Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Arctic Blast! Extreme Winter Storm! Snowpocalypse!!! Forecasters, please. There’s barely a smidgen of slushy mix on the ground.

When the forecasters predict inclement weather, I often wonder if they have a bit of sensational journalism at play. Are they really trying to prepare us for what could happen or are they just trying to sell their story? Personally I don’t believe there is any malicious intent involved, however, with that being said, do they really need to give the storm systems ridiculous names? At the same time, I can’t wait for what they name the one we’re about to encounter.

So, this whole threat of snow thing got me wondering if the idea of threatening someone is based on malice or simply to draw fear from the recipient. Sure, there are threats that are carried out, but these are usually by people with a history of carrying out the threats they make so they really shouldn’t be discounted. However, a majority of threats remain just that and never materialize. Perhaps what we really need to figure out is why people feel so threatened in their lives they feel the need to threaten others. Insecurity? Low self esteem? Fear of losing control? Gay ex-husband?

Maybe it isn’t the threat we really need to worry about so much as who the threat is coming from. Do they have a record of following through with or accurately predicting their threats? Would you trust them to feed your fish when you go on vacation? Are they generally honest about how your hair really looks? If you answered yes to any of the above, there’s a good chance to take what they say seriously. But if not, I wouldn’t worry about it. Unless it was the fish, because even honest people are kind of iffy when it comes to that sort of thing.

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