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Mother Nature Can Be Cruel

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Nature is cruel. Katrina is a reminder that Mother Nature can be cruel, far crueler than the humans who attempt to control her. For most Americans, Mother Nature is an inconvenience that can be escaped. Too hot? Escape in an air condition home. Too cold? Then retreat into a heat-treated house. Katrina simply reminds us that nature cannot be tamed, only temporarily dodged.

While some have used the occasion to predict dire consequences of global warming, (have you ever noticed how often global warming is used when Mother Nature goes on a rampage. Severe snowstorm? Global warming. Hurricanes? Global warming. Heat wave? Global warming), the consensus among others is that humanity is to blame for every rampage committed by Mother Nature. The reality is that nature can’t be tamed and the power of Mother Nature dwarfs any power wielded by humans.

Throughout the eons, Nature has committed its own version of mass extinction. It is suggested through scientific research that the Dinosaurs were wiped out by meteors from space. The biggest and strongest of animals were devastated by Mother Nature with power that humans could only dream of.

The recent flooding as the result of Katrina shows that no nations are immune from nature’s ravages, even the richest and most powerful. Mother Nature is considered a kind gentle creature that is being raped by us but it is nature who is the cruel taskmaster. For many, death has come through heat waves, floods, volcano eruptions, tornadoes, and winter storms. Before technology allowed us to escape the fury of Mother Nature, many would simply die unprotected by the worse meted out by the elements. Remember Pompeii? Within hours, this Roman town was destroyed by the volcano’s eruption. Roman citizens were killed instantly as the volcano exploded its content of fire and poisonous gases.

Air conditioning allows us to be comfortable in the summer and indoor heating allows us to flee from harshness of winter. Automobiles allow us to move from place to place in quick time as oppose to being exposed to the elements on the back of horses. Planes allow us to be transported from coast to coast in hours as oppose to days. You get the point. It is technology that allows us to survives and prospers despite Mother Nature’s efforts. We can’t supress Mother Nature but we can live comfortably within her shadow.

Throughout the centuries, Mother Nature’s status has been exulted but the cruelty often overlooked. The beauty of Mother Nature can easily changed into a murderous rage as the smallest of the stream can easily overflow into a river of death.
ed: JH

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  • RJ

    Good post.

    It reminds me (in a roundabout way) of those folks who lament the extinction of a lot of earth’s mega-fauna due to the rise of humanity. Sure, it kinda sucks knowing there will never be saber-toothed tigers around anymore. But, would anyone really prefer having these creatures roaming the streets at night?

  • StopTheMadness

    No… but these are the creatures running around in New Orleans at night:

    New Orleans Cops Ordered to Stop Looters
    Associated Press Writer

    NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Ray Nagin ordered 1,500 police officers to leave their search-and-rescue mission Wednesday night and return to the streets to stop looting that has turned increasingly hostile as the city plunges deeper into chaos.
    “They are starting to get closer to heavily populated areas – hotels, hospitals, and we’re going to stop it right now,” Nagin said in a statement to The Associated Press.

    The number of officers called off the search-and-rescue mission amounts to virtually the entire police force in New Orleans.

    Amid the turmoil Wednesday, thieves commandeered a forklift and used it to push up the storm shutters and break the glass of a pharmacy. The crowd stormed the store, carrying out so much ice, water and food that it dropped from their arms as they ran. The street was littered with packages of ramen noodles and other items.

    Looters also chased down a police truck full of food. The New Orleans police chief ran off looters while city officials themselves were commandeering equipment from a looted Office Depot. During a state of emergency, authorities have broad powers to take private supplies and buildings for their use.

    Managers at a nursing home were prepared to cope with the power outages and had enough food for days, but then the looting began. The home’s bus driver was forced to surrender the vehicle to carjackers.

    Bands of people drove by the nursing home, shouting to residents, “Get out!” Eighty residents, most of them in wheelchairs, were being evacuated to other nursing homes in the state.

    “We had enough food for 10 days,” said Peggy Hoffman, the home’s executive director. “Now we’ll have to equip our department heads with guns and teach them how to shoot.”

    Tenet Healthcare Corp. said late Wednesday that it would also evacuate one of its hospitals in Gretna after a supply truck carrying food, water, medical supplies and pharmaceuticals was held up by gunmen.

    “There are physical threats to safety from roving bands of armed individuals with weapons who are threatening the safety of the hospital,” spokesman Steven Campanini said of the 203-bed Meadowcrest Hospital.

    He said there were about 350 employees and between 125 to 150 patients inside the hospital, which is not flooded and is functioning.

    At one store, hordes of people from all ages, races and walks of life grabbed food and water. Some drove away with trunkloads of beer. At one point, two officers drew their guns on the looters, but the thieves left without incident.

    One young man was seen wading through chest-deep floodwater, carrying a case of soda, after looting a grocery store.

    Police officers were asking residents to give up any firearms before they evacuated neighborhoods because police desperately needed the firepower: Some officers who had been stranded on the roof of a hotel said they were being shot at overnight.

    “It’s really difficult because my opinion of the looting is it started with people running out of food, and you can’t really argue with that too much,” Nagin said. “Then it escalated to this kind of mass chaos.”

    Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she has asked the White House to send more people to help with evacuations and rescues, thereby freeing up National Guardsmen to stop looters.

    Bob Mann, an aide to the governor, said dozens of law officers are being brought in from around the country and Canada to help stop the looting. Officials said they hope the 4,000 National Guard troops already in New Orleans, who have been engaged in search and rescue, will be available for police actions.

    “We will restore law and order,” an emotional Blanco said at a news conference. “What angers me the most is that disasters like this often bring out the worst in people. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior.”

    John Matessino, president of the Louisiana Hospital Association, said he had not heard of anyone breaking into the hospitals, but he added that thieves got into the parking garage at one hospital and were stealing car batteries and stereos.

    New Orleans’ homeland security chief, Terry Ebbert, said looters were breaking into stores all over town and stealing guns. He said there are gangs of armed men moving around the city. At one point, officers stranded on the roof of a hotel were fired at by criminals on the street.

    Authorities said an officer was shot in the head and a looter was wounded in a shootout. The officer and looter were expected to survive.

  • Hunter S. Thompson


    I sat in my comfortable air-conditioned home in North Texas and watched Katrina unfurl her awesome reminder that (near) coastal real estate is overpriced and overrated.

    As I watch the scenes of looting that bring to mind the later minutes of the 1972 movie “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068408/), I am relieved that my choice in a home site lends itself to the quick, merciful, and mostly loot free punishment of nature’s most fickle tantrum: the tornado. Of course, the fact that most Texans (myself included) are armed to the teeth and authorized to use deadly force to protect personal property to some extent has a somewhat subduing effect on looters.

    On a “purely driven by curiosity rather than what some wankanites may construe as… dare I?… racism” note; where are all the Caucasian, Asian, and Hispanic looters?

    I don’t feel they are being represented in proportion to their reported population percentage in the last census data for New Orleans. Should I believe that Sharpton is soon to wag the “limelight emblazoned” finger of ‘curiosity’ at news tossers such as CNN, MSNBC, and FOXNEWS for race bias profiling looters?
    Surely this is the error of some hell-bent camera operator or field reporter… obviously hundreds of them with a predisposed dislike of white and Hispanic looters. An epidemic if you please.

    I want to see a group of white or Hispanic looters raiding the local stores. I know they are out there, hauling away vast amounts of DKNY jogging pants, votive candles, or designer mouse pads. Shame on you MEDIA!

    Oh well, they report it… YOU decide.