I didn't realize that.
Our news doesn't cover Europe or the rest of the world very well.
Our news doesn't even cover the USA very well.
No. It doesn't. The only American news program I watch consistently is Fox, and they haven't been doing a very good job recently. CNN, ABC, MSNBC, et al are nothing but propaganda organs for the government and the left wing.
I just received an e-mail from my mate in the North of England, they have not had any bad flooding but he was saying that there has been so much rain that the ground is saturated and won't absorb anymore water. He reckons it will take months for the standing water to start to evaporate/flow away. Down south he says that a main cause of the flooding is the fact that the Environmental Authority has stopped dredging the rivers (which apparently the locals have been doing for the last 1,000 years), thus the rivers are silting up and flooding much quicker than in the past.
That's what they said on a program I watched. The dredging was discontinued as part of an "austerity program." Looks like somebody made a bad decision. Makes you wonder what's going on. All this bizarre weather all over the world, at the same time. I never subscribed to the "global warming" thing because it seems to be a political ploy. But I don't think anybody disagrees that there are periodic shifts in the overall weather pattern. Hope we aren't seeing one now, I've got enough to deal with without something like that.
So do I Harry, I know which will cause the most havoc and it is not a slight increase in global temperatures! I hope we are not heading into a mini ice age similar to the last one that occurred in the 18th century, it will be especially hard on your guys in the Northern Hemisphere.
History Channel here has run a couple of shows on that period. Pretty daunting. They had one called "The year without a summer" that dealt with the aftermath of the volcano explosion in Indonesia, late 1800's time frame. I think the other was a two hour program called "The Little Ice Age." I taped that one on VHS, I'll have to get it out and watch it again. I still have three VHS machines because I have a closet full of VHS format programs.
Someone that lives in England posted pictures on their blog last week. It's crazy there. Here we have no clue. The US in general doesn't have a clue about the rest of the world. It sure would be nice to have a way to distribute water from one place that doesn't need any more of it, to places that do need more.
When it comes to the news services, the world ends at our borders most of the time. I think that's why so many U.S. citizens are so naive about the nature of the planet. They honestly believe that everywhere is just like here.There's a move afoot to run a vast pipeline from the Great Lakes to the Southwest where places like Vegas and Phoenix are in dire straits. I saw it on a History Channel Show about water shortages in this country. I don't think it will ever be done because I think the people around the Great Lakes would not be pleased with their water being carted off to the other side of the country. I doubt we have the money to build a pipeline like that now, anyway. But they'll have to do something in the Southwest, they are living on borrowed time as it is from a water perspective.
Speaking as an Austrian, sorry Australian I would have to agree with you Harry. I don't have pay TV but the free to air shows a reasonable wrap up of overseas news, we have been getting a lot about the terrible snow storms in the US and the flooding in England.They have been talking about ways to get water from the tropical north of Australia to the deserts of central Australia since the 19th century but it is just too hard (and costly).
I think a big part of the news problem is that most of our television news is used to support political parties and political figures. If something like the Olympics is going on, there's some coverage of that. But if you turn on the news most of the time, it's a bunch of fat drones sitting around spewing the party line for some political party. There's one conservative network, Fox, which does that and all the rest are blatantly liberal and Democratic party in orientation. I get my news where I can, by whatever means I can but the major networks are rarely part of that mix.The water situation in the American Southwest is going critical at a rapid rate. They're going to be drinking dust out there before long. I don't know what they can do about it that they haven't already done within the realm of practicality.