Saturday, October 01, 2016

What the hell is happening

Randy Newman wrote a song called "Louisiana 1927". It starts like this:
What has happened down here is the winds have changed
Clouds roll in from the north and it started to rain
Rained real hard and it rained for a real long time
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

The river rose all day, the river rose all night
Some people got lost in the flood, some people got away alright
The river have busted through clear down to Plaquemines
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away
Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tryin' to wash us away
They're tryin' to wash us away

And people are drowning in this flood.

(And one thing to remember: when people are drowning, they will often fight the person trying to save them. Or anybody else. That's one of the first things they teach you in life guard training. Drowning people aren't calm, they aren't rational, they aren't quiet. They're dying.)

Anyway, I've seen several pieces over the last few weeks referencing or quoting the first verse of this song. But I don't really agree.

The winds haven't changed. What's happened is that people are walking out in the rain and taking pictures. Taking videos.

This shit has been happening for a long time. But now (unexpected consequences!) we are seeing it happen.

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