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Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 08:37 AM Jan 2014

FEAR SELLS..!!

Sure it is cold. It has been cold before, and it will be cold again. Yes, it is very cold. But we have been through just as bad, and we have lived to tell the story. Almost all of our places have central heat, electricity and running water, (hot and cold) If we stay in, we will OK.. Heat brakes down, go to a warming center.

The media sells fear. Day in and day out. Over and over. FEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the book 1984, the George Orwell wrote about keeping the population in constant fear. That was published in the 1949.. The current media has morphed into that prediction. It lies and creates fear all the time.

And it is bullshit about the cold weather. We as a nation can live through cold weather. It will get warmer. Yes, where I live we have 18 inches of snow on the ground. We have had that before. It is sad, that most people do not realize what lies are sent out by almost all of the media all of the time. The fear makes things worse, much worse. The mainstream media as a whole is among the biggest assholes in the world. Up there with the oil companies and drug companies..

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Earth_First

(14,910 posts)
3. I haven't used the mainstream or local media for weather coverage in a decade...
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 08:49 AM
Jan 2014

I enjoy watching the weather. I depend on the weather, so I've learned to make observations and predictions based on data provided by a variery of sources; namely NWS/NOAA and a network of trained SkyWarn amateur meteorologists via forums and social media outlets.

BobUp

(347 posts)
8. There's only a few
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 08:57 AM
Jan 2014

good weather persons around anymore. I loved Harry Volkman when I was a kid.

When an Alberta Clipper was on the way across Chicagoland, Harry would motion on the weather map and say things like "woosh". He had a repertoire of sound effects.

 

NuclearDem

(16,184 posts)
4. It's not fear mongering for the local news to advise people about the coldest weather in 20 years.
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 08:50 AM
Jan 2014

And not everyone has reliable access to central heating.

Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
9. Almost everything the pukes put out is fear based lies.
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 08:58 AM
Jan 2014

The whole debt discussion is a fear based lie.

HappyMe

(20,277 posts)
7. I haven't noticed any fear mongering in the weather coverage.
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 08:57 AM
Jan 2014

It's useful to know that there will be black ice, a bunch of snow, frostbite possibilities.

Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
11. Sure, it is useful know about "black ice" a bunch of Snow, and frost bite possibilities.
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 09:03 AM
Jan 2014

But the damn media makes it look like it is the worst thing since the plague. Yes, it is an inconvenience if you got to go out, but the world doesn't end. Put on layers of old sweat shirts, a ski mask covered with a good scarf. couple pairs of gloves. Oh..no gloves?
Ok.. then take some fairly thick socks and put them over each other and put them on your hands..you know..like mittens. We all have old socks, don't we? and no one cares if you have on two pairs of old socks as mittens for protection. It works.

HappyMe

(20,277 posts)
12. I don't know what 'media' you watch,
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 09:13 AM
Jan 2014

but I don't see any 'aaah!!1 we're all gonna die!!1' type reporting.

It's also cold and ice/snow in places that usually don't get this cold. People, infrastructure, their homes aren't completely prepared for it.

Good grief turn your tv off, if you're going to get this worked up about it.

sorefeet

(1,241 posts)
13. I know what yo are saying
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 09:18 AM
Jan 2014

Stuart G, it has been fear mongering for my entire 61 years. From Santa won't bring you a present to get under the desk because the commies are coming. Now it's the Muslims are going to get me and Wyoming is devastated by Colorado marijuana. Lies and fear mongering are the American way. The only thing to fear are the liars.

Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
16. The fearmongers are everywhere, they hate the truth.
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 01:56 PM
Jan 2014

The truth about certain things like , radioactive poisoning from Fukushima, severe air pollution, and many other topics is under reported. Yes, it is reported quickly and often let go by media sources quickly. But Benghazi, the terrible, awful roll out of the ACA (Obamacare), the terrible, dangerous national debt..(that has gone down under Obama), are not let go by the mainstream media.. , and there are many more. That fear mongering as you say, does not go away and is on going. Over and over again they (media outlets) chose to report Benghazi crap, and the terrible roll out of ACA..

Fear of weather is part of it. that is what this op .. is about. Yes, it is cold, but taken precautions, you and I will be ok....I have read that lightening strikes kill more people than most weather related problems.

.The idiocy of the national debt discussion is beyond anything plausible..over and over again the media reports it and tries to frighten us...and it works for many who are not knowledgeable on that topic..

The_Commonist

(2,518 posts)
14. The other side of that coin is outrage.
Mon Jan 6, 2014, 09:37 AM
Jan 2014

And we here at Outrage Underground have turned it into high art.
I gave up fear a few years ago. This year I'm giving up outrage.
It's just gotten to be so completely boring, being outraged all the time.

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