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The mind boggles!,
This review is from: Scared to Death: From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares are Costing Us the Earth (Hardcover)What better description of how I felt whilst avidly reading this book and shaking of my head in disbelief, than that of my title!
Although I don't necessarily agree with everything that is claimed, it confirmed my worst fears about scare mongering generally and was a very good read.
My frustration and anger at the blinkered and uncaring dismissal of inconvenient facts, reports and opinions and the lengths people and organisations are prepared to go to protect their interests and money making potential was scary.
The predictability of how each scare grew from a small ripple into a seemingly unstoppable Tsunami, was unnerving. Proven facts and research, the truth, objectivity, the voices of people who questioned the various claims being made, concern for those adversely affected by the regulations brought in as a result of pressure by self interested groups and viable and innocent businesses, families and people are all swept aside like flotsam.
Only after the scare had run its course was it possible for the damning truth to emerge, but by then it was too late for many. Plus the perpetrators had long since moved onto the next crusade, caring little, or possibly nothing at all, for the misery and despair suffered by those innocently caught up in the repercussions of the scare!