We didn’t evacuate and my area is expected to have tropical storm conditions later today. Truly, the information deluge might be worse than the hurricane. Dealing with the disinformation/misinformation barrage, plus the “helpful government” constant stream of weather alerts, warnings and updates leaves one feeling exhausted.
Then we come to the odd things yesterday, like Shepard Smith (of histrionic bridge fame in Hurricane Katrina) went off-the-chain yesterday with his “You can’t survive it!” soliloquy on FOX news. Then, Drudge Report started tweeting that the government and media aren’t reporting facts on the hurricane. Later, the National Hurricane Weather Center website went down, at the crucial time when Hurricane Matthew started pounding Florida. The Drudge Report and FOX News again working to undermine the American people’s trust in the government, during a natural disaster… Very disturbing. I wonder if the National Hurricane Center’s crash was from weather, traffic overload or hacking (hostile foreign type).
We also have the wholesale public corruption of the Obama administration, the Clintons and the Democratic Party being exposed with email leaks and even the Trump and Hillary campaigns waging their own staged stunts to discredit each other like the Alicia Machado story or perhaps even this loon with a sign at a Kaine campaign event yesterday, ranting that Bill Clinton is a rapist. The media reported him as a Trump-supporter, but no name, no details. Was he a Trump-supporter or a Dem-staged political stunt?
Trump plays along hyping all these election fraud stories and Roger Stone is gleefully touting Wikileaks Clinton email leaks.
We’ve got a dangerous dynamic brewing, with the mainstream media overtly manipulating news coverage to help Hillary, participating in a massive pile-on of negative stories about Trump, while downplaying, even burying negative stories about Hillary often. The media bias feeds Trump’s demagoguery and creates a dynamic, where many Americans don’t believe anything the media reports on Trump. And all of this seems to have a large hostile foreign intel presence, stirring the pot.
On top of all that, with the internet, millions of people “share” information in a wide array of social media formats, not just on news sites. A couple hours ago, my daughter in TX texted me a photo of an ominous looking cloud shot from the highway near Jacksonville, FL. My daughter believed the photo was a current photo. I told her that I saw that same photo on facebook yesterday afternoon, so I have no idea when that photo was taken. I walked outside and took a photo and sent it to her – to show her it’s barely raining here, at the moment.
It’s very hard to verify photographic images, especially ones of unknown origin. Even ones where the origin is known, small details matter – like in a news article on that dead little Syrian refugee boy that made news around the world – that photo was STAGED. In a British news report, far into the story, the Turkish authorities had moved the body from where he was found. That was a STAGED propaganda ploy.
Well, eventually the truth is likely to shake out. I’m going to go bake lasagna for dinner now, so it’s prepared in case we do lose power later this afternoon. That’s how I’m preparing… We will have a home-cooked meal, even if the power goes out:-) Later.