Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pausing for Station Identification

Welcome to my rant - I haven't had one for awhile....

I'm getting cranky in my old age. Or maybe it's just because we've had three snow storms in a week and a half, and temperatures have been bouncing around from -30C to a balmy -11C. And it's just mid December. In any case, the past few weeks are proving that I'm not the only one needing a break!

Our public health officials need a break. Ever diligent, they have whipped the entire province (and likely country, but I'm here in Alberta so that's what I know) into a total panic about H1N1 flu to the point of near stampede to the clinics for flu shots. High risk people didn't get shots because low risk people bumped them out of line. People, still panicked (gee - why was that again? - oh yeah - commercials - public service announcements - and news stories ad nauseam warning people about how terrible this virus is) have been clogging up emergency wards at the drop of a hat - or at least a mild cough. Enter health officials again asking people to stay away from emergency wards because most illness is just "normal" flu and colds. Now why did this panic happen in the first place????

Oh - and then there is Tiger. Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. Obviously he either didn't get or heed the mother's standard advice of "keep it in your pants." Clearly a man with a problem - on so many levels. But I don't want to hear about it. Over and over and over and over and over. Take away his golf clubs, or something. Thank goodness for the "off" button. Take a Tiger break, media!

And of course there is a new religion for fanatics: Climate Change. We used to joke that eventually "they" would think of a way to tax the air we breath - well - "they" finally have. It's called a carbon tax. Think what you may - this whole thing has just gone crazy. Climate Change believers and sceptics - take a break already!

I could go on and on and on .... there is the Afghanistan prisoner issue, the power line issue here in Alberta. ....

No need for solid reporting - don't let facts get in the way of a good story. And if it's sensational - let's make it more sensational. And put it out over and over and over and over.

Noooooooo - make it go away, please - TAKE A BREAK!

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