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Friday, June 17, 2011

But the only stories deemed newsworthy by our media are Anthony Weiner's weiner and Dead White Child
Posted by Jill | 5:05 AM
The other day the lead stories on Good Morning America were:

1) Anthony Weiner's weiner
2) Candy Spelling's mansion
3) The Casey Anthony trial

So now the media and the Democrats have gotten the scalp they wanted and Anthony Weiner has resigned...but last night Chris Matthews insisted on devoting most of his show to this faux "scandal" anyway. At least now we know that the whole thing was just because the media's sole reason for being is becuase they like to make dick jokes. Maybe Trey Parker and Matt Stone really ARE America's greatest humorists after all. So if Mr. Weiner expects the whole thing to go away now that he's capitulated and left Congress, he'd better guess again. Because nothing gets in the way of print and broadcast media people with the sexual maturit of a nine-year-old and their weiner jokes.

But in the news that is actual news and ISN'T being covered, there's this:
A fire in Nebraska's Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant briefly knocked out the cooling process for spent nuclear fuel rods, ProPublica reports.

The fire occurred on June 7th, and knocked out cooling for approximately 90 minutes. After 88 hours, the cooling pool would boil dry and highly radioactive materials would be exposed.

On June 6th, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA) issued a directive banning aircraft from entering the airspace within a two-mile radius of the plant.

"No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM," referring to the "notice to airmen," effective immediately.

Since last week, the plant has been under a "notification of unusual event" classification, becausing of the rising Missouri River. That is the lowest level of emergency alert.

The OPPD claims the FAA closed airspace over the plant because of the Missouri River flooding. But the FAA ban specifically lists the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant as the location for the flight ban.

The plant is adjacent to the now-flooding river, about 20 minutes outside downtown Omaha, and has been closed since April for refueling.

WOWT, the local NBC affiliate, reports on its website:

"The Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Facility is an island right now but it is one that authorities say is going to stay dry. They say they have a number of redundant features to protect the facility from flood waters that include the aqua dam, earthen berms and sandbags."

OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson told Business Insider that the nuclear plant is in a "stable situation." He said the Missouri River is currently at 1005.6" above sea level, and that no radioactive fuel had yet been released or was expected to be released in the future.

Asked about the FAA flight ban, Hanson it was due to high power lines and "security reasons that we can't reveal." He said the flight ban remains in effect.

Sandbags and berms -- and a wing and a prayer. That is a nuclear plant right here at home. Oh, and by the way, you haven't heard a peep about the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, lately, have you? After all, what is a nuclear plant meltdown in terms of newsworthiness compared to a Congressman's salacious tweets? But here's what's going on there, in news the media refuses to cover because they'd so much rather just titillate:

Gov't to designate new evacuation spots near Fukushima plant

Tech companies to begin cleaning water at Japan nuclear plants (Sorry, but I just don't buy that nuclear waste can be turned into glass and that we won't see it in food containers in a store near you.)

Radiation "hotspots" hinder Japan response to nuclear crisis

Radioactive caesium found in whales

Greenpeace finds radioactive sea life off Japan

But hey...Anthony Weiner sent naked photos!

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Anonymous BNJ said...
Maybe Weiner can get a job in the privates sector.

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
The media coverage of Anthony was out of hand. I admit it was kind of fun and was made even better by his unfortunate last name.
The coverage of the other Anthony is sick and sad. This horrific tale is really only a local news story but the sensationalist "media" keeps beating this drum as long as we keep watching I guess.

How easily we are distracted from important things and fall into voyeurism.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The MSM: We are ALL "People Magazine" now....

Anonymous tinfoilhattie said...
This IS important, to women who have been subjected to this kind of entitled, arrogant sexual behavior for most of their lives. We are SICK and TIRED of men getting away with whatever they want to when it comes to using women as their personal masturbation aids and fucktoys. It is a BIG DEAL.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
dear tinfoil, i hope you are equally incensed by equivalent behavior on the republican side. otherwise you are just a hypocrite.

mrs. jp