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Hurricane Harvey already doing damage in Texas

By David Futrelle

News overload! We have a Category 4 hurricane bearing down on the coast of Texas that promises to dump massive quantities of rain as it pushes its way inland. The situation looks dire, and the chances that the Trump administration will be up to the challenge of dealing with it are essentially nil.

Meanwhile, Trump seems to be using the hurricane as cover to announce two, let’s say, controversial acts: the implementation of his straight-up hateful transgender ban, and a pardon of the despicable Joe Arpaio.

Oh, and Sebastian Gorka is OUT of the White House, meaning that the creepy pics of him I posted a week ago WORKED. I guess I’ll have to do Stephen Miller next.

Plus new news on the Russia investigation, and North Korea fires more missiles.

Let’s start with the literal hurricane.

https://twitter.com/owillis/status/901114037152477184

But wait, there’s more:

But we’re not done yet!

And if that weren’t enough:

https://twitter.com/profmusgrave/status/901238685391360001

And a sort of kicker: Alt-right organizers in San Francisco have cancelled their original plan for a rally because they didn’t like the restrictions on things that could be used as weapons that the police were imposing on them. So now they’re planning an unsanctioned rally closer to where the counterprotesters will be. Clearly this isn’t about free speech. They want violence, and hope the violence will intimidate the left.

These are straight-up Nazi SS tactics.

I think we need a few cute animals right about now.

https://twitter.com/shibesbot/status/901140115266957313

https://twitter.com/zboah/status/901085820236464128

https://twitter.com/ReIatable/status/899198085771014144

https://twitter.com/bestcataccount/status/900877595092430849

EDIT: Added the stuff on the San Francisco rally.

EDIT 2: Added a few more tweets.

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Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

Update for our part of Texas: The rain is taking a break and letting the wind take the spotlight. Power’s still on, so we’re still fine. Cats still annoyed that we haven’t improved the weather, but have decided to sit on us. Another day of atoning by being cat furniture.

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
3 years ago

I just hexed some jerks for David!….

“Jabba Ar-Hutto!”comment image

“Huttsy DeSlug!”comment image

….annnnnnddddd….

“Jabbert Slimer”comment image

Using my custom “Jabba The Hutt” filter is perfect for these guys! These guy and Fake-POTUS Jabba The Fartt are all part of the Big Jabba Continuum!

….Waddaya think?

JS
JS
3 years ago

Hurricane update (Austin): Rain’s stopped, just cloudy and a bit windy. More rain bands expected.

It’s still much worse SE of here and nearer coast.

@Jesalin
Trump knows Joe the Asshole Sheriff from the “birther” days. They’ve been “friends” for years.

IgnoreSandra
3 years ago

On the hurricane. ICE has been maintaining its checkpoints to detain undocumented immigrants even through the storm.

Those fascist pigs.

cornychips
cornychips
3 years ago

Holy shit the wind. Wind picked back up. I’m watching the eye inch closer and closer to where I am. Highly recommend peeps getting on the radar and checking out Harvey.

I’m in a safer spot that most people in southeast texas and it’s still scary and stressful. I live in a house, and it’s old. I have zero clue how the roof will manage.

I hope everybody got out that needed to leave. Had some people from Houston crash at my place.

I’m sad for my chickens too. They have shelter but haaate storms, and somehow its all my fault in their little chicken brains.

I could never live on the coast. The shit is fucking stressful.

JS
JS
3 years ago

Used to be “fascist pig” was a hyperbolic epithet. Now it appears to be accurate description.

I’ve heard that, back in Nixon/Ford days, Nixon got pardoned. Then a group of college students put up a large phallic symbol with banner reading, “Pardon Our Dick, Too”.

I miss the days of protesting mostly to be heard, and to effect change, and not because we had to save the whole damn country from flag-carrying fascists.

TX Gov did say that ID wouldn’t be required to get into shelters, but nothing about what happens if you want to leave. Immigrants (legal and illegal) built this country’s infrastructure, and culture. And if we’re honest, the first white people in to the US could be considered illegal immigrants to Native lands.

Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
3 years ago

I also wish the best for those in the hurricane’s path. I read something disturbing, about a town in Texas (I think it was in Texas) where citizens were told to evacuate. Around 60% choose not to. The mayor recommended that these people write their name and Social Security number on their arm with a Sharpie pen.

Cats and rain. Heh. During rainstorms, one of my cats used to go to the front door, then meow to be let out. I would open the door, in order to show her the rain. She wouldn’t go outside. A little later, she’d be meowing at the BACK door. Same deal…she didn’t want to go outside, once she saw the rain.

