June 13, 2006
just what we need
Alberto the Badass ain't doing much here where I live. That hasn't stopped local news-jerks from becoming hysterical, which is what they do all the time anyway.
"LOOK!!! WHITECAPS at the beach!!!"
"LORDY!!! A tiny pine tree limb blown down in the road!"
"LANDOGOSHEN!!! Rain!! See? A genuine puddle over there!"
"WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!"
What would those people do if we ever had an actual... y'know... disaster on our hands? Probably blame Bush. (We've seen some of that finger-pointing from New Orleans already, and those idiots turned around and reelected Ray Nagin, since they recognized good leaders so well. Dolts.)
I have two gripes about this kinda crap. First, when reporters make a big deal out of nothing, it leaves us wide open to ignoring them when a REAL disaster heads our way. That's dangerous.
Second, hysteria spreads, even when there's nothing to be hysterical about. People panic and do crazy things when they're hysterical. (See New Orleans after Katrina.) News reporters shouldn't be feeding fuel to that kind of fire.
Just reconcile yourself to one simple fact: WHATEVER IT IS, it's probably not as bad as reporters make it out to be. (Like this.) Most reporters aren't very bright to begin with, so don't listen to them when they go into panic mode.
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