In the Freezer of the Target store

I heard the story on CNN about this guy in Oklahoma who was listening to the meteorologist on the radio and heeded the warning to get under ground so he drove from his store at the mall that presumably had no underground shelter to the nearby Target store and rode the Tornado out in the freezer of the store. Apparently it is hard and expensive to build underground shelters so not everyone has them. My heart goes out to the victims of this horrific event.

Let’s take another look at Global Warming – Al Gore, are you on it?

News-gathering or Nuis-ance?

Helicopter hovering
Helicopter over Culver City

When is news gathering with helicopters a nuisance to the community? All day today starting in the morning helicopters have been hovering over the scene at Overland Avenue and Washington Boulevard where police discovered some “bomb material” after a traffic stop last night.

The question I would like to pose is “How much having the helicopters hovering over the scene really adds to the coverage”?  I would think that the news crews on the ground have a better chance of finding out what is going on. I suppose they might just be waiting for “things to blow up”.

– Well I hope they have to wait infinitely for that, but I also want them gone – it’s at this point a real nuisance. What are the FAA rules on this? Maybe they need updating? We all want to find out what’s going on in our neighborhood, but how much are we willing to “pay” for this likely not very valuable or informative “knowledge” in noise pollution?


Air full of Choppers

News -helicopter hovering over Culver City on Wednesday 5/15
News -helicopter hovering over Culver City on Wednesday

The air was full of news helicopters hovering over a building on Overland Avenue in Culver City today. It apparently started with a traffic stop last night at which some suspect materials was found in the car, this led the police to the apartment building on Overland Avenue between Venice and Washington where “explosive devices” were found. Overland was closed between Venice and Washington and the nearby buildings and the strip mall across the street were being evacuated.