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Today, Americans are engrossed in earthquake coverage. The tremor in Haiti bought unimaginable death and destruction just south of our borders. Events related to the recovery and rescues emerge as banner headlines. Haitians Seek Solace Amid the Ruins. For a week now, the struggle to survive, revive the injured, and retrieve the bodies strewn on the streets of Port-au-Prince was also the central theme of most every broadcast. In the midst of the misery, many Americans, felt desperate for a reprieve from the devastation that emotionally drained them. Millions took time to escape in a welcome distraction. Sassy, former Governor and Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin Made Her Debut appearance on Fox. Tomorrow another reality will replace these stories, just as each superseded the hoopla over Harry Reid's reference to race. Metaphorically, the tales provide persons, policies, and, or practices fifteen minutes of fame. In actuality, these fade from our mind quickly.

One narrative can and will replace another instantaneously. Americans need only an inspiration, a titillation, a temptation, or a tease to turn their thoughts from one subject to another. Over the next months and years, a myriad of yarns will receive quick and ample consideration. Populist positions, presented with flare could captivate the country again and then again.

A prominent person fallen from grace might be the nation's next amusement. A young boy, or girl, might seem to be in imminent danger. Another sexy blonde accompanied by her husband could crash the White House gates. People want "the dirt," that is, as long as it is not toxic waste, or pollution news.

This truth is not lost on regular people, politicians, or the President. Any or each of these individuals might use this "reality" to their advantage.

Mister Obama might, once again, plan to further his own fifteen minutes of renown. On an issue as important as environmental imbalance, the nation's Chief Executive did just that. Mister Obama scheduled "about nine hours" to actively engage in climate change policy negotiations. This might be considered a colossal amount of time. After all, President Obama is, as many Americans are, busy.


Scientists who study climate change would want to be amongst those who roust the people. Their research, while they believe it to be racy, for most is nothing but mundane.

The fact is most environmental research is, in reality, mundane. On Monday, it is snowy. Tuesday brings rain. Wednesday will be sunny. "Wait five minutes and the weather will change." What appears outside the window is merely a matter of natural conditions. Excitement lies elsewhere. Enter animated images that move quickly across the screen.


Exit purported facts and figures. Data does not deliver delightful moments. Decoration, declarations, drama, any distraction, these are the diversions the Western Press provides, and the people demand.


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