During the government shutdown, new websites were created to tell us Uncle Sam couldn’t afford the manpower to run their old websites.
Stupid is as stupid does.
In the state of Arkansas, you can allegedly beat your wife, but no more than once per month.
Stupid is as stupid does.
In Snohomish County, Washington, you can live on fragile land near the Stillaguamish River, an area prone to mudslides – and never know, because your city officials never felt inclined to inform you.
Stupid. Is. As. Stupid. Does.
Now christened the Oso Landslide, the natural disaster, which occurred on March 22, 2014, in Washington State, shattered any sense of safety for Oso residents in what can only be described as 60 seconds of sheer terror. The aftermath of this horrific mudslide: 36 dead with many more left homeless, injured and traumatized. And I’m greatly pissed off.
The landside doesn’t piss me off. Honey, please! Landslides come with the territory of being an Earthling; they’re natural disasters just like tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. They’re destructive, frightening and toss our lives into a boiling, frothy cesspool of peril. We cannot control these circumstances. We just have to use our faculties to develop communities that lessen the risks of being affected by them. Which leads me to my focal points of “pissitivity”: Stupidity and Negligence.
Snohomish County officials knew Oso had a history of landslides. Landslides occurred here in 1949, 1951, 1967, 1988 and 2006. They’ve had ample time – at least eight years – to get their shiz together so the next landslide should not have been so devastating, but they were negligent in taking sufficient action. And that boils my blood.
Records state Snohomish officials once considered a property buyout program to remove landowners from the area. But they didn’t because it would cost $1.6 million. Now they’ve got $10 million in damage and 36 deaths on their hands.
High rainfall levels have been blamed for the landslide. There had been 200% more rain than usual in the previous 45 days leading up to the mudslide. I can agree rain influenced matters, but it did not create the catastrophe by itself. Rain doesn’t receive Google Alerts asking her to lower precipitation levels in respect to the removal of acres of trees in the areas for logging and property development. Spare me, ok? Snohomish County’s latest landslide devastation was preventable because it occurred in an area that was never suitable for development or human living!
My anger flares from Snohomish County’s negligence to do anything to substantially prevent the loss of lives. They never performed the property buyout. They never informed their citizens. They allowed continued logging to occur in sensitive areas, even though landslides occurred after logging activity. The extent of their prevention involved construction of a wall in 1962. The wall was meant to protect the slide area’s toe (base of the hillside), stabilizing the slope. Clearly that went swimmingly and proved effortless when a landslide overran it two years later.
Now, to be fair