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(CNN)   America (like most places) isn't ready for superstorms (and most other bad things)   (cnn.com) divider line 42
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2013-01-07 10:58:46 AM  
We weren't ready to see part of Nancy Grace's nipple, but we survived that, as a nation.
 
2013-01-07 10:59:47 AM  
Jake Havechek: We weren't ready to see part of Nancy Grace's nipple, but we survived that, as a nation.

Too soon
 
2013-01-07 11:00:47 AM  

Oldiron_79: Jake Havechek: We weren't ready to see part of Nancy Grace's nipple, but we survived that, as a nation.

Too soon


Sorry, man. PTSD, and all.
 
2013-01-07 11:01:05 AM  
However, unlike most of the world, we can handle the regular storms without triple-digit fatalities.
 
2013-01-07 11:02:51 AM  
All we need to make it is a copy of Atlas Shrugged and plenty of Lee Greenwood records. And Bud Light and Spam.
 
2013-01-07 11:08:45 AM  
And we will never be ready, because spending even a penny on superstorm preparedness (or for that matter, any government program specifically designed to help non-billionaires, such as education or highway maintenance) is ZOMGSOSHELIZM!!!1!
 
2013-01-07 11:09:03 AM  
Bullshiat. Alaska gets "superstorms" all the time. The Aleutian chain in particular gets hit several times each winter with storms strong enough to be hurricanes.
 
2013-01-07 11:12:32 AM  
Oh look, another bullshiat alarmist scare story based on bullshiat
 
2013-01-07 11:13:52 AM  
and water is wet
 
2013-01-07 11:14:06 AM  
We can build some sand berms like "bobby" Jindal, and then watch millions of dollars of construction equipment, paid for by taxpayers, get swept into the ocean.
 
2013-01-07 11:15:19 AM  
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!

It was a hurricane, gtf over it.
 
2013-01-07 11:18:57 AM  

Jake Havechek: All we need to make it is a copy of Atlas Shrugged and plenty of Lee Greenwood records. And Bud Light and Spam.


You're really bad at comforting people.
 
2013-01-07 11:21:56 AM  

LoneDoggie: SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!

It was a hurricane, gtf over it.


No shiat....if Sandy was a "SuperStorm" then wtf was Katrina? MegaStorm? SuperGigaFragalisticStorm?

Face it, New York...you just aren't that special. Just because something happens to you doesn't make it the worstest thing EVAR!
 
2013-01-07 11:22:09 AM  
Secure everything everywhere at all times!
 
2013-01-07 11:25:14 AM  
spinoff.comicbookresources.com

Neither is Japan subby
 
2013-01-07 11:25:21 AM  

scanman61: LoneDoggie: SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!
SUPERSTORM SANDY!

It was a hurricane, gtf over it.

No shiat....if Sandy was a "SuperStorm" then wtf was Katrina? MegaStorm? SuperGigaFragalisticStorm?

Face it, New York...you just aren't that special. Just because something happens to you doesn't make it the worstest thing EVAR!


Insurance companies were trying to get out of paying for 'Hurricane' damage. Voila - a Superstorm!
 
2013-01-07 11:33:34 AM  
Actually... our infrastructure really sucks.  It isn't sexy as a politician these days to ask for money for desperately needed repairs... just push the problem on to the next guy, you'll be out of office in a few short years anyway.

That plus our awesome energy grid = we're not ready, but I'd wager we're less ready than certain other countries on our economic level.

I thought this
upload.wikimedia.org

or this

redstarcafe.files.wordpress.com
(at least) would have gotten things going. Apparently not.
 
2013-01-07 11:36:01 AM  
And nevermind that preparing for different disasters can at times require complete contradictory preparations.
 
2013-01-07 11:39:04 AM  
I too am tired of hearing about this.

Build your farking beach house above the flood plain. I cry not for boardwalks and rollercoasters. They are luxury items that can be replaced.

