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Louisiana and Hurricane Barry

Discussion in 'Personal' started by blue451, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    Well, you'll know all about Louisiana because it's all over the news.

    Harder to find this in British media - Severe flooding in Nepal, including in the capital Kathmandu, with 43 people having died in the past two days.

    But the threat of severe weather and possible loss of life in the USA is considered more important to most news sources that the actual tragedy unfolding in another country.

    The value of human life.
    emerald52, sodalime and Mangleworzle like this.
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Serious flooding in parts of India too - not newsworthy enough.
    emerald52 and blue451 like this.
  3. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Sadly true. We are updated on the possibility of the loss of one, maybe two American lives and lots of money in the US while much more major disasters that happen to people who seem not to matter so much get virtually no attention.

    About 100 are killed each day by guns in the US, if they don't care about that why should we care about floods?
    blue451 likes this.
  4. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Not much chance that flooding in Nepal or India can be somehow made to be Trump's fault so...
  5. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    Hey! This finally gets a mention on BBC news! After the hurricane Barry stuff of course.
  6. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I have a friend in Louisiana who's worried about the boat in his garden. It wasn't there when we spoke yesterday before the hurricane.
  7. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    IMO, it’s more about the availability of sufficient cheap screen time. Much of the available UK news is ‘reported’ by ‘content editors’ who feed off the various bots of ‘trending’ ‘most popular’ news and social media. Further prioritised is any cheap enough and easily available footage or interviews from other agencies and countries that can be incorporated into our tabloid reporting system. News from the third world doesn’t trend as well on Google, Bing or Twitter, and so would require more professional reporting and more time and money - so it happens much less.
    artboyusa likes this.
  8. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Just like shootings in America, climate change-related weather disasters won't be particularly newsworthy before long either.
  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    America... lots of easy access to camera footage with victims speaking English so no need to pay costly translators.

    India... no so much ...

    It's like the Great African War... 6 million dead and many in the West are unaware... why? Because it's to difficult for a journalistic class wedded to reporting Twitter.
  10. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I thought Barry was a storm or maybe a category 1 hurricane. Normal for this time of year and I last heard the ramparts were holding. I also heard that drains are a problem being ancient but that's probably Barack's fault.
  11. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    The difference between the two (hurricane and tropical storm) is wind strength.

    The issue is the amount of water that may fall. The warmer sea evaporates more moisture and the warmer air holds more moisture. When it falls as rain, more rain falls.

    This will become routine.
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