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2013-07-05 12:47:18 AM
The Greece/Turkey story was the best IMHO.
 
2013-07-05 02:01:45 AM
I'm inclined to think that anything that reduces the human population is a good thing
 
2013-07-05 02:20:48 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm inclined to think that anything that reduces the human population is a good thing


So, why are you still alive? :p
 
2013-07-05 02:44:13 AM

mamoru: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm inclined to think that anything that reduces the human population is a good thing

So, why are you still alive? :p


Soon enough, youngling. Soon enough
 
2013-07-05 03:25:19 AM

AirForceVet: The Greece/Turkey story was the best IMHO.


I have to agree, it should have been #1.
 
2013-07-05 05:23:49 AM
Hurricane Katrina: Gave New Orleans a much needed bath and showed us how much of a leader GW Bush really was.
 
2013-07-05 05:26:06 AM
No mention of the insurance company buying you all new stuff?
 
2013-07-05 05:30:33 AM
My employer used to lose hours of productivity to Cracked, until I quit my day job. Now it keeps food off the table.

/Actually I can afford many foods now
 
2013-07-05 05:55:33 AM
I think #1 looks a bit exaggerated. World War over Somoa? I find that hard to believe.
 
2013-07-05 06:02:01 AM
Not a bad link, though of course we'll argue over the order.
 
2013-07-05 06:12:34 AM

violentsalvation: AirForceVet: The Greece/Turkey story was the best IMHO.

I have to agree, it should have been #1.


This
 
2013-07-05 06:22:12 AM

Slaxl: I think #1 looks a bit exaggerated. World War over Somoa? I find that hard to believe.


Those Somoans are a surly lot.
 
2013-07-05 06:27:05 AM

Slaxl: I think #1 looks a bit exaggerated. World War over Somoa? I find that hard to believe.


Well I wouldn't go so far as to call the war exaggerated, they've got weight problems. What are they gonna do? They're Samoan.
 
2013-07-05 06:53:41 AM

Slaxl: I think #1 looks a bit exaggerated. World War over Somoa? I find that hard to believe.


Back in the day, coal ships needed coaling stations.  Samoa was the best (or only) place for refueling between Hawaii and Australia.  It wasn't a worthless piece of rock, it was the single most strategic point in the Pacific Ocean.
 
2013-07-05 06:58:21 AM
Global warming would actually be good for us and the planet. I'm sad that there won't actually be any significant global warming. If I thought we could influence the climate, eg through increasing carbon emissions then I would support it. But we can't. We're just not that much of a big deal to the planet.
 
2013-07-05 07:06:03 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Hurricane Katrina: Gave New Orleans a much needed bath and showed us how much of a leader GW Bush really was.


C'mon, don't be so humble about giving Ray Nagin, Kathleen Blanco and Frigidaire Bill Jefferson any love.
 
2013-07-05 07:10:08 AM

THE GREAT NAME: Global warming would actually be good for us and the planet. I'm sad that there won't actually be any significant global warming. If I thought we could influence the climate, eg through increasing carbon emissions then I would support it. But we can't. We're just not that much of a big deal to the planet.


Meh, ive boughten more then my fair share of carbon offset credits, just like The Lord God and his Prophet "ex vice president, inventor of the intertubes Gore" Intended.
 
2013-07-05 07:30:11 AM
There are no natural disasters, only human disasters.
 
2013-07-05 07:34:49 AM

Slaxl: I think #1 looks a bit exaggerated. World War over Somoa? I find that hard to believe.


Have you ever had Samoas? They're addictive.  It would have been like the Opium Wars only more devastating to the dairy industry.
 
2013-07-05 07:46:07 AM

Slaxl: I think #1 looks a bit exaggerated. World War over Somoa? I find that hard to believe.


You've no idea how tasty those things are.
 
2013-07-05 07:47:19 AM
I like Cracked's redesign:  bigger font, fewer words.

