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#26 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:55 PM

Storm rolled through about 3:30 local time.  It was probably 4:30 or 5:00 before the scope was fully known.

 

Show airs at 8:30 local.  No one in OK would have been watching; all tuned to news.  Most programming preempted by local news anyways.

 

So, what difference would it have made to viewers in Seattle or Detroit or Miami?

 

What if the storm had not rolled in for another 2 or 3 hours?  Or even during the show?


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 03:12 PM

Yeah... I have to say their hearts may have been in the right place, but this really makes no sense.  IF you're going to pull a show because something in real life is too similar, then you should never make such a show in the first place.

 

What does a show like CSI or NCIS do when there are crimes every day?  Somebody somewhere lives in a town where someone was brutally murdered when that week's episode airs and shows a murder plot...

 

Fiction is fiction...  people do know the difference.  You can choose not to watch if it hits too close to home for you.

 

I feel for people directly affected by this particular tornado (as I would any natural disaster victims) and I can assure you that the LAST thing on any of their minds was whether Mike & Molly aired and did it feature a tornado in its episode...  As is usually the case when the PC Patrol strikes, it is "fixing" a problem that doesn't exist.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 03:40 PM

People get shot daily, car accidents happen daily, people die daily, it rains somewhere every day and so on...  Using your example we should never air shows that show people being shot, car accidents, people dying, scenes with rain and so on...  Yeah, sorry I don't need people deciding what I do and don't like based on "current events".  Let me decide if I want to watch a show involving a tornado on a day there was a tornado, and that happens QUITE often this time of year.

 

 

I think there is a difference between this epic event and a car accident.  A car accident really only affects those involved and while the end result can be tragic, the numbers are small.

 

This was an event that millions of people watched unfold in the era of 24/7 news.  There are multiple channels and websites providing updates constantly.  People who have never been to OK now have a connection to the event.

 

I think the writers should have known better to schedule an episode with a tornado in the middle of tornado season.  This is actually on them.

 

I agree with CBS on this one provided they do show it at a later time.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:43 PM

The victims are more than just those in Moore ... or even those who had their whole evening of programming taken away because their local station decided to cover the news,  There are people across the country with ties to somebody in Moore or the Oklahoma City area.  They probably didn't give a damn what was on TV last night wondering if their loved one was involved (if they had not heard good news yet). But pulling a comedy show about a natural disaster isn't a bad idea. Wait for better weather.

 

As far as the arguments of "there are tornados everyday" ... this was not an everyday tornado. At the time the decision was made we were in our second day of storms and more were on the way. The storm front stretched up to Chicago ... the location where the show is set. Someone made the decision not to be funny.

 

There are plenty of other channels on TV ... watch one. Or watch Twister via an on demand offering. It is only TV.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:09 PM

I think there is a difference between this epic event and a car accident.  A car accident really only affects those involved and while the end result can be tragic, the numbers are small.

 

This was an event that millions of people watched unfold in the era of 24/7 news.  There are multiple channels and websites providing updates constantly.  People who have never been to OK now have a connection to the event.

 

I think the writers should have known better to schedule an episode with a tornado in the middle of tornado season.  This is actually on them.

 

I agree with CBS on this one provided they do show it at a later time.

 

I respectfully disagree.  This is not an "epic event" by any means.  This is a yearly occurrence for those living in "Tornado Alley".


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:46 PM

I agree with the PC comment and just shook my head when I heard the story.  I think it is more CBS trying to inject themselves into the situation.  If you are truly affected in any way from that tornado the last thing you would care about was what Mike and Molly are doing for the season finale.  This way CBS can earn some fake brownie points with everyone who thinks they actually care.  Of course the other side is if CBS did air it there absolutely would be some special interest bottom feeder who would get TONS of coverage from the same media vultures who are on the scene right now trying to milk it for all they can.

 

As for the 9/11 example, by that night and the next day when absolutely every station was still running 24/7 coverage of the same rehashed stuff I would have gladly watched just about anything else.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:53 PM

I respectfully disagree.  This is not an "epic event" by any means.  This is a yearly occurrence for those living in "Tornado Alley".

 

Since when is an EF5 a yearly occurrence?


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:10 PM

^^  Destructive tornadoes are, but 5s are quite common:

 

http://en.wikipedia....d_EF5_tornadoes

 

 

And it's turning out that this one wasn't as bad as many first though.  Certainly not 'Epic' as compared to Joplin or Greensburg.  The biggest oddity here is that it's the second time on almost the same track.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:21 PM

^^  Destructive tornadoes are, but 5s are quite common:

 

http://en.wikipedia....d_EF5_tornadoes

 

 

And it's turning out that this one wasn't as bad as many first though.  Certainly not 'Epic' as compared to Joplin or Greensburg.  The biggest oddity here is that it's the second time on almost the same track.

