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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #75 on: September 01, 2017, 02:58:35 PM »
yes please

Who says progressives don’t believe in religion? They may not believe in Jehovah or Jesus, but they certainly believe in Old Testament-style wrath against sinners. Real Noah and the Ark stuff. Witness the emerging theme on the media left that Texas, and especially Houston, are at fault for the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

This has happened even faster than usual, perhaps because the Katrina II scenario of emergency mismanagement didn’t pan out. The state, local and federal governments have done a competent job under terrible conditions, and stories about neighborly charity, racial goodwill, the heroism of rescuers, and Big Business donating money and goods don’t fit into any agenda. Whinging over Melania’s heels also lacks political legs.

So our friends on the left have had to look elsewhere to score ideological points, and they believe they’ve found the right target in the political economy of those greedy Texans. Specifically, Houston is a global hub of the oil and gas industry, and it has allowed “laissez-faire” development without zoning laws. This has brought the righteous wrath of Harvey down on their own heads.

“Harvey, the Storm That Humans Helped Cause,” said a headline in one progressive bellwether as the storm raged. An overseas columnist was less subtle if more clichéd: “Houston, you have a problem, and some of it of your own making.” In this telling, Houston is the Sodom and Gomorrah of fossil fuels, which cause global warming, which is producing more hurricanes.

The problem is that this argument is fact-free. As Roger Pielke Jr. has noted, the link between global warming and recent hurricanes and extreme weather events is “unsupportable based on research and evidence.” Mr. Pielke, who is no climate-change denier, has shown with data that hurricanes hitting the U.S. have not increased in frequency or intensity since 1900, there is no notable trend up or down in global tropical cyclone landfalls since 1970, and floods have not increased in frequency or intensity in the U.S. since 1950.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently said that “it is premature to conclude that human activities—and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming—have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity.”

No less than the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it lacks evidence to show that global warming is making storms and flooding worse. But climate scolds still blame Harvey on climate change because, well, this is what the climate models say should happen as the climate warms.

In other words, Houstonians, you’d better go to climate confession, mend your sinful ways, and give up all of those high-paying oil-and-gas jobs. Maybe all those drillers and refiners can work for Google or Facebook .

Then there’s the political assault on Houston’s pro-growth development policies. “Harvey Wasn’t Just Bad Weather. It Was Bad City Planning,” shouts a piece in Bloomberg Businessweek: “Sprawling Houston is a can-do city whose attitude is grow first, ask questions later. It’s the only major U.S. city without a zoning code saying what types of buildings can go where, so skyscrapers sometimes sprout next to split-levels. Voters have repeatedly opposed enacting a zoning law.”

How dare those Texas hicks reject the political controls over building that zoning laws represent. How dare they prefer lower construction costs and affordable housing. The average rent on a one-bedroom home in Houston is 60% lower than in San Jose, Calif., in part because the city issues permits once builders satisfy a health and safety checklist. They don’t have many mandates that raise costs. Tens of thousands of people move to Houston and its swampy climate because they can get good jobs and afford to live there.


Zoning also has little or nothing to do with flooding. Some on the left blame roads built over wetlands. But according to Joel Kotkin’s Center for Opportunity Urbanism, the main problem is Houston’s topography. Its clay soil doesn’t absorb water well and the flat city doesn’t drain well. In the 1800s when there were no highways or parking lots, parts of the city were often flooded.

The loss of wetlands since the early 1990s has reduced Houston’s capacity to absorb water by some four billion gallons, but Harvey dropped trillions of gallons of rain. Harris County which surrounds Houston has expanded storm-water retention ponds. But no amount of flood control could have prevented damage from a once-in-500-years storm.

New York City has plenty of zoning and building limits, yet it suffered $19 billion in damage from Hurricane Sandy that dropped only a half inch of rain. Fifty-one square miles of New York were flooded by Sandy’s storm surge, 300,000 homes and 23,400 businesses were inundated. “Smart growth” plans didn’t prevent that.

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All of this shows the folly of trying to force-feed natural disasters into neat ideological categories. Major storms cause major damage, and sometimes even the best mitigation plans can’t prevent it. No doubt Houston will learn lessons from Harvey about drainage and building that might reduce the damage the next time. Risk-based insurance for property would also help reduce taxpayer losses.

Texans are used to being sneered at by coastal elites, and we trust they’ll reject this attempt at their moral improvement too. Their rebuilding will be that much faster, and cheaper, because they have a resilient economy built on energy and zoning laws that make housing affordable. They also know the difference between an act of nature and progressive political opportunism.

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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #76 on: September 02, 2017, 10:45:25 PM »
 
If you don't care why would you comment?
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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #77 on: September 04, 2017, 11:00:56 AM »
Anyone around for a Houston clean up DO?
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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #78 on: September 04, 2017, 07:40:45 PM »
A mini Houston TR:

Day 1 of 2

 I am one of 26 men and women who came down from Baltimore. Our original flight from BWI got canceled and we were forced to fly from DCA. Early morning flight, about 7 AM,  basically no hitch.  One slight hiccup with our overweight luggage, but I was able to convince Southwest to let us go because we were going to Houston for disaster relief.

 When we arrived at our assigned houses, we were met with utter dismay. The sheer distruction of blocks and blocks of houses,  you cannot even imagine. Pictures do not do it justice.

It's now dinner time and the community is gathered at the local JCC. A fellow from Dallas,  drove in with his barbecue pit smoker and was sponsored to serve the community  breakfast and dinner. Greatest smoked brisket I've ever had in my entire life. Almost makes it worth the trip, unfortunately, LOL.