"The flagship of the U.S. Pacific fleet was hurled around the harbor like a Slinky in a tumble dryer"

That is finely turned phrase! +1, author.
 
2013-07-05 07:50:19 AM
I was hoping for more examples of these disasters encouraging people to not live on flood planes, seasides prone to hurricanes or fault lines.
 
2013-07-05 07:51:14 AM

JasonOfOrillia: I was hoping for more examples of these disasters encouraging people to not live on flood planes, seasides prone to hurricanes or fault lines.


So, they move to deserts then?
 
2013-07-05 07:56:48 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Hurricane Katrina: Gave New Orleans a much needed bath and showed us how much of a leader GW Bush really was.


and 0bama did so well with the BP/Deepwater Horizon mess, correct?
 
2013-07-05 07:59:57 AM

JasonOfOrillia: I was hoping for more examples of these disasters encouraging people to not live on flood planes, seasides prone to hurricanes or fault lines.


Flood planes?
www.g2mil.com
 
2013-07-05 08:03:21 AM
The Black Death plague in medieval England killed off such a big chunk of the population that workers could demand better pay and had more freedom. Well worth the death of one third of the entire workforce.
 
2013-07-05 08:06:42 AM

meyerkev: Slaxl: I think #1 looks a bit exaggerated. World War over Somoa? I find that hard to believe.

Back in the day, coal ships needed coaling stations.  Samoa was the best (or only) place for refueling between Hawaii and Australia.  It wasn't a worthless piece of rock, it was the single most strategic point in the Pacific Ocean.


That, plus the fact that the Girl Scouts needed Samoa as a cookie source for their fund raising efforts.
 
2013-07-05 08:14:27 AM

Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: I was hoping for more examples of these disasters encouraging people to not live on flood planes, seasides prone to hurricanes or fault lines.

So, they move to deserts then?


Your world has only flood plains, seasides prone to hurricanes, fault lines and deserts?

eKonk: JasonOfOrillia:
Flood planes?
[www.g2mil.com image 388x185]


Yeah yeah.
 
2013-07-05 08:22:30 AM

MBrady: AverageAmericanGuy: Hurricane Katrina: Gave New Orleans a much needed bath and showed us how much of a leader GW Bush really was.

and 0bama did so well with the BP/Deepwater Horizon mess, correct?


If you read the article you would know that by letting the Mississippi flood that year, Obama was able to clear out much of the oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon.

You can't really blame the administration for the failure of a private company. But in handling the cleanup, I think Obama's record speaks for itself.
 
2013-07-05 08:23:28 AM

Lord Summerisle: The Black Death plague in medieval England killed off such a big chunk of the population that workers could demand better pay and had more freedom. Well worth the death of one third of the entire workforce.


Hint hint
 
2013-07-05 08:28:24 AM

Lord Summerisle: The Black Death plague in medieval England killed off such a big chunk of the population that workers could demand better pay and had more freedom. Well worth the death of one third of the entire workforce.


And yet when I say just one person needs to die I'm labelled an unfeeling psychopath! It's not fair. The extent to which I actively tried to end said persons life is immaterial, and it's still for the courts to decide, anyway.
 
2013-07-05 08:34:49 AM

JasonOfOrillia: Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: I was hoping for more examples of these disasters encouraging people to not live on flood planes, seasides prone to hurricanes or fault lines.

So, they move to deserts then?

Your world has only flood plains, seasides prone to hurricanes, fault lines and deserts?

eKonk: JasonOfOrillia:
Flood planes?
[www.g2mil.com image 388x185]

Yeah yeah.


I guess there's mountain tops, as long as they're not part of the Ring of Fire.
 
2013-07-05 08:48:53 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: MBrady: AverageAmericanGuy: Hurricane Katrina: Gave New Orleans a much needed bath and showed us how much of a leader GW Bush really was.

and 0bama did so well with the BP/Deepwater Horizon mess, correct?

