The Ministry of Fear reports on the weather
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Does this look familiar?
The Department of Homeland Security only went up to "extreme," but weather.com turns the knobs all the way up to "catastrophic"!
This is really disgraceful (and I far prefer the fact-based coverage at Weather Underground). I think that MsExPat, now in Manhattan, has the right of it in comments, which I will now hoist:
I have a rather different take on all of this. I've lived on the eastern seaboard, near New York City, all my life, and we've had severe hurricanes before. But never has NY been evacuated by mayoral fiat, nor has the public transportation system ever been shut down completely, as it was fifteen minutes ago (with the storm now downgraded to a Cat 1, and hundreds of miles away, still, from NY).
Think about it: people are being forced into evacuation, yet the entire public transport system was shut down at least 8 hours before the storm arrives! Counter-intuitive, or what?
I don't think that what's going on has anything to do with my safety. I see it as "Natural Disaster Theater", very akin to "Security Theater." Fear is one of the tools that the powers that be use to distract us from the very real and present threats to our well being--like the unpunished theft of trillions of our dollars. Natural disasters are opportunities to manipulate and ratchet up the fear/control of the masses. And that's what were seeing now. Not a hurricane: a fear opportunity....
I do not think it is entirely a coincidence that this hysterical disaster theater event is taking place just as the 9/11 tenth anniversary media nostalgia juggernaut is beginning to ramp up...
Do you know what the city just did? They are shutting down all the elevators in public housing that's within the evacuation zone "for the tenants' safety". How the f!@^!%$ is it safe for them if they can't leave their homes? Also, Con Ed is "pre-emptively" shutting down power to buildings in Zone 1, the so-called storm surge zone.
Who lives in the storm surge zone? Well, interestingly, that's where a huge number of housing projects are located--Red Hook, the far lower east side. The elites of New York have always lived slightly inland (the coastal areas, until recently, were industrial--working ports, so only the humble lived around there).
It's one thing when the first class passengers crowd the steerage folks out of the lifeboats; that's just human nature. But disabling the lifeboats -- or, in this case, the subways and the elevators -- entirely? That's cold.