Many of us have been glued to our TV sets, computers, and mobile devices as we followed the weather updates and tracked super storm Sandy as it crashed into the East Coast of the United States. We watched updates on The Weather Channel, evening newscasts or on-line sites. We saw updates from the National Weather Service and its National Hurricane Center. We tracked the storm course with satellite feeds from NOAA. We saw FEMA crews dispatched to the devastated areas of several states. But also saw them pre-position resources before the storm?
Do you remember those multiple choice tests you used to take in school? Answers commonly could be chosen from A to D with perhaps an "E" which would stand for: "none" or "all" of the above. Test takers learned to triage their answers, choosing by a process of elimination, the one best answer which addressed the question. When there were multiple choices which were similar, one needed to discriminate. However looking at the real world today, if you are Mitt Romney, you do not have to do this. You can choose all of the above, most of the time, even when the choices are contradictory.