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Worlds Coming Apart: False Centers Cannot Hold

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 23:04 PM
November 27, 2012

        Not to be overly dramatic by paraphazing Yeat’s poem, ‘The Second Coming,’ but Hurricane Sandy has irrevocably changed the lives of those on the East Coast it has displaced, and its affects threaten the essence of modern life.

As James Atlas wrote for the New York Times in ‘Is This the End?’:  “We’d seen it before: the Piazza San Marco in Venice submerged by the acqua alta; New Orleans underwater in the aftermath of Katrina; the wreckage-strewn beaches of Indonesia left behind by the tsunami of 2004. We just hadn’t seen it here.”

But he adds, New York City had ample warnings of Global Warming’s dire threat.  Three years ago, NYC’s Panel on Climate Change issued a foreboding report:  “In the coming decades, our coastal city will most likely face more rapidly rising sea levels and warmer temperatures, as well as potentially more droughts and floods, which will all have impacts on New York City’s critical infrastructure.”

Thus, Atlas summarizes: “there’s a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea.”  In anticipatory contrast, the City and its State could also sink under the financial load left in Sandy’s wake.  Michael Gormley’s Associated Press story, ‘Cuomo: Sandy Cost NY, NYC $32B in Damage and Loss,’ indicates that Governor Cuomo expects the federal government to pick up this tab.  Cuomo’s estimate includes Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $19 billion for our largest city.

And, Gormley continues, these totals do “not include an additional accounting of over $9 billion to head off damage in the next disastrous storm, including steps to protect the power grid and cellphone network.”

Power grids and cell phones––essential elements for today’s lifestyle.  Sandy and so many other storms have well proven that electrical power sources should be piped underground, but politicians don’t touch this simple solution in public.

They also don’t discuss the insanity of rebuilding on the same sand-weak beaches that Sandy’s ‘relatives’ can so easily destroy.  As James D. Fraser, Sarah M. Karpanty and Daniel H. Catlin discuss in ‘We’re Too Close To The Sea’ for the Washington Post:  “Billions of dollars have been spent building seawalls, jetties, beaches and dunes, in efforts to control water flow and sediment movement and, ultimately, to stabilize dynamic shorelines to protect people and property.

“Unfortunately, these efforts have often failed. All engineered solutions, whether “hard construction” such as seawalls or ‘soft construction’ like dunes and beaches, have a limited life and have to be rebuilt repeatedly. . . the levels of destruction wrought by Hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy show that efforts to date have been wrongly directed or insufficient.”

Success demands that we look to Almighty God.  First, we must repent for ignoring Global Warming.  Second we must cry out for His mercy, as wholesale Christian Bibles illustrates:  “Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt (Psalm 123: 3.)”

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More Sandy: Save Your Home? Move Border? Help From FEMA?

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 1:15 AM
November 27, 2012

        East Coast residents still struggle to regain normalcy in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  But they have a long way to go. While people try to save their homes, city and state officials consider better safe-border regulations, and the federal government looks for ways to pay for it all.

John Murphy, Chief of Field Operations for the Buildings Department in Queens, New York, has inspected some 1,000 homes on the Rockaway Peninsula to determine which ones can be saved.  Murphy’s department has assessed some 80,000 buildings and publicly classified them according to degree of damage:  a green card duct-taped to a home indicates stability; a yellow sign means excessive damage and restricts access; and a red card indicates the house is unsafe.

The New York Times reports that, although Joanne Brand’s house in Breezy Point, Queens, has a red placard on it because Sandy moved it off its foundation by a few yards and left it at a 30-degree angle, Murphy says it can still be saved.
Murphy also figures some red-card house have enough structural support to be saved.  But about 200 homes, most of them in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, are not savable, according to his department.

The New York Post claims that some red-card houses will soon be fined $2,000 a day if owners do not have them torn down.  Other homeowners complain that building codes, construction permits, and other red tape can cost up to $ 8,000. And after that comes enormous costs for reconstruction with new ‘safety’ codes.

Other considerations include help from FEMA, flood insurance payments, and whether coastal borders remain the same as Sandy thoroughly shattered protective sand dune walls: i.e. in Fire Island dunes 75 feet deep are gone.

But a team from Virginia Tech say all of this discussion is for naught because America is just too close to the sea, and we should retreat from the seas in a planned and orderly manner.  A team there led by James D. Fraser proclaims:

“Coastal storms have killed thousands of people and have caused more than $250 billion in damages in the past 12 years. Costs are increasing with each storm because more and more people live, and build infrastructure, in risky places. . . The population density of U.S. coastal counties increased 28 percent from 1980 to 2003, to about 153 million. Clearly, coastal development must be rethought.”

With this in mind, citizens in Louisiana and Alabama tell the East Coast that FEMA has yet to pay them for storm losses.  Businesses have not been restored, and some homeowners still live in government trailers.

Indeed America must do a lot of rethinking about its coast lines, and about Global Warming.  And re-praying as well.  God promises in Bible prophecies that judgment can begin at a nation’s coast line:  “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast (Ezekiel 25: 26).”

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