So I drop off the face of the earth for a week as far as news is concerned and I come back to find people screaming their heads off about how the entire eastern seaboard is going to be destroyed like the Russians came over the arctic and carpet bombed it. Hurricane Sandy is a “superstorm”, a “frankenstorm”, “the biggest storm in US history.”
I checked out The Weather Channel’s website and found it plastered is large red panicky banners screaming words and phrases like “Alert!” “Action” “Devastation Imminent!” “NYC underwater!” “Threat!”
The even had a map of predicted power outages in ominous orange and red, with orange being “possibly” and red being “likely.” The power outages hadn’t even started yet at that point, but they weren’t letting the fact that the news hadn’t happened yet keep them from reporting it!
I turned everything off and went to the gym. While I was running I saw ET news was literally showing clips from the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” where NYC is destroyed. They were specifically showing clips of waves rushing through NYC 20-30 stories high, destroying everything.
This is fucking ridiculous. It was a category 1 storm, but now it’s only “post-tropical.” People are posting pictures of streets flooded (up to car doors) and broken glass/branches/roof tops missing. This happens all the time in hurricanes, but I think think there are two factors that are making people lose their goddamn minds over this:
1. It’s happening in a region that, until now, never gets hurricanes.
2. It’s affecting a lot of rich, white people.
If this type of bloodcurdling, screaming news titles deserve to be attached to a storm, they should have been attached to hurricane Katrina. That storm destroyed an entire city, killed almost 2,000 people, and cost $81Bn in damage. Much of the city still lay in ruins years after the fact. Yet nobody cares because it was a bunch of fucking black people. Now that the water is creeping up the side of the wallstreet broker’s lexus, “OMFG!!!! It’s a superstorm! It’s going to destroy everything!!!!1”
If hurricane Sandy is to deserve the hype people are giving it, it better absolutely level NYC like Godzilla. Otherwise this is just a bunch of over hyped bullshit.
Oh, and don’t forget kiddies, man-caused global warming is a liberal lie.