In 1900, a storm surge destroyed Galveston and killed 8,000 people.
Experts tell us that Sandy was the biggest storm in US history, so we can safely assume that Manhattan now looks like Galveston did in 1900.
Our dear friend Bill McKibben has penned a jewel in the Guardian. Here are some breathtaking highlights-
“It’s as horrible in its very different way as watching 9/11.”
“For me, the subways are New York, or at least they’re the most crucial element of that magnificent ecosystem.”
“And my boast was that I’d gotten out at every station in the system for some story or another. It may not have been quite true: the Bronx is a big and forgotten place, and Queens stretches out forever – but it was my aspiration.”
“The subways were kind of dangerous, but also deeply democratic.”
” Writing about homelessness, I slept with hundreds of other men on the endless A train to the Rockaways.”
“New York is as beautiful and diverse and glorious as an old-growth forest.”
“It’s as grand, in its unplanned tumble, as anything ever devised by man or nature.”
If I had to pick the most ridiculous spokesman for the climateers, Bill would get my vote.
“The poetry of New York is old and violent as the world; it is the poetry that has always been. Its strength, like that of all other existing poetry, lies in the most gelatinous and paradoxical aspects of the delirious flesh of its own reality…. The poetry of New York is not that of a practical concrete building that scrapes the sky; the poetry of New York is that of a great many-piped organ of red ivory it does not scrape the sky, it resounds with it, and it resounds in it with the compass of the systole and diastole of the visceral canticles of elementary biology.” – Salvador Dali (The Secret Life of Salvador Dali 1942)
“Skyscrapers scrape shards of blue and white paint from the sky. The rivers swirl with color. Nitrous okras and reds eat through the bridges, falling into the rivers. Splashing colors across warehouses and piers & roads & buildings. Amocart floods in organic molds, stirring passions of metal & glass. Steel girders writhing in mineral lust, burst from their concrete covers. Walls of glass melt and burn with madness of a million crazed eyes. Bridges buck cars and trucks into the rivers. The sidewalks run ahead faster and faster and faster . . . energy ground down into sidewalks and streets by billions of feet and tires. Erupts from manholes and tunnels, breaks out with volcanic force. Let it come down. Caught in New York, meet the animals of the village.” – William S. Burroughs
“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. Particularly when one can’t see the details. Just the shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need?” – Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead 1943)
A lot of fancy words to describe a cesspool.
A weaker storm than Sandy would have killed more people back then because they would not have had the warning they have today. There was no forced evacuation back then. Also this hurricane had a far broader extent.
Face it Steve, you are morally and intellectually bankrupt.
The 1938 new england hurricane was category four hurricane, compared to category 0 Sandy.
Face it, you are intellectually brainless.
If a hurricane or any other storm has three times the width of another hurricane it does not need to have the same wind velocity to equal or exceed its property damage. The New England hurricane would not have caused the damage Sandy has caused if it were to strike us today.
8,000 people died in Galveston and the city was destroyed. Are you playing with a full deck?
Geschwind seems upset that bad weather is no longer as threatening as it used to be because of common sense safety practices.
Safety practices are not the issue. Those people would not be in a position to know when and where a hurricane would hit due, in part, to a lack of satellites.
The point I made is still flying over the top of your head.
You got it figured out. He (maybe it’s a she) is a bat-shit crazy sociopath.
Galveston had a problem. Must not have had a NOAA satellite feed to provide warning.
Not to mention no warning at all, because no one wanted to panic anyone by saying ‘hurricane.’
Or no sea wall. And a Cat 4 compared to Cat 1. Happens when it goes across the hot Gulf.
Probably had no building codes.
As usual, you have no idea what you are talking about. The weather bureau forecaster in Galveston gave the city two days warning.
Do you think lower Manhattan has a seawall?
If you’re an alarmist you actually have to have no idea what you’re talking about. Otherwise you wouldn’t be an alarmist. 😉
How many of Galveston’s subways got flooded? How many flights to Galveston got cancelled?
As for the dumb shit doctor, when the electricity goes down I go to the internet with a wireless card in my computer.
All of the flights to Galveston got cancelled. The airplane hadn’t been invented yet.
Unless your wireless card is connected by satellite, where would it get its signal from during a power outage? Do you have an Obama satellite laptop?
Are you as dense as you pretend to be?
I carefully checked the first order weather stations this morning and could not find sustained hurricane force winds at any first order weather stations. Highest wind gust was 90 mph at Islip, NY.
Compared to the “extratropical” storm of November 1950 that produced widespread 100 mph wind gusts in the Northeast and widespread 2-3 foot snows in PA, WV and OH, Sandy was a pussy cat. What loaded the dice for that storm?
The only pussy around here is ignorant you. Why don’t you send a message to Gov Christie and tell him that the storm was a pussy. Better yet, I’d like to see if you had the guts to do that in person, and see him hand you your dumb ass in your hands.
Too bad you weren’t in Galveston in 1900, dumbass.
In case of emergency loss of electricity, Obama says log on to the internet:
When he’s lost Politico, he’s lost the nation. I hope a majority of voters realize this.
Just think if we had all our electricity from wind and solar. Instead of days to weeks to recover, it would take months to years. Democrats (and probably Todd Akin) are too stupid to realize this.
Obviously, the back-up plan is to be in touch with local officials, not Federal.
You got that right.
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