JS
JS
3 years ago

Rockport, TX is the town in question. It’s a smaller town (10K), but directly in predicted path. Yes, the mayor suggested writing on arm with a sharpie if you weren’t leaving.

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

I’m cat furniture right now of course. It’s pretty common.

My curious cat has decided that drizzle is ok in Iqaluit. In Montreal, any water at all meant I was a bad, bad human. I suspect the difference is that here there’s lemmings to, uh, “play” with.

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

I recall summer 2004 in Pittsburgh, we got a record rainfall due to remnants of a hurricane going by, about 3.5″ of rain. It was pretty damaging. Then a week or two later another remnant went by and dumped more than 8″ on the waterlogged ground. Utter disaster.

And Texas is dealing with five times worse.

Also, those storms blew through in hours. Texas is forecast to be getting rain until Thursday. Ridiculous.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Cats and rain. Heh. During rainstorms, one of my cats used to go to the front door, then meow to be let out. I would open the door, in order to show her the rain. She wouldn’t go outside. A little later, she’d be meowing at the BACK door. Same deal…she didn’t want to go outside, once she saw the rain.

My childhood kitty used to do the same thing. Only he’d growl at whoever opened the door. Because obviously it was our fault. He was a sweetie though. He just didn’t like to let that on too often. When I was little, he’d follow me most of the way to the school bus stop.

Orion
Orion
3 years ago

I’m glad the Parasols and our other Texans are okay so far. Also very glad that my cousin’s NASA job ended and she’s out of Houston. And that my grandmother is in El Paso, well away from the coasts.

JS
JS
3 years ago

Funniest recent El Paso tweet about Ted Cruz.
Daniel Borunda‏ @BorundaDaniel Aug 24
Sen. Ted Cruz touring PMT factory in Far East #ElPaso

I know what he meant, but.. there is no real “Far East” in West Texas.

Welcome to El Paso del Saudi Arabia!

Nanny Oggs Bosom
Nanny Oggs Bosom
3 years ago

Best of luck with Harvey, Texan Mammotheers.

Banananana dakry: Fat, Short-Haired, and Deranged
Banananana dakry: Fat, Short-Haired, and Deranged
3 years ago

@Orion

I’m just glad I don’t *think* my dad was supposed to be in Houston for his regular checkup at MD Anderson’s. (Making sure his mantle cell lymphoma doesn’t rear its ugly head again, so on.) And glad the Parasols are okay so far, other than kitty death glares.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
3 years ago

Is this an open thread? I’ve been cheating with my meds for a while (shhh!). Without the SSRI, now everything makes me cry again. Two songs that never fail:

Needs no further explanation. The second one is maybe more curious.

Fewest words possible to paint the biggest picture possible. Almost every bar is a tear-jerker, somehow.

Two unrelated songs that have played all summer.

(Heads up for random bad words in those last two, most notably “p***y” a few times.)

Apart from that, still waiting for psych evaluation. They said 8 months tops, now it’s been 16 and they still say it’ll be at least 6 months. In other words, I gotta make it through at least the first semester of my studies undiagnosed and unmedicated. Any advice?

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

The good new is, Trump’s strategy of pardoning Joe Arpaio during a disaster so no one would notice has failed. Even CNN has been criticizing it all day. The bad news is that the trans military ban is being overshadowed.

Jojo Mojo
Jojo Mojo
3 years ago

While it may sound morbid, it’s nice that now the hurricane has downgraded and rain has gone down. From personal experience the winds are dangerous but the rain is the one you should be worried about.

I grew up in Dominican Republic and lived through at least two hurricanes, one cat. 3 (George) and one cat. 1 (Jerry). A bridge that survived George was destroyed by the floods that Jerry caused and parts of the country were almost inaccessible because of it.

PeeVee the (Perpetually Ignored, Invisible but Noice) Sarcastic
PeeVee the (Perpetually Ignored, Invisible but Noice) Sarcastic
3 years ago

Good news: that little shit Dan Borden, (one of the 5 that brutally beat Deandre Harris) has been artested in Ohio!! YEEESSSSSSSS!!!

Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
3 years ago

@Imaginary Petal

Maybe give 5-HTP a try, as long as you aren’t on any SSRI’s. I don’t know if it’s available in Europe. I think it was taken off the market, in the US. 5-HTP seems to have a mild SSRI effect. It evened out my moods. I didn’t take things so much to heart when I used it.

Phenibut might help, as long as you follow the instructions on the package, and research it thoroughly before using it. It has a relaxing effect. It can be addictive, though. Also, it’s not a good idea to drink alcohol while you’re on it.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

And the rain continues. 😛 So does the cat grumpiness, and the aggressive cuddling. Right now one of our cats is on the back of my chair chewing at my hair,

MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
MissEB47 (Resident Rainbow Lorikeet and Beak Typist)
3 years ago

Immigration checkpoints to catch people fleeing a category four hurricane?!?! That’s sickening and could end up getting people killed.

