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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The other disaster

In case you missed it, the capital of Tennessee is a serious wreck.

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I caught that on CNN this morning. The assessment isn't that this is a 100-year flood. This is a 500-year flood, and nobody can be expected to make preparations for something of this scale.

We seem to be getting an awful lot of "100-year" weather related events. Either, the folks predicting these events don't know what they're talking about.(My theory) Or Climate Change is real, and perhaps we better just get used to a lot more flooding. (My other theory)

Wow. I had no idea.

One number I heard was 17 inches of rain in 24 hours.
I'm just so glad we haven't been wasting money on military adventures or Wall Street instruments that don't add anything of value to society.
Now we'll be able to use some of that money to help Nashville recover.
Just in case, I should mention that was sarcasm.
Seriously though, one gigantic part of creating problems with greed or empire antics, is that it leaves us less able to deal with the actual bad stuff that comes along.

Not liking the chip on this guy's shoulder:

But let’s look at the other side of the coin for a moment. A large part of the reason that we are being ignored is because of who we are. Think about that for just a second. Did you hear about looting? Did you hear about crime sprees? No…you didn’t. You heard about people pulling their neighbors off of rooftops. You saw a group of people trying to move two horses to higher ground. No…we didn’t loot. Our biggest warning was, “Don’t play in the floodwater.” When you think about it…that speaks a lot for our city. A large portion of why we were being ignored was that we weren’t doing anything to draw attention to ourselves. We were handling it on our own.

Most people in NOLA didn't loot either -
white folks were "seeking provisions" while black ones were "looting."

Although there were quite a few cops who used the disaster to help themselves to some pretty nice things, and some scary shootings of black folks trying to flee a drowned city.

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