~ People are hurting tonight, and it’s not just in Moore, Oklahoma.
More about Moore and it’s not OK
The authorities in Moore are being quite tight lipped of course. They are NOT saying how many have actually died, are actually missing, are actually in critical condition or homeless or even how many homes have been destroyed. How can they? Anything they say will take what looks bad and make it a lot worse. Homeland Security said, “Prepare”, “Be prepared.” If the truth were known or even reported the truth would reveal that Moore, Oklahoma was NOT prepared.
So what does one say about a community, a city, of 55,000 that is situated right there in tornado alley and doesn’t have tornado shelters in all of their schools? Obama has offered, “all the help that is needed.” Where was the help to protect the people, the children, with federal aid for shelters?
All the money spent to “protect” Americans is spent “fighting Al Quida” in Syria and Afghanistan and in 128 battle zones throughout the world. There is no money left to protect Americans at home, in schools, in mobile home parks or hospitals or churches much less travelers on the Interstate that might make a wrong turn or can’t turn around and go back; meaning go back to sanity when they hear the Roar of the Hurricane or the roar of a tornado.
Thank heaven for 7/11. At just one store in Moore three died. 300 people from the community sought sanctuary in the community hospital, there is no tornado shelter on site. The hospital was so badly damaged that now it has been evacuated and closed. You’ve seen the pictures of all the mangled cars and trucks and SUV’s. Interstate 35 through Moore was officially closed. There isn’t even ONE tornado shelter for travelers, not even ONE SIGN directing traffic to a shelter on the entire Interstate system anywhere in tornado alley or elsewhere in “OK” (Oklahoma). Drive there at your own peril or risk, or maybe just don’t.
There are NOT too many things in America that is (or are) compulsory. Sending your children to school is one, unless they are home schooled, which in Moore, OK is safer than giving in to one mindless law. There may be 20, or 30 or 50 parents or sets of parents that might wish tonight that they had home-schooled their kids, looking back, looking forward.
Doesn’t a school district have a legal responsibility to protect children and teachers against OBVIOUS risks? Where was the school board on this one, this risk, the “risk management” that says why risk a life when you can save one? Why isn’t saving and protecting lives a no brainer?
No money? Is that it? Is it that AMERICA has NO MONEY, or no money left or is it that nobody cares until there is tangible death and dying and then every child brings their piggy bank forward when it should be the Bank of America bringing forward $40 million dollars to help rebuild 160 badly damaged or totally lost lives. Each “survivor” of 9/11 got $1 million dollars or more; not in Moore. In Moore those that got hurt or got dead because of government neglect will probably get next to nothing, maybe they will be offered LOANS, government backed loans that are free money for the banks, not the people, not the people hurting and badly in pain.
Some will say it was a “natural” disaster. A natural disaster is like an airplane without wings. We know about physics, we know about risks. We know that in tornado alley there ARE tornadoes. I mean that. Why should I lie, or try to lie to you?
The government says that there is “green house warming”. That means (they say) EXTREME weather. There is nothing as extreme (in weather) as an F5 tornado. The prediction now is that the tornado that hit Moore, OK will be an F5 tornado, not the EF4 tornado that was yesterdays news. So when will Homeland Security start building and equipping and provisioning shelters to PROTECT the people that need protection as both the world and the climate start to change?
Maybe it is a CLIMATE WAR that we are in. EVERY airport needs a shelter for every passenger waiting for EVERY plane. It’s the lesson of the Titanic where so few were saved because of not enough safety because of not enough boats, meaning life boats.
30,000 people are without power (NOW) because of this 40 minute storm, aka “weather event”. The reason is simple. The power company puts power lines above ground and NOT below (ground). So the grid failed? So what? Electricity isn’t needed in an emergency? Oh.
Just one month ago the mantra from Boston was “shelter in place”. Too many in Moore, Oklahoma apparently listened. The people sheltered (in place) where there was no shelter, no protection, no safety – it’s (perhaps) a lesson about home; but more it’s a lesson about public places, schools, community centers, public buses. The only shelter that such places provide is the “shelter” of their never being a real attack, or never being a real target in an attack.
If the storm track targets you, YOU need a REAL shelter. You need one near, you need to get to it fast. It’s the same thing as an enemy attack. You need a bio-chemical safe shelter in case a tank car explodes, a bio-chem terrorist comes by (or by you) or a missile comes in from the sea or North Korea. If your government can’t and doesn’t build shelters who will?
North Korea and China and Russia have shelters for most of their citizens very near where they live and also where they work. Even Israel gives free gas masks and duct tape to all of their people. The best that America can do is to give a check to the survivors to bury their dead once everything is all over. That’s NOT OK, and it’s not OK with me, and it shouldn’t be OK with you.
Some day America and Americans will face a real disaster; like maybe 10,000 dead or dying; 20 million without power; the only first responders being the military, because all the civilian responders will be victims or will be too poor or too demoralized to really care. It’s the kind of “disaster” that movies always warn us about. Advertise something enough, pour enough time and money into it and (yeah) it WILL happen.
I really hope that when the *hit hits the fan, really hits the fan, that both America and Americans are ready, that they are really prepared, really have planned, really did get their *hit together and put places and situations as illustrated by Moore, Oklahoma far in the past where being “OK” with being stupid is NO LONGER OK.
So, “stand tall” central Oklahoma, the center of America it seems. The Murrah Federal Building was strike one (maybe). Strike two occurred today or yesterday. Do things differently before it’s too late. There’s a fast ball coming right at ya. You don’t want to swing unless you really are ready. Anyway, that’s my two bits, my opinion, my side of the story.
2013.05.21 – 06:10 UTC.