Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Twitter Storm……

Federal and state authorities in Atlanta and all across the southeast are today bracing for a severe outbreak of dumbshittery.

It seems that for the first time in the history of the planet there will be an ice storm in Atlanta. It's time to just close up shop and start constructing coffins. You better go home and settle your accounts with your Lord and lay down and wait for the Grim Reaper to come for you. The city has been put on "High Alert" for the possibility of 3/4 of an inch of ice to coat trees and power lines. Traffic will be snarled, flights will be cancelled, schools will be closed, dogs and cats will be sleeping in the same rooms….

Please excuse me here for a moment,

What's the big deal?

It has snowed in Atlanta before, They have had ice in Atlanta before. Flights get cancelled in and out of Atlanta all the time, I know. I have been stuck there three times in my life by spring thunderstorms and once I was trapped by snow in the Wyndham hotel. This happens EVERY YEAR or at least every few years.  It's not a catastrophe. It's normal.

I can remember as a kid in growing up in Connecticut, times when we had a couple of FEET of snow overnight and the schools were closed. Dad had to use the snowblower to clean the driveway to get to work. He used to get up at 5:00 in the morning so he could get to work on time. He had snow tires on the cars and a couple hundred pounds of sand in the trunk for better traction. We had an extra fridge in the basement that was full of food and plenty of winter supplies stocked up. The generator was gassed up and waiting for the power to go out. Sometimes for days at a time. We just KNEW that the weather was going to suck in the winter back then. We were prepared for it. Why isn't anyone smart enough to do that now?

What isn't normal is the reaction by the idiots in the news media who have nothing better to do than stir up trouble in order to keep the advertising dollars flowing in. You can now get severe weather reports sent to you automatically by text and twitter messages. This is just in case you didn't know the sky was falling, or Godzilla was coming,  from listening to the radio or TV news.

Why does it seem that the more technology we acquire, the stupider we become? Weather forecasts still miss the mark sometimes but every fool has an iPhone. All you have to do is get a free weather app and you will see that the weather is going to be shitty today. Should you go to work knowing there is going to be ice on the road tonight? Should you wear a coat and maybe have some winter supplies in your car like an ice scraper or brush to get the crap off your windows. Maybe snow chains are in order?

Or maybe, just maybe you should keep your stupid ass home. If you get stranded or wreck your car in "The Storm of the Century" tonight you are going to miss a couple days work anyway. Are you that damn important that the weather and world should stop for you? Should your dumbassery trump common sense? Do you have ANY common sense at all?

You are smart enough to have the latest $500.00 cell phone but you still go out in the snow and ice and not expect to get stuck or at the very least delayed?

Or should you just flush your smartphone down the toilet and try not to act like such an unprepared jerk in the first place?

1 comment:

Kenny Carter said...

It *does* seem like The Weather Channel in particular has turned into the Doomsday Chanel. Jim Cantore has gotten almost comical, always having his "game face" on in the face of 1/2 inch ice...

I think it must have something to do with their complete endorsement of man-made global warming.