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
3 years ago

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
August 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm

The good new is, Trump’s strategy of pardoning Joe Arpaio during a disaster so no one would notice has failed. Even CNN has been criticizing it all day. The bad news is that the trans military ban is being overshadowed.

Concerning the Trans-ban; I hope this helps as a silver-lining….
http://www.politicususa.com/2017/08/25/trump-signs-memo-giving-military-authority-kick-transgender-people.html
….Read the second paragraph. It states that the Military Leaders have no intention of heeding Trump’s memo and it was conditional on that.

The Trans ban still needs to be rid of but there’s a silver lining.

PeeVee the (Perpetually Ignored, Invisible but Noice) Sarcastic
August 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Good news: that little shit Dan Borden, (one of the 5 that brutally beat Deandre Harris) has been artested in Ohio!! YEEESSSSSSSS!!!

AWESOME! Lets hope he gets thrown in The Can for GOOD!


FINALLY; I HOPE FOLKS IN “THE LONE STAR STATE” ARE A-OK!

Tov01
Tov01
3 years ago

RE: Sheriff Joe

On top of everything else he did, in 2004 his deputies set a puppy on fire and laughed at the owners’ distress.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/dog-day-afternoon-6438729

Catherwood
Catherwood
3 years ago

Geez-o-pete; right now weather is reporting rainfall in central Houston of about 5.5 inches PER HOUR. And it’s expected to be sustained at close to that for the next several hours. (it’s about 2300 hr Houston time)

Hunker down, my friends. And if you’re not down there (I’m in Seattle, fer crissakes: we could USE some rain), think good thoughts.

MrsObedMarsh
MrsObedMarsh
3 years ago

I wonder how a successfully-implemented trans ban would affect a draft.

“Uh, I’d love to serve in Trump’s war, buuuuut…turns out I’m trans. Yep, totally trans. So I can’t be in the military, ’cause of the whole ‘trans’ thing. Sorry!” x100000

—–

Reminder to donate, give blood and (if you are in or near the affected area) volunteer to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey as you are able. https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey?campname=Harvey&campmedium=aspot

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
3 years ago

Tov01
August 26, 2017 at 10:51 pm

RE: Sheriff Joe

On top of everything else he did, in 2004 his deputies set a puppy on fire and laughed at the owners’ distress.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/dog-day-afternoon-6438729

SADISTS AND BULLIES! Someone needs to set THEM on fire!

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
3 years ago

All those people that Arpaio and his assholes hurt need to be SUED! BLEED THEM DRY!

GrumpyOld SocialJusticeMangina
GrumpyOld SocialJusticeMangina
3 years ago

The thing is, they probably would have set (Latino) people on fire and laughed about it if they thought they could get away with it.

mildlymagnificent
mildlymagnificent
3 years ago

I wonder how a successfully-implemented trans ban would affect a draft.

I’m also wondering how the banning of transgender recruits will work. If the interviews and questionnaires and paperwork don’t mention the issue, how will they know?

(I rather suspect that the military knows a multitude of bureaucratic manoeuvres – totally beyond the ken of Trumpelthinskin – that would reduce the “ban” to a nod and a wink version of don’t ask, don’t tell that will get everyone through until a new, sensible administration is back in charge.)

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

@ Tov01

On top of everything else he did, in 2004 his deputies set a puppy on fire and laughed at the owners’ distress.

That’s sickening, but not surprising. The correlation between animal abuse and sociopathy* is well established.

But thank you for bringing that to my attention. It may be there’s something practical that can be done if the perpetrators can be identified. I’ll set things in motion.

(*I know we don’t go for armchair diagnosis generally, but the link is well established and in the legal world ‘sociopath’ is a description of personality rather than a medical diagnosis so hopefully that’s ok. Apologies if not.)

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
3 years ago

And not only did they make a puppy burn to death but it was part of the most over the top, unnecessary, amateurish, Keystone Cops-worthy, SWAT Raid that literally blew up an entire house. The whole scene would be ALMOST darkly comical if it wasn’t for the fact that the cruel killing of an innocent doggie was involved.

The dog thing is ironic since Arpaio was supposedly a big champion of fighting Animal Cruelty and arresting evil animal abusers. Considering that he was perfectly fine with this situation of his personal group of dumb orcs and their wanton house-destruction, disregard for proper safety or protocol and cruel forced pooch-cremation….this one “saving grace” in Arpaio’s career (fighting Animal Cruelty and tough on animal abusers) may be suspect as well.

