Jews be rounded up so long as I don’t “lose my job.”

            Where today is the truly righteous man honored? Almost nowhere. Instead we get frauds who play at being “socially good” but are little better than conmen and charlatans. And look at the deep corruption that public employee unions and the bankruptcy (it is coming, by the way) being caused by people retiring for life at 55. Doing whatever the devils asks just so that one does not lose one’s job soon becomes dancing with satan so that one doesn’t lose one’s pension.

            Our society is on the precipice of a collapse. When you see dozens of police officers hunkering down, “setting up a perimeter,” instead of defending innocent children from murderers you know just how much people have been rotted out from the inside by Marxism.

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