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Sunday, September 04, 2005


There must be something in the air.

I just read Tom Vasel's blog on Gamefest. He remarks that he tried to get some thoughts down on paper and ended up not using them.

Joe Gola and Grognads on Gone Gaming both remark that the human calamity on the Gulf Coast is what is really important.

In light of the human suffering from the hurricane boardgames seem a trifle. It disgusts me to see human suffering used for political purposes. Small minded people have gone so far as to blame the current administration's environmental policy as causing the hurricane.

I rarely turn on the television, but in the course of my job I see what others are watching on TV. I'm pained by the news coming out of New Orleans. When reporters are reporting on the scene I am riveted to the news. When the anchors start interviewing political hitmen back in the studio I am disgusted.

Where is Mayor Giuliani when you need him? Giuliani was on the ground and on the TV leading the rescue efforts in the wake of the 9-11 disaster. He presented a strong figure who made a goal, set a course, and saw that the job got done. In stark contrast let me just make one comparison; every time I see the mayor of New Orleans he is on TV pointing fingers, placing blame, and wondering why other people are not doing more.

As we have heard over and over, a crisis brings out both the best and worst in people, let us apply those same words to the pundits.

It's a long ways from Alaska to Louisiana but it still gives one pause. Many Alaskans can remember the 1964 Anchorage earthquake. It was the most powerful seismic event ever recorded. The earthquake and resulting tidalwave killed many people. The Fairbanks flood of 1967 caught the entire town unaware and flooded the entire town for days. It was a fall flood to boot. There was no time to repair the damage before winter set in. That is a significant footnote to the flood tragedy that many people may not appreciate. There was a giant earthquake between Anchorage and Fairbanks two or three years ago. It did little damage because of the remoteness of the region, but it was the most powerful earthquake to hit North America since the '64 Anchorage quake.

You probably live in an area that could have a catastrophic event, whether it is a sudden event like an earthquake, hurricane, forest fire, flood or tornado, or a slower event like a drought, or disease. Few of us are immune to these events and we should never lose sight of that fact.

Thank God that you haven't yet been affected, and show the same respect to the victims of the current tragedy that you would want.

Good words. I know we could all be better prepared, for ourselves, our families, and for others.
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