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Saturday, April 30, 2011

On the Storm Tossed Southern U.S.

Hurricane RitaImage by alpoma via Flickr
Unrestrictedly, our thoughts of compassion go out to those affected by the whirling twisters in the south of the United States.

Despite our efforts to defeat Mother Nature with technology, She always finds a way to pummel us with Her long, almighty arm.

This blog has written on the subject of natural disasters before. By the way, "disaster" means not being connected to the "stars". Precisely on that point, we have used a bit of sarcasm and irony in our "repartees".

However, when we see it on TV the heartache and pain people experience when they lose the last nail on their houses, we cannot help but feel touched.

We are glad, though, we have not read bible-thumpers and the like, especially as the region is famously/notoriously known for, to have come forward with their tales of fire and brimstone. If they have, we are not particularly keen on learning so.

The good thing, we read in American online sources, is that volunteers are stepping in to help those most afflicted. Community at its best. Nice going, we say!

Capping it off,  we would think that building sturdier housing on the well beaten hurricane/twisters path, capable of withstanding the brunt of the storms (this is where the authorities come in), so that folks would be able to preserve that beloved photo they hold dear to their hearts, is an alternative to beating Mother Nature at her own game.
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  1. This is sad indeed! I've seen the devastation of hurricanes 1st hand! People usuallu step up o help and at least the infrastructure and assistance in the US is swift compared to other places!

  2. And yet Mauro, I see it where I is disconcerting to see the shoddy construction that is going on. The beams on the roof at my house are at least 3" wide.(build in 1952) The ones they are installing today are pre-fab jobs that measure half that. You figure if the first one is knocked down the rest will fall like dominoes.
    They have building codes here but for the most part they are still building on the cheap and it is assumed that many inspectors are on the take.
    It is actually a burden because you have to get so many permits and inspections. Yet the heart of the problem remains: they are using flimsy construction methods and materials. It is actually easier for an oil company to get a drilling permit than for me to get one for a fence...go figure.

  3. My first thought when I saw the pic with your post was, "It's too soon for hurricanes."

  4. Guys! @Steve, they cannot afford another Katrina; @Raulto, it is evident by what the TV cameras show - unfathomable!;Sean, The pic is hyperbole to drive home the point....

  5. It is really amazing to think how quickly this happened and the severity of the weather.

    Like you, I think its heartbreaking. The only comfort I take is that the US has the resources not only to help with the clean-up but to provide the support that these families will need.


  6. I bet they do, Rob. Where do they get the trillions of $$$$ for other enterprises?