Carmageddon

Well, residents of the San Fernando Valley and western Los Angeles are in for some fun times over the next 53 hours or so. The 405 Freeway, one of the main traffic arteries in Southern California, is being closed for construction work. As of midnight, all lanes are now closed for a 10 mile stretch between Interstate 10 and US 101 (the Sepulveda Pass). The main purpose for this closure? They're demolishing a 50 year old bridge on Mulholland Drive as part of their ongoing freeway widening project.

The local news services have been falling all over themselves making a big deal out of this, and I guess if you live in the area it will be, but I think maybe it's being taken just a tad too far? Merely calling the event "Carmageddon" evokes images of some apocalyptic doom. Ok, yes, if the freeway closure is still in effect come Monday morning, that's going to suck huge for commuters. It won't be the end of the world though... or will it?

The whole thing of course reminded me of an ancient video game called Carmageddon. Now wouldn't it be fun if things turned into that? Think of Carmageddon as an ancestor to Grand Theft Auto or something. It's about as pointless and gory, and who knows, maybe people will turn to trying to run each other down in the streets if things don't go quite right this weekend.

Bottom line though, just stay out of there if you don't need to be there. It's not going to be pretty.
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"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
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Well. I guess that's that then.

       
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Posted on Jul 16, 2011 12:22 am by Samson in: | 11 comment(s) [Closed]
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Ah well, another failed attempt to create drama... Looks like this was largely a non-event from what I saw on the news!

       
prettyfly [Anon] said:
Comment #2 Jul 17, 2011 2:32 am
Gah...forget about phone hacking and America going bankrupt! :tongue:

       
Heh, well, it seems that for once people took the advice given and simply stayed home to avoid it. It's not over yet though. The big hurdle will be seeing if they can actually get done and clear on time for the morning commute.

@prettyfly: Uh, what?

EDIT: And apparently CalTrans is already done. So yeah, it'll be a total non-event now.

       
Edited by Samson on Jul 17, 2011 12:50 pm
Presumably he means the huge tabloid scandal in the UK. About which, oi.

       
Yes, I figured that out afterward when I went to the news sites. Big fat mess, but really, who here thinks other tabloid news agencies aren't doing the same thing? I fail to see how it's news just because it was Murdoch. The paparazzi in general pull this crap all the time and it never makes headlines.

       
Well.

- None of that makes any of what happened any less illegal (and unethical, for that matter), right? I mean, tabloids hacking people would be a pretty big story in and of itself, but...

- ...hacking the Prime Minister, as has been claimed, is a giant, giant thing. For that matter, most of the people discussed in the Wikipedia article would be a giant, giant thing, but...

- ...collusion and corruption between police and government officials and News Corp people in coverups and whatever else is also a pretty big deal.

Insofar as Murdoch is concerned, he becomes a big deal because he has such a big piece of the news pie. It's cost him at least one paper so far and shut down his attempts to take over a big part of British TV. As far as we Americans are concerned, it becomes a big deal insofar as News Corp is international and obviously has a really big presence here. So that could get pretty big.

       
None of what you say is untrue or out of place (and damn us for wandering off topic) but I'm going to play the politics card here and make the claim that if this had been the head of NBC or something instead, nobody would give a shit. It reeks to me of a witch hunt against Murdoch because of his affiliations more than for what the particular paper actually did.

It's the whole double standard in the media where everything right wing media people do is evil and wrong, and everything left wing media people do is gospel and you're an inbred hillbilly idiot if you don't believe them.

       
I'm not a Brit, so I couldn't really tell you - for all I know they've had similar scandals in the past - but it's worth noting that the sole entire reason we're getting any kind of blowback here is because News Corp is pretty much the only bunch who's international in quite that sense. So, you know.

[edit] Too, my understanding is that this has gone on so long in the UK that both the hacking and corruption aspects have hit both Labour and the Conservatives and who knows who else. So also that. Here in America, of course there are a ton of people who'd love to see Murdoch go down, but as I say, no impetus without the international aspect. It's also totally unclear as to if News Corp is guilty of anything in this country except providing shitty news. We shall see.

       
Edited by Dwip on Jul 17, 2011 4:48 pm
No different from CNN and MSNBC shoveling pure propaganda wrapped in the facade of news :P

       
Yeah but I don't think any of them have deleted the voice mails of a missing girl so that her parents were lead to believe she was still alive. (Her parents thought she was still alive because they thought she was picking up the voice mails). Between that and trying to hack into the voice mails of 911 victims was all too much.

       
Presumably he means the huge tabloid scandal in the UK. About which, oi.


Aye, who would have think it, big news breaking the law for a story and reporting politics with Rupert's conservative bias. Oh the HORROR of it all. ;) /end troll.

       
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