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DirecTV/WeatherNation and the Hearing Impaired

By: Patrap, 9:12 PM GMT on February 28, 2014

Last weekend a article was published in the L.A. Times about New FCC Closed Captioning rules and the Closed Captioning used by WeatherNation as the Winter Weather swept thru in January.


from the article..

"Five wins and a very light power reese know" sounds more like gibberish than a weather forecast.
But that was the closed caption that hearing-impaired people got during a report from the WeatherNation channel last month. What the caption was supposed to say was,

"high winds and a very light, powdery snow."

Closed captioning is designed to help the deaf and hearing-impaired enjoy television and receive important news and weather reports.

Unfortunately, captions are often riddled with typos and incomplete sentences that leave viewers struggling to make sense of what is being said.





I came away from it thinking about the DirecTV TWC feudal clash awhile back and how it has trickled down to the consumers and within it the Deaf and Hearing impaired community as well.

Without a doubt, WeatherNation is a fine start up and has a future, but it is no TWC.



TWC has the scroll and Live technique to allow the proper wording needed for those it's intended for.

To have such a bad closed captioning with the severe season coming soon, it is plain to see a significant part of rural America will not have the level of Warning and clear Closed Captioning of the Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado threats to come.



Maybe the Executives at DirecTV TWC and WeatherNation could get together and work out the best deal for the Public.

Yeah,dat would be Great.



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Updated: 9:13 PM GMT on February 28, 2014

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How do we get off Oil ?

By: Patrap, 9:28 PM GMT on February 21, 2014



How do we get off Oil ?

Is there a 12 step program for Oil addiction ?

In what ways can we slowly back away from it and into renewable's, like solar, wind, and other greener technologies ?

Coal I realize is going to have it's continued run in China and other developing Nations.

Will the World go bezerk on getting off these fossil fuels ? Will the weather changes and Human migration bring about a change in the current paradigm ?

Sandy showed the US East Coast that they are just as susceptible to Disaster from a Storm than the GOM.


We hear folks say on wu all the time, the US hasn't been hit with a Major since such and such year.

Yeah, bet dat.

Ike, Isaac,and many other Storms din't have to be a Cat 3 plus on the SSS, which is a poor indicator of any impact, to have a disaster declared.

It's all a mute point when its yer Hood.


What about the shorter Winters and longer summers observed now since 1950?


Methane is wafting into the system from peat permafrost now melting.

The forcing's are beginning to rear their collective Hydra Heads.

And who is to slay the culprit...?



Social Media.

We must organize.


We must elect leaders.


We must take corrective actions.


We, Humanity, not Oil, not Politics per usual,

We Humans are free.


Think on that.


Offer your say either way here.


But think on it.





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Updated: 1:13 AM GMT on February 23, 2014

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How do we get off Oil ?

By: Patrap, 4:43 PM GMT on February 09, 2014



How do we get off Oil ?

Is there a 12 step program for Oil addiction ?

In what ways can we slowly back away from it and into renewable's, like solar, wind, and other greener technologies ?

Coal I realize is going to have it's continued run in China and other developing Nations.

Will the World go bezerk on getting off these fossil fuels ? Will the weather changes and Human migration bring about a change in the current paradigm ?

Sandy showed the US East Coast that they are just as susceptible to Disaster from a Storm than the GOM.


We hear folks say on wu all the time, the US hasn't been hit with a Major since such and such year.

Yeah, bet dat.

Ike, Isaac,and many other Storms din't have to be a Cat 3 plus on the SSS, which is a poor indicator of any impact, to have a disaster declared.

It's all a mute point when its yer Hood.


What about the shorter Winters and longer summers observed now since 1950?

Brazil is in the midst of new Daily record Highs at altitude even.

Winter has crashed into Slovenia and frozen the Country solid practically.

Methane is wafting into the system from peat permafrost now melting.

The forcing's are beginning to rear their collective Hydra Heads.

And who is to slay the culprit...?



Social Media.

We must organize.


We must elect leaders.


We must take corrective actions.


We, Humanity, not Oil, not Politics per usual,

We Humans are free.


Think on that.


Offer your say either way here.


But think on it.





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Updated: 8:15 PM GMT on February 22, 2014

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