Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Wildfire in Canada shows what can happen to anyone; does Donald Trump understand "humility"?

Imagine a city of 80,000 people with every resident evacuated, along one highway, due to a natural disaster, in this case, a wildfire.  That is what is happening today in Fort McMurray, Alberta, north of Edmonton, where it’s been warm and dry for too long.  CNN’s detailed news story and video is here

If there’s a moral lesson, it could be, “it can happen to anyone” – winding up living in a shelter for a long time, homeless.  How will  this many people be housed if the city is completely destroyed?

In fact, if someone retiring contemplates relocation, proneness to disasters – especially floods (hurricanes or 20-inch rain events), supercell tornadoes, and wildfires, and mega earthquakes, sounds like a major concern about choosing where to live.  In western states, make sure you’re far enough away from drying out forests or grasslands.  In the Texas hill country, make sure you’re high enough above any stream.  

The Washington Post has an even more chilling video of people driving through the fires on the only highway out. 

All of this demands a certain personal humility, something lost on the GOP establishment as it imploded last night at caved in to Donald Trump, with both Cruz and Kasich pulling out.

The New York Times pretty much gets it right, with “It’sDonald Trump’s Party Now”.  Trump, as recently noted, appeals to middle class workers (mostly white) used to the discipline of regimentation in life and fitting in to social hierarchy. It’s these persons whose lives have been thrown away as disposable.  It’s bad karma. 

Of course, a lot is written about Trump’s karma, having inherited his dad’s wealth, and bragging out his own lifestyle in mid-town Manhattan (he avoids Chelsea and south, because of infrastructure and power vulnerabilities, as Sandy showed). But, to give Trump credit, he handled his non-celebrity Apprentice people well.  His comments on candidate performance on the “board room” were usually on-target (before saying “You’re fired” or “You’re hired”) and he insisted that candidates show some personal humility before customers – remember the first assignment was selling lemonade (and don’t forget what happened to Troy McClain).

Wikipedia attribution link for Fort McMurray by Wood Buffalo Regional Authority, under CCSA 2.5.   I visited Edmonton in September 1983. 

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