Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Inconvenient Timing

The truth sure can be inconvenient. Al Gore’s “mockumentary” titled “An Inconvenient Truth” is coming out on DVD on November 21st of this year. This movie made endless hay out of the horrible hurricane season that the USA suffered through in 2005… according to them, you’d have to be an idiot not to link this to global warming. Here is a link to the “science” behind this movie. From the site:

“The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.”

In a convenient bit of timing, the 2006 hurricane season is ending on November 30, 2006. And what happened???

2006 is shaping up to be one of the lightest hurricane seasons in history!

From wikipedia, if you look at the 2005 hurricane season in the Atlantic damages totaled an estimated $120 billion along with approximately 2300 deaths.

However, the 2006 hurricane season is one of the weakest in years, with $183 million in damages and 11 fatalities.

Won’t Al use this to “educate” people on his call for action?

On a more serious note, it is sad how little attention the media has given to the fact that there haven’t been any major hurricanes. As we know, the media swarms over bad news but ignores good news, and ignores trends that point to overall good things happening.

As they say in the media business, “if it bleeds, it leads”.

I will go back to blogging for free, trying to tell the truth as I see it…


Frank Borger said...

What's sometimes truly hilarious is when it's a bad news day, (i.e. nothing going on.)

A couple of weeks ago, channel 4 news in Milwaukee actually sent news chopper 4 out to cover, (and I am not making this up...) a malfunctioning traffic light.

Since I was a teenager, the forth estate has transmuted itself from a noble profession to a bunch of cheap tragedy chasers.

Dan from Madison said...

Imagine - just imagine - if you read and saw footage of every murder and act of mayhem that happened the day before in Detroit or Chicago or LA instead of Baghdad.

Our media has no agenda, none whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

Are we going to get coverage/comments about insurance industry profits this year?

Carl from Chicago said...

Warren Buffet is doing great and so are a lot of re-insurers. Trying to make up for the fiasco last year

Jonathan said...

Anonymous, do you want to be able to buy insurance? If so, somebody has to be able to make money by selling it to you. Some years the insurance companies are going to have a lot of claims and lose money, some years they are going to have few claims and make a lot of money; some years their investment portfolios will do well, other years not so well. It averages out. I don't think anybody was smart enough to predict that there would be many hurricanes in 2005 and no hurricanes in 2006. Otherwise why were premiums so low before 2005 and so high before 2006?

In the real world we need insurance as provided by insurance companies and reinsurers. If you think your insurance company is ripping you off, find a cheaper insurance company. If you can't find one, maybe there is a good reason for insurance rates to be as high as they are.

Carl from Chicago said...

Funny... the Chicago Tribune just did a version of this same story, even with a little blurb about insurance profits.

Called "Hurricanes blow away the experts"