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No warning Sirens?
Author: Raine    Date: 03/20/2008 12:54:46

No Sirens Warned Downtown of Tornado
Minutes before a deluge of rain and hail hit the south Decatur neighborhood of Oakhurst on Saturday, a siren sounded a steady wail.

A man's voice boomed: "Attention. A tornado warning is in effect for Agnes Scott College. Seek shelter now. I repeat: A tornado warning is in effect."

Perched atop a college library, the siren didn't reach only students. It also delivered the primary warning for residents nearby who were not tuned in to a television, radio or the Internet.

Agnes Scott's siren is a rare piece of equipment in DeKalb County, which dismantled its outdoor siren system years ago. Fulton County did the same, citing upkeep costs.[...]

State emergency officials do not track who sounds what sirens or where. [...] "We feel that is a local decision."

Does this sound familiar? Maybe not if thought about as just a local issue, but this is a sympton of a bigger problem in this country. Georgia is a Red State, and the fact that they cut costs by ridding programs like this should send out a huge siren to all people.

This is the result of Government being slashed and gutted, with the lack of oversight, the lack of emergency management and the lack of regulation.

Departments like the FDC have been gutted, and the results we have seen could have been prevented by sounding the sirens that they once had available to them. People and pets may not be dead today. The FDC says it has neither the money nor the resources to do it job. In the meantime we have more medicine recalls than at any time in modern history, and the cost of precription drugs are skyrocketing. Regulation and government oversight used to prevent this.

The USDA has experienced the same. Their job is to sound the Siren when our food is contaminated. That no longer happens. How many food recalls have happened AFTER someone died?

What about the banking industry? Because of deregulation, we are in a national Mortgage Crisis. The Dollar is tanking. Regulation is meant to be our financial siren.

Same can be said for the deregulation of the Airline industry. There is no regulation, only a constant presence of the government more concerned with terror, than making sure those planes are safe. (Google Northwest Airline)

How about the Electric Industry? That was deregulated as well. How many of us over the years have seen our electric bills skyrocket? How many have experienced more frequent power outages? Slow service repairs?

Do I need to mention the Oil industry? Oil at over 110 dollars a barrel. The government says let the market handle it while Americans are more frequently forced to choose between heat and food or medicine, or a combination of them.

The Consumer Products Safety board is guilty as well, they do not issue warnings until they are forced to... and that is usually AFTER someone has died.

We already Know about FEMA..... then there is the mining industry. I could go on. The list is so deep and so wide.

The idea of Government oversite and regulation of these industries was put in place to ensure that Americans are safe and secure in their houses and homes and persons. That is a constitutional right. Republican policies of the free market and deregulation have done the opposite.

It is time for us to listen to the warning sirens we can hear and make sure come November we change this course. America so far - like Atlanta - actually has been very lucky. We still have a chance to prevent the worst from happening. We have a chance to REMANTLE that which has been dismantled.

:peace: and
Raine

194 comments (Latest Comment: 03/21/2008 03:55:14 by livingonli)
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Comment by BobR on 03/20/2008 13:13:18
This video is from 5 days before Bear-Stearns went into the toilet:














Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:13:36
That dude from Last night looks like the Evil twin of the Mad magazine guy.

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:14:06
Good Morning everyone!

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:15:44
I posted this story on the MB last night.

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:20:24
Heya BobR!

Comment by BobR on 03/20/2008 13:27:07
Quote by Raine:

Heya BobR!


:drool:

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:31:53
So rohnry here today...

Comment by TriSec on 03/20/2008 13:39:14
I'm in. Morning reports are done; just spooling up Momma now.





Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 13:39:22
Laura Inghram's voice is so soothing.

Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 13:41:10
Is it wrong to say that I am glad the Tibetans are rising up? I know, it's not what the Dalai Lama would want, though.

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:43:22
HERE, spread this youtubery around..


Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 13:43:30
Excuse me caller. Momma is not claiming to be a News Network. There's the distinction.



Comment by wickedpam on 03/20/2008 13:44:53
Morning :hug:

Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 13:45:36
Hola Mala.

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:45:47
:clown: is correct... Today another Clinton SUpporter will be on the Show, They have had Ted DAnson Wasserman Shultz, Sean Astin... lots of Hillary supporters.







Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:48:03
Quote by starling310:

Is it wrong to say that I am glad the Tibetans are rising up? I know, it's not what the Dalai Lama would want, though.
I know what you mean. That sad thing is that he said that he would step down if tensions keep escalating.







Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:49:02
G'morning Again everyone!

Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 13:49:12
Quote by Raine:

Quote by starling310:

Is it wrong to say that I am glad the Tibetans are rising up? I know, it's not what the Dalai Lama would want, though.
I know what you mean. That sad thing is that he said that he would step down if tensions keep escalating.









*sigh*

I know.



He's a beautiful man and I know he believes in his heart that conflict is not the answer. But, the Tibetan people have suffered too long. I am so torn.



Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 13:49:58
By the way.... HAPPY SPRING EVERYBODY!!!!





Comment by velveeta jones on 03/20/2008 13:50:36
Good morning my fellow bloggers and rebel-rousers.



Sorry I've not been around of late. Work and sick wife have been keeping me busy. Yesterday we got bad news......... I made my wife call the doctor because her flu was not better - 4th day.



She has pneumonia and a very high fever! Thank God the doctor saw her. Anywho, I'm trying to work extra hours in order to pay for a DC trip, as well as save up for the upcoming rapture/armageddon.



To make it sadder........ today is the one year anniversary of the death of our dog Max, due to the tainted Chinese dog food. :cry:







Its tough.



:kickcan:

Comment by wickedpam on 03/20/2008 13:51:42
Hey star and everyone

Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 13:52:01
But, the speech is YouTube's #1 viewed video. Behold the power of YouTube.

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:52:14
HAPPY SPRING INDEED!!!!







Comment by BobR on 03/20/2008 13:52:42
Quote by starling310:

By the way.... HAPPY SPRING EVERYBODY!!!!





It's the vernal equinox - time for some naked dancing in the woods!



:boobs2: :bounce:

Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 13:53:08
VJ!!!



::::: healing vibes to Mrs. Velveeta :::::::

Comment by BobR on 03/20/2008 13:54:42
Quote by velveeta jones:

Good morning my fellow bloggers and rebel-rousers.



Sorry I've not been around of late. Work and sick wife have been keeping me busy. Yesterday we got bad news......... I made my wife call the doctor because her flu was not better - 4th day.



She has pneumonia and a very high fever! Thank God the doctor saw her. Anywho, I'm trying to work extra hours in order to pay for a DC trip, as well as save up for the upcoming rapture/armageddon.



To make it sadder........ today is the one year anniversary of the death of our dog Max, due to the tainted Chinese dog food. :cry:







Its tough.



:kickcan:


:hug:

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 13:54:52
I like what they said last night on countdown about McCain and the Iran Alqaeda. HE didn't JUST make a mistake, he is trying to Conflate the issues JUST like the Bush administration.







Comment by m-hadley on 03/20/2008 13:58:43
Mornin' Everybody,

I was distracted this morning by my duties as instructor of our Sports Seminar (ie NCAA Pool), which we couch as a "Seminar" cause Office Pools are illegal here in Oklahoma - that and Sally Kern are two good reasons to move out of Okie-ville :D

Anyway, hope everybody has a great day and happy spring....

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by velveeta jones on 03/20/2008 14:02:18
Quote by m-hadley:

Mornin' Everybody,

I was distracted this morning by my duties as instructor of our Sports Seminar (ie NCAA Pool), which we couch as a "Seminar" cause Office Pools are illegal here in Oklahoma - that and Sally Kern are two good reasons to move out of Okie-ville :D

Anyway, hope everybody has a great day and happy spring....

Cheers,

mfaye


Faye, you should move to this part of the Country, somewhere tween Mala, me and Raine/BobR.



:D



Comment by m-hadley on 03/20/2008 14:03:22
Quote by velveeta jones:

Good morning my fellow bloggers and rebel-rousers.



Sorry I've not been around of late. Work and sick wife have been keeping me busy. Yesterday we got bad news......... I made my wife call the doctor because her flu was not better - 4th day.



She has pneumonia and a very high fever! Thank God the doctor saw her. Anywho, I'm trying to work extra hours in order to pay for a DC trip, as well as save up for the upcoming rapture/armageddon.



To make it sadder........ today is the one year anniversary of the death of our dog Max, due to the tainted Chinese dog food. :cry:







Its tough.



:kickcan:




Wow, Velveeta, Hang in there,

Sounds like you've got much to do/think about. Please know that I am sending good thoughts your way for a speedy recovery for your wife and good memories of Max -

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by livingonli on 03/20/2008 14:04:08
Good morning everyone.



I think I want to go block Bill O'Reilly's shot.



The late shifts make me sleepy.

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 14:05:06
:cheese: and Mrs. .... :hug:

Comment by livingonli on 03/20/2008 14:05:55
Quote by velveeta jones:

Good morning my fellow bloggers and rebel-rousers.