If you read the article you would know that by letting the Mississippi flood that year, Obama was able to clear out much of the oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon.

You can't really blame the administration for the failure of a private company. But in handling the cleanup, I think Obama's record speaks for itself.


And what did the administration do for those 86 days?   Nothing.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stated, "Our job basically is to keep the boot on the neck of British Petroleum

Public opinion polls in the U.S. were generally critical of the way the President Obama and the federal government handled the disaster and they were extremely critical of BPs response.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill

So before you defend 0bama, tell us all here, if a private company were to have a disaster on US soil (on land), would you expect 0bama to leave the solution to that private company?

....

Did Bush deserve some of the criticism?  Sure.  But let's not forget:

New Orleans Mayor [2] Adding to the criticism was the broadcast of

It has been stated in the evacuation order that, beginning at noon on August 28 and running for several hours, all city buses were redeployed to shuttle local residents to, "refuges of last resort," designated in advance, including the [6] They also said that the state had prepositioned enough food and water to supply 15,000 citizens with supplies for three days, the anticipated waiting period before FEMA would arrive in force and provide supplies for those still in the city.[6] Later, it was found that FEMA had provided these supplies, but that FEMA Director [6] The large numbers were a direct result of the insufficient mobilization and evacuation before Katrina's arrival, primarily due to city and state resistance to issuing an evacuation order and risk "crying wolf" and losing face should the hurricane had left the path of model prediction. Had contra-flow on highways been initiated sooner and more buses begun evacuating families (including the idle school buses that were not used at all) the numbers of stranded New Orleans occupants would have been significantly less making the initial wave of FEMA supplies adequate and even excessive.

Bush was criticized for not returning to Washington, D.C. from his vacation in Texas until after Wednesday afternoon, more than a day after the hurricane hit on Monday. On the morning of August 28, the president telephoned Mayor Nagin to "plead" for a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, and Nagin and Gov. Blanco decided to evacuate the city in response to that request.[citation needed] Blanco told reporters the President had called and spoken with her (but not Nagin) before the press conference
 
2013-07-05 08:59:44 AM
Hurricanes/storm surge gets rid of the snobbiest of the snobs when their houses float into the ocean.  In Massachusetts they are no longer allowed to put sand along the beaches to build them back up, so houses have been floating off in the last storms.
 
2013-07-05 08:59:58 AM
Growing up in South Carolina, instead of 'snow days' we joked that we had 'hurricane days'.

So those were nice, especially if your power stayed on.
 
2013-07-05 09:21:30 AM

MBrady: AverageAmericanGuy: MBrady: AverageAmericanGuy: Hurricane Katrina: Gave New Orleans a much needed bath and showed us how much of a leader GW Bush really was.

and 0bama did so well with the BP/Deepwater Horizon mess, correct?

If you read the article you would know that by letting the Mississippi flood that year, Obama was able to clear out much of the oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon.

You can't really blame the administration for the failure of a private company. But in handling the cleanup, I think Obama's record speaks for itself.

And what did the administration do for those 86 days?   Nothing.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stated, "Our job basically is to keep the boot on the neck of British Petroleum

Public opinion polls in the U.S. were generally critical of the way the President Obama and the federal government handled the disaster and they were extremely critical of BPs response.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill

So before you defend 0bama, tell us all here, if a private company were to have a disaster on US soil (on land), would you expect 0bama to leave the solution to that private company?

....

Did Bush deserve some of the criticism?  Sure.  But let's not forget:

New Orleans Mayor [2] Adding to the criticism was the broadcast of

It has been stated in the evacuation order that, beginning at noon on August 28 and running for several hours, all city buses were redeployed to shuttle local residents to, "refuges of last resort," designated in advance, including the [6] They also said that the state had prepositioned enough food and water to supply 15,000 citizens with supplies for three days, the anticipated waiting period before FEMA would arrive in force and provide supplies for those still in the city.[6] Later, it was found that FEMA had provided these supplies, but that FEMA Director [6] The large numbers were a direct result of the insufficient mobilization and evacuation before Katrina's arrival, primarily due to ...


