As I watched the coverage of the east coast earth quake this afternoon it dawned on me just how ridiculous the concept of covering a natural disaster can be. Once you get past the basic description of the event everything that comes after is complete stage craft. Lots of what if's and what might have happened and how social media can somehow protect us from even further harm. Charts and experts and eye witness accounts and or hearsay from someone who may know someone who's cat was a little bit more irritable than normal. In the end though nobody really knows anything. But I suppose the panic of not knowing versus the panic caused by a little bit of knowledge and a lot of speculation is about the same. The funny thing is I slept through the whole thing so until I turned the news on I really didn't have anything to panic about at all.