Thursday, June 29, 2006

The USA and the Culture of Fear!!

I just read on that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning to travelers to the World Cup, especially those to the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia due to a measles outbreak. What a bunch of bulls***! The article goes on to say that the cases "sprung up" in NRW since January 1st. I live here in Germany in North Rhine-Westphalia and I have not ONCE heard of any measles cases. Did you ever hear a warning from the US officials BEFORE the US team was out of the competition? I am not trying to say they only issued the warning because the US team is out, but clearly the timing is suspect. Especially considering the quarter-finals are being played tomorrow. Why did I just read this warning from the CDC the day before the final-quarters?

This "news" being reported by Yahoo is just another reminder of the Culture of Fear the USA is living in. All of the news is so sensationalized by the media just to boost sales. This sensationalization has another added benefit for the US government, so that the people stay fearful as much as possible. Any time you inject fear into a culture they will look to the government to "save" them. That is why some of the idiots in middle America actually voted for Bush and his cronies. (Don't get me started because I believe the elections of 2000 and 2004 were stolen.)

While I was on vacation in Florida last week, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Everywhere you go in America there is a television set. We ate at this one particular restaurant in Key West that had NINE televisions, NINE! It was so ridiculous. Even at the airport there is television made available. CNN or FOX is blasting headlines: TERROR! TERROR! Americans are reminded and bombarded with "news" to remain on alert and be VERY AFRAID... It is so sickening.


Anonymous Ed said...

The Republicans think they may loose control of one or both houses of Congress. They believe (and it worked last time) That if they keep everyone on edge their chances are better in the november elections. You can bet that just before election time a terrorist threat will be found or foiled then the hero bushie will proclaim only Republicans will keep us safe. The other card they will play is the abortion issue. In this day and age you would think that a woman would be able to, with the help of her doctor and minister, decide what was best for her and her uterus but no they let the government tell them what to do. Well we ever learn?

9:16 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Measels is mainly a chidhood disease and not that scary at all. It's worse to catch these things as adults.
It does sound like a culture of fear is being generated in the states. Lucky that kind Mr Bush is there to protect everyone (sarcasm intended) :)

9:47 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

The TV observation is funny to me because when we have been in the States my boyfriend has pointed that out to me many times - how there has to be a TV everywhere you go. He also noted how distracting it was to be eating dinner or hanging out in a bar and he can't take his eyes away from the constant drama. I haven't been a big TV watcher in years, I didn't even have cable for the last few years in the States so I don't miss it here, except occasionally when I just want to zone out for an hour or two after work.

And don't even get me started on how everything is sensationalized for ratings. When is the last time in the States you've believed a bad weather report. Storm of the Century!!!! Hee hee.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

"James, you embolden the measles with a comment like that. Are you for or against America?" -- Dick Cheney

11:30 AM  
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