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The photo streams out of Houston are wild. More of that, But it can’t happen here – can it? Bwah-hah-hah-hah! vibe.

Does it matter that the catastrophe is meteorological and only in part manmade? (Rises in sea level – almost certainly due to climate change and other human disturbances, most notably oil drilling – made the storm surges half a foot higher than they would have been a few decades before. Sea temperatures are also approximately two decrees warmer than they were a few decades ago, which means the storm had the ability to absorb more water.)

No, not really.

It can happen here is your basic scare scenario.

I can remember sitting in the back seat of my grandfather’s old Chrysler a million years ago or so, listening to him explain how, inevitably, the seas would rise, and everything we were familiar with would drown. I was only three or four at the time. His words scared the shit out of me.

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Some of those Houston pictures are downright heartbreaking:




And, of course, some humans are always eager to prove their essential pettiness.

My various social media feeds are filled with vengeful progressives. A state that gave us Ted Cruz and George W. Bush can just go fuck itself!

Hey, assholes! I want to write. Harris County is a Democratic stronghold; it went for Hillary Clinton by 12%.

But I restrain myself.

Because, really: What is the point?

I’ve always liked Texas, and yes, I have spent time there. Larry McMurtry country, doncha know. Unlike the anal inhabitants of the benighted midWest, Texans are very friendly even when you disagree with their politics.

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Houston will impact the U.S. economy as a whole. Texas has the 10th largest economy in the world and exports more than the states of California and New York combined.

You can expect to pay at least 25 cents more per gallon at the gas pump for the next six months or so. Possibly, this will renew the interest in fracking the northeast’s shale fields.

Difficult to say what effect this will have on the stock market – which, despite all the reasons that it shouldn’t, has continued to perform strongly since Trump took office. Energy stocks should stall. On the other hand, construction stocks should benefit.

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I got through my awful mood over the weekend by submerging myself in escapist movies and novels.

I was practically snorkeling!

First, I wondered why I had such a strong aversion to seeing Dunkirk despite being a big Christopher Nolan fan. It’s because I remember seeing another film about Dunkirk, and I thought it might be Atonement. It’s not: The middle section of Atonement takes place as Robby Turner is traveling to Dunkirk; he never makes it.

Where, oh where, do all those images in my head of soldiers huddling on a grey beach with broken Ferris wheels behind them come from? I wonder.

Atonement is a pretty good novel and a not-completely-awful movie.

There’s something about the actor James McAvoy I’ve always found… compelling. And so, the scenes where Cecilia tries to snap Robby out of his fugue states – Come back to me! Come back – moved me.

Then I had to watch The Prestige – for like the tenth time: It’s one of my favorite movies (and I love the novel, too, although the novel is very different from the film) – and then I had to watch The Shining! In between I had to go out to breakfast and hike around the Point and try to figure out what Alice's secret games were when the grownups weren't looking.

Weather hasn't completely returned to me, but at least I'm not tearing up at pictures of dogs.

I suppose I should line up some social expeditions for when I travel to NYC in the next few days to water [profile] lifeinroseland's plants.

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mexpatriot
Aug. 28th, 2017 07:28 pm (UTC)
I found Dunkirk surprisingly boring. I've almost completely forgotten it.
mallorys_camera
Aug. 28th, 2017 07:40 pm (UTC)
Have you seen The Prestige?

I think it's a brilliant, deeply textured film. I'm always wary about making cinematic recommendations, so I'll let it go at that. :-)

However, I make book recommendations all the time, so I will recommend the novel by Christopher Priest to you. :-) It does something I've never seen any other novel do. :-) As a professional connoisseur of personas, I think you'd appreciate it.
mexpatriot
Aug. 29th, 2017 04:00 pm (UTC)
I have seen The Prestige. I remember liking it. But there was another very similarly themed film that came out around the same time, and I always confuse the two. I can't remember the name of the other.
mallorys_camera
Aug. 29th, 2017 04:16 pm (UTC)
The Illusionist. :-)

The Prestige was better.
mexpatriot
Aug. 29th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yep! That's it! :)
I'll have to see it again. I'll look for the book.
gushgush
Aug. 28th, 2017 09:58 pm (UTC)
"A state that gave us Ted Cruz and George W. Bush can just go fuck itself!"

One of the surprising things I've learned during the leadup to, and now in the midst of, this whole Trumpian era, is how very nasty and angry and just plain mean-spirited many so-called liberal-progressives can be. I had always been under the illusion that peace, love and understanding were our words to live by, but apparently not in this dimension... No matter how many times I tried to remind certain folks that we are better than that, my words were met with argumentative pettiness, with only a scant few actually agreeing with my view.
During the election, that unsavory attitude was coupled with a distinct hubris and arrogance about "our first woman president" - so much so that it made me almost happy when the the Orange Shitbag won -- "almost" being the key word there.

mallorys_camera
Aug. 29th, 2017 10:07 am (UTC)
Yes, I think right up through Charlottesville, I found myself feeling surprisingly -- well. I don't want to say sympathetic, possibly the word is empathetic toward Trump supporters, too.

Now, though, I think they can all go fuck themselves.

It occurs to me that I am allowing myself to be manipulated on that one.

But, of course, the Left seems no different from the Right in terms of pettiness and parochialism.
gushgush
Aug. 29th, 2017 06:57 pm (UTC)
It seems obvious to me that the anybody-but-Hillary vote won the election for Trump (and that Bernie would have won because of those same voters, but that's a different discussion). A lot of those who voted that way either don't want to admit mistake and are now doubling-down on their support for him and what he seems to represent, or they realize the current miasma and are now even more disgusted than before with a system that left those two as the only choices.
At least that is what I hear (or read on FB, et al).

I know what I know because of how I process the information They have fed me. Even the fine art of reading between the lines has been taken into account and such info has been skewed accordingly. The best I can do, as far as knowing any real truth, is observe the reaction of others as they also process the doled-out information.
< /cynical-rant >

zyzyly
Aug. 29th, 2017 04:22 am (UTC)
I watched Atonement on an overnight flight to Taipei years ago after it first came out, and always wanted to see it on a screen bigger than the one on the seat of a plane, but never have. It looked to have beautiful cinematography, as best I could tell.
mallorys_camera
Aug. 29th, 2017 10:09 am (UTC)
Ah! Yes! You're a photographer! You would notice cinematography. :-)

I don't remember the cinematography as being too extraordinary myself. (And much of the film is comprised of interior shots.) But then, I probably wouldn't know what to look for.
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