Hurricane Horror about to devastate New Orleans?
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In response to a poster who wrote ...

> I respect what your saying and the questioning of things.
> I hope that when the inevitable begins to happen to you
> and you're on your deathbed, you are still posting here.
> It'd be interesting to see if you change your mind.

I replied as follows:

Well, deathbeds are for those who know
they are about to die, but as fate might have
it, death may come quickly. Not likely, the
quick death thing, but certainly possible, and
it does happen to many, dying by accident
or in their sleep or in some other way where
the supposed "conversion in foxholes"
scenario doesn't play out.

I expect, if I had a deathbed scenario, I would
be as unconvinced regarding supernatural
____ (what I consider myths, what others
consider reality, or hoped-for reality) as I am
at present. I do recall being in a serious ac-
cident a few years ago and having no "con-
version in foxholes" experience, viewing life
and near-death as naturalistically self-evident
as I have for many years now.

The death fear that many are taught in youth,
and I was taught in youth, that doesn't register
with me any more, and all the fear that was
part of the church-exposure I was raised in,
it's gone, even though church types try to re-
instill it, from time to time.

Regarding serious matters, and the conse-
quences of life in a naturalistic domain which,
from time to time, exhibits extreme danger
to humankind ...

... for some, the futility of depending on
supernatural powers/forces/being or beings
will appear to be self-evident at moments
like this ... with a horrific hurricane about
to strike New Orleans (or nearby).

For others, while viewing said dangers as
apart from the control of other-worldly enti-
ties, they reference other-worldly entities as
a helper or rescuer in facing danger.

The paradox of a non-intervening supposedly
all-powerful and benevolent deity who would
watch (or, per some, cause) a devastating
natural disaster to hit (or come close to hitting)
the most vulnerable city on the Gulf coast, and
do nothing, while supposedly intervening to
save some from said disaster, that seems to
escape the reasoning of many religious folks,
at times like this.

Whether out of fear, or desperation, or hope,
the God word will be used many times during
and after this disaster, as if in doing so, some
sense can be made out of it, and God can be
viewed as the reason some didn't die, while
at the same time, somehow, the religious will
view God as not responsibile for all those who
did die, for all the horror and damage resulting
from Katrina.

In the spirit of hope and best wishes, I sincerely
hope and desire that the harm that comes from
the following is less than it appears it will be,
while knowing full well, that due to the naturalistic
forces at play, the nightmare about to visit New
Orleans may be the worst in U.S. history.

May as few as possible die and be harmed,
and may all the resources Americans and folks
around the world can come up with be brought
to bear to help the many who will be devastated
by this tragedy, in the day and weeks and months
to follow.

It saddens me beyond measure, the degree to
which life in a naturalistically risky domain, is so
short and so horrific for so many, like those about
to be tormented in and around New Orleans, like
those who died and lost loved ones in the recent
tsunami.

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Sunday August 28, 2005 7:46 PM

New Orleans Braces for Powerful Katrina

By ALLEN G. BREED,
Associated Press Writer
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5239380,00.html
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Excerpts:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Monstrous Hurricane
Katrina barreled toward the Big Easy on Sun-
day with 175-mph wind and a threat of a 28-
foot storm surge, forcing a mandatory evacu-
ation, a last-ditch Superdome shelter and
prayers for those left to face the doomsday
scenario this below-sea-level city has long
dreaded.

"Have God on your side, definitely have God
on your side,'' Nancy Noble said as she sat
with her puppy and three friends in six lanes
of one-way traffic on gridlocked Interstate 10.
"It's very frightening.''

Katrina intensified into a Category 5 giant
over the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico on
a path to come ashore early Monday in the
heart of New Orleans. That would make it the
city's first direct hit in 40 years and the most
powerful storm ever to slam the city.

"I'm really scared,'' resident Linda Young
said as she filled her gas tank. "I've been
through hurricanes, but this one scares me.
I think everybody needs to get out.''

...

"We are facing a storm that most of us have
long feared,'' Mayor Ray Nagin said in order-
ing the mandatory evacuation for his city of
485,000 people, surrounded by suburbs of
a million more. "The storm surge will most
likely topple our levee system.''

Conceding that as many as 100,000 inner-
city residents didn't have the means to leave
and an untold number of tourists were stranded
by the closing of the airport, the city arranged
buses to take people to 10 last-resort shelters,
including the Superdome.

...

For years, forecasters have warned of the night-
mare scenario a big storm could bring to New
Orleans, a bowl of a city that's up to 10 feet
below sea level in spots and dependent on a
network of levees, canals and pumps to keep
dry. It's built between the half-mile-wide Missis-
sippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, half the size
of the state of Rhode Island.

...

Despite the dire predictions, a group of resi-
dents in a poor neighborhood of central New
Orleans sat on a porch with no car, no way out
and, surprisingly, no fear.

"We're not evacuating,'' said 57-year-old Julie
Paul. "None of us have any place to go. We're
counting on the Superdome. That's our lifesaver.''

The Superdome, the 70,000-seat home of foot-
ball's Saints and the New Year's Sugar Bowl,
opened at daybreak Sunday, giving first priority
to frail, elderly people on walkers, some with
oxygen tanks. They were told to bring enough
food, water and medicine to last up to five days.

...

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