Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Katrina - who's to blame?
The human brain is built to look for patterns in limited data. The brain often fills in the gaps to create a message where none is present. We've all glanced at a sign, caught a glimpse of a few fragments of words and "read" something completely different that what is written. Or we've seen someone in a crowd and, based on a bit of hair, a characteristic movement, or a general body shape, and "seen" someone we know when they are not really present.

There is nothing mysterious about this. It's a survival oriented trait. When our ancestors saw a bit of shadow move, they needed to be able to make a fast decision whether or not it was a predator or just a shadow. The ones who live to become our ancestors may have made a few mistakes and jumped away from shadows, but that's better than not jumping away from a well-camouflaged tiger.

Our brains don't just find patterns in visual information. We also impart meaning into sequences of events. This is something more than a survival oriented trait. There is something emotionally seductive in meaning. So much so, that we rebel at the thought of events that "just happen", events that have no meaning. Random events are intolerable and random painful events are even more so. So, sometimes we impart meaning where none exists. The most seductive and dangerous search for meaning is the search for cause. For many, a merely mechanical cause is not satisfying. To be be truly, emotionally satisfying a cause must be the result of intelligent agency. Someone must make things happen. When those things are painful, someone must be to blame.

Michael Marcavage says homosexuals caused Hurricane Katrina:
An evangelical Christian group that regularly demonstrates at LGBT events is blaming gays for hurricane Katrina.

Repent America says that God "destroyed" New Orleans because of Southern Decadence, the gay festival that was to have taken place in the city over the Labor Day weekend.

"Southern Decadence" has a history of filling the French Quarters section of the city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and bars" Repent America director Michael Marcavage said in a statement Wednesday.

"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city." Marcavage said. "From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence’, New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same."

"Let us pray for those ravaged by this disaster. However, we must not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long," Marcavage said.

"May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God," Marcavage concluded.

John Aravosis at Americablog points out that Marcavage isn't a lone looney like the excrable Fred Phelps.
This is a group that has been defended by scores of lead religious right organizations in just the past year, including the Southern Baptist Convention, Center for Reclaiming America (attached to D. James Kennedy), the American Family Association's AgapePress, WorldNetDaily, the men over at the Concerned Women for America, Lou Sheldon's Traditional Values Coaltion, the freepers, and more.

Columbia Christians for Life says abortionists caused Hurricane Katrina:
The image of the hurricane above with its eye already ashore at 12:32 PM Monday, August 29 looks like a fetus (unborn human baby) facing to the left (west) in the womb, in the early weeks of gestation (approx. 6 weeks). Even the orange color of the image is reminiscent of a commonly used pro-life picture of early prenatal development (see sign with picture of 8-week pre-born human child below). In this picture, and in another picture in today's on-line edition of USA Today*, this hurricane looks like an unborn human child.

Louisiana has 10 child-murder-by-abortion centers - FIVE are in New Orleans ('Find an Abortion Clinic [sic]')

Baby-murder state # 1 - California (125 abortion centers) - land of earthquakes, forest fires, and mudslides
Baby-murder state # 2 - New York (78 abortion centers) - 9-11 Ground Zero
Baby-murder state # 3 - Florida (73 abortion centers) - Hurricanes Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne in 2004; and now, Hurricane Katrina in 2005

God's message: REPENT AMERICA !

Personally, I think it's very creepy that the Columbia Christians for Life can tell at a glance how many weeks old a fetus is. They spend way too much time obsessing on those gory abortion pictures.

Some commenters at blogs and bulletin boards have darkly suggested that the project HAARP antenna array, a secret military weather modification system based on lost Tesla technology, is to blame. Most of these are just cryptic comments, but a site called Girls Go Fishing lays it all out for those of us too blind to see the whole pattern.
Are submarine scalar-magnetic-heating technologies being used to increase local oceanic temperatures, possibly by stimulation of volcanic vents, which creates the fuel for the exacerbation of hurricanes, like this tri-state disaster caused by Katrina? Think about it.

A desire to displace every black man, woman, and child who managed to survive may have been the goal, with the added benefit of being able to force experimental vaccinations on people for the benefit of corporations, force ID chip implants as a method of gradually getting the rest of the country to accept it themselves, to use poor black people as lab-rats and test subjects.

What could be the purpose of wasting three cities in the Black South? What could a government possibly gain by such destruction? They get to experiment with their hurricane manipulation techniques as a war tool. They get to vaccinate every single person with experimental -- even deliberately deadly population control substances, all the while pretending it is for everyone's good to prevent west nile and typhoid. They get to force technologies of a police state on Americans by incrimentally installing them, beginning with poor people who are displaced. Also, if you're going to turn America into a police state you're going to want to suppress any opposition before it starts, and you would most certainly begin with the folks who have risen up in the past. Southern Black America certainly fits that bill. These americans would recognize the implimentation of a slave state because they've lived through it before, and they have risen up before. They know slavery when they see it. And the initial signs of it wouldn't go unnoticed among them. They would voice opposition long before White-America ever caught wind that it was coming. Hurricane Katrina helped reduce that risk, didn't she?

Get it? "Caught wind..." Sometimes the ability to find patterns runs away with us and this is the result. Girls Go Fishing is not a left wing site. I don't think they fit anywhere on the recognizable political spectrum. At the same time a lot of right-wing blogs and trolls are accusing the Left of blaming Bush for the hurricane.

I have yet to see anyone on the Left actually blame Bush for causing the hurricane. What I have seen are lefties that have blamed Bush for the unpreparedness that allowed Hurricane Katrina to do the amount of damage it did. The Bush administration cancelled wetlands restoration projects that were designed to provide buffer zones for storm surge and flooding. The Bush administration cut money for levee improvements and repairs to their lowest level in decades (by 44.2 percent since 2001) . The Bush administration sent National Guard troops and equipment to Iraq that would have been available to try and repair the levees. The Bush administration took the responsibility for disaster planning away from FEMA in order to tranfer it to a new division that doesn't exist yet. For years, meteorologists, engineers, and environmentalists have known how vulnerable New Orleans is and have been very vocal trying to get some preventative action before it was too late. The Bush administration refused to even study the problem. For five years, the Bush administration has gone out of its way to block any meaningful action on global warning.

It's very nice to shake our heads and say "let's not make a political issue out of this" but lets not issue a blanket amnesty either. Bush did not cause Hurricane Katrina, but he is responsible for a share of the damage.

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