I dunno, my hubby is retired Army and he was overseas- so I happened to think that shootings are pretty important to those who have loved ones in those places. People who die or are in situations like that deserve to have their stories heard...
Just as the people who are having issues here in America do as well, so I see your frustration- I just didn't like that one answer, so I had to say something.
Alas, I am British and whilst this is a tragedy, it is not to the scale that would reach our world news. Not even the US section of the BBC news had it today, but it could have featured before. And I haven't checked BBC America.
That's very strange that no one even in Washington state is reporting it since the road is apparently going to be closed all winter. I could only find two sites on Google news that had anything on it. But maybe you only have two news stations over there in the middle of nowhere Well so long as no one died / is dying (I hope I didnt see any reports of death, though houses were flooded) and it's been declared a state of emergency / being worked on, I don't agree that it necessarily constitutes national news with precedence over world events, and I dont agree much with whats being said here because I like to take wacky polls way too seriously. People in other countries are still people and if people are dying in Asia, I want to hear about it. (Afghanistan is not a good comparison, and people need to know more about whats going on over there - after all, we didn't hear/do anything about that country for three years because "IRAQ!" and "DEATH PANELS!" I would have said Michael Jackson or Missing White Girl of the Week - THAT'S crap we don't need to hear about.) If the entire state government of Washington was ignoring the landslide, then there would be a problem.
Anyway, Im glad youre safe and yes, yes I am jealous that youre two hours away from civilization.
i agree that this all by itself is nothing worth being terribly worried over. no one died. a bunch of houses were wrecked. the insurance will as usual do it's bullshit and refuse to cover any of it.
Same old same old.
What most wouldn't understand is the impact of the economy on a tiny situation like this. A tiny country road will probably now be the new highway. I live on this tiny road. My way of life, the land I care about, the ecosystem on this side of the river ... the highway will slowly kill all of it.
If this county had more money with the economy being better, I wonder if they'd be more willing to care that the people here whose houses were not destroyed are now facing this slow killing. I wonder if they would rebuild the original highway if the economy were better.
This little piece of land and these thousand people are not worth caring about.
This country doesn't care about its citizens, it cares only about fighting wars in far away countries that hate us.
The terrorists won. This country is not worth saving.
We can't afford to educate our children about art and music anymore.
We can't rebuild one little road for the happiness of the people who work the land.
We can't clean up the east LA slum.
We can't build decent [not racist] project housing in Savannah.
I don't know why I should fucking care if Afghanistan falls into a hole and dies.
This tiny event is one of many. My care is no longer for other countries, it is for *MY* country.
Woah o_o I didn't mean to make you depressed...I didn't realize this was about more than a landslide There's not much they can do to fix this particular situation though. They can't just shove the debris off the road... I thought I read that they were planning to build a roadway around the landslide if they couldn't get through it? I truly think they will, because it's not practical or efficient to have a half-finished roadway lying about unused. It'll just take time.
But I don't think it's really about economy - the economy was decent when Katrina hit New Orleans, and that place is still a mess, so everyone (in the U.S.) gets the same amount of suck in a tragedy. We're lucky to live in a country that would even bother to consider fixing the situation at all - MANY MANY MANY countries out there do not give a rat's ass about a landslide falling on their people.
As for the rest, I don't know, I have to admit that I quit caring a long time ago about the plight of humanity because thinking about it as much as I used to made me sick. The human race is by nature greedy, stupid, and gullible and for a few years thought the make-believe threats of terrorism and the gay agenda was more important than poverty and education and health care for the poor, and it screwed us over for decades to come. All I can do is vote...
I avoid any media news, newspapers, gossip, or topics that could lead to any of the aforementioned, as I believe they showcase nothing but pureposely depressing/shocking/horrifying stories, relevent or not.
I keep tabs on some political topics, specifically war and state-specific changes, but that's it.
It's almost scary that the US would rather show coverage of ppl in other countries than our own mess. =__= If you hadn't told me about this terrible event, I wouldn't have known about it. Which really says something about how the US TV stations view things like this. Unless you're some hotshot actor cheating on someone, or a politic getting caught with his pants down in an aiport toilet stall, then you ain't big news.
In any account, I'm sorry you're dealing with this crap. I mean, damn. About the only thing that's good for you right now is the time you have to draw your pet projects. Thank god for drawing.