Political opportunists hijack natural disaster
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
May 21, 2013
Political opportunists are taking advantage of yesterday’s devastating tornado in Oklahoma to shift attention away from the myriad of scandals plaguing the Obama administration, with NBC News insisting that such controversies must now “take a pause”.
WIth numerous officials underscoring the point that the massive tornado, which has so far claimed a death toll of 51 individuals, is even worse than the Oklahoma City Bombing, which killed 168, the tragedy has provided President Barack Obama with a chance to re-connect with the American people and give authoritative speeches about aiding disaster recovery.
In a post entitled, “Putting things into perspective,” NBC’s Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Brooke Brower argue that the tornado, “puts so much of Washington’s focus over the past two weeks — on the IRS, Benghazi, and the leak investigations — into perspective,” and that such scandals will now “take a pause”.
In an even more flagrant attempt to exploit the tornado for political grist, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to blame “polluters and deniers” of global warming, adding that “extremists” who question man-made climate change are responsible for natural disasters.
Such rhetoric harks back to 1975, when the establishment’s obsession with global cooling was very much in vogue and increased tornado activity was claimed to be a product of such weather patterns.
In reality, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports today, “Tornadoes arise from very local conditions, and so they’re not as influenced by climate change.” In addition, despite the likes of Sen. Whitehouse hyping extreme weather events to push for a carbon tax, the figures show that the frequency of tornadoes is currently the lowest it’s been for at least 60 years.
Oklahoma sits in the middle of ‘Tornado Alley’ – a hot spot for extreme weather events stretching from South Dakota to Central Texas fed by “warm, wet air blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico meeting cold, dry air coming from the massive Rocky Mountain range.” To blame tornados that hit Oklahoma on man made “global warming” displays a frightening lack of basic knowledge.
Climate change itself was firmly back in the news this week when the BBC admitted in a report that, “Since 1998, there has been an unexplained “standstill” in the heating of the Earth’s atmosphere.”
A wider consequence of the tragedy to hit Oklahoma is the fact that the media now gets to revel in its psychological torture of the American people and its glorification of big government and emergency decree as the only refuge in times of strife.
Despite numerous warnings, many people in Oklahoma just chose to sit and watch the drama unfold on television as the tornado approached, blissfully naive in trusting that federal relief efforts would be their savior should anything go wrong.
In reality, as Mike Adams documents, if Americans who live in areas affected by tornados invested in a basic storm shelter, they would drastically increase their chances of staying safe.
“Because here’s the simple, raw, undeniable truth of the matter: People who seek shelter vastly reduce their chances of becoming fatalities during any disaster. Tornados and hurricanes, in particular, come with advance warnings. They aren’t like earthquakes that suddenly appear without any warning at all. Tornados usually give you minutes or even hours of advance notice. Hurricanes give you days of advance notice,” he writes.
“And yet, even when huge hurricanes are approaching their target, many people deny the danger and take no precautions at all!”
Yesterday’s deadly tornado reminds us once again that government, despite its hasty efforts to grandstand in the aftermath of a disaster, cannot protect you. You can only protect yourself by becoming self-sufficient and developing a sensible plan for preparedness in the event of extreme weather events – which whether frequently or infrequently will continue to occur just as politicians and special interest groups will continue to try to exploit them.