Sorry I've not been around of late. Work and sick wife have been keeping me busy. Yesterday we got bad news......... I made my wife call the doctor because her flu was not better - 4th day.



She has pneumonia and a very high fever! Thank God the doctor saw her. Anywho, I'm trying to work extra hours in order to pay for a DC trip, as well as save up for the upcoming rapture/armageddon.



To make it sadder........ today is the one year anniversary of the death of our dog Max, due to the tainted Chinese dog food. :cry:







Its tough.



:kickcan:


Some healing vibes for Mrs. VJ. ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Hang in there.

Comment by m-hadley on 03/20/2008 14:07:11
Quote by velveeta jones:

Quote by m-hadley:

Mornin' Everybody,

I was distracted this morning by my duties as instructor of our Sports Seminar (ie NCAA Pool), which we couch as a "Seminar" cause Office Pools are illegal here in Oklahoma - that and Sally Kern are two good reasons to move out of Okie-ville :D

Anyway, hope everybody has a great day and happy spring....

Cheers,

mfaye


Faye, you should move to this part of the Country, somewhere tween Mala, me and Raine/BobR.



:D





Velveeta,

Thanks for the suggestion - I know that Raine and BobR live in Atlanta, but not sure where you and Mala are. Believe me, I've got my eyes open for a job outside Oklahoma - it's really bringing me down living here in RED America. Thanks again.

Cheers,

mfaye



Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 14:10:01
That was painful last night. Momma was great but Both of those guys were asses.

Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 14:10:44
Quote by Raine:

:cheese: and Mrs.




:rofl:



Cheese and Mrs. Cheese!

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 14:11:56
And Faye, you MUST know we have some GREAT colleges here!



Georgia Might be red, but the Atl is pretty damn blue. (it is the thing that saves me. ... oh yeah, and that man I love!)

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 14:13:38
Quote by starling310:

Quote by Raine:

:cheese: and Mrs.




:rofl:



Cheese and Mrs. Cheese!
I thought it was a gouda one myself!



Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 14:14:25
Shane-O!

Comment by wickedpam on 03/20/2008 14:15:52
Very funny Shane-O :p

Comment by livingonli on 03/20/2008 14:18:37
Quote by Raine:

Quote by starling310:

Quote by Raine:

:cheese: and Mrs.




:rofl:



Cheese and Mrs. Cheese!
I thought it was a gouda one myself!





Comment by TriSec on 03/20/2008 14:19:57
Quote by m-hadley:

Mornin' Everybody,

I was distracted this morning by my duties as instructor of our Sports Seminar (ie NCAA Pool), which we couch as a "Seminar" cause Office Pools are illegal here in Oklahoma -






Say now, those are illegal in this Commonwealth, too...but we convinced "The Man" to look the other way by promising a portion of the pool to our company's official charity.



Might want to give that a try!





Comment by starling310 on 03/20/2008 14:27:58
I'M PRO BLACK! I LOVE THE BLACK MAN!

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 14:28:53
So The guy thinks it is ok to be ANTI homosexual?



Silliness. Such crazy silliness. Aren't we as the left supposed to be working towards breaking DOWN these bigoted barriars in thsi country? Aren't we suppsed to be the party of civil rights?



Aren't we suppsed to be proud that people are PRO civil rights?







Comment by TriSec on 03/20/2008 14:31:55
Ah, I miss MGM denouncing the poison ivy and cute sleep ads....



anyone got bursts of rage?





Comment by livingonli on 03/20/2008 14:32:11
All the crazy right-wing callers are coming out of the woodwork today.

Comment by jd_in_ny on 03/20/2008 14:34:44
I think his "point" was that, in order to be inclusive, we have to put up with hateful, homophobic and racist callers. And idiots, but that goes without saying.

Comment by livingonli on 03/20/2008 14:38:45
Quote by TriSec:

Ah, I miss MGM denouncing the poison ivy and cute sleep ads....



anyone got bursts of rage?





I'll give it a try.



YEEEAAARRGGGHHH!



Poor mgm. Too trapped in the salt mine to blog anywhere.

Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 14:42:58
Quote by jd_in_ny:

I think his "point" was that, in order to be inclusive, we have to put up with hateful, homophobic and racist callers. And idiots, but that goes without saying.
That makes sense. Sadly, it does.



Good Morning JD!



Comment by Raine on 03/20/2008 14:45:02
Quote by starling310:

I'M PRO BLACK! I LOVE THE BLACK MAN!
Well good that we got that cleared up! :P



I am Pro Homosexual! I love the Homosexual!