The next time I see one of those “millenials will be photographing the end of the world” posts I’m gonna scream because let me tell you, I just went through a natural disaster and Snapchat literally saved people’s lives. Thanks to snapchat I knew exactly what roads were flooded, what stores were open, what my HOUSE looked like (since I wasn’t there), and which shelters I could go to. People were snapping/tweeting asking to be rescued and THEY WERE. I didn’t get my news from the tv, I saw it in real time on social media and I will never not be grateful for that.
For anyone not understanding the severity of Harvey, what started off as a category 4 hurricane is now a tropical storm has been hovering over Texas for over 24 hrs and is expected to stay for the next 5-6 DAYS
No you did not read that wrong
In Houston a 500 year threshold is of roughly 19". In the past 24 hrs alone we have already gathered 21.7" of rain and the rain is expected to CONTINUE for 5-6 DAYS
Like Houston legit underwater right now Rockport and Corpus were hit terribly by the winds of the actual hurricane
This is a massive storm that surpasses a 500 yr flood and its hitting a huge chunk of Texas right now.
I’ve lived through plenty of hurricanes and tropical storms including Ike and Katrina but I’ve never seen a storm last this goddamn long with a trajectory so unpredictable it literally might head back towards the gulf and COME BACK AROUND
This is mad shit yall
Please keep the families of Texas in your thoughts and prayers
You know, I’m pretty much 1000% OK with anyone in Houston jacking a flat screen.
I mean, you’re gonna have multinationals rip rare Earth metals out of Africa at gun point and ship ‘em to China to be assembled into a TV in some factory where they got nets on the roof to stop 'em from jumping off. You’re gonna put it on a boat crewed by a bunch of Filipinos who are gonna find out when they get to port that the boat owner defaulted and isn’t paying 'em, and if they complain they’ll get blacklisted. Slap that shipping container onto a truck where the trucker is in debt and working at almost no profit margin, from an owner-operator scheme, and can’t even unionize because he’s “not a worker”. Slap the TV into some big box store where an 80 year old woman whose benefits got cut is working the register because her son can’t support her any more because his factory job got “outsourced” to prison labor and now he works at a burger joint while pundits shout that if burger flippers wanted better wages they should have learned to work in manufacturing. Now, have a hurricane run through town and flood the place, after fossil fuel companies spent decades paying politicians to ignore the warnings while they rip up the mountains and the prairies, poison the water and the air, and hot-box the whole planet, so we’ve got “100 year” and “500 year” storms happening every couple years.
THEN, you take some guy whose farm went belly up because US government-subsidized corn flooded into Mexico, and whose hometown got overrun by cartel fueled by US drug money, so he ran across a border to make a living in Texas, and he and his family decided not to run from the storm because ICE is deporting every undocumented worker they catch back to God knows what future.
- and THAT motherfucker decides, once the whole city is flooded and everything is hell, “Fuck it, at least I can watch Game of Thrones in HD next season!”.