[Taxacom] Fall bird migration (a disaster this year in the Gulf?)
kennethkinman at webtv.net
Sat Jul 17 23:16:02 CDT 2010
Hi Paul and Jason,
I doubt that it is unique to Americans, but many males here are
notorious for refusing to stop and ask for driving directions, even if
they are hopelessly lost. But being resistant to accept help is
probably the least problematic in this case.
What always worries me more is a seriously poor attention span.
The oil well is temporarily capped for a couple of days, and Louisiana
is already opening areas for recreational fishing. The news reports are
rapidly swinging from "doom and gloom" to reports about things getting
back to normal.
Typical pendulum swings that prematurely lull people back into
their typical complacency. Even after the disaster of 2008, Wall Street
is largely back to normal, although Goldman Sachs got a "slap on the
wrist" fine (which they can pay with a fews weeks of profits). BP will
be much more deeply hurt (although not go under like Bear Stearns).
Come this fall, don't hold your breath waiting for much news coverage of
efforts to cope with oil-covered wildlife during the migration. The
news will be too busy by then with election news and politicians
pointing fingers at one another about employment numbers (if some other
crisis doesn't bump that off the headlines by then).
That's the American Way---crisis management once something bad
has already happened. But being proactive in an attempt to avoid a
crisis in the first place almost never makes the news, and
whistle-blowers are almost always ignored (or even ridiculed) until it
is too late. The long term effects of this disaster will soon be
forgotten, except perhaps occasionally by PBS. The attention span of
most people (and most news outlets) these days is far shorter than it
should be (until the problem returns, or another problem arises, when it
is again largely too late to prevent the consequences). Meanwhile
global warming means another record year of heat (for the USA at least),
but as long as there are not major blackouts that cut off the
air-conditioning, too many will write it off as a climate cycle that
will hopefully go away. Of course, that disaster is unfolding more
gradually, so it is largely ignored even though the repercussions will
be even more dire. Even another Katrina (or worse) probably won't be
immune to the short American attention span. Just look how quickly the
H1N1 crisis was largely forgotten, and another epidemic could already be
developing under our noses. How quickly we forget.
Paul (dipteryx) wrote:
Well, yesterday there was an expert here on tv, who explained that
the authorities had wasted months by refusing offers of established
contemporary technology to clean up oil (the
"not-invented-here-syndrome", or the "everything-is-better-in-
America-syndrome") and made things worse by messing about.
He said that history (from oil spills in the past, even when handled
better) has shown that massive damage may still be found after ten
years, and that in some spots recovery had not set in after twenty
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