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RUSH: A big-time crane collapse, Upper East Side, Manhattan today, First Avenue and East 91st Street, [two dead, including] the cab operator… when the thing snapped off. They’re going to investigate this. They had another crane accident in New York in March. And I just wonder — I mean, this is speculation, but if the mainstream media can do it, I can do it. You know what the mainstream media speculation is? Every global warming story is speculation, every one of them. It is not fact. Every global warming story says something ‘might’ happen. That’s not news. News is what ‘has’ happened. News is what ‘did’ happen. News is what ‘is’ happening. News is not what ‘might’ happen 30 years from now, 50 years from now. So if they can speculate, I, El Rushbo, can speculate.

I’d just like to know if any of these cranes and their manufacturing process and the deployment process and the use process of these cranes, I wonder if there are new environmental regulations in New York City, because there are environmental regulations in practically everything: no trans fat in the restaurants, for example. So I just wonder, the commissioner of buildings went out there and really laid into them: the contractor, the crane owner, the concrete provider and so forth, because the Drive-By Media wanted to know all about who was responsible for this. On WCBS-TV’s news coverage today they took some phone calls, and they got New York City councilman Tony Avella, they got him on the phone. The anchor, Maurice DuBois, said, ‘Councilman, easy to say something has to be done. In your opinion, what needs be to be done here about the crane collapse?’

AVELLA: Every crane operation in the city needs to be shut down at this point until it’s fully inspected. We can’t keep putting people in jeopardy. And what has to happen is some real legislation, not just talk about it, and it’s interesting, the mayor’s comment was, ‘Oh, we’re not just going to talk about it, we’re going to do something about it.’

RUSH: Legislation? The crane was inspected last weekend. I think I heard the mayor say that today. The crane was inspected, it passed inspection. So here’s a city councilman: ‘We need to shut down all these cranes.’ Yeah, only the government can do this right, huh? Okay, so we shut down the cranes, Mr. Avella, and then you go inspect ’em all and then when you’ve approved ’em, then you go climb one and operate it. You guys know how to do this? As the mayor said, ‘Construction is a risky business.’ Listen to this from Lester Holt. We have time to squeeze this on from NBC.

HOLT: For the last several months New Yorkers have all walked around looking up at these cranes. The city is in the middle of a construction boom. You take these things for granted —

RUSH: Stop the tape. Construction boom? This is NBC. This is Lester Holt, Drive-By Media specialist. New York City construction boom? Construction boom? Lester, haven’t you gotten the memo? We’re in a recession, pal, recession!


RUSH: During the break here at the top of the hour, ladies and gentlemen, a noted climate scientist and specialist posited to me — and he’s just guessing, of course, like all the other climate scientists are doing in the Drive-By Media, but he suggested to me — that there may be an unexplained reason (a very understandable one, though) for the crane collapses in New York City in March and this morning; and it could very well be all of the carbon dioxide that we are pumping into the atmosphere has led to air pressure in the upper atmosphere like 30 stories up, 20 stories up. These cranes just can’t handle it! The cranes cannot handle the additional air pressure. It’s just speculation here, of course. Of all of the CO2 that has been pumped into the atmosphere.


RUSH: Now, during the top-of-the-hour break, I moseyed into Mr. Snerdley’s office where he goes to reenergize for another hour of screening calls. Much tougher job screening calls than anybody can possibly imagine. He has to decide in seven seconds, no more, no less, whether somebody’s got it. After seven seconds, if he can’t tell — and he can tell, he’s good at it — then you move on, if somebody doesn’t have it. Sorry, move on, because there are too many people trying to get through. Gotta get the right one. But it’s a pressure-packed job. So he goes back to his office to reenergize, decompress awhile and refocus. He had CNBC on in there on one of his TV sets, and the Street Sweetie’s show is on. We like the Street Sweetie here. She’s a superb journalist, a superb economist. She knows her stuff. They opened their hour with exactly what I was talking about earlier in the program, what has become news, that isn’t news. Any news story that tells you what might happen without telling you anything that has happened isn’t news. It’s speculation. It’s bias. It’s opinion.

For example, every global warming story, let me just give you an example; let me see if I can find one here in the stack. Okay, let’s see here. Nah, the stories I’ve got today are all about the cap-and-trade deal next week, which we’re going to talk about next week, the thing goes before the Senate. Maybe I’ve got one here that I haven’t used. You know what I’m talking about. A story that talks about what might happen is speculation. It isn’t the news. So they did a feature on the worst hurricane season starts Sunday, June 1st. Hurricane season starts, and of course the Drive-Bys all go camp out on the beaches looking for the next hurricane. There already is one down in Central America. At any rate, they did a feature on the apocalypse. The right hurricane, at the right place, would be the apocalypse, would be the perfect storm. It was all about the right hurricane at the right place destroying our oil business, our oil fields. And it was complete with footage of hurricanes from years ago, the palm trees sideways, cars rolling down the streets, and they got some guy from the oil price services coordinator complex on there, whatever it was called, and he was describing what would happen.

Now, some people might like to see these kinds of stories, ‘Well, Rush, we have to be prepared for this, it’s good that we’re being told.’ I’m sure the people in business are prepared. I’m sure the oil companies have a battle plan, but to present this as a news story, I don’t know that we’re going to have any hurricanes this year, we don’t know that. And if we do, we don’t know how bad they’re going to be and we certainly don’t know where they’re going to be, but we’re not hoping for the right hurricane at the right place giving us the perfect storm! None of us are hoping for this, except maybe Scott McClellan. But besides him, I don’t know that anybody’s hoping for this. Don’t call the Street Sweetie. I’m not being critical of her. This just cemented my point in my mind, so much news out there about what might happen, not what has happened, and all of global warming is that way.

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