Your butthurt nourishes me.
 
2013-07-05 09:35:23 AM

Slaxl: Lord Summerisle: The Black Death plague in medieval England killed off such a big chunk of the population that workers could demand better pay and had more freedom. Well worth the death of one third of the entire workforce.

And yet when I say just one person needs to die I'm labelled an unfeeling psychopath! It's not fair. The extent to which I actively tried to end said persons life is immaterial, and it's still for the courts to decide, anyway.


I rarely bother clicking the funny button, but you earned it.
 
2013-07-05 09:37:29 AM

MBrady: So before you defend 0bama, tell us all here, if a private company were to have a disaster on US soil (on land), would you expect 0bama to leave the solution to that private company?


I'm a little disappointed here. Why stop at just 0bama, why not go whole hog and use N0bamao? You don't seem to have the courage of your convictions.
 
2013-07-05 10:12:52 AM
TFA: "In all this time, nobody once thought to ask Samoa what they thought."

Fun factoid: Different villages were supporting different countries, and were actually actively fighting each other over this.

After the hurricane, they divvied it up. America got what is now American Samoa, Germany got what is now Independent Samoa, and Germany dropped its claim to Fiji, meaning it was Britain's. Germany lost its share to New Zealand in WWI, and it became independent in the 1970s.

/Lived in American Samoa for two years
 
2013-07-05 10:32:19 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: It has been stated in the evacuation order that, beginning at noon on August 28 and running for several hours, all city buses were redeployed to shuttle local residents to, "refuges of last resort," designated in advance, including the [6] They also said that the state had prepositioned enough food and water to supply 15,000 citizens with supplies for three days, the anticipated waiting period before FEMA would arrive in force and provide supplies for those still in the city.[6] Later, it was found that FEMA had provided these supplies, but that FEMA Director [6] The large numbers were a direct result of the insufficient mobilization and evacuation before Katrina's arrival, primarily due to ...

Your butthurt nourishes me.


truth hurts, eh?

I post facts and statistics and your "comeback" is a childish term that you used in junior high?

Go play in traffic or something, and let the adults talk.
 
2013-07-05 10:35:15 AM

BarkingUnicorn: I like Cracked's redesign:  bigger font, fewer words.


Still manage to stretch 4 things onto 2 pages.
 
2013-07-05 11:34:26 AM
MBrady: AverageAmericanGuy: It has been stated in the evacuation order that, beginning at noon on August 28 and running for several hours, all city buses were redeployed to shuttle local residents to, "refuges of last resort," designated in advance, including the [6] They also said that the state had prepositioned enough food and water to supply 15,000 citizens with supplies for three days, the anticipated waiting period before FEMA would arrive in force and provide supplies for those still in the city.[6] Later, it was found that FEMA had provided these supplies, but that FEMA Director [6] The large numbers were a direct result of the insufficient mobilization and evacuation before Katrina's arrival, primarily due to ...

Your butthurt nourishes me.


truth hurts, eh?

I post facts and statistics and your "comeback" is a childish term that you used in junior high?

Go play in traffic or something, and let the adults talk.
It seems to me that the point here is how the events played out in the aftermath of these disasters.

Hurricane Katrina left the gulf coast in shambles, and it stayed that way for years to follow.

The oil spill in the gulf made a huge mess as well, but it was cleaned up in short order.

Bush may have done a good job supporting citizen evacuations during the actual hurricane, but he really dropped the ball in the clean-up and re-build stage of the disaster.
 
2013-07-05 02:04:30 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm inclined to think that anything that reduces the human population is a good thing


Yet, you keep yourself alive for some unknown reason.
 
2013-07-05 03:23:23 PM
Natural disaster that crushes the homes and ruins lives of many people just to reveal a pedophile? No, not good enough reason for the disaster to happen. It should have just concentrated on his home, not others.
 
2013-07-05 04:40:40 PM
Noticeably absent: the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Eastern Washington was buried in ash that year. During the following years, that new layer of volcanic soil produced some fantastic crops and amazing yields for the local orchards.
 
2013-07-05 04:54:49 PM

MBrady: AverageAmericanGuy: Hurricane Katrina: Gave New Orleans a much needed bath and showed us how much of a leader GW Bush really was.

and 0bama did so well with the BP/Deepwater Horizon mess, correct?


And you wonder why no one takes your immature ass seriously.
 
2013-07-05 08:48:35 PM

Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: I was hoping for more examples of these disasters encouraging people to not live on flood planes, seasides prone to hurricanes or fault lines.

So, they move to deserts then?

Your world has only flood plains, seasides prone to hurricanes, fault lines and deserts?

I guess there's mountain tops, as long as they're not part of the Ring of Fire.


There are plenty of places that are not prone to flooding, earthquakes or hurricanes.  You seem to be making straw-man arguments.  I can only assume that you are trolling.
 
2013-07-05 11:36:35 PM

JasonOfOrillia: Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: I was hoping for more examples of these disasters encouraging people to not live on flood planes, seasides prone to hurricanes or fault lines.

So, they move to deserts then?

Your world has only flood plains, seasides prone to hurricanes, fault lines and deserts?

I guess there's mountain tops, as long as they're not part of the Ring of Fire.

There are plenty of places that are not prone to flooding, earthquakes or hurricanes.  You seem to be making straw-man arguments.  I can only assume that you are trolling.


Project much?

Away from coastal hurricanes, away from rivers that flood; together, that's away from water, period.
 
2013-07-06 12:13:56 AM

Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: I was hoping for more examples of these disasters encouraging people to not live on flood planes, seasides prone to hurricanes or fault lines.

So, they move to deserts then?

Your world has only flood plains, seasides prone to hurricanes, fault lines and deserts?

I guess there's mountain tops, as long as they're not part of the Ring of Fire.

There are plenty of places that are not prone to flooding, earthquakes or hurricanes.  You seem to be making straw-man arguments.  I can only assume that you are trolling.

Project much?

Away from coastal hurricanes, away from rivers that flood; together, that's away from water, period.


You're argument is a straw man argument in that you imply that the only alternative that I offer with my comments is to live in the desert or on a mountain top.  This is simply not true.  Again, there are many places that are not prone to flooding, earthquakes or hurricanes.  These places do not have to be far from water.  If you are near a river you can be up on a hill, for example.

As well, by asking the rhetorical question "Project much?" you imply that I am also using straw man arguments.  How have I misrepresented your position?
 
2013-07-06 12:34:58 AM

JasonOfOrillia: Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: Alphax: JasonOfOrillia: I was hoping for more examples of these disasters encouraging people to not live on flood planes, seasides prone to hurricanes or fault lines.

So, they move to deserts then?

Your world has only flood plains, seasides prone to hurricanes, fault lines and deserts?

I guess there's mountain tops, as long as they're not part of the Ring of Fire.

There are plenty of places that are not prone to flooding, earthquakes or hurricanes.  You seem to be making straw-man arguments.  I can only assume that you are trolling.

Project much?

Away from coastal hurricanes, away from rivers that flood; together, that's away from water, period.

You're argument is a straw man argument in that you imply that the only alternative that I offer with my comments is to live in the desert or on a mountain top.  This is simply not true.  Again, there are many places that are not prone to flooding, earthquakes or hurricanes.  These places do not have to be far from water.  If you are near a river you can be up on a hill, for example.

As well, by asking the rhetorical question "Project much?" you imply that I am also using straw man arguments.  How have I misrepresented your position?


There's so many places that you can't name one.

Anyway, it seemed like you entered the thread looking for a way to look down upon people for where they live.  Well, every place is at risk from something, so Mission Not Successful.
 
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