 Too tired to type anymore, and will I"YH resume demolition bright in early tomorrow morning. Oh yeah, and breakfast will be fleishigs.
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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #79 on: September 05, 2017, 11:42:56 AM »
A mini Houston TR:

Day 1 of 2

 I am one of 26 men and women who came down from Baltimore. Our original flight from BWI got canceled and we were forced to fly from DCA. Early morning flight, about 7 AM,  basically no hitch.  One slight hiccup with our overweight luggage, but I was able to convince Southwest to let us go because we were going to Houston for disaster relief.

 When we arrived at our assigned houses, we were met with utter dismay. The sheer distruction of blocks and blocks of houses,  you cannot even imagine. Pictures do not do it justice.

It's now dinner time and the community is gathered at the local JCC. A fellow from Dallas,  drove in with his barbecue pit smoker and was sponsored to serve the community  breakfast and dinner. Greatest smoked brisket I've ever had in my entire life. Almost makes it worth the trip, unfortunately, LOL.

 Too tired to type anymore, and will I"YH resume demolition bright in early tomorrow morning. Oh yeah, and breakfast will be fleishigs.
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1353020/amazing-texas-kosher-bbq-serving-1000-meals-day-houstons-harvey-victims.html

Gotta love Chaim

https://www.facebook.com/texaskosherbbq/posts/1997479683818496

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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #81 on: September 05, 2017, 04:23:33 PM »
Anyone want to fly down to Houston with me tomorrow?
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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #82 on: September 06, 2017, 12:47:39 AM »
Anyone want to fly down to Houston with me tomorrow?
U think his brisket is that good?

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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #83 on: September 06, 2017, 12:48:17 AM »
U think his brisket is that good?
He won't be there tomorrow
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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #84 on: September 06, 2017, 12:49:31 AM »
He won't be there tomorrow
In his video he said he going for two weeks

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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #85 on: September 06, 2017, 10:10:05 AM »
In his video he said he going for two weeks
He's gone for a few days but will be back. Has a wedding back home I believe. He's gonna come back and cook a few thousand meals for the upcoming yomim tovim! Incredible!
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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #86 on: September 06, 2017, 05:11:18 PM »
A mini Houston TR cont...

Before going to sleep on day 1 we all wanted to go out somewhere, as it was our one and only night on Houston. I wanted to find a place that had a mechanical bull but that didn't work out too well. Instead the team settled on going out to Genesis for a midnight snack. Pretty good decision. The food was better than we expected and i would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Worth a quick jaunt if anyone has the time.

            


Day 2 began with Shacharis at the Chabad school. Beautiful building and amazing ppl there. They offered us breakfast but we all decided to go to Randall's supermarket as it had a kosher bakery section and a Starbucks. I highly recommend the bakery, and especially their donut/pastry section. Wow!

Standing online at the Starbucks kiosk, all of a sudden we hear over the supermarket loudspeakers: "Attention customers and employees, please evacuate the building immediately." The fire dept. had shown up, and turns out one of the stand-alone takeout carts had caught on fire. Nothing too dramatic (didn't get my morning cup o' joe though, harrumph).

We then drove to our assigned home that needed a complete demolition. The poor old lady who lived there, we couldn't save anything. Threw out all the furniture, tore down the ceilings, removed dry wall, the smell, the mold, the devastation, i have no words. The community.lost.everything!!! One person even said, the cloths you see me in are all that i have left. So sad.

Our next job was to unload and organize all of the trucks of donations organized by Achiezer and Seasons. They rented a warehouse where all of the community can come to restock on basic supplies. All i can say is Mi K'Amcha Yisrael. Everything a person needs to survive was donated from ppl all over the world. Toiletries, clothing, baby needs, food, food, food, electronics, bedding, air mattresses with notes on them from children saying things like, i hope you can find some comfort in Houston. Adorable. What an operation and what a tremendous demonstration of chessed!!


The A Team 


A quarter of 1 truck, basically.

What is going on in Houston now and what/how can you help?

Most of the city is back to normal and people are trying to get back into their daily routine, especially areas that were not flooded too bad. Most of the affected areas already got most of the demolition work done and now they are packing things up and moving out so they can start rebuilding. These areas need moving supplies (boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper). They also need trucks to move stuff into storage. These homes desperately need MoldX or similar mold prevention chemicals. They also need help packing and moving.
Some people could not get to their homes until this week. Those people are racing the clock to get the drywall and floors out before mold sets in. These people need help with demolition. Many are elderly and cannot do the heavy work themselves. (Most of the for profit crews are too busy and insurance hasn't started paying yet).

At this point we were pretty much done for the day as we still needed to shower, eat supper, and get to the airport to catch our flight home. I was going to find a cheap SPG or Hilton and use points to get a room for the team to shower in, but one of our crew had called the local YMCA and they graciously opened their doors for us to shower in. It was quite the experience, lol! We then drove back to HQ for a quick bite of supper, and then headed to the airport. Fastest security check-in of my life. Our Southwest flight had a grand total of 32 ppl plus a lap child. The flight attendants gave us all a shoutout over the loudspeaker and opened up their bar to us throughout the flight. The trip ended with a cool lighting storm just below us (couldn't get pictures, too dark), and an awkward one-sided hug from the stewardess as i walked off the plane. Thank you Susan!  ::)

Bottom line, there is a tremendous amount of destruction and we spent about 35/48 hours helping out as much as we can. The community was of course very grateful for all the help we gave them, and now it's off to Florida as Hurricane Irma approaches.  ;)

Here are just a few of the pictures we all took (the pictures do not do anything justice).

                        
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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #87 on: September 06, 2017, 08:48:43 PM »
Mi Keamcha yisroel!

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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #88 on: September 06, 2017, 08:53:02 PM »

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Re: Hurricane Harvey
« Reply #89 on: September 06, 2017, 08:54:32 PM »
Is that Artscroll Gemaras?
Yes  :-[ A whole pile of Shaimos
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