Hurricane Isaac 2012 Tracker: Before it Hits Louisiana, Grab Some Popcorn and Watch the Devastation Here, Brought to You by Citizen Journalists!
We're giving you a Hurricane Isaac Tracker in keeping with the spirit of 2012: all analysis of footage from on-the-ground citizen journalists, all the time. Pull up a chair (if it hasn't blown away), get comfortable, and enjoy the schadenfreude that's probably making you care about Hurricane Isaac in the first place.
(For a more traditional means of tracking, check out Weather.Com's Hurricane Tracker Central)
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Tropical Storm Isaac Decimates Haiti
When Isaac smacked into the island of Haiti, it was still technically at Tropical Storm level-- not yet a full-fledged hurricane. Still, the devastation from the storm is obvious: the streets are flooded, and, as the title of the video suggests, at least three are dead.
It's eerily quiet, serene footage with editing that doesn't shape the story so much as string together a series of moving images that, through their silence, speak for themselves.
Fortunately for them, they were prepared for much worse:
Even more scary: check out some of the comments on the video. One user, agenthelios1, suggests that this is "natures [sic] way of trying to flush these rats from the earth."
Looks like this is one of those instances when a disaster ends up testing the character of those who weren't affected by it.
Hurricane Isaac Coming for Republican National Convention?
We don't mean to imply any kind of assumption about agenthelios1's political affiliations-- bigots have always sat on both sides of the aisle-- but if this is nature's way of "trying to flush these rats from the earth," then it looks like Isaac is taking issue with the republicans as well.
We don't mean to make faceless agenthelios1 the picture of this kind of hypocrisy. After all, as 1OneMinuteNews points out, Pat Robertson and Michelle Bachmann have do the same thing facefully and faithfully.
At present, Hurricane Isaac has already bypassed Florida just about completely, but even if it hadn't, I doubt it would have been much of an inconvenience for the RNC in the first place, given that the most vocal Republicans, many of whom live in constant fear of God's judgment, probably brought their ponchos.
1OneMinuteNews and The Young Turks aren't the only ones talking about Tropical Storm or Hurricane Isaac hitting the Republican National Convention-- there are approximately 326 videos that have been posted on the matter.
Cautionary tale, or wishful thinking?
This Isn't Hurricane Isaac, But SirPit2004 Would Like You to Think It Is
This video, posted by sirpit2004, shows a tremendously powerful river of water, which, when coupled with the winds, are strong enough to take down one of the trees.
Sirpit2004 would like you to believe that this video is up-to-date, relevant footage of this 2012 Hurricane, but as it stands, this video was uploaded in May of 2012.
Either Sirpir2004 has found a way to post video of what hasn't happened yet, or this is someone repurposing a pre-existing video to catch today's hits. We don't understand what would prompt someone without an obvious fiscal stake in this to do something like that. Maybe it's the gameification of the every day, or maybe, at the expense of integrity and sensitivity, this person felt the need to be a part of the conversation-- at any cost-- even if it meant saying nothing at all.
Louisiana Governor Declares a State of Emergency
It's the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this week, and Tropical Storm Isaac is about to smack into New Orleans. Governor Bobby Jindal is putting his exorcisms aside for his more official duties as Governor, which include declaring a state of emergency and offering a contingency plan to his constituents.
But according to one citizen-journalist, people living in Louisiana may have more to worry about than the destruction typical of a storm. A Youtube user, JoeyB613, who is more atomically minded, points out a potential nuclear disaster caused by a 'Massive Louisiana Sink Hole'
It is, perhaps, a little cataclysmic for our taste. But then again, as news does all it can to cater to an audience actively searching on destruction and devastation, it seems our taste-buds will tolerate anything to sate our appetite.
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