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Despite hysterical headlines of an “historic” storm: Irene is a Category 1 Hurricane

7:44 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

cross post from IfLizWereQueen

The Truth of Irene’s Strength? –not nearly that of her related headlines for the past two days from the US media.

Here is the latest report from the National Hurricane Center as of 6:03 AM Central Time and the hurricane  still has not made landfall on the US shores.

*Note:  A Category 1 is the lowest category on the Saffir-Simpson scale before a storm is classified as a tropical storm.

I guess they’ll have to dream up another distraction to keep our minds off the jobs that they are not creating, the Keystone Pipeline, and other real issues as these headlines have now proven themselves to be what they are:  Hyperboles of the first degree.  [On the plus side maybe this is their idea of stimulating the economy as no doubt millions of people went out and purchased items they might not have otherwise bought--water, flashlights, motel rooms inland, etc.  Of course this may not have been on the plus side for many of these people as they might not have been able to afford these purchases.]

But the problem and danger with this type of exaggerated and irresponsible reporting is the same as that of the little boy who cried wolf.  Maybe next time it really will be a Category 3 hurricane and thousands of people will not heed the warnings.

Addendum [added after publication of post]

This is not like it is the first time that the public have been grossly mislead by false impending apocalyptic warnings from the main stream media. Only a few months ago they were predicting that major portions of the West Coast were going to be consumed by a tsumini, resulting from the Japanese earthquake.

Email sent this morning to a friend living in the path of Irene

12:28 pm in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross post from IfLizWereQueen

Are you all ready for Irene?  I think about you as I read the news these days.  I hope all your family and in-laws will be safe in North Carolina.

It’s difficult to know what we are in store for because of course the media is in full hysteria mode with all their what if charts in full panic mode playing across all the networks.  Being prepared is one thing.  Fear-mongering is another.  Too bad the corporate sponsored pundits don’t seem to know the difference.

I’m hoping that all their hype will turn out like the tsunami that they had Californians waiting anxiously for after the Japanese disaster that was supposed to wipe out much of the West coast.  Of course it turned out to be little more than a hard rain.

and of course, ever the social critic, I mocked them on my website.  I hope I’m able to do the same regarding their hysterical reaction to Irene.

My love and prayers go to you Sam.

PS in case you forgot, here is an excerpt on that post I did a few months ago following the Japanese earthquake disaster.   I hope it provides a chuckle.  What the hell ever happened to sensibility? I heard on the Diane Rehm show this morning that Washington D.C. has no evacuation plans!  We go from the mass hysteria fear-mongering tripe pumped out by mainstream media to having no formal evacuation plans for our nation’s capitol!

People along the coasts of Hawaii and the West Coast held their breath as a tsunami raced across the Pacific at 500 mph threatening to strike with waves as high as 9 feet high, but what arrived did little more than soak the beaches and cause traffic jams.