Surviving the storm

If images of disaster and devastation upset you, do NOT look at the image below:

Yes, this is the damage and destruction left in the wake of  the life threatening, society destroying storm, Irene, that is carving a path of horror across NY state as you read this. It’s a wonder I even survived to write and post this.

If you sense a tinge of dripping sarcasm, you are right. The inexcusable and ridiculous sensationalism, exaggeration and editorializing that has been taking place in the local news is deplorable. Many sheep-minded people have bought into the news-induced panic by shopping for “emergency items” and contacting family memebers every 10 minutes to make sure they’ve survived…

…the rain.

Yes, folks, it’s raining. Not even “deluge” raining. Just raining. And there is some wind. Gusty wind, but not hurricane level winds. People are having leaks. Branches are falling down. Basements are flooding. You know, the things that happen every time it rains hard. But the news tells us it’s the apocalypse, so of course, that makes it true and we must behave accordingly.

It may get worse. There may be areas hit harder. But not here and not now.

Sigh.

It’s a good thing we have the news to tell us the world is coming to an end, else we might look out the window, think for ourselves, and realize it’s not.

And we wonder why the Bryants, Bushes, Bachmanns and Santorums of the world get as far as they do.

 

 

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6 Responses to Surviving the storm

  1. cawfeeguy says:

    you guys were lucky, BL. I have family on LI that are without power and a co-worker who had a tree fall on his car. I know SI was hit hard in spots, too and have some friends with flooded basements and no electricity; we lucked out, too with only a leaky window.

    • Sassybear says:

      CG: I know many places were hit hard and many people who were in danger, including my family, and, yes, we were VERY lucky not to be hit with the brunt of the storm, but there were many places and people not even remotely at risk of anything more than heavy rains who behaved as if we were all about to be drowned and the news tried to make every event from rustling leaves to light sprinkles into devastating weather conditions just to up their ratings and sensationalize. Comparing this to the devastation of Katrina was the most pompous insulting thing I heard. There was plenty enough for some people to worry about without the news fanning the flames not only among those with legitimate reasons to be concerned, but among those without. It sickens me. Sorry, but the bigger disaster hear was the media coverage and the over-reactions of the people here without any risk. I am just so tired of fear being the driving force behind everything.

  2. wcs says:

    They hype is crazy-making, that’s for sure. But instead of doing the reasonable thing (turning on the tv to see what’s going on, then turning it off), I think people get all caught up and watch the news as if it’s a movie. Playing along vicariously as if they were part of the action in every location that has a live feed. The storm has a name, but it also has a theme song, a logo, and a trailer. Coming up next: How will Irene impact the diabetic?

    I’m glad you guys are ok and Albany still exists. Did you see any flying monkeys?

  3. Urspo says:

    well it is better to be safe than sorry; and feel a relief/disappointment than ire at ‘why didn’t anyone tell us?”
    I am glad all is well enough.

  4. RG says:

    Not much damage here in the Boston area. A big tree fell on Beacon Street across the street from the Greek Embassy, and there’s some power outages in western Massachusetts, but all in all, we’ve had worse N’oreasters. It could’ve been worse, so I’m not too upset about the wall-to-wall apocalyptic “news” reporting. Better to be forewarned, although the “news” could tone it down just a tad.

    On the other hand it’s funny watching Faux News try to blame it on Obama, forgetting of course, Gee Dubya was presenting a birthday cake to John McStain in Arizona while Katrina was devastating New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

  5. anne marie in philly says:

    oh horrors! NOT THE RAINBOW FLAG!

    we avoided the “panic buying” in the stores, cause we just didn’t go. we got a little water in the basement; no worries. we have power and food and water. the hype down here is bull too.

    WTF did people do before 24/7 news? THEY LIVED AND SURVIVED. we can too.

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