i haven't watched the news nor read a paper for almost 2 months now, and i can't tell you how much better i feel about me, the world and life. i've always heard - "you need to be informed!" "don't you want to know what's going on in the world?" "it's important!" well, i've decided, for now at least, the best way i can have any positive effect on the not so great direction our planet seems to be heading (if i want to make a change) is by having a healthy positive attitude and leading by my example. the news is a brainwahing vehicle that just pumps and pumps and pumps out negativity, and it's become the american way to fill ourselves with that crap - right from our early morning start with the "morning paper." i don't think most people realize how much that colors the way they look at the rest of the day. i hear people say, "i look at it as entertainment." or "i read it and forget it." i don't believe that for a second. murders, rapes, kidnappings, stars cheating on stars, stars getting into trouble, wars, crooked politicians, car accidents, freak accidents, babys falling out of windows, the list of negativity is endless - and i notice it's just getting worse and worse. for every single bit of garbage the media puts out i can find at least 2 positive, beautiful, wonderful things. what prompted this was my happening to catch a weather report last night. "serious flood warnings" were in effect for our area. with DEADLY (as opposed to the safe) lightning! warnings were scrolling across the screen to ditch your car if you should happen to drive into a flooded area, and to never attempt to cross such an area on foot. it was advised to stay in. it was was simply raining. my rant is over.