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  •  Thanks for the pics. Oso sad. :-( (3+ / 0-)

    Also sad that the developers and regulators didn't listen to the studies that said this hill was likely to collapse, or even listen to the local conventional wisdom that called it "Landslide Hill."

    I agree -- we wish well all the families and friends of those lost or missing.

    Btw, it's helpful for Democrats to know that when Thomas Hobbes wrote about "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short," he was referring to life without government! It's the world Republicans seem to want. Hobbes wrote:

    during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man. For ‘war’ consisteth not in battle only or the act of fighting, but in a tract of time wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known... where every man is enemy to every man, the same is consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
    That's why we have governments, to avoid this 'hobbesian state of nature.'

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