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Old 08-09-2004, 07:06 PM #1
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In autumn 2001, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) predicted that 20,000 Americans would die from complications of influenza during the then-upcoming winter, most of which could be prevented if susceptible people were vaccinated. The CDC advisory was typically buried inside newspapers whose banner headlines dealt with the anthrax attacks, which killed just a few people.
How come I'm 1,000,000 times more likely to die in a drunk driving accident than a terrorist attack? Does terrorism just sound better for politicians?

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Old 08-09-2004, 07:48 PM #2
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And how many people ended up dieing from the Flu that winter?
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Old 08-09-2004, 09:52 PM #3
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Influenza doesn't sell newspapers. You want free press and capitalism, you get some ****ty journalism.

Sucks, doesn't it.

A note of irony: you trust one media agent to tell you the shortcomings of the media, but you dont trust the media as a whole. Interesting.
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the media really sucks here in america, hopefully the government takes over it soon and can make sure we are getting the right messages at home. anyone hear about that happeing in iraq? i guess the gov shut down al jaheerza(what ever the hell its called)
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Old 08-09-2004, 11:23 PM #5
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[BA note of irony: you trust one media agent to tell you the shortcomings of the media, but you dont trust the media as a whole. Interesting. [/b]
Hah, I didn't even think of that.
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Old 08-10-2004, 12:22 AM #6
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1. influenza can be easily cured, so why not let ppl know to go get vaccinated and not die (tho i doubt they will)
2. anthrax is > than flu when you say it.
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Old 08-10-2004, 02:41 AM #7
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hopefully the government takes over it soon and can make sure we are getting the right messages at home.
wait wait, your trusting the government to control the media and not lie to you?
HAHAHAHA

wow i can see it now, "this just in, bush is still awesome!"

our media sucks, but that would be much worse.

but seriously, for-profit media sucks ***. the whole concept of it, they feed you any story as long as it gets you to watch/read/listen. and they only have to be accurate enough not to be proven wrong so you dont stop watching.
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wait wait, your trusting the government to control the media and not lie to you?
HAHAHAHA

wow i can see it now, "this just in, bush is still awesome!"

our media sucks, but that would be much worse.

but seriously, for-profit media sucks ***. the whole concept of it, they feed you any story as long as it gets you to watch/read/listen. and they only have to be accurate enough not to be proven wrong so you dont stop watching.
it was a joke dip ****
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"this just in, bush is still awesome!"
But let's be frank Azzkicka. You'd just love to see that on the news wouldn't you?
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This is why I watch the BBC, along with keeping my eye out for "Alternative" news sources produced by people that are frusterated by the mass media.
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Old 08-10-2004, 03:51 AM #11
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Wtf. I don't get BBC on TV. Lame.
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This is why I watch the BBC, along with keeping my eye out for "Alternative" news sources produced by people that are frusterated by the mass media.
is the bbc different? i am looking for something that covers world events but isnt like the mass media, preferably non-profit. there is always indymedia, but it has mostly protests and new laws.
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Old 08-10-2004, 04:30 AM #13
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the media really sucks here in america, hopefully the government takes over it soon and can make sure we are getting the right messages at home. anyone hear about that happeing in iraq? i guess the gov shut down al jaheerza(what ever the hell its called)
That sent a chill down my spine...
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Old 08-10-2004, 04:36 AM #14
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That sent a chill down my spine...
Forril.

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al jaheerza(what ever the hell its called)
I hope that was part of the joke too.
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no that was real, they closed it for 30 days. but seriously, just because all the stuff on the news doesnt make me happy doesnt mean that i dont want to know about it
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I was referring to your literacy. It's Al Jazeera, get it right.


And I knew about that 30 days bull****, but Al Jazeera isn't putting up with it.
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Have any of you watched Canadian news? It's totally different. It's not all kidnappings and car crashes, it's actual world events.
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Old 08-10-2004, 01:16 PM #18
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That's because Canada>everything. Sad, but true....
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Old 08-10-2004, 02:34 PM #19
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When I was in England I was completely captivated by the news. Intellectual economic and political discussions with complete respect for dissenters? Naw, never here in America.
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When I was in England I was completely captivated by the news. Intellectual economic and political discussions with complete respect for dissenters? Naw, never here in America.
It's wierd, what's so different about Americans that all we want to see are car crashes but in other parts of the world, its real issues that affect everyone?
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no that was real, they closed it for 30 days. but seriously, just because all the stuff on the news doesnt make me happy doesnt mean that i dont want to know about it
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