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Matt Bors

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  1. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, about 2 years ago

    Well, I’m sorry, but these things happen, and all we can do is prepare and mitigate. We don’t do that enough, but that’s human nature, especially American nature where greed dominates common sense and everything is build on the cheap or maintained shoddily (like that blowout-preventer on Deepwater Horizon).

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    Also we are not “Borg”, so if a city like NOLA or NYC is flooded nobody can expect the whole nation to rush in. People have their own problems. All these uplifting words by the politicians only serve to prevent people from forming mobs, complete with torches and pitchforks…

  2. mshefler

    mshefler said, about 2 years ago

    Oh, I misread it. I thought it said TSA.

  3. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, about 2 years ago

    Anyone note the irony that an “act of God” basically delivered victory to the non- fundamentalist party?
    Even those opposed to the Incumbent said he did a very good Presidential job, and suddenly performance during debates was neutralised.
    This Foreigner says: God Bless America!

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    Morty? A Teabagger? You made me choke on my coffee!

  5. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, about 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    Thank you! :-)

  6. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, about 2 years ago

    I’m not a member of the TEA-party, neither on paper nor in spirit. I’m just a realist. Catastrophes happen, no doubt about it. I don’t see how we can prevent hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and so on.

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    What I tried to say is that we should be prepared, every person for himself AND the state/nation as a whole, but that we should not kid ourselves about the level of help we can get (and, critically, WHEN). Have you ever tried to meet five friends at the same time for a beer? The coordination that requires? How can anyone expect that FEMA, the National Guard and the Red Cross can coordinate any better – in a flood area, with communications down, with people crying for help and all that.

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    Realism. That’s my credo. Try, but don’t be surprised if you run into problems. Uninspiring? Maybe. But it leads to people being better prepared, physically and mentally, for the next problem. And no, I’m not a redneck-survivalist either. I have water and food, but no weapons. I just want to give the rescuers a chance to get to me before I die, you know?

  7. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, about 2 years ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    Actually, most of the politicians in this current administration seem to be encouraging mobs.

  8. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, about 2 years ago

    Sure, when some show up. Which does not mean you.

  9. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, about 2 years ago

    @Ottodesu

    And that party has done more damage and increased the deficit higher than all the other presidents combined in the last 40 years. And they have done more damage to our economy than any other.

  10. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, about 2 years ago

    DNFTT

  11. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, about 2 years ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    Self reliance??? Surely you jest. Every generation since WW2 has had more and more handed to them with less and less effort. That’s what the Right is so afraid of. Somebody might get some of MY toys!

  12. cdward

    cdward said, about 2 years ago

    @walruscarver2000

    On a realistic note, although things are easier than they were 100 years ago, it’s not correct to say that every generation gets more and more handed to them. This upcoming generation (of which I am not a part) will have a lower standard of living than their parents. Regardless of who sits in the White House or Congress. It’s the nature of globalization and the universal power of the corporation.

  13. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 2 years ago

    @zoidknight

    Oh good! I see you are back in all your usual spite!

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 2 years ago

    Disasters do not define us. How we respond to disasters do define us. The degree to which we learn from mistakes define how we will respond to future disasters.
    Education, cooperation, and creative planning will make us a better nation in the face of a future filled with challenges.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  15. Iluvnancy

    Iluvnancy said, about 2 years ago

    There was help from the rest of the US coming to the NY, NJ, CT areas most affected, and quiet help from other countries. The people French and German companies brought in wore new cheap clothes and let the US reps who speak unaccented English do the talking while they helped repair infrastructure and in the case of Sonofi set up their building as a shelter and distribution center for clothes and food. When we go places to help we are loud and up front about it. Maybe if our help were more subtle, too, we would not alienate people. We are the most selfless, generous of people here in the US, but it doesn’t hurt to be modest about it.

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