Knight Of The Mind

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Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

The Sword Of Damocles

Hurricane Ivan looms in The Gulf Of Mexico. It hangs out there over the horizon. Almost as if it wants to mock people fleeing from New Orleans to The Florida Pan Handle. The Weather Underground models possible storm tracks. They appear to menace Mississippi and Alabama in particular.

People jokingly drink Hurricanes all along The French Quarter. If it weren't for the Margarita, it would be the best frozen drink known to man. Tonight these people aren't partying. They are hammering up the boards and then literally heading for the high ground.

A twenty foot storm surge could turn sections of The Big Easy into America's Atlantis. Wizbang blogs that "According to the experts there could be over 50,000 dead." If Ivan hits NO, I hope Wizbang listened to the wrong experts.

Hurricane Ivan could become a profound tragedy that dwarfs even the eruption of Mt. Saint Helen's in Washington state. Batten down the hatches, America. Do not play chicken with this or try and just ride it out. This storm is category 4. That means likely death if it hits near where you are.

Update I: Yahoo! News confirms that a worst case scenario could bury New Orleans under 20 Ft of sewage and toxic waste. Worse yet, the inundation would involve poisonous snakes and even fire ants.

Update II: NOAA tracks hurricanes. It predicts the following:

IVAN IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH. A TURN TO THENORTH IS EXPECTED TODAY. ON THIS TRACK...THE CORE OF IVAN WILL BENEAR THE COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

Never let it be said that we were not officially warned....

Update III: I just had a really unpleasant thought. If hurricane Ivan cleans out the Mobil and Marathon petroleum operations in and around Louisianna, we could easily be in for a major upward price shock in petro-chemical products. No official data yet, but Mr. Logic tells me that this could be almost as unpleasant as the storm itself.




"Reciprocals"

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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