September 20th, 2005

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Rita becomes a CAT-2.

The latest air force reconnaissance indicates that Rita is now a category two hurricane with 100MPH winds. Its projected course hasn't changed, and appears to be likely to produce additional growth. The central pressure was 976 mb, down 9 mb in the past 6 hours. At this rate of intensification, Rita could become a large Category 3 hurricane as early as tomorrow morning.

At this point, most of the computer models are pointing to a very dangerous hurricane for those in the Galveston/Houston area, who could end up facing the stronger winds on the east side of the storm.

Gah.
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Interesting article from Feb. of this year...

Is Houston ready for the big storm?

"no one really knows whether the Southeast Texas coast could be quickly and safely evacuated in the event of a Category 4 or Category 5 hurricane. . . In only one area are the experts in agreement. . . State and local officials have little confidence in their ability to evacuate those without cars, living in group homes or many of the sick and elderly living alone. Plans are in the works, they say, but for now those who are most vulnerable are living on the edge of disaster."
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Blair's leadership admits to jailbreak in Basra

...and they're completely unapologetic about it, even if it meant pissing all over Iraqi soveriegnity and releasing over 150 Iraqi criminals and insurgents in the process.

"In the course of the day, while we were negotiating, in view of that fact that they weren't handed over, we got increasingly worried and the commander on the spot, with hindsight, was absolutely right to do what he did." - John Reid, British Defense Minister

Nevermind that British troops will now face increased resistance and additional threats as a result of this stunt.... but hey, isn't a callous unwillingness to give negotiation adequate time to do work how we got into this war in the first place?!