 

It was an EF5, the most strongest type.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:23 PM

^^  But not uncommon or epic.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:32 PM

^^  But not uncommon or epic.

 

There's only been 9, 4 were from the same storm. How is 9 EF5 common?? And how is the most powerful classification not epic?


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:46 PM

And if you go back to F5, before they went to EF, there were none from 2000-2006. What is "epic", if this isn't? Greensburg? Fewer deaths but 95% of the town destroyed. Joplin, the deadliest tornado since 1947 and costliest in US history?

 

This thread certainly has taken a turn I did not anticipate. It really was meant as an FYI for people that record the show...


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:48 PM

There's only been 9, 4 were from the same storm. How is 9 EF5 common??

Huh?  Look at the Wiki List I posted above.  Lots more than 9.

 

The 1925 Tri-State could be called 'epic'  This one wasn't even close.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:52 PM

If you factor in F5's, sure. But certainly not a yearly event even then. It can be several years without one. I admit however I'm not an expert in the Fujita scale and how the Enhanced scale differs.

 

I guess if you take the average, 59 F and EF 5's since 1953 that's about one a year but I think that's skewed by events like the 1974 and 2011 super outbreaks.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:55 PM

Huh?  Look at the Wiki List I posted above.  Lots more than 9.

 

You're counting F5s... Look at Section 2, Official EF5 Tornadoes. http://en.wikipedia....l_EF5_tornadoes


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 07:26 PM

But are EF5's enough different (stronger) than an F5 that they can't be compared in damage/intensity?



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:01 PM

No difference at all,.

 

Every storm on that page is the same relative strength and intensity regardless of moniker.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:59 AM

Since when is an EF5 a yearly occurrence?

 

There are multiple tornadoes every year in "Tornado Alley".  The people that live there should expect them just like we expect Hurricanes down here and prepare for them.

 

There may not be an EF 5 every year, but they do happen quite often.  More often than a Cat 5 hurricane, that's for sure.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:02 AM

There's only been 9, 4 were from the same storm. How is 9 EF5 common?? And how is the most powerful classification not epic?

 

9?  You might want to review the list again...  I count 60 and that includes 7 on 4/3/74 alone!

 

http://en.wikipedia....d_EF5_tornadoes


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:03 AM

And if you go back to F5, before they went to EF, there were none from 2000-2006. What is "epic", if this isn't? Greensburg? Fewer deaths but 95% of the town destroyed. Joplin, the deadliest tornado since 1947 and costliest in US history?

 

This thread certainly has taken a turn I did not anticipate. It really was meant as an FYI for people that record the show...

 

Epic would be if a single tornado took out multiple towns like hurricanes do.  Sandy, now that was epic.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:05 AM

You're counting F5s... Look at Section 2, Official EF5 Tornadoes. http://en.wikipedia....l_EF5_tornadoes

 

Ok, so you want to single those out, fine...  There are 9 in the past 6 years (since they added the E).  That averages out to more than one a year, again hardly epic.  4 in one day, 6 in one year...  Quite common I'd say.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:07 AM

But are EF5's enough different (stronger) than an F5 that they can't be compared in damage/intensity?

 

They are the same, they just changed the name of the scale in 2007.  Someone just wants to be picky.

 

See, they are the same:

 

http://wiki.answers...._an_EF5_tornado

 

 

Oh, and the scale goes to 12 so a 5 is hardly "epic".


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:09 AM

This is not an "epic event" by any means.

 

I suppose it's only an "epic event" when it's your home that is completely destroyed.

Get a little empathy.

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:13 AM

I suppose it's only an "epic event" when it's your home that is completely destroyed.

Get a little empathy.

 

Geez!

 

Is it epic to them?  Absolutely...  However in the grand scale of things this isn't an "epic storm" at all. 


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:33 AM

Is it epic to them?  Absolutely...  However in the grand scale of things this isn't an "epic storm" at all. 

 

I suppose it's good that you have such a "grand scale" perspective. That way, calamities all around the world (Bangladesh, Japan, Thialand, Katrina, Syrian refugees, Mt. St. Helen, and on and on) won't rise to your attention or concern. What would it take for you, with your lofty "grand scale" view, to show a little human empathy?

 

It's good that you can rise above it all. How convenient for you.


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