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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    May God be with victims and their families

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    I know that we do not always agree politically, but that was both short, very appropriate, and to the point. Thank You!!

  3. colcam

    colcam said, over 2 years ago

    American’s heart— pain, but it kept beating.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    Excellent comments under this cartoon.
    ^
    It has been pointed out on the news and in these forums that the soil in Oklahoma is clay and water and basements are susceptible to mold and water damage.
    ^
    While responding under another cartoon, I just heard Joe Scarborough suggest that the oil companies making fortunes in the midwest could use their expertise with drilling equipment to help out communities like Moore, Ok, and Joplin MO, and help in the construction of safe rooms and tornado basements.
    It would be nice to see some of these peoples tax dollars used to subsidize oil companies come back to the community.
    ^
    In Joplin, Mo., a hospital is being built to resist winds above 200mph. A program on Discover months ago showed schools that are designing homes to withstand tornadoes and hurricanes.
    We are an ingenious people. We have brilliant minds and monied investors with the resources and tools to create homes that are much more survivable in the face of wind, water, and fire.
    We only need the will.
    Again, my compliments to those who posted before me here. I add my prayers to yours.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    There are many ways to build tornado resistant homes and neighborhoods, as well as building safe rooms or basements that can limit the loss of life or property damage. These include wide angle A-frames, more trees and artificial ridges to break up the winds and cause tornadoes to bounce over buildings, and a drainage system to make basements viable (the level ground makes basements almost guaranteed to flood).
    Unfortunately, these are expensive. Most people can’t afford to tear down their home and rebuild it to meet a safer standard. Perhaps the people of Moore will be able to rebuild their homes to be more resistant to tornadoes. I especially would like to see the school rebuilt in the “low dome” style as opposed to the traditional block style. At least then the people would know their children were safer at school in another disaster.

  6. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago

    @Fourcrows

    I do like your idea of domed public buildings for both mass numbers of adults (such as hospitals or cinemas) and such buildings for school children as well. Video cams should serve for vulnerable windows,and a particular contribution of the oil companies could be deep anchoring posts to make certain that such buildings stayed in place even in 300+ mph winds. Of course, a rounded dome instead of a slab sided building would by its very physical configuration already be at least somewhat wind proof in such areas!


    Heck, many years ago the people that originally settled these plains states lived in basically underground houses made out of the sod they were naturally surrounded by, and they were far more safe than modern housing!!


    <p<As for the increased costs of such buildings, perhaps the people of such areas need to decide just what the costs of their own lives (and even more the costs of their childrens lives) are actually worth?


    As for those of us paying federal taxes for not only immediate disaster relief in such areas, but even more additional federal help in rebuilding costs for such areas need to be willing to be taxed for such monies, as we are ALL Americans regardless of the particular state that we live in. I live in California, and the next great large earthquake could place us in the same kind of situation as these people in Oklahoma at any time. Not only that, but if it costs a little more to make sure that at least people and their children are relatively safe in such enhanced buildings, then so be it. Especially as such buildings would remain relatively undamaged the next time (and their WILL be a next time!) such winds come around. Thus greatly reducing the need for such federal aid the next time. Perhaps some genius accountant with a powerful computer might even be able to calculate a Return on Investment (ROI), on the increased economic costs of such buildings. How about that, anybody out there capable of even tackling such a task??

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    @Fourcrows

    with a nod to Mr. Snare and Mr. Landers –
    A public radio program, “On Point”, discussed construction for buildings in tornado prone areas today. The costs of such building techniques is often offset by lower insurance costs as well as lower utility bills.
    My compliments to all of you for your thoughtful contributions. Very good ideas.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  8. Hamstersbane

    Hamstersbane said, over 2 years ago

    The Monolithic Dome company has some interesting architecture.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    We were in Branson, MO. a few years ago, and recognized some of the places damaged when THEY got hit by a tornado shortly thereafter. As to “responses” to all these natural features (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes) that human activities turn into “disasters”, why do all the “bible belters” keep giving blame or credit to a supposed supreme being, for the events?

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 2 years ago

    @dtroutma

    Because they believe the Bible to be a literal guide to life and spirituality, and that their God is all seeing and all powerful. They believe in the punitive God of the Old Testament, and they believe that He is punishing the world for the sin of abandoning Him.

    Their position is that if the country hadn’t abandoned (Fundamentalist) Christianity, that God would not be sending these disasters to try us. Many of them characterize anything short of the pure Fundamental Christianity they tout as ‘atheism’. That doesn’t only leave out Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Longhouse practitioners and Wiccans, it also leaves out Episcopalianism, Roman Catholicism, Presbyterianism, and all the rest. You get the picture.

    I’m quite certain that the vast majority of those whose personal choice of religion is Fundamentalist Christian are sincere, but I’m much more cynical where the politicians are concerned. It is just awfully nice for them to be able to say that God is sending these disasters to us, it’s Divine Punishment, and has nothing to do with industrial pollution.

    Hence the constant railing from those who pretend to support a Constitution which demands separation from Church and State. Like those Christians who follow the bits of the Bible they like, so do the GOP support selective bits of the Constitution.

    The Dems are there for the rest of us. Again, convenient polarization.

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