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Crypto-Synchronicity - delta_november

Sep. 2nd, 2005

08:19 am - Crypto-Synchronicity

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Yesterday evening I was reading Interdictor's blog, describing his view of New Orleans as he is holed up in an office building with a generator, a web cam and an unspecified stash of weapons. Then I open my bedtime reading -- Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. When I start the chapter I find Randy Waterhouse and his friends holed up in the ruins of his California home with a stash of guns. It's not until several pages later that Stephenson gets around to explaining the earthquake backstory. That transition stripped a few teeth off my mental gears.

In the larger picture, I don't have anything terribly profound to say. It's all terrible, of course. I'd like to think Toronto would have handled it better -- I've talked to some of our emergency perparedness folks and they seem on the ball. We'd never see flooding, of course, but pandemic flu could look pretty similar.

The other difference is in personal savings. Canada is (slightly) above the US when it comes to personal savings, though many folks on both sides are only one paycheque away from homelessness. Once the immediate threats to life and health are dealt with, how on earth is the economy of New Orleans going to recover when, presumably, half the population will be bankrupt? How will the US as a whole cope?

Double plus un good