Our infrastructure needs some work, and this highlighted that. Also replace the board at NJT with some people who understand how to get trains out of the way of a storm surge.
 
2013-01-07 11:42:44 AM  
Kartrina wasn't really that bad of a storm. It was the lack of properly shoring up the levies that caused them to break and flood the whole place.

Anyway... One thing this guy points out is true. Wind is bad, but water is FAR more destructive. ou don't realize what kind of bulk it can exert without physically trying to fight a current yourself. One day I was tubing down the Deleware, and the water looked so peaceful. So I jumped out of the tube and stood up. WOW! That water was WAY more powerful than I expected.

Imagine what a Tsunami would feel like. Go look at some of those videos from Japan. Like, holy mackeral, Batman!!
 
2013-01-07 11:42:59 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Actually... our infrastructure really sucks.  It isn't sexy as a politician these days to ask for money for desperately needed repairs... just push the problem on to the next guy, you'll be out of office in a few short years anyway.

That plus our awesome energy grid = we're not ready, but I'd wager we're less ready than certain other countries on our economic level.

I thought this
[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x121]

or this

[redstarcafe.files.wordpress.com image 250x298]
(at least) would have gotten things going. Apparently not.


Our Infrastructure does not "suck". Is it over-leveraged in parts? Yes. Could it be improved? Undoubtedly. If the nitty needles get everything they want, will absolutely everything be available for quintiple nines? NO farkING WAY.

shiat happens. shiat happens all of the time. If we live our lives depending on the "grid" to provide absolutely everything we need all of the farking time in every farking way we can imagine we are deluding ourselves.

If your business will be out of business after a week, you don't have a business. If you can't handle 24 hours without power, you are a farking moron. If you live in a place that is regularly wiped off the map by weather, well, the weather was there first.

Why is New York suck a BFD? Because it's a geologically and climatologically stable place. Thus why we put a civilization there, and have had a civilization there for hundreds of years. And even in the midst of that "chaos", few people died. Go look at the fire bombings of WWII and get back to me about your definition of disaster.
 
2013-01-07 11:43:56 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: Bullshiat. Alaska gets "superstorms" all the time. The Aleutian chain in particular gets hit several times each winter with storms strong enough to be hurricanes.


STORMS TO NOWHERE!! CUT ALL DISASTER RELIEF SPENDING!! The new government policy is "drown-in-place".
 
2013-01-07 11:46:09 AM  
Ah yes Superstorms, or as we called them in the 20th century, Storms.
 
2013-01-07 11:53:37 AM  
Hurricane Sandy
Sandy Hook

What's next ...?

Obama with Hawaiian sand in his shorts?
 
2013-01-07 12:01:36 PM  
CNN has a new superhero, his name is CAPTAIN OBVIOUS. His superpower is to state the obvious. He is a close cousin to Captain Hindsight from South Park.

southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com
 
2013-01-07 12:19:51 PM  
After spending a few hours in my local Urgent Care last week I'm pretty sure we're not ready for a flu pandemic, either.
 
2013-01-07 12:21:37 PM  
FTA: It marked only the latest in a spate of deadly and destructive weather events, including the May 2011 tornado that leveled much of Joplin, Missouri.

We've never had horrific weather-related disasters in the history of civilization before.

Nope. Never.
 
2013-01-07 12:23:01 PM  
This thread is even derpier than I had expected.
 
2013-01-07 12:31:00 PM  
King Something: "And we will never be ready, because spending even a penny on superstorm preparedness (or for that matter, any government program specifically designed to help non-billionaires, such as education or highway maintenance) is ZOMGSOSHELIZM!!!1!"

This.
Regardless of whether it's anthropogenic or not, shiat's *happening*.
And sea walls and marshes and surge barriers are way cheaper than what we're about to shell out for Sandy.

/ To say nothing of the bridges, roads, schools, power grid, etc.
 
