Saturday, September 23, 2017

Vicious Ugly Face of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

The theme of my blog is the Event Horizon, the point at which the pace of events and change quickens and gets faster and faster and faster, until things get so cockeyed that you hardly know which end is up, the world is spinning and whirling all around you, left becomes right, up is down, black is white  -- and things become so furious, the crescendo of insanity howls and shrieks all around you, the world seems to lose all normal sense, people act out in all sorts of strange and bizarre ways, there are more and more abnormal weather events, earthquakes, wars, rumors of wars, floods, economic crises, and more -- there may even by mind-numbing mass mortality events.

It seems more than you can take in or bear, and still it keeps coming.

Well, my friends, I think we re now entering into the outer bands of the Event Horizon.  The ride is likely to get bumpier from here on, for at least the next few years.

The recent hurricanes in the USSA and the Caribbean islands, along with the recent spate of major earthquakes in Mexico, and elsewhere along the Ring of Fire, suggest that we have crossed over the threshold into the beginning of the Event Horizon.

I won't even get into the growing likelihood of nuclear warfare between the USSA and North Korea (and perhaps other countries, as well) and the increasingly bizarre, erratic behavior of the so-called "President" of the USSA, Donald Trump. The man is a blithering idiot, and please, don't even try to tell me that he is playing 3-D political chess.  At this point I doubt that he is even competent to play with Tinker toys or play dough.

What's Going On In Texas? (and Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands?)

Over the last few days and weeks, many of the Caribbean islands and also the Texas Gulf Coast and nearby inland regions of Texas, most of the state of Florida  and the USSA Territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (in the Caribbean) have been slammed, even devastated by hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Let's look at Houston. Hurricane Harvey destroyed up to one million cars in its rampage in Texas. There is no meaningful public transport in Houston, which is a stereotypical car town, so how are people getting to work? Are they getting to work? Does their place of work still exist, or is their workplace usable or safe?

The Houston business press reports that 134,500 residences were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey (while not mentioning how many businesses were destroyed or damaged). Let's arbitrarily say that the average household contains 3 people (some will have one person, some will have four or five) -- so a back of the envelope guesstimate suggests that about half a million people (or more?) were forced out of their houses and apartments because their domicile was either destroyed or badly damaged by water and wind and they temporarily had to relocate due to mud, mold, mildew, ripped off roof, etc. and emergency repairs underway until the residence is once again habitable, if it is repairable.

Where are these several hundreds of thousands of people now? Where are they living? What are they doing? It's a very large number of people.

They have lost their cars. They have lost their apartments or houses. Many have lost their employment. Are half a million people in camps? Have they been disappeared? Are they living under plastic sheets by the side of the road and sleeping on cardboard? Without a car and a house how do they survive in a car-necessary-city? There is a yawning silence about these questions from the mainstream news media in the USSA.

But here is one example from the British press -- note well -- the British press, not the USSA press. A five member family had to flee their apartment due to flooding, but are nevertheless being required to pay rent -- and late fees! -- for an apartment they cannot live in. The husband cannot work because of flooding and they have few options. Indeed, the article says that 180,000 Houston-area homes have been badly damaged. I get the feeling that the situation in Houston and the surrounding area is far worse than the USSA government is admitting. That family can probably be multiplied by 100,000 fold. My guesstimate of half a million victims of the storm and flooding in Texas may even be far too low.
 

Watch the following YouTube videos about recent hurricane related events in coastal Texas. The report of armed, rogue "contractors" and federal agents intentionally flooding Houston neighborhoods without first evacuating the inhabitants is most troubling, as is the report about flushing the many dead bodies in the flood waters (some with bullet wounds) out to sea, as is the report of FEMA prison barges being brought into the Port Arthur area, just to the east of Houston. Watch the video about the FEMA barge and note the view of the interior. It is clearly a large, maximum security jail.

It appears that extremely ugly events are going down in Texas about which the USSA government and its partners in crime, the mainstream news media, are silent.

FEMA CIA, DEA, FBI Hunting- MURDERING PEOPLE !!! WITNESS !!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zwf8JtZ67E
 

My Time At Hurricane Harvey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgzt8Dp2mnY

FEMA BARGES In TEXAS Are JAILS!! (watch it -- look inside)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG4GuhwfP_w

Similarly, we are hearing very little out of Florida, though a week and a half ago, there were reports that 90% of the homes in the Florida Keys were "destroyed" or suffered "major damage." Given that 10,000 people reportedly defied evacuation orders to remain in the Florida Keys, 90% of them would have had their homes totally destroyed or heavily damaged, while they were in them. So what was the real death toll in the Keys? Obviously, your odds of physical survival are extremely problematic if your house is totally destroyed or heavily damaged while you are in it. I've got questions which neither the news media nor government are answering.

I have been unable to find hard numbers, or any numbers at all, for the total numbers of damaged and destroyed houses in Florida due to Irma, though many houses were reported under water in Naples, and there was heavy damage in Saint Augustine and record flooding in Jacksonville. It is as if there were a hard news vacuum on what really happened in Florida.

And what is going on in Puerto Rico? We know very little, other than that the entire island of 3.5 million people has completely lost electrical power in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and that the electrical grid will not be restored for weeks, or even months.

For most people, and most businesses, that means no computers, no Internet, no lights, no radio, no elevators or escalators, no TV, no traffic lights, no food refrigeration, no cell phone or other telephone service, no municipal water supply, no sewage treatment, no gasoline pumps, and on and on.

Roads are blocked and bridges are washed out. Imagine modern banking without electricity and digital technology. Imagine modern supermarkets without electricity -- no cash registers, no refrigeration, no lights. Imagine modern hospitals with no electricity -- no surgical operating room, no dialysis machines, no respirators. And on and on. Puerto Rico has been abruptly plunged into the 19th century, but without appropriate 19th century infrastructure and with a dense population of 3.5 million people that requires a 21st century infrastructure with electricity -- which no longer is available.

In other words, the dire circumstances imply the imminent, potential (probable?) break down of civil society for 3.5 million people. Today is just the third day of the crisis, which will grow more and more acute with each passing day. The solutions to the crisis will be slow in coming.

Puerto Rico is now, therefore, living a huge humanitarian crisis. Yet the full dimensions of what is happening are not being reported by the mainstream news media.

As regards the situation in the Virgin Islands, which were slammed by Irma and then shortly afterward by Maria, there is next to nothing in the news.

This is not a case where no news is good news.

I have an unsettling feeling about all of these things.


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