In the run up to Hurricane Florence’s landfall, we were predictably inundated with a number of gloom and doom scenarios.
This can be explained, not by science, but by catastrophe capitalism, and the way in which the mainstream media operates.
Remember this above all, especially when examining situations in which fraudulence is almost as pungent as flatulence: Follow the money. This cliché and obtuse statement is undeniably true, and it will resolve the point that I’m trying to make.
CNN and others simply want your money. They get that money by allowing their friends to advertise on their channel, telling you all about the superior “picker upperness” of Bounty paper towels, or some other nonsense. Then, subliminally or not, you buy some Bounty, Bounty re-ups their ad spend, and CNN realizes how easy it was to trick you. Now, in order to weaponize that already efficient egregiousness, CNN turns combative and petulant, driving division for the sake of conflict.
Because, (and here is lesson number two), conflict sells. So when these television networks create conflict, they create interest. Then come the viewers, the ratings, and the ROI for the advertisers.
I went a long way around the track to say, sometimes there are news stories that are heavily over-reported and overhyped. Then, there are some that are criminally under-reported…like the latest from the North Carolina Coast.
A nuclear power plant just outside of Wilmington, North Carolina declared an “unusual event” Monday after rising floodwaters and storm damage caused limited access to the facility, officials said.
Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant – located about 30 miles south of Wilmington – declared the state of emergency, the lowest required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, after roads surrounding the 1,200-acre complex were impacted by flooding and downed trees.
“None of the roads are passable,” NRC spokesman Joey Ledford told the News & Observer. “The plant is safe. The reactors are in hot stand-by mode 3 shutdown.”
One would be foolish to not be reminded of the tsunami that devastated the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011, which to this day is an ongoing environmental disaster that is leaking radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean at unprecedented rates.
We can only hope that the crew members on-site will be able to maintain the site until the cresting rivers retreat.