I would be pissed if I were a family member of someone who died / is missing in the Texas explosion.
60 people are missing still (obviously dead) and no one cares. This Boston bomber is getting all of the press, even though far fewer people have been hurt or killed.
The President did give them a shout out in his remarks last night.
It would have helped, OP, if it wasn't obvious these folks died because the money-grubbing bosses were careless and will, of course, never take the blame or be brought to justice.
Plus Texas denying other states' federal money and now begging for it like a greedy whore doesn't help either.
Personally, I'd be happy to be allowed to grieve in peace.
[quote]I would be pissed if I were a family member of someone who died
Unfortunate timing is one of the worst things about death, sweetie.
Don't forget that Texas senators voted No to providing federal aid to Hurricane Sandy victims. And yet these same senators are requesting federal aid for this privately-owned-company-caused disaster.
I'll sympathize as soon as Texas opens all privately owned workplaces up for EPA inspections, after TX leads the charge to restore funding to the EPA.
We expect lots of people to die in explosions in red states. They don't give a fuck about workplace safety or federal regulations or oil spills or health care or higher education. So theys blows 'emselves up real good sometimes.
We don't judge the importance of events by how many people die. Do you think a fatal highway car crash that kills 3 is the same significance as the bombing?
Over on the other thread, yes. Apparently we're supposed to call out the marines over drive by shootings...
The coverage will pick up now that the Boston crisis has passed with the perpetrators being caught. What is getting no coverage is the nightmare about 8 miles away from me in Mayflower, Arkansas. Exxon has hired off-duty cops for security. They have ticketed people on their own private property shooting footage of the oil spill scene cleanup next door. They have gotten away with imposing a no-fly zone over the area. There is essentially a media blackout, where Exxon is refusing to let any media in and is getting away with it. They will not allow media anywhere near this. National media needs to show up and start filing lawsuits. This situation has a major potential effect on the Keystone pipeline decision, not to mention local water sources.
OP - Part of the issue seems to be that the victims of the West, Texas explosion still seem to be anonymous - so we aren't getting a feel for who they are. Another part of the issue seems to be disbelief that a town could be so foolish as to have a fertilizer plant in town and that townsfolk could be so foolish as to go out to watch a fertilizer plant burn.
It's Texas -- where they don't like zoning laws and are hostile to federal OSHA inspectors.
That's fine. Just don't expect sympathy when something very foreseeable happens.
It is all about the timing. Sort of like when Farrah Fawcett died and then Michael Jackson died later in the day and stole all the press.
[quote]Sort of like when Farrah Fawcett died and then Michael Jackson died later in the day and stole all the press.
Oh, yeah, that was just wrong.