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Old June 22nd, 2008, 12:40 PM   #3
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Interesting.

While I've had similar thoughts, here's another take:

"Control" is an illusion.

We can build levees, dams, and other flood-control apparatus that gives us the illusion of control - but it's just that, an illusion. All these measures were built to solve some past or future conceived problem - not the problem nobody conceived. They were also not built to address the failure of one or more links in the protective chain. And (and this is a big AND" these thing shave to be maintained - at great expense.

Likewise New Orleans - a city built below sea level on a coast known to have hurricanes. Note that many of the old portions of New Orleans were largely untouched by the devastation. Why? We built a city below sea level that was protected by levees, dikes, and canals that were clearly known to not be up to a category five hurricane for years before Katrina. Katrina was an eventuality - it was going to happen, it was just a question of when. We naively think we can control nature and build a city below sea level that is impervious to hurricane-driven rains, wind, and surges.

California wildfires - a natural part of that ecosystem that we now label a "disaster" because somebody built a $1MM house there. Duh. Ditto earthquakes and lack of water - somebody decided to build cities in an earthquake-prone arid area with little to no groundwater that is subject to regular wildfires - and then acts surprised when one of the known events occurs.
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