Monday, September 05, 2005

Crazy People

If you want to read about a variety of crazy people, check out "Where most see a weather system, some see divine retribution." The best part of the article was a comment that blamed the Army Corps of Engineers, who, up to this time, had been cast as the misbegotten missionaries of flood safety. It says that, by building levees and draining marshes, it encouraged the sinking of New Orleans and eliminated natural flood control methods. My main question, however, is how we can stop people from living in flood plains.


Blogger NicholaiRostov said...

I don't know about crazy. How about Calvinist? The problem with Calvinists and their spawn, the Arminians is that they are always trying to change the hidden will of God into the revealed will of God. Hence the constant striving to prove that they are one of the elect peoples instead of the damned. Another example would be how they search the newspapers and then run to their concordance to see if they are the first to discover proof of the apocalypse. The hurricane could very well be divine retribution for the shameless murder of the unborn, but something that is revealed about the will of God--He does not take delight in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33?).

Am I hijacking this blog? Sorry Larry. This is Mike by the way.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

Am I hijacking this blog?

Blogs are difficult to hijack. I stand godlike above it all, capable of removing offending posts with a click of my mouse. Bow before me and tremble!

If anyone's hijacking my blog, it would be Noumenon.

How did you pick your commenting name? I explained my blog name here.

4:36 AM  
Blogger NicholaiRostov said...

I quite agree with you Larry. "Free Press" is overrated. We have entirely too little censorship these days. And so I humbly submit this post in the hopes that it finds favor in your eyes.

My pseudonym is from the greatest book ever written--War & Peace. Nicholai is not much like me at all (in the book proper); I am much more like Pierre Bezuhof, but that name was taken by Yahoo when I tried to play games online and so I chose Nicholai instead (and the name stuck with me). I am a little bit more like Nicholai in the ill suited epilogue that Tolstoy wrote. In the epilogue Nicholai turns rather cruel (in an inverted relationship to his business success), whips his peasants, but feels bad about it afterwords. That sounds like me.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Noumenon said...

OD is right, Nicholai, this blog has already been hijacked. Your takeover options are limited to blogstalking or the putsch.

My favorite part of Anna Karenina was Levin's ambition for/frustration with his peasants. Nobody ever writes about people with subordinates, when's the last novel you read whose main character was a CEO? I should read War and Peace some time.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

"Free Press" is entirely overrated."

I posted my views about censorship earlier. I just can't see any better solution. It's like Winston Churchill said, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for everything else."

The greatest book ever written--War and Peace.

The biggest impression I got out of War and Peace was that it couldn't really be abridged. After 1200 pages of Natasha, you feel you know her very well. I don't think you could create that kind of bond with less of a time-commitment.

12:49 AM  

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