There are times

As some on here know I’ve connection with the USA that are profound. They stretch back well beyond 1800. And each generation has given blood to the US with the exception of the Vietnam debacle with both families being on opposing sides of the Civil War one being high-ranking in grey. Well, when I say that, what I mean is that direct connections weren’t involved in Vietnam.  My family on both sides crossed the North Atlantic like commuting today.  So the pride I have is the same I hold for Ireland with race and  nation.

US achievements are legion. There is hardly an area of human endeavor where the rank isn’t in the first five and more normally #1. All except for one.

No one in their correct mind could say the US are magnificent at organizing disaster relief. And you’d have to wonder precisely why. If one takes any natural disaster the capacity for fucking up seems to be unlimited. This to the point of actively making things worse with utterly nasty prejudice like in Louisiana.

For the past month we’ve known Hurricane Sandy was on its way. And for the past week we’ve known it was very likely to pass into a densely populated  region. Now, given she/he, was big enough that she crossed many States you’d think an organization could be formed to protect people. Well it would seem not. And if a fricking crane strapped to the side of a building cannot be made safe you have to question the organizational capacity of getting a booze up going in a distillery.

As of this moment, 110 people are dead.

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5 Responses to There are times

  1. Kimberly says:

    What a terrible, terrible storm. It seems like we are always warned about the things, but our infrastructure isn’t up to snuff to withstand the kind of weather that’s been coming. Why is it that officials can say “you’ll be without power for a week” or “that bridge/those levies will collapse”, but then sit idly by and watch it happen. It’s also time to stop brushing off science and admitting that there might be something to this climate change thing. With one of the worst droughts in our history this summer and then this (another) epic storm, clearly it needs to be talked about. It’s now being predicted that Sandy will cost +/- $50 billion with clean up/repair and lost business. Wouldn’t it have been smarter to put that money into preventing the problems, to a point at least, in the first place?
    Last week those scientists in Italy were charged with manslaughter for NOT predicting the earthquake in 2009. I’m not so sure earthquakes are predictable…but maybe we should start using that logic and charge those politicians, who have the gall to deny the need for a strong infrastructure and the science behind climate change, with a crime.

    • Vince says:

      You see what I don’t get is that a catastrophe is a God given opportunity to State building. Thick politicians and idiotic and ill educated administrators use tragedy in the negative like here with the Troubles and in the US with 9/11. Would that the attitude of ‘fuck you’ and altruism that came from the London Bombings a few years ago was the default rather than tighter controls on those that couldn’t cause a problem.

      As to the 50b. That will be a good thing. It will release energy into the NW that just might do far more than all the quantitative easing for where it will hit within the economy, the lower end.

      Yeah that Italian thing was a bit odd right enough.

  2. I think aid is partially being neglected as the elections are so close and both candidates can use the situation as a campaign tool. It is sick, wrong, and beyond angering. I am very grateful that my friends on the east coast all remained safe but my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who died and the countless people who have lost homes or endured severe damage.

    • Vince says:

      I think it’s an issue of being over represented by politicians where buck passing can become a bit of a sport.
      Yeah I feel the same, but when you build on the coast you have to expect that the sea mightn’t like the notion. But there is no reason in this day and age for the loss of life in a 1st world country.

  3. Rebecca S. says:

    The whole thing boggles the mind. It seems to me that the debacle in Katrina was a result of lack of real know-how in disaster relief, racial prejudice, as well as some absolute denial in general that things could get ‘that bad’ by the population in general.
    It was amazing that the NY Marathon nearly went ahead ‘for it’s economic benefit’ and then was cancelled after many people had arrived to run. I saw several photos of Swedes and other would be marathoners helping out with the disaster relief instead, which was great. To run that race, it takes a great deal of organization and bottled water, much better used for the people that actually needed it!!!

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