American Elephants


Glad You’re Alright, East Coast Folk. by The Elephant's Child

Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to a mere tropical storm. Uncomfortable or worse for many, with power outages and  fallen trees, but most of us have been there and done that.  The media, as usual, vastly overhyped the event.  Apparently every region has their version of “STORMWATCH” and they send crews out to find pictures of disaster of one sort or another to prove that it was indeed a terrible event.  Photographers found some damaged boats, docks, decks, and at least one tree through a roof, and lots of excess water.

The hype led President Obama to “take charge” at the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) set up at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) headquarters in Washington.  All spokesmen in the media and the White House emphasized how much the President was in charge and on top of things, but unfortunately the storm did not really cooperate by giving him much of anything to be in charge of.  NOAA had overestimated wind speeds by taking readings from the wrong altitude.

It could have been a lot worse.  The east coast has had hurricanes do a lot of damage on occasion in the past.  Let’s just say that everyone tried hard to be responsible and keep people from being harmed, and for the most part they did. So lets not make too much of the “optics” to use the new buzz word for the way things look. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and preparedness.



Computer Problems, Computer Problems, Sigh. by The Elephant's Child
August 28, 2011, 4:50 pm
Filed under: Blogging

I’m sorry about the absence of blogging. No hurricanes here, but ordinary computer problems.  Crashed something over six times yesterday, and froze innumerable times.  Off to the shop this week, in the hopes that I don’t have to get a new computer just yet.

I’ll be back just as soon as I can.




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