2013-01-07 12:35:41 PM  

Jake Havechek: We weren't ready to see part of Nancy Grace's nipple, but we survived that, as a nation.


Apparently not the author of this piece. Can't decide whether to cry or ask for more.

i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2013-01-07 12:56:53 PM  
I wonder what could have brought on these new fangled superstorms...hmmm

keep on polluting that atmosphere folks, good job.
 
2013-01-07 12:59:11 PM  
And we're never going to be "ready" either. "Ready" implies not building massive cities full of potential victims right along hurricane- impacted shorelines, that will regularly have to be rebuilt on the backs of the taxpayers. "Readiness" means taking all this money we're throwing around to help the Dems and the Repubs buy votes, and using it to upgrade the infrastructure. (You know, what the government is actually supposed to do.)
 
2013-01-07 01:07:37 PM  

Red_Fox: I wonder what could have brought on these new fangled superstorms


images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-01-07 01:14:39 PM  

scanman61: No shiat....if Sandy was a "SuperStorm" then wtf was Katrina? MegaStorm? SuperGigaFragalisticStorm?

Face it, New York...you just aren't that special. Just because something happens to you doesn't make it the worstest thing EVAR!


It's a superstorm because by the time is actually hit land, it had technically stopped being a hurricane. (It fell to extratropical just as it landed)
 
2013-01-07 01:58:16 PM  

durbnpoisn: Kartrina wasn't really that bad of a storm. It was the lack of properly shoring up the levies that caused them to break and flood the whole place.

Anyway... One thing this guy points out is true. Wind is bad, but water is FAR more destructive. ou don't realize what kind of bulk it can exert without physically trying to fight a current yourself. One day I was tubing down the Deleware, and the water looked so peaceful. So I jumped out of the tube and stood up. WOW! That water was WAY more powerful than I expected.

Imagine what a Tsunami would feel like. Go look at some of those videos from Japan. Like, holy mackeral, Batman!!


Katrina was a really bad storm. Yeah, New Orleans got the flood damage, but my hometown of Biloxi was intensely wind damaged, too. Katrina wiped Ocean Springs, MS off the map for a minute.

But yeah, I would never want to fark with a tsunami. That's serious destruction.
 
2013-01-07 02:07:24 PM  
Are we ready for anything???
 
2013-01-07 02:24:17 PM  
Obumhole is going to be the superstorm that wipes out the entire country.

/the illumati approve...
 
2013-01-07 02:41:27 PM  
cdn1.hark.com

"All other storms bow before El Nino!"
 
2013-01-07 03:21:09 PM  
Wait a minute, are you telling me that all those Americans with their Tacticool Bug-out-bags full of guns and knives and expensive watches aren't prepared?
 
2013-01-07 03:46:48 PM  

fredbox: Smeggy Smurf: Bullshiat. Alaska gets "superstorms" all the time. The Aleutian chain in particular gets hit several times each winter with storms strong enough to be hurricanes.

STORMS TO NOWHERE!! CUT ALL DISASTER RELIEF SPENDING!! The new government policy is "drown-in-place".


To nowhere, and to no one.  Alaska's population density is 1.264 people per square mile, but half of them live in the Anchorage metro area, so for the rest of the state, you're looking at 0.6-0.7 people per square mile.  This is a slightly higher population density than, say, Jupiter, which also has some gigantic storms that nobody worries much about.
 
2013-01-07 10:13:17 PM  

scanman61: Face it, New York...you just aren't that special. Just because something happens to you doesn't make it the worstest thing EVAR!


Every year I cringe when it finally snows in New York and they go on and on and on about it, blissfully unaware that parts of the country have been hammered by snow for months already.
 
2013-01-08 06:23:38 AM  

nandaiyo: Wait a minute, are you telling me that all those Americans with their Tacticool Bug-out-bags full of guns and knives and expensive watches aren't prepared?


They're prepared to murder you for food and other resources in the post-apocalyptic scenario following the disaster.
 
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