posted on Aug, 28 2011 @ 10:11 AM
In order to think there is some sort of massive conspiracy involving the hurricane, we have to operate under the assumption that not only could its
track have been predicted long before it even formed, but that as it approached Florida, people knew that it would strengthen and veer to the north. I
saw a thread on here about "how to steer a hurricane" but I'll admit I didn't read it. I find it highly unlikely that a hurricane could be
predicted so far in advance and then be steered.
I find the conspiracy of media to aggregate attention for advertising space to be the real culprit. Someone said it was a slow news week - but in my
opinion, now with worldwide coverage, it's never a slow news week, there are simply stories that the media will not touch with a ten foot pole
because it's not polite to bite the hand that feeds you.
I also agree that nobody wants to waste a crisis, but why in God's name educated people would attribute this more to a comment by Ram Emmanuel some
two years ago, and not Milton Friedman minions from every Latin American CIA-sponsored Regime change over the last 40 years is beyond me. But I'll go
with it...yes, every time the media overhypes a hurricane, Home Depot and Lowes make their quarterly earnings early on plywood, tapcons and
generators; and every grocery store has to restock its canned food and bottled water section. In this way, I could see it as a consumerist spectacle
of disaster capitalism, and certainly it shall not be wasted.
The OP alluded to the novelty of tidal forces. I can only assume he was referencing "storm surge" which is a real and continuously documented aspect
of hurricanes. There is nothing fear-mongering about storm surge. Even passing by my home in Florida well off-shore, I saw our canal's level rise
drastically. But we were out of harm's way. It wouldn't have been prudent to not say anything to those vacationers at Virginia Beach or the Jersey
Shore as you would have seen more death as people got to close to the surge or got swept out to sea by rip currents. It also wouldn't be prudent to
not let people know there could be flash flooding from the amount of rain.
At the end of the day, the fact of whether it was a Category 1 or a TS (or just another bad storm) is irrelevant. We construct the media apparatus
because we want to be informed. When the information cannot be predicted accurately, we bemoan their analyses, but you cannot say you know for sure
what would have happened had they not said anything or done anything significant, unless you have some sort of time machine. I blame all of us
because this is the system we've created...if there were no subways and seaside vacationers, there would be no stoppages and mandatory evacuations.
There would have been some Native people's who hunkered down in their longhouses and tents, waiting for another great storm to pass. No Jim Cantore
to be spotted by the mouth of a tree-lined, sparsely populated, pre-Colombian Hudson River. Pick your poison.