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When I was watching Katrina develop before landfall, it was no where near as large as Rita is. (Look here for satellite loop.)

Amazingly, the politicians are still acting more like politicians than leaders. (Without regard to party affiliations - They're all being stupid)

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In the UK we get all the news about how & why Dubya screwed up, but I have not seen one report in the UK serious press which shows just how much ordinary Americans are doing to help each other.
Luckily, I am on this man's mailing list, so at least I do get some positive news.
Here in the UK, we rather like Michael. [Applause]

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You ain't just whistlin' dixie GG...

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Remember all those people who were evacuated from New Orleans to Texas?

Well, they're on the move again. It just shows the truth of that old blues line... if it weren't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all.

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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
In the UK we get all the news about how & why Dubya screwed up, but I have not seen one report in the UK serious press which shows just how much ordinary Americans are doing to help each other.
Luckily, I am on this man's mailing list, so at least I do get some positive news.
Here in the UK, we rather like Michael. [Applause]

I used to rather like him, too, but I started tuning him out the last several years.

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Orpheus and I evacuated the island today with the dog, cat, and computers. We are hoping to have a home to go back to. The trip to my mom's house took about eight hours rather than the 3.5 it normally takes. Sadly, many of the people on the road with us had Louisiana license plates. Seems like people are taking this as seriously as is called for. The island is taking people out on buses, and will be going door to door to make sure everyone gets out safely. Please pray, meditate, hope, whatever you choose to do, that everyone stays safe from harm and we don't have another disaster like Katrina. Now all we can do is sit back and wait.

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We will keep hope up for everyone over there as well as the many that have already been evacuated to Texas from LA. I read on Cnn that some of the LA natives are hoping the dome they are going to in Arkansas will not bring back bad memories.

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They are evacuating Lafayette, but my friend Sue runs an animal shelter and can't leave. She is on higher ground and has a lot of supplies. I am still really worried. Please keep her in your thoughts.
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Why doesn't she just put the animals down and get herself to safety?

/me wonders why a person would risk his/her life for animals. For other people, for sure, but for animals? Craziness....

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Why doesn't she just put the animals down and get herself to safety?

/me wonders why a person would risk his/her life for animals. For other people, for sure, but for animals? Craziness....

Wow! I hope you aren't serious? They are fellow creatures that look to us for their well-being, and their lives are precious to them, as well as in the sight of their Creator.

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Exactly. Which is why I wondered why they didn't put them down. A simple needle stick is quicker and less painful than death by drowning or starvation.

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Whooooo... I'm not touching that one... [Eek!]

Does anyone know the probability of two Category 5 hurricanes in roughly the same area in the same season?

I can't believe it. Here we go again. [Confused] [weep]

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quote:
Originally posted by ewomack:
Does anyone know the probability of two Category 5 hurricanes in roughly the same area in the same season?

With ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico still around 30 C (90 F), this may be just the beginning... [Frown] [shake head]

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Why doesn't she just put the animals down and get herself to safety?

/me wonders why a person would risk his/her life for animals. For other people, for sure, but for animals? Craziness....

How "Christian" of you. [Roll Eyes] This is going down in your permanent record. [Embarrassed]

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quote:
Originally posted by God:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Why doesn't she just put the animals down and get herself to safety?

/me wonders why a person would risk his/her life for animals. For other people, for sure, but for animals? Craziness....

How "Christian" of you. [Roll Eyes] This is going down in your permanent record. [Embarrassed]
Nice trolling, God. How about all of those animal sacrifices in the Old Testament, eh? Or the scapegoat thing? Or where you told the Israelites to go and hamstring the horses of opposing armies? The list goes on.

/If I believed in a God, they wouldn't be into animal cruelty. Or cruelty of any kind, really.
//And under Christian theology, Christians don't have a permanent record.

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Or how 'bout the sacrificial Lamb of God. Now there's cruelty. But at the same time, the most perfect act of love ever.

EDIT: Then I guess you must be a vegetarian, god?

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quote:
Originally posted by ewomack:
Whooooo... I'm not touching that one... [Eek!]

Does anyone know the probability of two Category 5 hurricanes in roughly the same area in the same season?

