For years I have been addicted to the 11:00 PM news broadcast from a prominent Seattle station. Yet, just a couple of nights ago, I mentioned to SurvivalHusband that the news was no longer news. What I meant was that other than reports of local robberies, automobile crashes, and the occasional court decision relative to an alleged criminal, there was no substance to the nightly broadcast. More to the point, it was a total waste of time.
What happened to the days of investigative reporting into real issues that real people cared about? The days we have to endure 30 second sound bites before moving on to the next topic, usually the weather or the latest sport scores.
With no disrespect intended to my readers who are avid fans of organized sports, who the heck cares about such drivel? I want to see what is happening with the spreading Arizona wildfires or the Nebraska nuclear plant that is underwater, or, for heaven sakes, an analysis of the European debt crisis as it relates to the American financial system. Cripes, anything is better than Weiner-gate, Palin-mania, and the incessant political whining that seems to dominate our daily news.
Case in point: Poisoned winds from China
Have you seen anything from the MSM addressing the mercury, sulfates, ozone, black carbon, and flu-laced dust that is making its way around the world from China? The fast-growing economies of Asia are filling the air with hazardous components that circumnavigate the globe yet not a word is being said. Check this out: Made in China: Our Toxic, Imported Air Pollution.
This is just one example. Need more?
The following blog post from The American Dream says it all: 12 Things That The Mainstream Media Is Being Strangely Quiet About Right Now. To quote:
“In America today, if the mainstream media does not cover something it is almost as if it never happened. Right now, the worst nuclear disaster in human history continues to unfold in Japan , U.S. nuclear facilities are being threatened by flood waters, the U.S. military is bombing Yemen, gigantic cracks in the earth are appearing all over the globe and the largest wildfire in Arizona history is causing immense devastation. But Anthony Weiner, Bristol Palin and Miss USA are what the mainstream media want to tell us about and most Americans are buying it.”
The Alternative Media
Luckily, with a little digging, you will find a myriad of alternative news sources as well as blogs to keep you posted on the real events that are happening in the world around us. This is truly a case of there being something for everyone with various writing styles, various agendas, and I must add, various levels of credibility. Still, what these alternative news sources do is give us back our ability to think and to make our own judgments based upon a thoughtful analysis rather than a blip on a teleprompter.
I want to be informed so that I can learn, so that I can question, and so that I can think. I want to be challenged by the news so that I can make life choices with a degree of intelligence. And at the end of the day, isn’t making intelligent choices what counts?
P.S. My friend George Ure is currently on his way to a national meeting of journalists. It will be interesting to see how he does as he mingles with is colleagues from the MSM. If you follow UrbanSurvival, you know that George does not mince words, and that he calls the news from his own perspective with his unique style of frankness and humor. While reading his daily spiel, I can feel my brain cells click in gear. As they should, when news is reported the old-fashioned way.
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
From the Bargain Bin: Update. When I purchased by 12” cast iron skillet about six weeks ago, the price was just under $20. Shortly after. the price jumped to about $28. Holy moly. I was looking for a 15” version today and saw the Lodge 12″ Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet at $17.95 $16.91 (on Monday) with free shipping. Now is the time to grab it! And if I remember, later this week I will share my adventure in cooking a NY Steak in the cast iron skillet. It was soooo good and soooo easy.
Emergency Essentials is a great source of food for long term storage as well as supplies. I just received an email letting me know that they now have Mountain House products in stock. This is great news since Mountain House foods have been backordered for quite some time.