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Hurricane Season 2013

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This is one of those things where one has to be careful of the unintended consequences.  If someone had casually suggested that we should name hurricanes after people more "deserving" of the association, I would have probably jokingly agreed.  However, seeing as people are using this idea as a means to politicize something that should not be politicized, I am inclined to argue that it is a horrible idea and deserves nothing but complete scorn and condemnation.

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  • Actually, I see no reason to name hurricanes other than by using the International Code of Signals alphabetic names.  You know: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, ..., X-ray, Yankee, Zebra.  And if 26 isn't enough, then start using an additional designator of "prime".  E.g. Alpha-prime or Alpha1

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    This is one of those things where one has to be careful of the unintended consequences.  If someone had casually suggested that we should name hurricanes after people more "deserving" of the association, I would have probably jokingly agreed.  However, seeing as people are using this idea as a means to politicize something that should not be politicized, I am inclined to argue that it is a horrible idea and deserves nothing but complete scorn and condemnation.

    The climate is changing and as a results violent weather will happen more often. The scientific consensus is also that climate change is the result of our behavior. Ergo, indirectly this violent weather is partly our responsibility. But we have politicians who prefer to stick their head in the sand and claim that climate change is bogus. And generally, these politicians will vote down proposals that are aimed at improving our behavior climate wise, or will vote for proposals that are clearly harmful for the climate. Meaning, these people are indirectly share a greater part of the blame for these violent storms and all the death and destruction they wage because the experts have informed everyone, and they willfully ignore the experts. Their willful ignorance makes them part of the problem and it is time to make the public aware of that. And the best way to do that is to connect their names to giant deadly storms. 

     

    If a politician gets a street or a building named after him, its generally because he is famous and did a good job serving the public. So if a politician is ignorant, short sighted and as a result serves the public in a harmful way, why not attach their name to something negative like a giant deadly storm. Especially if their ignorance are partly the cause of such a storm. 

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    Actually, I see no reason to name hurricanes other than by using the International Code of Signals alphabetic names.  You know: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, ..., X-ray, Yankee, Zebra.  And if 26 isn't enough, then start using an additional designator of "prime".  E.g. Alpha-prime or Alpha1

     

    It is argued that, if a hurricane is sufficiently severe, the name of that hurricane should be retired.  It serves as a sort of token of sensitivity to the suffering that the residents endured as a result of the hurricane.  A system like this needs several potential names that start with an "A," several potential names starting with a "B," and so forth.  This is how the current system is formed, and why some letters, like "X," are excluded.  Although I think a move to a system like you are suggesting would be preferable, it wouldn't permit meteorologists to easily retire a name.  Thus, it would prove to be a burden to how they operate.

     

    Some perspective from the National Hurricane Center.

     

    The climate is changing and as a results violent weather will happen more often. The scientific consensus is also that climate change is the result of our behavior. Ergo, indirectly this violent weather is partly our responsibility. But we have politicians who prefer to stick their head in the sand and claim that climate change is bogus. And generally, these politicians will vote down proposals that are aimed at improving our behavior climate wise, or will vote for proposals that are clearly harmful for the climate. Meaning, these people are indirectly share a greater part of the blame for these violent storms and all the death and destruction they wage because the experts have informed everyone, and they willfully ignore the experts. Their willful ignorance makes them part of the problem and it is time to make the public aware of that. And the best way to do that is to connect their names to giant deadly storms. 

     

     

     

    If a politician gets a street or a building named after him, its generally because he is famous and did a good job serving the public. So if a politician is ignorant, short sighted and as a result serves the public in a harmful way, why not attach their name to something negative like a giant deadly storm. Especially if their ignorance are partly the cause of such a storm. 

     

    As I said, they are politicizing something that should not be politicized.  People die and/or have their lives completely changed as the result of hurricanes.  They are wanting to change a system instituted for the sake of facilitating hurricane awareness and promoting the general welfare of the public (in other words, a public safety system) and subvert it for the sake of scoring cheap political capital.  That is something to be condemned, not lauded.

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  • Nomenclature and politicians aside, there is no doubt that climate change is happening on a larger scale than in the past few decades.  Not only have we, perhaps, accelerated this, but it is a natural phenomenon.  Who are we to dictate geological policy?

     

    The number of King Canutes in office is truly pitiable.

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    As I said, they are politicizing something that should not be politicized.  People die and/or have their lives completely changed as the result of hurricanes.  They are wanting to change a system instituted for the sake of facilitating hurricane awareness and promoting the general welfare of the public (in other words, a public safety system) and subvert it for the sake of scoring cheap political capital.  That is something to be condemned, not lauded.

     

    Create some political awareness that there are some people in the government who are in part responsible for the deaths and destruction caused by Hurricanes. And that perhaps these people shouldn't be voted on, or given a chance to affect national policies in a way that they only make the problem bigger. 

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    Create some political awareness that there are some people in the government who are in part responsible for the deaths and destruction caused by Hurricanes. And that perhaps these people shouldn't be voted on, or given a chance to affect national policies in a way that they only make the problem bigger. 

     

     

     

     

    :whatevs:

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    Another weekend with heavy rains.

     

    At the Gulf, TS Ingrid. There are allready intense rains in Veracruz.
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    At the Pacific, TS Manuel. It is going directly to Colima.
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