THE INCIDENT IN A NUTSHELL….
* A guy named Eric Kush (with no real criminal record) who lived with a bunch of other youngsters in one big house was falsely fingered by a guy he knew (who did have a criminal record) for having an alleged cache of arms. He didn’t. He only owned an old relic of a hunting rifle that belonged to his dad and likely was never being used anymore.
* Arpaio’s Goons, rather take the proper precautions, check out if the “lead” was true, secure the area, prepare properly, evacuate the neighborhood, etc. Simply donned their haphazard armor out in the open and crashed right in with tear gas, flash grenades and guns a-blazin’ like they were teenage 1980s-era commando-themed action-flick wannabees!
* Mr. Kush hid in the attic out of fear of these oafs trashing the place. The resulting din and the tear gas canisters caused a blaze. Kush, a few other occupants and a Pit Bull puppy named “Dre” got the heck out!
* But poor little Dre was intercepted by some goons and forced back into the house so it could burn to death. As the poor little pooch’s dying yelps were heard, the dumbass Arpaio-Troopers of Doom laughed while needling our Eric Kush and his girlfriend, Andrea about it (as they were cuffed on the ground and helpless).
* When it was over; The house looked like London after “The Blitz” and these freaks didn’t allow the occupants inside until DAYS after….and the remains of Dre were in there the whole time….in over 100-degree Summer heat….and the place now stunk with both burn house AND dead dog.
* Then Joe Arpaio had the NERVE to blame the fire on an alleged “SCENTED FUCKING CANDLE” rather than admit that his “Deputies” are a bunch of violent dumbasses who have doughnuts where their brains should be….even after they needlessly murdered a dog (Remember; Arpaio was ‘Mr. Anti-Animal Cruelty’, I guess it’s either all the sham or he makes exceptions when it comes to Pit Bulls named after famous rappers….”How ghetto! Kill it!”)!

I hope Eric and Friends sue these cretins to death! Since Arpaio is no longer in charge of anything, a won lawsuit would affect HIM and not taxpayers! The best time to sue him is when he’s just some old civilian who yells at Mexico-shaped clouds.

Sinister Pigeon: Sombrero Golem
Sinister Pigeon: Sombrero Golem
3 years ago

Just putting in a request for our Texas peeps to send us a all clear if they can. Having lived through Andrew I know that day 1 after the storm can be pretty dangerous too and am worried about you guys.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

I don’t know if we qualify for an “all clear” just yet. Mr. Parasol’s parents had trouble calling us today, and they were feeling frantic. Not that my father-in-law would admit it; he’s a German-American Midwesterner who worked for NASA, so “stoic” is kinda his default mode.

Winds are about 30 mph right now, but the rain hasn’t been too bad. We’re thinking of making a supply run tomorrow, since more rain is expected later in the week.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

Annnnnnd I can’t get hold of my sister who’s finishing up her residency in Louisiana. Hope she’s okay.

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

Is the storm affecting LA already? I thought that wasn’t forecast for a few days yet.

I’m seeing Houston now forecast to get 40″ of rain, locally up to 50″ of rain. I know what 50 centimeters of snow looks like — it’s pretty bothersome. I can’t conceive of 25x as much humidity falling as *rain* would look like.

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

PS:au I suggest swapping the parasol for a parapluie for the next few days? Seems somehow more à propos.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

LA is getting rain today, though not like we are. Of course, a lot of this is me being a fretful big sister.

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
3 years ago

I hope all you Texans, here (you and your family members and friends), are safe and sound

Ledasmom
Ledasmom
3 years ago

There is a theory that cats do not understand that it’s the same outside, whether you look out the front door or the back door. To cats, your house is surrounded by magic portals to different worlds. I do not know if this is so; I am convinced I have seen cats follow intruders or potential prey from one window to another. If it is so, cats must think that squirrels teleport.

Sinister Pigeon: Sombrero Golem
Sinister Pigeon: Sombrero Golem
3 years ago

Considering the bits and pieces we are getting in Miami, be safe Parasol. Remember that most of the injuries actually occur after the storm from downed wires or damaged roads or issues with contaminated water. You got our fond wishes over there Texan’s. Just hold on.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@Petal
That’s awful. I was unmedicated through most of college, so let me think what helped with that.

* Allowing myself to get less than a 4.0 (top grade here in US, not sure if that’s the same where you are). My anxiety gets really bad when grades are involved, and I was pushing myself 120% and it was unsustainable. Even after I started allowing myself to get less than 4.0 my grades didn’t suffer all that much – I got 3.75 overall, but my mental health improved a lot.

