Mixed feelings

The more damage Hurricane Matthew does the larger my subsequent work contract will be.

Hmm.

Gentle breezes all round then, eh?

25 thoughts on “Mixed feelings”

  1. @ Matthew L
    Florida residents will suffer mild inconvenience while they have to live in hotels (or stay in their New York apartments) while the insurers pay for their houses to be rebuilt.

    The real damage is in Jamaica and Haiti where the poor folks cannot afford to insure their homes. They are sleeping in the open until the disaster charities fly over enough tents and hungry and thirsty until someone organises getting food and clean water to them. In this context I care little more for Florida than you do but there are hundreds of thousands in Jamaica and Haiti who are suffering.

  2. I sneeze in threes

    John77 it’s interesting to compare Haiti to the Dominican Republic, is DR just luckier regarding the natural disasters. It’s a small island and DR is obviously doing something better than its neighbour.

  3. They are sleeping in the open until the disaster charities fly over enough tents and hungry and thirsty until someone organises getting food and clean water to them.

    That’ll be in a year’s time once they’ve commandeered the local Hilton and Marriott and had their Toyota Landcruiser fleet flown in, then.

  4. The best thing that could happen to the Caribbean would be for the US to remove sugary regulations. While there will still be islands like Puerto Rico where poorly thought out government programs still cause problems but at least some islands will do better. A side bonus is that US sugar prices would drop towards world averages. Since most of our food is make with extra sugar those cheap food prices some here like to cite might actually be a reality.

  5. Most of your food isn’t made with extra sugar. It’s made with extra HFCS. As a result of the domestic sugar price being 2x world.

  6. Two of my sisters, a brother in law, two nieces, their husbands, along with two very young grand nephews live in Melbourne, Florida. They will not be “mildly inconvenienced” nor do they own apartments in New York. They are ordinary people living in apartments and modest homes. I understand the difference made between those in Haiti and the snowbirds that have second homes but that’s not all who live in Florida.

  7. @ Lirio 100
    Will they volunteer to move to Janaica or Haiti? The State of Florida set up a reinsurance fund to make it cheap for Florida residents to insure their homes, so if they don’t have insurance cover, whose fault is it?
    FYI My wife has dozens of internet pals in the USA who moan about their income and standard of living which is a damn sight higher than mine was at their age, despite my having been a white middle-class male (and much harder-working than they) all my life. “Ordinary people” in the USA are stinking rich by world standards.
    That does not mean that your relatives will not suffer and deserve sympathy if Hurricane Matthew hits their homes (I hope that it doesn’t) – but it does mean that the people in Jamaica and Haiti need and deserve more sympathy. I can understand your perspective but if you can afford a home PC and broadband to reply on this blog you can afford to help them out to a better standard of emergency living than the homeless in Haiti.

  8. Valid point about HFCS Tim. As a large portion of the food with HFCS also has dyes I can’t have. I do tend to undervalue the cost of that poison.

  9. @ Liberal Yank
    So can we recruit you to the ranks of those opposing the malicious barriers to free trade in sugar? The EU still has subsidies for sugar beet due to the UK blocking sugar imports to Napoleon’s empire more than 200 years ago. Then we complain because people want to migrate to the EU because they cannot earn a living growing sugarcane in their home country.

  10. I can understand your perspective but if you can afford a home PC and broadband to reply on this blog you can afford to help them out to a better standard of emergency living than the homeless in Haiti.

    What are you talking about? I was replying to the flip comment that people in Florida would experience only “mild inconvenience” and that they could always just relocate to their apartment in New York. The rest of your comment really makes no sense.

  11. I* don’t think the damage will be as bad as predicted. ‘Cat 4’ is scary. But the forecast track is tangential. There will be less damage, but spread over a larger area.

    *I’m not a meteorologist, just a scientist who has been interested in weather for many years.

  12. john77,

    I’ve hated the problems caused by sugar subsidies since I began to understand the economic effects. No recruitment is needed.

    Can I interest you in joining the opposition to the Jones Act or are we already on the same page?

  13. @ Liberal Yank
    I couldn’t believe the Jones Act when I first heard of it – I have periodically (vainly) moaned about it ever since someone persuaded me thar it was real not a spoof

  14. @ Lirio
    You were replying to my comment pointing out that any suffering by residents of Florida is mild compared to those in Haiti or Jamaica. If you want to insist on my literal words, do so and I’ll tell you that I spent a winter in Siberia so sleeping out in Florida in early October is no big deal.

  15. john77

    I first came across the Jones Act(under a fictitious name I believe) while reading Mitchner’s Alaska as a child. At the time I assumed that it was fiction and, even if there had been such an act, it was repealed long ago. I understand politicians are bought by those who benefit but it is a stupid economic policy.

    dearieme,

    The water table is high in most of Florida. Basements and storm cellars are not common(or cheap to keep dry) in most parts of the state. The highest peak in the state is only about 100m. From wikipedia the mean elevation is 30m.

  16. My friends in Florida, who are at least reasonably well off (her dad is very well off but still in robust good health) have been rather inconvenienced. Not at the Haiti level but neither of the. Can go to work and the kids can’t go to school while they are living in a Holiday Inn out of state.

    The point about the medium-term harm is, however, correct. Although as they had only just moved in to their new beachfront house, they don’t quite see it that way. But happy they are all safe.

    I wonder how many looters stayed behind and when we’ll see the BLM protests when the cops shoot them?

  17. Highest point in Florida is 256 feet above sea level. No, really, they’ve built a monument on it to celebrate. Most of the place is 10-15 feet above it.

  18. Been doing a lot of programming work for some friends. The program can be used to map out storm damage. When this is done we end up doing the grunt work of checking images and data structure and…..grunt work. The friends say they’ve got the contract to map the damage after this storm…..

  19. SE: “I wonder how many looters stayed behind and when we’ll see the BLM protests when the cops shoot them?”

    Nah, the rich white socialist students that make up the core BLM won’t go anywhere near a stiff breeze. They are fair weather protesters only.

  20. “Highest point in Florida is 256 feet above sea level.” Versus
    Norfolk 338′, Suffolk 446′, cambs 479′, Essex 482′.

    Very flat, Florida.

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