The devastating Joplin tornado and global warming. And Katy Perry demands you not drive and speak to her

I can’t stop looking at these photos from the Joplin, Mo. tornado.
As bad the pictures from Tuscaloosa, Ala. were a few weeks ago, it seems like these were worse.
Hearing the stories, on CNN and elsewhere like this NY Times account, is heartbreaking. This tornado will go down as one of the worst in history, experts are saying.
Besides feeling awful for the victims, all this tornado coverage got me thinking about global warming.
Seems to me tornadoes used to be isolated to just a few small parts of the country. Kansas, Oklahoma, and maybe 1-2 other states.
We never had tornadoes in Alabama. Not often in Missouri, either. And the powerful force of these babies is almost unprecedented.
So I got to wondering if global warming might be to blame. You know, if it exists (all those Republicans seem to deny it, and hey, when are THEY ever wrong?)
This article here says global warming could be one factor in the rash of big tornadoes, but it’s not the main reason.
And global warming will only get worse, as our leaders continue to debate whether it even exists.
Hoping and praying the people of Joplin get through this disaster in one piece.

**I never have had particularly strong feelings about the singer Katy Perry. Saw a story on her on the news once, she seemed like a nice-enough person, a few of her songs seem decent, yada yada yada.

But thanks to The Smoking Gun, I have learned what a narcissistic, obnoxious prig she (and her handlers) are.
TSG has acquired Katy Perry’s concert “rider,” which if you don’t know, is the incredibly detailed list of requirements and demands that rock stars’ management give to concert promoters and arena managers. Basically, it’s a list of conditions and things that, if you want to get the star to play your arena, you have to adhere to.
Among all the other demands for certain foods and furniture Miss Perry must have at her disposal, was this page with Perry’s requirements for her driver.
The driver must not look at Miss Perry. He/She must not engage her in any conversation, he must not talk on his cell phone at all, and for God’s sake, the driver must have FOUR bottles of water in the car at all times!

This kind of stuff makes me nuts. Now listen, I know she’s not the only rock star who acts like this, or has her handlers act like this for them. But it still makes me crazy.

There’s probably 5,000 words in me on the subject of how ridiculous it is that we glorify rock stars (and all celebrities, really) so they think they’re entitled to make such insane demands on people, and demean them so.
But for now, let me just issue this one request: Chaueffeurs of the world, if you’re ever driving Katy Perry around your town, I dare you to say hello to her!

2 responses to “The devastating Joplin tornado and global warming. And Katy Perry demands you not drive and speak to her

  1. I just don’t sympathize with your critique on Katy Perry, my friend. You don’t know what its like to be a “rock star”. 300 days a year on the road, countless chaueffeurs, yada, yada. You need some sort of routine…and peace and quite during transport! Lets see you (of all people to talk), for example, try having a different brand of OJ every morning, and we’ll see what you end up putting in your rider. Ha!
    BTW, didn’t you listen the “This American Life”, when they explained why rock stars like Van Halen make ridiculous requests, like no brown M&Ms? So they can be sure that the concert promoters actually read the riders, thusly paying attention to the details that actually are important.

  2. hm… i think normally i would be like, wtf katy perry… but they dont seem too bad. i mean, it seems shes had a lot of bad experience with drivers before. and altho most drivers ive used are pretty cool, im sure there are those that are all star struck and some that are dangerous drivers, and some that are just socially awkward and some that are just simply incompetent. those are just guidelines it seems, for some goons she and her handlers had to deal with in the past.

    its not like shes asking for just blue m&ms or bendy straws like sarah palin. some of her guidelines have to do with safety and the leering eyes of the driver.

    ive seen way worse lists. and you know ive been commenting on this site for a while now… im not crazy or nothing. haha.

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