I bought $200 of beans rice apples flour etc, Monday night. Some white gas and propane too. And liquor. I'm more than a thousand miles from where Sandy made landfall, but I'm not naive about what closing down Manhattan for a week or more could mean for the global economy.
Eleven feet to clear the levee? How about 13? The full extent of the flooding of the New York subways will not be known for days; that's where all the electrical lines are. Maybe Wall Street should have thought about that? I mean, they figured out how to game the housing market. Too busy counting their money I guess. They might have thought themselves able to conjure money out of the ether, but they need electricity to do it, at least to keep the global economy from going into default. We just might see how sturdy these big TBTF banks are, sometime around election day. LOL.
Epic. That storm lifted the south end of LAKE MICHIGAN eighteen inches! Everyone has been cautious about prognostications, but I just heard the folks on NPR say it might be WEEKS before the subways are fully operating. What are the odds they have electrical at ALL polling stations, next Tuesday? If Obama doesn't win big in the Eastern states, he doesn't win. Romney aims to make the world in an image of himself.
Damn lucky, one of those ageing nuclear facilities didn't pop. It's still early, though. They wouldn't necessarily say anything until it was SERIOUS. I mean, the Feds stopped monitoring ambient nuclear radiation after Fukushima. I don't toss around the word evil, but it does seem about the only word with the appropriate oomph, here.
A full moon. Synchronicity writ Gaia. Amplifying that storm, wreaking havoc. Whole neighborhoods gone. Evidence, even of roadways, buried under sand. Some whole neighborhoods at the height of the swell, burning to the ground.
Consider this a test for America, Americans. A test of character. And American's general refusal to reconcile global climate change, the end of the age of fossil fuels, and the end of civilization as we have know it. The end of America as we have known it.
BTW - If the Doomstead Diner went away, would anyone notice?