US Ice Storm is a Shakespearean tragedy

A contact at told me yesterday there is a big ice storm going on in America’s mid west. Millions of people in the area around St. Louis, Missouri have been without electricity for nearly a week after ice and snow brought down overhead power lines. So far 36 people have died because of the freak weather. Government officials say it will be several more says before power can be restored even if temperatures rise. READ STORY on Yahoo news

Meanwhile climate change deniers crank up the volume and the airlines tell us to keep on flying.

And George W. Bush announces an escalation of the war in the Middle East.

Perhaps the President needs a lesson in literature. Let’s start with Shakespeare; Henry 1V part 2 (Act 4) where somebody asks the King:

“be it thy course to busy giddy minds with foreign quarrels?”

Yeah well, quite.

7 thoughts on “US Ice Storm is a Shakespearean tragedy

    1. Not only too logical, it would require investment by the state in infrastructure.

      All civilised countries should be building Mag-Lev trunk systems with regional railway and local tramway feeders.
      Tidal power can provide electricity and the tides, unlike the wind, are reliable.

      But replacing the railways would not offer any quick return on investment for private operators just as developing tidal generators is more difficult and costly than putting up giant windmills on every bit of beautiful landscape we have.

      Keep feeding me the lines sweetie. Hey, I got a paid writing gig on an American website doing stuff on society and the environment. Shows I’m getting people to listen.



  1. There are not ‘millions’ of people here in St. Louis without power and the ice storm hit last Friday night, so it has NOT been a week without power here. At the height of the storm, about 135,000 were without power. There are still around 35,000 without and all power is expected to be restored today or tomorrow.


    1. Fair enough but you should really take those points up with the news service.

      It does not alter the fact however that the American Government would rather be waging war on disadvantaged minorities in the third world that looking after disadvantaged minorities at home.

      BTW regular readers, As I am British my definition of “the area around St. Louis” may be a little vague but the “storm” which is more a period of extreme cold my American friends tell me, affected a swathe of the mid west. As my item was posted 5 days after the storm hit I think “nearly a week” is fair.
      My friend in Nashville told me that by Tuesday a wide area of the midwest was still without power though supplies had been restored to most urban areas. Initially power was lost to millions of people (The State of Missouri and its bordering states Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee have a combined population of around 25 million.
      Now it is possible that the commenter interpreted my “area around St. Louis to mean the St. Louis metropolitan area (pop 2.7 million) or St. Louis city itself (pop 400,000).
      If that is the case then I’m sorry I dids not spell it out in words of less than one syllable so that even American right wing thickos can’t get confused.


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