Privatizing… the Weather?!

First, it was Social Security… now it’s the fucking weather.

[disclaimer: both of my parents were seasoned meteorologists (Mom’s got a degree in it, Dad didn’t) in the U.S. Air Force for a combined 42 years… more than that if you consider Mom’s time at ch. 13 in Tampa]

According to this article [via fark], there is actually federal legislation which:

… would prohibit federal meteorologists from competing with companies such as AccuWeather and The Weather Channel, which offer their own forecasts through paid services and free ad-supported Web sites.

Wow… where to start? AccuWeather’s VP argues that the bill would:

…[make] the weather service devote its efforts to hurricanes, tsunamis and other dangers…

… and later is quoted as saying:

The National Weather Service has not focused on what its core mission should be, which is protecting other people’s lives and property.”

Holy shit, who knew that the National Weather Service was under the Department of Homeland Security? I sure didn’t.

I thought they were supposed to analyze real-time data, run computer models with that data, and predict—as best they could—the fucking weather. “Core mission”?! The core mission of the NWS is to… hrm… is it possible?… provide a weather service to the nation, you money-grubbing cock-chugger. Nice work playing off the over-inflated fears people harbor due to recent natural disasters (thanks to the media hype your commercial enterprise actively supports) to line your pockets, dick.

Seriously, dude, that whole “playing off the fears of Americans” for political and financial gain is so post-9/11. Wait… fuck!

The NOAA and NWS were there first. They have the most experience. If they can’t do the job as well as corporate entities, then maybe our government should fund those programs more, and attract the best talent.

I’m serious about that. Who does the government look to for weather information when an air strike is needed? I can tell you for a fact that they don’t go to the fucking Weather Channel or AccuWeather. They look to their best-qualified federal employees. Q.E.D., bitches.

When will the greedy fuckers stop listening to the other greedy fuckers for the benefit of… hrm… the citizens of our country?


One thought on “Privatizing… the Weather?!

  1. Don’t forget that the bill is sponsored by Rick “Dog Fucker” Santorum.

    Anyway, to understand the context of the bill, go rent the documentary ‘The Corporation’. It’s fantastic and basically sums up everything nicely.

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