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Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather by Mike Smith
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“While meteorology as an applied science has made tremendous strides in the past fifty years, we have not yet discovered a cure for bureaucracy.”
Mike Smith, Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather
“Meanwhile, the residents of the 138,000 damaged buildings continued to swelter and suffer. Local Miamians, as well as citizens from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, attempted to drive bottled water, food, clothes, and other supplies into the stricken area. They were successful during the first few hours; but they were shut down by the end of the first day. The same bureaucrats who were giving mixed signals to Washington seemed to prefer organized suffering to disorganized relief.”
Mike Smith, Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather
“The next few days live in infamy as every level of government screwed up beyond belief. The city of New Orleans filled with water. Citizens who survived the hurricane died, by the hundreds, in the post-storm flood. People were stranded at the Superdome and convention center, the latter of which wasn’t even supposed to be a shelter.”
Mike Smith, Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather
“There was a reason for Atlanta. While people were dying by the hundreds, the federal government forced these brave rescuers to take a course in sexual harassment prior to being deployed. There is no question the out-of-town rescuers’ work environment in New Orleans was hostile. But it had nothing to do with sexual harassment. The hostile environment was due to flood, fire, sewage, snakes, lack of electricity, armed looters (which included a few members of the New Orleans police department), and dozens of other problems and challenges. The pathetic requirement to sit through a sexual harassment course was an insult to the brave men and women who volunteered to help their fellow citizens in need.”
Mike Smith, Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather