02/13/2014 by syrbal-labrys
Seriously, America? Every day for the last five days, on my television, I’ve seen weather forecasters talking about the storm that has now hit the American South. So, why, why, oh in the name of whatsoever-the-fuck-gods-may-have-EVER-been, do I see someone on the news bitterly declaiming about the misfortune of waking up “without (electrical) power and with no food”? Ok, I get that no power means a cold house. (Here, it also means no running water!) But why the hell would it mean there is no food? Is your food usually delivered through the electrical wiring or some other delightful method I know nothing about? Have I been unnecessarily going out to shop with lists of needs well in advance of empty cupboards?
Is this another case of people who cannot be bothered to watch news or weather? How, after the debacle that was Atlanta, Georgia and the mess in Alabama two weeks ago, can anyone NOT be paying attention to the weather and be getting their asses out to stock the house with emergency supplies BEFORE Wednesday morning? I know from Monday morning onwards, not only were the weather forecasters screaming about preparations, but numerous state officials were telling people to PREPARE and be ready to stay safely HOME when the storm hit.
So, hey, just what WOULD it take to get folks who can’t be bothered to pay attention prepared? Or is this yet another case of media morons picking very poorly what film to use for dramatic impact? It doesn’t make me sympathetic to the cold unhappy parent so busy feeding kids potato chips; it makes me think this person is an idiot for not paying attention. I really hate to sound a wee bit like one of the right wing sorts screaming about a nanny state — but for pity’s sake, when someone seems intent on blaming a long predicted storm for no groceries in the house, it does seem like personal responsibility is being improperly eschewed!