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Hurricane Irma

How much can you say about a natural phenomenon like weather? Not enough it seems if you are a news channel. It certainly gives the media something to do when it is bad weather. It’s good they are doing their duty. It IS important.

However, weather prediction is not an accurate science. It’s an educated guess, mostly. That’s why there are dozens of “tracks” where a storm like Irma MAY be going to travel. But the storm is not paying attention to those predictions.

When there is a dangerous situation, people must make decisions. In the case of Irma, it is a stay or flee choice. It is still a choice. I hope in the USA we always have a choice. I want the option to choose my own destiny. The choice is difficult because there is no way from weather predictions, to have black and white, either/or facts, from which to make a perfect judgement.

Unfortunately, humans often make incompetent decisions. Occasionally, I have realized I have done it. Usually because I am not an expert in everything. The problem is there are a lot of other incompetent humans feeding bogus information into decision-making systems. We assume media information is accurate. We don’t have an easy way to check our own, or their sources.

In the case of large scale weather events, media has always over-played the bad. It is good for business (of being media) and always best to be wrong on the “being safe” side. They have an agenda to be first with the most, but not always the most accurate. As I point out, weather is NOT an accurate science.

It’s a Chicken Little, “The sky is falling!” reaction that is created for the public. That’s why many folks decide to see for themselves and take their “chances” that it might just be another chicken little false alarm panic. Certainly, that is not a play it safe decision.

I would say it is obvious, Irma is a serious concern. The warnings have gone out. The tracking is “good enough“! Suicide by storm is a possibility. It is a possible consequence of a decision to stay. The warnings were out well in advance. Don’t expect to be rescued by others in the nick of time.

Why do the severe weather reporters hang out to the last moment in the worst of the worst areas, being blown off their feet in driving snow or rain? Answer, simply to attract viewers. But I digress…

The choice is to sift the information that is pandered by the media, knowing (assuming) they are not making anything up, and understanding everything presented is a possibility. Then make a choice that is best for you and the people to whom you are responsible. The media is wearing out the statement but move to safety is always the best action. Sometimes something other than absolute safety may seem to be more important.  Then, prepare for the very worse.

I think it is a human right to have that choice to make for ourselves, but remember whom else may be affected by that choice. Choosing safety for the kids’ sake (or others) is not a lame reason or excuse.

Blognasium

I have many website blogs for my personal special interests. Mostly my hobbies. I have developed skills in building and maintaining well performing Content Management System (CMS) websites. Some of these dynamic sites have been created in the Amazon Web Service (AWS) cloud.

I have experimented on AWS for several years with the Blognasium URL. I have taken that experience and URL, and turned Blognasium into a WWW Community Website. for sharing its services with other users.

Blognasium provides a common internet meeting and communication resource for sharing information. That means posting and sharing your own thoughts and ideas. I have long produced Blogs designed only for my use. Blognasium is a public community for shared contributions.

Both open public and private (members only) publication is possible  Perfect for Special Interests Groups (SIG’s) However, Blognasium is not intended for commercial use or search engine rank building.

Registration is required and what is initially posted will be moderated to maintain a standard of civility. Trusted members will become moderators of their own space.

Link over to Blognasium and check us out.

Something Else Microsoft Doesn’t Tell You

I bought a subscription to MS Office 365. I had a perfectly good earlier version that was not a subscription. The MS Propaganda said (I’ll have to paraphrase) that if you don’t renew the subscription, the Office programs will continue to function but support and updates will terminate.

OK, I can buy that.

I am retired, so to save $100+ I let the Office 365 expire. I lost my “OneDrive” cloud storage which I expected. The Office programs (primarily MS Word and Excel) continued to function as promised.

Later a harassing warning POP-UP appears on every system cold boot start-up, telling me Office can’t log into OneDrive and to enter […] Continue reading » Something Else Microsoft Doesn’t Tell You

A Creative Thought

Just finished mowing my yard, edging, trimming, the whole works. Good aerobic, couple of hours exercise for a 70-year-old male, in the Texas humid 85-degree heat. Far better that the 100 plus degree days we were having.

I am now re-hydrating with a bottle of orange G-Ade thirst quencher and have turned on the computer in my air-conditioned home office, checking emails and making sure the earth is still revolving. Don’t want to miss the eclipse in eleven days or so… The propaganda machine (TV) says it is a first full eclipse in the USA in 99 years but that is BS. Maybe the first […] Continue reading » A Creative Thought

A Measure of Success

As I become successful or maybe just prolific in writing posts in my various blogs, the action attracts the attention of a small group of self-proclaimed “experts” who desperately want to “help” me become more successful. It is the exemplification of the adage, “Nothing breeds success like success itself.” I think the original form was, “Nothing succeeds like success. There are many variations with the same message.

My point is, this attention lets me know that I must be doing something right. Somehow, they managed to “find” me. These folks don’t rally around a looser, as their main intention is to associate themselves with […] Continue reading » A Measure of Success