Life as an Extreme Sport

Hurricane Irene is Big. Really, Really Big

Hurricane Irene is big. This still image taken from the SpaceFlight Now Live ISS feed shows us just how big. It’s like looking at Jupiter’s clouds big. But there’s still a sense of scale missing. Let me help you with that. The leading edge of Hurricane Irene, in the Gulf of Maine (Canada). The eye of the storm had not yet reached Virginia at 3:40pm ET, the time this screenshot was taken.

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Come on, Irene (thoughts on disaster management & pets)

Yes, I am in the expected path of Hurricane Irene – I’ll get tropical storm winds for what looks like a sustained 12 hours, and possibly 24 hours. Philadelphia has already gone through the front rain shield of the storm, which was relatively mild; radar suggests it’s going to get progressively worse as the day goes on. My on-going interest in disaster management means I’ve been watching this, the governors and mayors of various cities, with extreme interest. So far, my main conclusion is that no one wants a repeat of Katrina. Of course, this brings up a lot of fascinating questions about race, class, perceived value of location, and how much of that is in play versus simply, actually, learning. The one thing, however, that is clearly and rather unequivocally a matter of “having learned” is how pets are being treated. A major issue in Katrina was that shelters

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