Friday, June 29, 2007

Newsreader fights back

There is no doubt that news is becoming more and more irrelevant. In the US the entire emphasis is on covering celebrity bollox while ignoring the true issues in our world today.

Well one newsreader finally snapped and decided to take a stand. Mika Brzezinski, newsreader on the MSNBCs Morning Joe programme decided to take issue with her producers decision to put the Paris Hilton story as the lead.

While I commend the newsreader for taking a stand, it was very sad to see her co-presenters acting in such a pathetic and childish way towards her actions.

Gore is more popular than all other Presidential candidates

For a man who was renowned as being a figure of fun, it's quite a turnaround.

In a recent poll Al Gore came out as being more popular than all of the Presidential candidates. Whether this new found love for the Bob Geldof of climate change will force him to reconsider his position is another matter.

The 2008 election is such a tough one to call. It's looking like Hillary Clinton (or maybe Barak Obama) vs Rudy Giuliani. The problem is that Clinton has massive baggage and is not seen entirely as an anti-war candidate (something which the democrats want). Oh and she's a woman. It may be the 21st century but there are still a lot of people who do not feel a woman can handle such a job (Thatcher anyone? Oh wait, she was more of a man really!).

Obama is young and a bit of an unknown quantity. He's black which immediately hurts him in the south. It shouldn't, but only a moron would try to say it won't.

Giuliani, while the most popular choice amongst Republicans, is divisive. His stance on abortion and gun laws is alienating him from the traditionalist Republican base.

If Al Gore was to throw his hat into the ring, boy would it get interesting. Now there's a sentence I didn't believe I'd ever be writing!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Day After Tomorrow...

The last couple of days really have been like something out of 'The Day After Tomorrow'.

The flooding in Sheffield & Rotherham started around lunchtime on June 25th and completely overwhelmed the region. By the time I left work 25 miles to the North half of Sheffield was out of power and the roads were becoming impossible to navigate. In the end it took me over 6 hours to get home (at one point I move about 500 yards in an hour).

Truly petrifying experience. My car was battered by mud, gravel and spillwater flowing down hills and I had to jump out a few times to re-attach mud guards that had been ripped off.

Got home to find no power and it wasn't restored until late last night. We've now been told that there will be rolling blackouts for the next 48 hours as the power companies struggle with the sheer scale of the problems.

There are loads of videos on the web, but here is a selection of interesting ones:

Shef Weds football club. My house is half a mile (uphill, thankfully) from here.
Meadowhall flooding. One of the largest shopping malls in Britain is a mess. All ground floor shops have suffered damage internally. The stock lost will run into the millions.
The RAF rescue. The RAF pulled over 100 people out of swamped buildings well into the night.

4 people have now died in the floods around the region and with more rough weather expected at the weekend, the fear is that the rivers may not have receded enough to prevent this happening again.