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yeah. I don't know if there is any way that you can get a group of more than 8 americans to talk about guns in a reasonable manner.

You make very good points.

Even IF these people can be classified as mentally ill, it's meaningless. millions of Americans are mentally ill. They suffer from depression, personality disorders, obsessive compulsions, and they're not going on mass shootings. Some of them have illness so crippling they cannot function in daily life, and still they don't go on mass shootings. So I think it's pretty clear that the would-be mental illness of these shooters is not a factor.

Idunno, man, these grammar conversations are crazy to me.

I steal a descriptor from my friend, who is in linguistics, and describe myself as a Grammar punk. To quote them:

"Language is inherently based in communication- it is understanding in structure, not structure for structure's sake

If you understand what someone is saying and choose to be difficult about it for the sake of correctness, you're being a loathsome pedant."

The point of language is to be understood, and to me it doesn't matter what length of dash you use. Yes, the semicolons are incorrect, and they do prevent understanding. But dashes?

And like, I'm in a Historical Performance program. It is the subset of classical music for musical pedants. They have arguments about the correct amount of commas needed in their tuning, and where your 3rd and 6th intervals should be depending on time and location in Europe. Despite that level of daily pedantry, the concept of em vs en vs hyphen in a real world situation is still a bit mind blowing to me.

I've recorded a couple of things recently. I don't know if i shared them here. One's a cover, one's original. Please excuse my voice. I hate it, but it's the only one i have.

well, i think you're mixing metaphors here.

there's a big difference between having a bug out bag in case of emergency and having an exit strategy in case of (insert your local area's natural disaster here), and having a loaded gun in case of intruders.

I mean, for one thing where I live it's literally illegal to keep a loaded gun anywhere. ammo and gun have to be stored separately. But also, an intruder entering while you've got your pants down is a significantly more immediate threat than most natural disasters, which we have a chance to see coming. The exception being for earthquake, and Tidal waves, though you normally have at least a few minutes notice for tidal waves for all the help it'll give you, though even for them, if you live in an area where these are an issue, where are ways you can prepare and be ready.

A natural disaster is not an intruder sneaking in the night. If anything, we are the intruders who put our homes in places they shouldn't really be.

I also don't place the blame squarely on individuals. Yes, you have responsibility to know and to be prepared, but your local government also has a responsibility to inform and prepare its citizens, or at the very least give them the tools to prepare themselves. I also understand that like anything, the poor, elderly, and minorities are the ones most seriously affected. As KB pointed out, the way the situation is in your country, you basically get subsidized to live in unsafe places. That's crazy, but who lives in subsidized areas? The poor, the elderly, and minorities.

For that final point, i have no solution. As the system stands there is literally no way to help these people until it gets to the point you have to call FEMA. It's horrible. I don't know, maybe you could evacuate them early? Have a focused evacuation with busses and trucks, etc on these likely hardest hit areas? Even that requires the city to be prepared, and the people to live there to know that there's an inbound crisis situation and to be prepared, which others have pointed out is a big ask. If your municipality's doesn't have a strategy, even if you have your own plan, the odds are against you. This is what government is for (says the socialist in me with all apologies for the libertarians in the audience).

I'm sorry if I come off that way, but I don't look down on the people who live in dangerous areas. At the end of the day, it is your home, just like people who live in the shadows of volanoes. But it means you need to know the risks, you need to be prepared, and you need to be accepting of the fact that you may lose everything.

It's the people who don't know the risks, aren't prepared, and aren't accepting of the fact they may lose everything who are the problem. I fully believe in sending aid to people in disaster affected areas, but I also fully believe in helping yourself in the first place by being ready for natural disasters. Having a strategy, practicing it with your family. having a Bug-out bag.

It seems like a lot of people in Houston were not, and indeed, the City of Houston itself was not prepared. Again, how prepared one can be for a hurricane of that magnitude is up for debate, but Houston was warned that a storm like this was an eventuality, and that when it came it would be bad.

I can't place blame on the individual people, because I don't know how prepared each person was, what they knew about where their houses were built. But the City of Houston does hold some blame in ... If not exacerbating the situation, then not attempting to make it any better.

I mean, i don't call them villains, but all of the people who have been building in places with high likelihoods of wildfire are doing the exact same thing with a different element. Wildfires are a natural necessary part of forests, and we spend tons of money not only building in wildfire areas, but also preventing those fires from happening, which builds up all the dry dead shit in the forest, which makes situations for wildfire worse when one does finally happen.

Hurricanes are going to happen. Because of climate change and warming oceans, more extreme hurricanes are more likely to happen. Harvey was going to happen. I even read a reprinted article in the Toronto Star this morning of someone last year saying "Shit's gonna go down and Houston IS NOT PREPARED"

Of course, one can ask the question if anyone can truly be prepared for something the size of Harvey.

I don't know. Were these people made aware that they were on a flood plain when they were building or buying? If not, then that's a problem. If they were, then I don't really know what to say. It's like living next to the Ottawa river and being shocked when a 1% flood (which they call a 100 year flood, which is dumb and misleading) shows up on that 1%. . Like, you were warned this might happen if you lived here and you decided it was an acceptable risk.

So I don't know where i sit on this. I think if people were given the information and took the risk anyway, then they hold at least some culpability, but I also think that now's not exactly the time to go around saying that.

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I'm listening to it as I drive to and from home home to school home. There was a huge accident plus construction (plus labor day weekend congestion), and i just had to turn it off at that point because I a.) couldn't focus on it, and b.) couldn't deal with the audio book reader, who has a talent for making Thoreau's words become like those of a petulant child.

I have a paper copy too, so I know that it doesn't take that much effort for him to make that happen.

Thoreau's sort of a weird figure for me, because he does say a lot of things i agree with, but he then often takes them to a logical extreme before he's happy with them. Plus, it doesn't help that he brags about how little money he spent on his Walden Pond digs, but neglects to mention how much time he spent at Ralph Waldo Emerson's house mooching food and other creature comforts. In fact, he neglects to mention his little cabin was on Emerson's land (He says that he is "squatting", which is a total lie).

coffeesp00ns  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What's Hubski Reading?

Walden. I don't think I'm going to make it to the end, Thoreau's so holier than thou sometimes.

VC is Venture Capitalism in this case.

thanks for the article.

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