Thursday, September 22, 2005

Beaten up in Hurricane Alley.

You know, I'm starting to think that the religious fundementalists in the US might have a point. Maybe these hurricanes are being sent by God.

In that case, it is clearly to punish America for being an arrogant, bullying, ignorant fuckwit of a super power over the last 5 years.

No, that's a bit of a generalisation.

It must be to punish George W Bush for being an arrogant, bullying, ignorant fuckwit of a President over the last 5 years.

Yeah...that hits the spot better alright.

I mean why else has there been a multitude of hurricanes being spun like crazy tops across the Carribean towards Florida (where his brother holds sway) and the Gulf Coast, where he reigned like a congenitally retarded monarch for 6 years in the Great State of Texas?

Admittedly God did miss the last time. But Louisiana and Texas are side by side, and I'd like to see how accurately you could place a category 5 storm if you were operating from a secret base on the dark side of the moon!

So this time Texas is bearing the brunt of the hurricane, as Rita charges blindly toward landfall.

This time, possibly because (a) there's less black people, (b) Bush used to be Governor there, (c) Texas is about as red a state as you can get, or (d) he's prefer not to be impeached for incompetence (I think ignoring the second hurricane in a month would be a "crime or misdemeanour"), the President has declared states of emergency in his old stomping ground and in Louisiana, where he's spent nearly as much time this month as he did in Crawford in August.

Smart move by his aides because it means the federal government can move troops and supplies straight into the states affected, without the local chain of commands being followed. Which theoretically means the Army can get to work immediately after this bitch hits. In New Orleans and surrounding swamps they were hindered because there was no state of emergency declared (Bush's failure and his alone) and had to wait for the State Governor to request federal assistance.

It will be interesting to see the response from the defence forces in comparison to the farce after Katrina destroyed much of the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Obviously there are reasons other than protecting loss of life or livelihood. Texas is the main repository of oil in the lower 48 states and with a barrel currently standing at the outrageous price of $68, no one wants it to go any higher.
OPEC must be collectively orgasming at these prices. Interesting that they haven't opened the taps and flooded the market to drop prices. Possibly because they can't do it anymore due to our having used over 50% of oil stocks in the ground (a theory and not one stated by the producers. Yet).

But I digress. In fairness, it's a little cynical to attribute the preparations for Rita to Bush's private interests. I think the US President (or whoever's running the shop...Cheney and Rove) wants to protect his country's citizens and the economy.
The response to Katrina was a multi-agency clusterfuck in which no one did what they were supposed to do and where the Oval Office was asleep. This time they're wide awake and battening down the hatches.

Also interesting will be how the anti-global warming lobby in the States can explain away the emergence of two Category 5 hurricanes within a month of one another.
Now I'm aware that there is a natural cycle at play in which hurricane periods get more intense and then die away again, but the warmth of the seas is key to the birth of these monsters and it's safe to assume that the warmer the water gets, the more hurricanes we see and the bigger they become.

To finish on a perverse note...I'd love to see Bush's ranch in Crawford demolished by this thing! But chances are it'll be airlifted to safety in Maine or someplace similar.


Blogger alena said...

Cool Blog, I never really thought about it that way.

I have a Hurricane Katrina blog. It pretty much covers hurricane related stuff.

Thank you - and keep up the thoughts!

9:21 PM  
Blogger TheDevilIsInTheDetails said...

Be prepared for the next huricaine tracker or find another one that's similar. As the Boy Scouts say: "Be Prepared"!

11:24 PM  

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