The morning top 5 trending news yesterday was about the TopGear debacle, Donald Trump’s calling shenanigans on the GOP, some celebrities I have never heard of filing for divorce, protests in Chicago (this time the teenager was armed when shot), and Yasiel Puig taking out a second baseman to avoid a tag.
However of these five stories, only one really needed a spot in the morning trend: Armed Teen Killed in Chicago, Protests Erupt. That is a story that we should all stand back and take a moment to read and process. I haven’t read the entire article on it yet, but only because I was busy searching for 2 other news stories:
Elizabethkingia kills 20th person and 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Myanmar.
I’m still on the CDC’s epidemiology mail list, so when there is unusual activity, I get the CDC scope. Elizabethkingia is a bacterial infection that is usually harmless. Normally, the US sees less than a dozen cases a year. However, according to the CDC, we have seen a sudden spike in Wisconsin and Michigan with over 60 cases being reported. Now, a person has died of the infection in Illinois. So, what exactly has happened to the Elizabethkingia bacteria to make it more infectious? Much like e.coli, it’s found in water, soil, just about everything we touch and it isn’t a big deal. Something has to happen for a spike to occur. It is why I’m fascinated by bubonic plague. It had always been around, but during the 14th century, something happened to it that suddenly created an epidemic of massive proportions in Europe. I did finally find the news story, it was buried in the 10th position o the trending news.
However, there was nothing on the Myanmar earthquake.
Now, I get that most people probably aren’t entirely sure where Myanmar is (it’s above India, to the east) and of those that do, the earthquake probably isn’t a huge deal because things happening in Myanmar are unlikely to impact those in other countries, unless you live in a country that touches it. But Myanmar is not a rich country. Most of it’s citizens live in poverty. They build hovels and huts for shelter. A large earthquake there could result in the deaths of thousands of people. Not to mention the country-wide destruction, a state of national emergency, and the displacement of any survivors. It’s a big deal. We are talking about an earthquake large enough to level most of the country’s housing and honestly, their infrastructure as well. we could be looking at a situation much like the one in Haiti several years ago when they were hit with a large earthquake. They are still attempting to recover and that’s not easy in a poor country.
It makes me sad. Puig’s play probably was dirty and he should be fined. The mess at TopGear will need to be fixed because it is an internationally loved TV show (that’s why there is a US spin-off). There might be truth to Trump’s allegations that the GOP is not all that interested in him becoming president and therefore, attempting to sabotage his presidential bid. And I’m sure the divorce is very hard for all parties involved, including their fans.
But let’s be honest; all those stories are just distractions from the real problems of the world like a bacteria suddenly becoming more infectious, yet another young person dead, and a country that could be in ruin after a natural disaster. While we all need distractions from time to time, we are becoming a society that only pays attention to the distractions. As such, we are losing our ability to record our real history.