The hyped hurricane

I predicted that the much vaunted hurricane would be a media event, and it was.  JJ was right to comment that officials need to yell to get the message through to dunderheads who won’t listen, but we also need to recognize that the media gets locked into narratives and can’t get out, making me think of those “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” ads.  Our media has fallen, fallen into a state of hysterical confabulation, and it’s doubtful whether it can ever get up again.

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  1. dianemadeline says

    Good news from my part of the world at least. Our lights flickered twice during the storm, but we never lost electricity. Only half of a tree down on our block. Even the dogs seemed to be pretty blase about the whole thing. Feeling fortunate, though, because plenty of people are w/out electricity all around NoVA, MD and the District.
     
    On Long Island, my mom has no electricity and reported a lot of trees down in her neighborhood. My sister lives a town over, and although her lights flickered, the electricity never went out. It is good news that my family was not terribly impacted by the storm. My brother-in-law said he stopped at two gas stations before the storm and neither one had any more gas. Between him and my sister, they went to 5 stores before the storm and couldn’t find any D batteries. Fortunately, they did not need what they couldn’t get.
     
     

  2. Charles Martel says

    Speaking of those “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” ads, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read something by SADIE here only to exclaim, “Help, I’ve spewed coffee and can’t get my keyboard up again!”  

  3. SADIE says

    Charles Martel

    I was just thinking of you. Viagra for keyboards? Nah…I got something even better. Gee, to think I was complaining that al Jeezera wants a slice of the pie in the cable industry. Who knew they did dead-pan comedy. The prize alone writes most of the script, but now for those intriguing questions….(you’ll have to click on the link).

    ISLAMABADEvery evening at 7:30 p.m., Geo TV, the most watched TV channel in Pakistan, broadcasts an Islamic version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” The show is called “Alif Laam Meem,” three letters from the Arabic alphabet that can be found at the beginning of some suras (chapters) in the Koran.
    “Salam Alaykoum (good evening),” says the presenter, Junaid Jamshed. A 36-year-old former singer, Jamshed used to be clean shaven. Now he wears a prayer hat and sports a long dark beard, evidence of his recent rediscovery of Islam. In the audience, women wear veils or niqabs. 

    Jamshed welcomes his first player. “Welcome Adnan, my brother.” Adnan is a smiling but nervous 30-year-old man who used to be a Procter & Gamble executive before committing himself to studying the Koran. If he manages to answer the 15 questions, he will win an apartment, a pilgrimage to Mecca for two, and 2.8 million rupees, about 23,000 euros.
    http://www.worldcrunch.com/pakistans-islamic-take-millionaire-game-show-nightly-sign-times/3632

  4. Mike Devx says

    > On Long Island, my mom has no electricity and reported a lot of trees down in her neighborhood. My sister lives a town over, and although her lights flickered, the electricity never went out.

    While visiting my family near Detroit, MI, in July, a storm blew up out of the West.  In a three block area, we lost twelve trees or so, and electricity was out for more than eight hours.  Branches and leaves and mess was everywhere.

    Within 36 hours, the  mess was cleaned up; all the natural flotsam had been carved up, gathered, and delivered by homeowners to the city recycling center.  Within two days, you’d never know the storm blew through.

    Worse than Irene, and somehow it didn’t generate 1% of the coverage…  Obama, Bloomberg, and Christie weren’t all over the news, managing “the crisis” with their calm, measured baritoned pontifications.  Somehow we just cleaned it all up and moved on.

     

  5. dianemadeline says

    >all the natural flotsam had been carved up, gathered, and delivered by homeowners to the city recycling center.
    Fortunately, one of the neighbors coordinated tree removal, and the two trees that were blocking the road were gone very quickly.
     
    Overall, I’m just frustrated by the hype. Last year, I had my students read two articles about the tsunami after it happened and offer critiques of the coverage. (The point wasn’t that the tsunami coverage was hyped, but that a lot of information is left out of news.) Maybe I will do the same with some of the hurricane coverage – have them read pre- and post- Irene articles. Fifth graders can be very thoughtful.

  6. SADIE says

    Do you need more than this to get the message.
     