* Avoiding drinking. Occasionally I would indulge but my tendency is to use it as self-medication and that can get out of hand fast. Find better ways to feel better. (This may not apply to you, as it’s pretty individual. I think the most important thing here is to look for and recognize negative coping mechanisms and avoid them where possible.)

* Taking time to relax. It’s easy to get stuck in this rut where you feel like you can’t take a break until your work is done, and at least with the program I was in you’re never able to catch up completely. That assignment will take less time to complete if you take 15-20 minutes to unwind first, whether that means playing a game, taking a bath, taking a quick nap, etc.

* I didn’t have this when I was in college, but maybe try CBD oil? I recall pot being illegal where you are, but here in the U.S. it’s only the THC that’s illegal, so CBD oil is perfectly legal. It may or may not help; it’s pretty individual.

* Take some time out of each day to surround yourself with positive energy, in whatever form that takes for you. Happy movies/shows, music, blogs, etc.

* Lean on your loved ones and classmates, when needed. I had times where I was really sick and didn’t feel like I could handle driving, but could handle class, so my husband drove me and waited in the common area for me. Also had times where I leaned on my teammates on a project for help if I got stuck or ran out of time. I also pitched in extra where I could, so no one minded this.

That’s about all I can think of. Good luck. You got this.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
3 years ago

@Dormousing

Thanks! I’m so fed up with all the meds I take for various things, now I’ve cut down to the bare minimum I need to survive. I’ll see what I can do, but it’s likely I get back on SSRI once I feel up for it.

@kupo

In our system, there’s only fail, pass, or pass with distinction. GPA isn’t a thing at all. It looks cool on a diploma to have passed every class with distinction, but other than that it doesn’t seem to matter much. I also get obsessive about acing tests, though. I often start out getting top scores from everything for a semester or two, then drop to barely passing grades for another semester, then suddenly stop showing up and fail everything.

We’re actually in an extended zero alcohol stretch right now. For my wife it’s mostly about calories, and for me it’s solidarity (although I was definitely having too many beer calories). I do think it will be helpful. I tend to be knocked tfo all weekend if I drink more than a beer or two.

As for relaxation, my problem is that I take too much time off and indulge too much. I procrastinate at a world class level. I can always find something I need to do before even opening up the book I should be reading. It’s ridiculous. This is the main reason why I’m waiting for psych evaluation, along with terrible time management skills.

I have no idea about the status of CBD oil (or what to do with it). Should probably look into that.

I actually got into a tiny special group of 20-25 students who will be studying at a different location and doing field work at the same time. I am happy about it, but also worried since it’s supposed to be more work than regular campus studies. There’s a bit of pressure to not fuck this up, since these are just 20+ spots from 2000+ applicants. I don’t actually know if this will be a good or bad thing for my mental health. It does mean that people will instantly notice if I stop showing up for class.

I promise that the cats will be getting a lot of hugs and intense cuddles!

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@Petal
CBD oil is just one of the cannabinoids suspended on oil. It can help with arthritis, which I believe you said you have, and with anxiety. I take it, but in a form that also contains THC (legal in my state) and it helps me.

As for how to stop procrastinating, that’s a tough one. At some point in my life a switch flipped and I went from being a procrastinator to just not being one anymore. Back when I used to procrastinate it was compulsive and I couldn’t stop even though I wanted to. Sometimes having background noise while working on homework helped me focus.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
3 years ago

Procrastinating can be pretty context-sensitive, as well. I think I’ve noted before about the time when I was so actively procrastinating on a story I was writing for a ‘zine (with a deadline a week away) that I actually went out and mowed the lawn rather than write.

Sometimes, all you need to ‘avoid’ procrastination is to have multiple things you can rotate between, so you can do one of them while convincing yourself that you ‘should’ be doing another.

Not that that always works either, of course.

bluecat
bluecat
3 years ago

Just catching up with the state of the world after a long weekend offline (making salads for a fundraiser, MCing the fundraiser, cleaning the hall up; sitting in a field telling stories at a festival; sleeping late, cleaning out a couple of drawers, staggering to the beach, sleeping on the beech, early night).

At some point in that I heard on the radio that Gorka toast and I took my hat off and cuddled the cat in honour of your awesome powers, David. Congratulations! Who next?

And love, luck, best wishes and stay safe to everyone in or near this hurricane.

EJ (the Scheming Liberal Race-Traitor)

I procrastinate enormous amounts. As I do so, the deadlines loom, which makes me stressed, which makes me procrastinate even more.

I don’t have a solution, but I sympathise completely.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago
Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary
3 years ago

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