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  •  wow - great discussion here lucretiamott (2+ / 0-)
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    Desert Scientist, ladybug53

    You are right - it will be the solutions to the immediate situation - Sandy aftermaths - that can possibly be the change going forward. We could have floating houses built near the coasts (I lived for years on a houseboat) instead of ones that destruct every single time. We could have underground utility lines that prevent power grid failure. We could have tidal lands restoration that secure more of the lands near the water - and also the birdlife that needs the wetlands. There are many solutions - we just have to adjust our views to make room for them.

    One adjustment might have to be that just because you 'own' a piece of property doesn't mean you get to do whatever you want with it - this is a sacred piece of american thinking here - private property rights. Still, many ideas will need to be adjusted in the future as we accommodate ourselves to the world we have created for ourselves.  

    In many ways, it may be a stroke of fortune that Sandy struck the NY/NJ area - it forces us to deal with these issues instead of a big storm striking uninhabited land where we could ignore the consequences. Still, horrible for the people living in the disaster area. No doubt about that.

    Keep constant watch on your mind. - Dalai Lama

    by redstella on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 07:10:55 AM PDT

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    •  The get a mule to do what it is supposed ... (1+ / 0-)
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      to do you need to get its attention by hitting it between the eyes with a two by four.  Of course a good mule skinner knows how to avoid such cruelty, but in some ways the old story is a good metaphor for how people react.

      The issues too difficult to handle?  Ignore them! Ignore the monster for long enough and he will leave --- taking you with him!

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