    “I saw some of these news feeds that I’ve been watching upstairs of people sitting on the beach in Asbury Park. Get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park and get out,” Christie said. “You’re done. It’s 4:30. You’ve maximized your tan. Get off the beach. Get in your cars and get out of those areas.”
     
    Here in Pa in my area. we didn’t lose power. Neighborhoods in Philadelphia that flood with two inches of  rain, of course, flooded again. No surprises, just the usually idiots who think they can drive through flooded streets and believe their car can float to the other side of the road by magic. I mention this because the fool had to be rescued by four fire fighters, who were then trapped in the water. The National Guard had to break out Striker Force (and no I didn’t know that Pa. is the only state with such a division and equipment), who then had to rescue the four fire fighters and the idiot.

  7. says

    This is basically propaganda support to bolster Leftist communities and power groups in New England. If the attention is there, they will get emergency funding. Whereas in Texas and Mississippi, when they get hit by disasters, the federal government doesn’t even allow them to declare emergency status for tax reductions on growth. Coincidence? No. Intentional.

  8. MacG says

    Heared the Prez on the radio this afternoon with Janat Nap ETal and all I could think of was the intent of the message: “See I told you I’m not George Bush”

    Last week or so I got this message in my in box for our local access TV : “Today Marin TV is carrying Al Jazeera’s live feed from Libya. The country seems to have reached the tipping point as rebels have entered Tripoli in what appears to be the final assault.  As in Egypt, Al Jazeera appears to have the largest contingent of journalists on the ground and is providing near non-stop coverage”  Baby steps I guess to ther own Comcast channel.  Note that AJ has the largest contingent of reporters.  Seems they have their own MSNBC…

  9. SADIE says

    As of mid-2011, the National Flood Insurance Program was swimming in debt of nearly $18 billion.
    http://www.insurancequotes.com/flood-insurance-payouts/
     
    Anyone want to take bets on a QE 3 funneled in the guise of National Flood Insurance.
     
    http://www.examiner.com/alexandria-conservative-in-huntsville/taxpayers-will-get-soaked-from-irene-national-flood-insurance-program-broke
     
    IMO..if you want to live with a water view. Great. Just don’t make me pay for your pleasures. I’ve got my own expensive ones.
     
     

  10. gpc31 says

    Well, here on the CT shoreline there’s a massive power outage. We’ve been without electricity for about 24 hours and the utility company is warning that it might take 1-2 weeks to restore. I’m thankful to have a generator, and thank G-d that it’s not winter. (My guess is that it will take 2-3 days.)

    One nice and unexpected byproduct: the entire neighborhood threw a spontaneous block party. With everyone’s busy schedules temporarily derailed, people met, hung out, and chatted in the streets for a couple of hours as dogs and kids zoomed around on the empty street. The kids were excited at the prospect of adventure. They organized their own wiffle and kick ball games (nice to see them off their Xboxes, Wiis and other forms of video dialysis). One neighbor lent his chainsaw to another, someone else checked in on a retired couple, etc.–a good way to strengthen ties. And a glimpse of the way it used to be?

  11. Mike Devx says

    Sadie #10: As of mid-2011, the National Flood Insurance Program was swimming in debt of nearly $18 billion.

    Hmmm.  The way I understand it, some years the floods are worse than expected, and insurance companies have to pay out far more than they expected, and for those years, they’re in the red.  Other years, the damage is minimal, and they make large profits those years.

    Is this red ink systemic?  If so, then they’re playing games with their customers’ money, the way banks and investment firms played games for a decade leading up to the housing/financial crisis – and we’ll hear cries now that they are “too big to fail”, and they’re going to come after taxpayers’ wallets to bail them out.  Your taxpayer wallet, and mine.

    Let’s get ready.  Just say NO to “too big to fail”.  Never again!  Live free or die!  Don’t tread on me! 

     

  12. SADIE says

    Is this red ink systemic?
     
    It’s been in the hole since 2005 (post Katrina). Louisiana has eaten the bulk of the funds since 1978 followed by Texas and Florida.  If you live on a peninsula, most of which is swamp land (Florida) or the American version of Bangladesh, New Orleans, I don’t think any agency should be supporting your life style. 
     
    Gotta agree with you, Mike Devx, the cry of “too big to fail” never includes America, only selected segments.

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