Howard Stern says…

Howard Stern says…
: Howard says the reaction of some New Yorkers he knows to the California fires is odd. Try to talk to them about the fires, try to get them to care, and they say, “9/11.”

Yes, it’s hard to beat even our tragedies.

  • This New Yorker was complaining this morning about the lack of coverage big media (TV) is giving to the fires.

  • Marcel Perez

    Sad to say that regional problems are just that in a country and world where there are so many other stories competing for media attention.
    The story has to be made highly personal and be familiar to our own feelings and experiences to be more than just of passing interest.
    There also is the fault factor to be shared by folks insisting on living in fire risk areas of southern California. The victims of 9/11 are seen as totally innocent and not at all responsible for any part of the tragedy that befell New York City.

  • Dan

    Marcel, the World Trade Center was attacked by Al Qaeda not once, but twice. The people who died on September 11th, 2001, had all chosen to work in a building that was a known terrorist target. Then they got killed by terrorists. I still felt sympathy for them.
    This isn’t a “fault factor” at work. It’s a “jerk factor” — the famous personality of New Yorkers reasserting itself again.

  • Marcel Perez

    I’m not sure that many of the people working in the World Trade Center had the choice of their workplace as most of us work in the location designated by our employers.
    It was with some worry, I’m sure, that a good many went to work in those buildings after they had already been attacked by terrorists. Then there were the people who had to be in the building to conduct business in the hundreds of agencies located there.
    Choosing a fire hazardous area to build your home does imply more choice but I don’t place too much fault in people who are not qualified to accurately assess the risk. That fault lies with the professionals who are tasked with the planning and implementation of safe communities protected by sufficient support and safety services.
    Evidently, there were insufficient fire protection and prevention programs in place. It doesn’t sound like there were fire break provisions implemented in the community planning. San Diego county sounds like one continuous tinderbox from the southern border to the Los Angeles suburbs.
    People have been allowed to build closely spaced homes with fire flammable wood shingle roofs and wood exterior construction right up to tree, brush and grass lines. In times of little rain fall, all these elements add up to tinder waiting for the first match. Increasingly, more residents are being built in even more remotely serviceable locations in the hills and canyons of California.
    After the catastrophic fires in San Diego County, every community will find it compulsory to review the fire risks of their own areas.
    I hope the New Yorkers’ reputation for incivility is more myth than truth because they would have to be very cruel and heartless not to be able to feel the pain of the many thousands of dislocated people in San Diego county.