If you can correctly pronounce every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he'd prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Try them yourself.
Today, in 1804 Lewis and Clark launched their famous expedition. Do some exploring of your own today.
Make a Summertime Adventure: - 3 Fresh Mint Sprigs - 1 tsp Sugar - 0.5 oz Lime Juice - 1.33 oz Apricot Brandy - 0.33 oz Vodka - 3 oz Club Soda Crush the mint together with the sugar and some brandy. Shake the rest of the brandy with the lime juice and ice as desired and pour into the glass. Fill up with club soda
You might think that at this moment, nobody would question the value of these services, you’d be wrong. Republican Congressman, Eric Cantor is warning that any money spent on Disaster Relief should be matched with Spending Cuts.
Now this is nothing new for Eric Cantor, he said the same thing in May when a tornado tore through Joplin, MO. killing 159 people and causing billions in damage.
We’re looking at ideology that is extreme. It distrusts even the most essential services that Government provides. Keeping people safe is the most important thing today. Politics aside, people are in danger’s way.
Allow me to preface this post by stating that I am in no way trying to downplay the effects and the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene. I know there are parts of the country that have experienced much more serious consequences of the hurricane than Philly did. This post is not about the hurricane itself, rather it is about how the television media hypes things up as a ploy to make people more scared then they should be.
I woke up on the morning of Saturday, August 27, 2011 around 8:15am. I turned on my television, which was still at FOX 29 because I had been watching the late night showing of King of the Hill the night before. Much to my surprise, FOX’s Philadelphia anchors including chief meteorologist John Bolaris were already covering this hurricane that hadn’t even happened yet and showing pictures of the destruction in North Carolina. This coverage would continue all day, and all night, and well into the early morning hours when I went to bed around 2:00am.
Around 1:00pm I turned on the Phillies game that never started due to the rain, which was falling steadily by that point. The first thing the Phillies showed in their opening was the intimidating radar image of Hurricane Irene crawling up the east coast, video of the storm, and then Tom McCarthy’s mundane banter about the impending hurricane. The game was called almost immediately, but not before McCarthy and the Phillies Broadcast Team talked more about the hurricane. People watch sports as an escape from the stresses of everyday reality, and even the Phillies couldn’t resist the urge of using the hurricane in their broadcast.
I understand that hurricanes are a somewhat rare occurrence in the Philadelphia region, and there are many people who may not know what to do in a hurricane situation. I also understand that they are serious, and deserving of media attention. However, in the age of 24-hour news and instant information at our fingertips, I feel as though the media went way overboard in their coverage of Hurricane Irene.
I’m not trying to invoke Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye here, but to me the media outlets such as NBC, FOX, CBS, etc. are extremely phony. They present these round-the-clock storm coverage events as informative in nature and use phrases like “on your side” when telling you about how you need to go out and buy a lot of bottled water, canned food, and batteries for your flashlight. Really, all they are doing with the constant and redundant analysis, pictures of previous destruction, and “helpful hurricane hints” is just scaring people.
It’s like when you don’t feel well. The last thing you should ever do when you’re sick is go on WebMD because what is likely something minor such as a sore throat, will suddenly make you paranoid and think you have something more serious. Hurricanes are a natural occurrence, there is nothing that can be done to prevent them. That said, I feel as though the media’s role in hurricane or any weather disaster for that matter, should be to help people prepare and provide knowledge, rather than hours of coverage that just wind up scaring people.
Another thing the news media likes to do is to have a field reporter standing on the boardwalk or some other extremely vulnerable place to show first hand how horrible the hurricane actually is and how the ocean communities are doomed. Is this really necessary? That’s pretty much the ultimate scare-tactic. Instead of focusing on the scores of fire/police personnel who are out there keeping people safe in a crisis situation and doing an admirable job protecting the residents of a town or city, FOX 29 wants to show Steve Keeley getting pelted with rain and screaming into a microphone over the wind. People wouldn’t not get freaked out during hurricanes if they interviewed these fire/police people; rather they’d likely feel reassured and safer because they know there are people out there looking out for them. That is what the media’s job should be: to reassure, not to invoke panic.
The scenes of Hurricane Irene will live in my memory for a long time. Walking to the store and seeing people fighting over things like bottled water and D batteries for the flashlight was difficult for me to witness It’s a frenzied-panic situation that makes me question the good in people, and makes me wonder how people manage to cast aside all common decency just because of a storm. Human beings are a resilient people, and crisis can bring out the best in people as we have seen in previous disasters past both at home and abroad.
If I am coming off as trying to downplay the impact that a hurricane can have, I am not. As we’ve seen with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Andrew in 1992, these can be catastrophic storms of unbelievable destruction, and I am certainly keeping those affected by the worst of this storm in my thoughts at this time. What I am encouraging, however, is that people do more independent research themselves rather than rely on a television news media who seems to care more about reporting death and destruction than state what people really need to know and hear.
I don’t like seeing people I know and love get whipped into a frenzy because of what they see and hear on the news. The South gets hurricanes all the time, the West gets earthquakes all the time. Yet this past week, one would have thought that Philadelphia was on the verge of collapse from each one! The hardest lesson I’ve ever had to learn in my 25 years on this earth was to stop worrying about stuff that has not happened yet. Humans are instinctive, we will know when it is time to start worrying and will deal with that accordingly. However, if there’s nothing to worry about, then the television media needs to tone it down and stop scaring people.
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Graffiti-style artwork is absolutely incredible to me, and this is the best I’ve ever seen. This is along Girard Avenue near the McDonalds in Northern Liberties underneath the EL.
My heart skipped a beat when I came across this. One word: amazing. I usually like my posts to have more substance to them, but there’s no reason to write more than I already have. It truly speaks for itself.