Canadian parliament bemoans lack of Zombie apocalypse preparations

But what about the vampires, eh?

The Canadian legislature has either a) a lot more free time than ours or b) a very different understanding of the potential risks of a zombie apocalypse, because their parliament has been debating the extent of the countries preparedness for Z-day:

In case you're wondering, the American Centre for Disease Control really does have a Zombie Preparedness page, which includes a comic, poster, and blog post. The whole thing has a serious undertone, though. As the CDC director, Ali Khan, says:

If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.

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Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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Word of the week: Michellania


Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.

Usage: 

"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

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