September 06, 2005
"Another monster storm!!!!"
That's the way a lot of "news" stories I read are portraying this pissant storm. It's not much more than a typical southeastern sqall. It damn surely ain't another Katrina. Still, WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!
I wouldn't want to be living on Jacksonville Beach right now, but if I were 40 miles inland, I wouldn't think twice about it. If the predictions are correct (and they're pretty good today), it'll be some wind and rain and not much of anything else.
I blame the news media for a lot of what happened in New Orleans. When every fucking storm that comes down the pike is described as a "killer" or a "monster," and then nothing much happens, it's like "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." Do that shit often enough and nobody believes you when a REAL killer is on the way.
You'll notice that the news media don't BLAME THEMSELVES for beating the panic drum. Oh, no. They're still out there conducting business as usual. Lying to you.
This storm won't be diddly-squat.
Yeah, I gotta agree with you one this one, again, A-man. You can only cry "wolf" so many times. It's a bad thing to become calloused to such events, but it's an even worse thing when that callousness is media driven. Just my .02. Political bullshit aside (and at this point, that's exactly what it's become) sometimes people need to just stand up for what's right and accept responsibility. Unfortunately, too many people have become wards of the state and just sit idly by waiting for their next handout, etc.
Katrina and the aftermath (that's where the real problems started BTW) have hopefully weakened that callousness. Yeah, probably not, I'd just like to think that most people, like me, would like to learn from the mistakes of others.
Yet another example of why news journalists are some of the stupidest people in the country.
I truly believe that if local news stations reduced the amount of air time given to news to the 30 minutes we grew up with the quality and usefulness of the information would improve radically. With some stations doing up to 90 minutes they fill that extra time with crap and speculation. Again you raise an excellent point.
Thanks, A-Man. I've been trying to get people to understand that the news media's been crying wolf over every rain squall that comes ashore, and it has desensitized people to the real BAD storms like Camille and Katrina.
If you've evacuated 15 times only to come back to find that the worst damage was your wind chimes getting tangles, then you probably sat bak and watched the Katrina coverage thinking, "Yeah, yeah, yeah...another "Killer Storm", Weather Channel Boy...."
I don't watch the news, so don't know what they're saying. However, if Ophelia makes landfall around Wednesday/Thursday she'll be pretty annoying. If she heads west and keeps going, she'll barely be bothersome. BUT if she pussyfoots around in the Atlantic and then decides to make a U-turn, she actually could be super-duper nasty. So people on the south Atlantic coast should keep on eye on her.
Persnickety, I won't argue that point. The storm is pretty much stationary now and the forecasters really don't have a clue where it may eventually go. The wind predictions are a lot higher now than they were yesterday, and Savannah is right in the middle of the latest track.
But I seem to be an anomaly. I AM WATCHING THIS STORM and not waiting for the government to tell me what to do.
Bad news sells.
Worse news sells better.
Every news twerp learns that whatever term fits a situation you ratchet it up about three or four levels.
Thus a rain squall become a storm.
Three F-15s becomes a massive bombomg raid.
A level 1 hurrricane becomes a killer storm.
This improves your rating, which improves your salary, and allows you to advance to bigger markets.
And people die, because of the cried wolf syndrome.
But that's OK because you are now rubbing elbows with Geraldo.