Friday, August 26, 2011

New Yokers Unimpressed with Mayor Bloomberg Hurricane Fear Mongering

AFP via Yahoo:

More than 200,000 New Yorkers are under orders to flee a once-in-a-century hurricane, but many in the famed City That Never Sleeps are brushing aside danger -- and heading to the beach.
Hours after Mayor Mike Bloomberg ordered the evacuation from the low-lying Rockaway Beach, the sun-kissed coastline was packed with sunbathers and surfers as city dwellers took the dire warnings about Hurricane Irene in stride.

Roberto Luzuriaga, who was making a brisk business selling Italian Ice desserts to swimmers straight off the sand, echoed the views of many when he said that authorities' warnings were at times self-serving.

"It definitely is a concern, but sometimes things are blown out of proportion. Sometimes the people who make the calls just want to save their asses," said Luzuriaga, who is still debating whether to leave his nearby home.

Jeffrey Rose, a clinical hypnotist strolling the beach dipping onion rings into guacamole, said he was considering leaving the city on a business trip but was not overly concerned about Irene, which is set to barrel down by Sunday.

"We're a very litigious society. The city knows that if something happens, they could get sued. That's okay; it's just that people have to cover themselves," Rose said.
The biggest outrage is the Mayor ordering people to abandon residences in low-lying areas. The choice should be left up to the residences. Leaving people alone who aren't hurting others, allowing them to make their own decisions on their own property, should apply during a hurricane as much as it does any other time. Their is no hurricane exception clause in the Constitution. Forcing people out of their residence is simply another case of coercive decision making of the government over-ruling the decisions of individuals. There is certainly enough information broadcast about the hurricane for people to make their own decisions. I am much more concerned about long-term expanding government than I am about a passing hurricane.


  1. True. But all those people will then turn around and sue the city for any damage, even if it was their own fault.

    And then they'll go right back and build in the same place.

    That's what happens when you let other people bear the risk of your behavior. You keep on doing dumb things.

  2. >Their is no hurricane exception clause in the Constitution. Forcing people out of their residence is simply another case of coercive decision making of the government over-ruling the decisions of individuals.

    From a constitutional perspective, I think you have this wrong. The Constitution reserves a general police power to the States to do things such as this. The States' police powers are constrained only by the parts of the Bill of Rights incorporated against them. And remember, it's the mayor of NYC acting here, not the federal government.

    That's not to say you're wrong from a libertarian perspective. You certainly aren't, seeing how people should get to make their own choices as you suggest. But the Constitution isn't a libertarian document and hence doesn't guarantee libertarian outcomes.

  3. Try the fourth Amendment.

  4. Looks like Mikey wants to force people out so he can send in taxtaker parasites to loot. This is how he wants to balance the budget in NYC. What happens to the people who don't obey this fascist twinky? Does he send you to camp?

  5. @lila: so, another case of TCTF? [too coastal too fail]

  6. @Bob E
    Well, I'd like to know the rates of litigation after natural disasters in NY...

  7. About sixteen years ago, we were vacationing on Cape Cod when a hurricane hit. The news readers had their panties in knots "reporting" on the coming storm and the imminent disaster. Most of the vacationers evacuated causing massive traffic jams. I had lived in New England my entire life and knew that the storm would not be anywhere near as bad as they were gleefully predicting. It just doesn't happen there. We went to the beach for the afternoon when the goons came to make us evacuate. We told them to buzz off, but they harassed us until we left. We returned to the house we rented and had a lovely evening despite the mild storm that did not hit land anywhere near us, contrary to predictions. No flooding, mild surge, very little damage. The power stayed on. The msm loves disaster predictions for the ratings. The cops love 'em because it gives them a reason to push everyone around and seem important. The politicians love 'em because they can declare an emergency and get fed money. They are all parasites. I predict Irene will cause much less damage and destruction than predicted and very few casualties. I also predict the parasites will pull the same charade the next time, and the next and the next...

    We might ask the same msm what is happening at Fukushima, or how rotten are the banksters' balance sheets, or why is the USG bombing multiple countries around the world. Move along, move along, nothing to see there...

  8. Anon 2:25:
    100% correct!
    I've seen this countless times. Even the National Hurricane Center hypes these storms.
    I can receive the raw data online (UGRIB.US) and the numbers are RADICALLY different then NHC.
    It seems to involve the height at which the readings are taken. Surface winds are WAY lower than the higher altitude readings, which is intuitively obvious. (friction, trees, hills, etc.)
    Spawned tornadoes, and surge flooding are THE killers. You can look at a topo map and figure out EXACTLY where flooding will occur. No need for this widespread panic except for the aggrandizement of the State.

  9. And don't forget the established charity parasites demanding donations. There are a LOT of parasites involved with hurricanes. It really is a hugely profitable industry - but not for the greatest fools...the Taxpayers.