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Is Hurricane Sandy Overhyped?

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Lew Rockwell Blog
Oct 29, 2012

We’re all gonna die in the “Frankenstorm.” Or so New York City’s rulers want us to fear. Nanny-sorry, Mayor Mike Bloomberg has warned us of the dire weather over and over: maybe he not only deems us stupid but hard of hearing, too. He’s also dispensed such insultingly obvious advice as “remain calm” —  even as he tries his hardest to scare the pants off us.

Meanwhile, without so much as a single drop of rain yet fallen, Nanny has commanded serfs unlucky enough to live in what bureaucrats designate as “low areas” to evacuate. And he closed the subways at 7 PM tonight. Consider our wimpy, cowardly age: The subways in their century-plus of existence have remained open through blizzards, floods, hurricanes, thunderstorms, torrential rains. New York’s previous führers, however pusillanimous, never shut them down — until a year ago last August, when Nanny did, for the Hurricane That Wasn’t (at least in most of New York City). Now, for the second time in 14 months, Nanny has proclaimed subterranean track and trains vulnerable to a storm above-ground. Halting the subways immobilizes the city, whose rulers have warred so tirelessly against drivers that millions long ago surrendered to unreliable and crowded public transit.

Providing I survive this newest threat to western civilization, I’ll be most interested to learn how much overtime Nanny’s hysteria wrangled for the city’s employees. And, of course, how much more power for himself.

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LRC contributor Don Cooper reports on his Facebook page:

Hurricane Sandy has been hyped by the media as a “perfect storm,” giving state and local gov’t the excuse to take control of resources and order evacuations. Meanwhile, Sandy is a dud.

Minimal hurricane winds, and very little flooding. Reporters are on the beach in almost windless conditions reporting.

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But the gov’t can never let a good (potential) crisis go to waste in order to take control.

 

This article was posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 4:34 am





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