I know it's been a long time since my last entry and yes I know that's as slack as, however after the events of today I feel the need to share a couple of things..
Firstly, my thoughts and prayers go to everyone affected by today's 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. I'm happy to say that all my family seem to be accounted for. If you have family in ChCh I sincerely hope you're just as lucky. It's a truly terrible thing, and it must seem to those living in ChCh that the shakes just will not cease since the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit the same area on Sept. 4 2010.
Now, I know I could easily fill this entry with facts, figures and the like, all pertaining to the quake, I would however prefer to discuss the amazing journalism I have been witnessing by the New Zealand Television media. <---- this is of course sarcasm.
One of the things that has always annoyed me about Jo-average journalist, is their apparent lack of intelligent questions. Are these people not taught how to think? Do their producers not guide them? For example, tonight on one of the new broadcasts I saw 3 women walking away from rubble, one of them obviously injured and the rocket scientist reporter asked... wait for it... "Are you alright?" ZOMFG! Are You Serious!? Lets try another approach here, lets ask questions like... "How can we help you?" "Are there others that need help?" sigh.
After watching hours upon hours of television coverage today I am sick of reporters asking survivors.. Q1 "so, how did you feel when the quake hit?" Q2 "What were you thinking?" Q3 "How did you survive" Q4 "what are you gonna do now?" Really!? Are these the best questions you can come up with? I swear, if I'm ever unfortunate enough to be interviewed after such an event, if the reporter asks a stupid question like that, then they better brace themselves.
Anybody who is not completely brain-dead would probably be able to answer the lame-o questions above... A1 "I felt shit scared and thought it was time to kiss my butt goodbye." A2 "I was thinking CRAP I'm gonna die!" A3 "I didn't do anything special, when I thought I was going to die I very quickly regained my faith in God, in fact any god and prayed to all of them and made up a few just in case. I then fell to the ground in the fetal position a cried like a little girl while I kissed my bum sayonara." A4 "Now I'm gonna stop wasting my time talking to your dumb-ass and I'm gonna go find my family and do whatever I need to do to make sure together we're safe and as comfortable as possible. Then we'll do whatever we need to do to get our lives back to normal" At least that's how I imagine most people would be thinking. Sadly these true feelings never seem to make it to the news.
Now, it's not just the questions they fire at the survivors and general public, oh no no no. The questions they fire at the officials are even more offensive. "how many people are dead?" "Do you have an update on the death toll?" "How many people are trapped?" "how many people are gonna die?" "how many people have the hospital treated?" "what kind of injuries are they treating?"
Bloody hell! the earthquake only struck 8 hours earlier, the hospital is too busy to be counting patients and filling out statistical surveys at this time. Anyway, common sense is gonna tell you that most of the injuries will be cut, abrasions, crush injuries, burns etc. You don't need to have medical qualifications to figure that shit out grrrrrr.
They have already been told what the current death toll is. Once again, there are more important things to do at present than count the dead. Let us put our energies and resources into saving those who can be saved, and looking after those who are injured and homeless and at risk. And what's with the crystal ball questions like "how many people are trapped" and "what's the death toll likely to rise to?" Perhaps, just perhaps if we possessed the clairvoyance to answer these questions, we'd have the clairvoyance to know the earthquake was coming.
Ask some useful questions like... "What can the general public do to help? Are volunteer workers needed? Can we donate... water, blankets, food, time, money, tents for temporary shelter, blood, and where can we deliver these things?" These types of questions help the public to help. Which, is far more useful than filling peoples heads full of useless unverified facts and figures.
Come on TVNZ and TV3 get it together and do an intelligent job. Serve the public, be constructive and help!
Sincerely, my heart goes out to everyone affected by todays disaster.
John Campbell interviewed (I use this term very loosely) Mr. Ken Ring about his theory that there is a correlation between lunar and astrological events and the Earths tectonic activity. You can see the fiasco here. The image here is a screen cap of the comment I felt compelled to make on the TV3 website.