I can't believe it. Here we go again. [Confused] [weep]

What's the probability that God is really pissed with the folks who put the lazy W in office?

I think the Supreme Commander has grown weary of sending tornadoes to trailer parks, and decided to crank things up a few notches.

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What...the...fuck?!

(See...I usually use 'fsck' online. [Wink] )

You must be kidding me...

You respected the amazing folks at directNIC.com in NOLA who stayed there throughout hell...to keep some networking stuff running...but suggest that someone should abandon their post and kill animals, rather than keep them alive? Oh hell no! Fsck the machines...preserve life! (While I have unbounded respect for Interdictor and company, I think folks would have understood if they abandoned ship early on, and /something/ could have been made to work.) If I was in Interdictor's shoes, or Aditu's friend's shoes, would I do what they did? Maybe. The former, probably just because, as some know, I tend to step in when the shit hits the fan and usually keep things under control well. I also really hate giving up, so I tend to hang around when stuff needs to get done. The latter...well, that would require me to be in a different profession...and odds are that my conscience wouldn't let me leave a shelter full of living creatures die a miserable death (starvation - the elevation implies they wouldn't be flooded), or have their life brought to an untimely end. In both cases, I tip my hat to these brave men and women who are sticking to their guns. (OTOH, people who have no damnably good reason to stay around should get the hell out of there, ASAP!)

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quote:
Originally posted by csk:
Nice trolling, God. How about all of those animal sacrifices in the Old Testament, eh? Or the scapegoat thing? Or where you told the Israelites to go and hamstring the horses of opposing armies? The list goes on.

/If I believed in a God, they wouldn't be into animal cruelty. Or cruelty of any kind, really.
//And under Christian theology, Christians don't have a permanent record.

csk is chanelling TFD.
Welcome to the twilight zone...

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I'm guessing you're talking to me, dman, so I'll direct my response to you.

My understanding of the directNIC people was that they weren't in any danger from the storm. They were stuck there 'cause cars weren't working, no gas, etc. My understanding of Aditu's friend is that she has the chance to flee from flooding waters but is instead choosing to tempt fate. There's a difference there, yes? I mean, seriously, if those guys in the tower had stood a chance of losing their lives, they would've been stupid to stay, no matter how important the technology they manned.* The same with Aditu's friend. If her life is at stake, dying with the animals is a poor choice. Which would you rather have: a)dead animals or b)dead animals and people? If the animals are going to die as a result of the storm, put them to sleep humanely, then get the heck out of there.

*And face it. If the storm was strong enough to kill the men, it would've for sure killed the equipment.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
quote:
Originally posted by csk:
Nice trolling, God. How about all of those animal sacrifices in the Old Testament, eh? Or the scapegoat thing? Or where you told the Israelites to go and hamstring the horses of opposing armies? The list goes on.

/If I believed in a God, they wouldn't be into animal cruelty. Or cruelty of any kind, really.
//And under Christian theology, Christians don't have a permanent record.

csk is chanelling TFD.
Welcome to the twilight zone...

Now I've got that doo-dee-doo-doo thing going round in my head, thanks a lot! [Wink] Nah, just revelling in my newfound agnosticism. Or maybe the TFD part of the collective took over, dunno...

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EDIT: I removed my comment. This post made in hasty emotional response to something that was probably not meant to upset anyone, I hope. Please forgive my momentary lapse in patience and self-control. I am riding on my last nerve right now, which I hope you can understand.

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Uh, that's a bit of an extreme reaction there, maia. I'm pretty sure that's CP's usual black sort of humour, I doubt he was wanting to offend anyone.

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Just a bit touchy right now. We stand to lose our home and everything we own. I was hoping to come on here and find a bit of support, and find someone who seems to have no regard for our situation. Maybe I'm just not used to this kind of humor.

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quote:
Originally posted by maia:
Just a bit touchy right now. We stand to lose our home and everything we own. I was hoping to come on here and find a bit of support, and find someone who seems to have no regard for our situation. Maybe I'm just not used to this kind of humor.

Quite possibly. Colonel Panic, while not being around as much recently, has made some truly memorable posts in the past, and has been much missed in his absence.

But, I can understand where you're coming from too, maia. I hope that things are as good as they can be, and that there is little or no further damage from this hurricane.

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