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Viewers/readers ripping CNN a new @sshole re: Houston flooding

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Viewers/readers ripping CNN a new @sshole re: Houston flooding

Post by MWmetalhead » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:45 pm



Radio's downfall has been under-investing in its core competency and becoming distracted by delusions of grandeur by thinking development of a half-assed national digital strategy will somehow put it on par with the Facebooks and Googles of the world.

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Re: Viewers/readers ripping CNN a new @sshole re: Houston flooding

Post by Plate Cap » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:16 am

Yeah, yeah, yeah.....it's always the elected officials (especially if Republican!!!) fault.

Evacuate: Death on the highways two lanes at a time, in cars that are 11" off the road.

Don't evacuate: Death for some, but better overall chances for most by moving to nearby higher ground, to upper floors, roofs, or the like.

It's a Hobson's Choice, but the bottom line is it is impossible to evacuate any significant numbers of people from anywhere in a hurry. It simply does not happen. Further, you take charge of their overall welfare, care, and feeding in the process, which is equally impossible.

Sometimes disasters happen. Rules, laws, governments, and I-phones can't change that.


The box that many broadcasters won’t look outside of was made in 1969 and hasn’t changed significantly since.

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Re: Viewers/readers ripping CNN a new @sshole re: Houston flooding

Post by 906XJ » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:29 pm

Parking lots FULL of empty buses sat, inundated with water in New Orleans after Katrina.

We all know whose fault that was.



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Re: Viewers/readers ripping CNN a new @sshole re: Houston flooding

Post by MWmetalhead » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:20 pm

I agree with you, Plate Cap.

Harvey intensified far beyond initial expectations only 18 hours prior to landfall. Add to that the fact that the area of heaviest projected rainfall (per the computer models) was MASSIVE. Moreover, the track of the storm upon landfall was uncertain.

When Houston had mandatory evacuations during Rita, it was an absolute nightmare. It took some people over a FULL DAY (24 hours to even 30 hours) to drive just to Dallas - normally a four hour drive or less. The irony is Houston wasn't had all that badly by Rita; the storm weakened and the worst weather was farther east toward the Louisiana border.

A lot of people would've been stuck on the freeway had mandatory evacuations begun Friday. You would've had most of the metro population of nearly 6 million hitting the road at the same time.

By not having mandatory evacuations, people most prone to flooding (i.e. those living near creeks, stream, bayous and causeways) at least had a fighting chance to get out of dodge. Houston traffic during daylight hours on Friday was light and the weather was not all that bad. It was Friday evening and overnight that everything went to hell in a hand basket.

Austin and San Antonio do not have nearly enough hotel rooms to accommodate a massive evacuation from Greater Houston, and let's not forget some forecasts were predicting 15 - 18 inches of rain for the Alamo City! Meanwhile, if you send everyone toward DFW, massive gridlock on I-45 for hundreds of miles would be the result.

Most Houston residents interviewed - even those whose neighborhoods are inundated - seem to agree that a mandatory, massive evacuation would've been even more miserable than the current state of affairs.


Radio's downfall has been under-investing in its core competency and becoming distracted by delusions of grandeur by thinking development of a half-assed national digital strategy will somehow put it on par with the Facebooks and Googles of the world.

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