Sanding our assholes with 150 grit.

Perhaps some locations are just not liveable

Really stupid shit like:

New Orleans - building a city 20 feet under sea level.

The coasts of Florida - just a few feet above sea level and directly in the path of every hurricane to hit North America.

Like building cities in Southwestern deserts and wondering why there is a water shortage.

Like building suburbs in the Mississippi & Ohio flood planes and expecting FEMA to bail you out.

Fuck this shit.
Permalink hoser 
August 31st, 2005
It's to make it easier to reach a McDonalds.
Permalink ooO 
August 31st, 2005
I guess every city on a fault line should be included in your list.
Permalink Joel Goodwin 
August 31st, 2005
Plus every one in a tornado zone, or close to a known super-volcano or directly across an ocean from a large mountain prone to landslips and causing massive tidal waves (Tsunami to you).

Its a pity that so many likable people are in what's effectively mother nature's free-fire zone.
Permalink a cynic writes... 
August 31st, 2005
Hawaiians should evacuate immediately!
Permalink Humuhumunukunuku Apua'a 
August 31st, 2005
People don't build cities because they threw darts at a map. Places like New Orleans became a city because they were at the mouth of a huge river. Because they were a large shipping hub: importing and exporting goods. Somewhere near 1/3 to 1/2 of our grain exports to the world leave that port.

The biggest problem with NO is that the land it is built on is slowly subsiding. Or sinking. If the river was allowed to flood the city, you'd get a couple inches of fresh, stinky, dirt every year. But you don't lift your house up to toss a layer of dirt underneath.

I think the estimates of the cost to recover from this are in the $1 trillion ballpark.

When FEMA pays for your flooded house, they buy it and bulldoze it, turning it into a park. And don't forget, the purpose of Florida is to serve as a warning to others. Think of the blue hair as the human equivalent of a yellow traffic sign.
Permalink Peter 
August 31st, 2005
"Its a pity that so many likable people are in what's effectively mother nature's free-fire zone."

Everyone is special. Kindergarteners get told that. And for the scope of their world, hurray for them.
Permalink hoser 
August 31st, 2005
"Hawaiians..."

...and anyone within 500 miles of Yellowstone (supervolcano) or within 100 miles of the coast on the Eastern seaboard (landslip - Canary Islands) or in that bit in the middle where most of the world's tornados are.
Permalink a cynic writes... 
August 31st, 2005
Hey, don't forget the never-erupted-in-recorded-history Yellowstone caldera, a supervolcano that when erupted would render most of the northern hemisphere uninhabitable for generations.

Dumbasses who live in North America anyway...
Permalink Bored Bystander 
August 31st, 2005
hoser - I mean it.

I have generally found people from North America to be likable people. I do think it's a pity that there are so many natural hazards in that part of the world.

The Yellowstone supervolcano - it goes off once every 600k years. The last one was 640k years ago so it's 40k years overdue. Will it go bang tomorrow - I very much doubt it. Will it go bang sometime - yes.

Where I live we don't get tonardos, volcanos, hurricanes or earthquakes. Granted flooding's not unknown - but usually the kind which buggers your carpet rather than killing your kids. It *is* a pity other people aren't as fortunate.
Permalink a cynic writes... 
August 31st, 2005
OK, OK, I'm (intentionally) being an ass. Mea Culpa.
Permalink hoser 
August 31st, 2005
That supervolcano is gonna blow in 2010.

http://exodus2006.com/supervol.html
Permalink  
August 31st, 2005
Well, I think you need to draw a distinction between places that are livable 99.99999999% of the time (like New Orleans between Hurricanes) and getting the hell out during events that will make it unlivable one week out of 40 years.

This includes places in the shadow of volcanos, places in the path of hurricanes or tsunamis, the ENTIRE state of Florida (which is 50% water, normally), North Carolina's Outer Banks, etc.

I suppose it's very human to "put down roots" and value a particular location. But it's a very good idea to have a huge respect for the power of nature -- as evidenced in hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, oceans, volcanos -- and be willing to get out of the way. Being human, we are a lot more mobile than most other parts of nature.
Permalink AllanL5 
August 31st, 2005

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