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Scientists predict more major hurricanes than normal in 2020 season

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  1. [5]
    dubteedub
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    Man, 2020 really just needs to chill. We already had Australia on fire, locusts swarms ravaging Africa, a virus is killing thousands of people around the world, and now we might have to throw some...

    According to the early projections, there is a 69 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will make landfall along a U.S. coastline in 2020, compared to a regular average of 52 percent that has been reported over the last century.

    There is also a 95 percent chance, compared to an average of 84 percent, that at least one hurricane of any category level will hit U.S. shores this year, according to the research data.

    Man, 2020 really just needs to chill. We already had Australia on fire, locusts swarms ravaging Africa, a virus is killing thousands of people around the world, and now we might have to throw some hurricanes on top of this.

    It is getting to be a bit much.

    13 votes
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      Diet_Coke
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      The worst part is that the timeline for the virus being worst in places like Florida and Texas, it lines up closely to hurricane season. Something to consider, if infections are really bad in...

      The worst part is that the timeline for the virus being worst in places like Florida and Texas, it lines up closely to hurricane season. Something to consider, if infections are really bad in Florida are the governors of Georgia and Alabama going to let people evacuate? Republicans don't have the most welcoming track record with refugees.

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      1. MimicSquid
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        I've been wondering about that in California. Everyone is currently sheltering in place, but what happens if/when there's a serious fire? Evacuees are generally housed in gyms, schools, and...

        I've been wondering about that in California. Everyone is currently sheltering in place, but what happens if/when there's a serious fire? Evacuees are generally housed in gyms, schools, and churches, all great opportunities for infection to spread. Do we put everyone in the currently empty hotels in order to give people enough space? Do we do what we've always done and just deal with the burst of cases afterwards? It has so many opportunities to be a shitshow.

        8 votes
    2. [2]
      babypuncher
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      Also earthquakes in Utah and Idaho

      Also earthquakes in Utah and Idaho

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      1. Omnicrola
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        My family texted me right after the Idaho 6.5 earthquake. They're fine, but seriously, wtf 2020.

        My family texted me right after the Idaho 6.5 earthquake. They're fine, but seriously, wtf 2020.

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  2. [5]
    NaraVara
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    The news this year is starting to feel like that scene in Macbeth where, since an illegitimate king was on the throne, the whole natural order is all out of joint. Horses eating each other, owls...
    4 votes
    1. [4]
      moocow1452
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      I'm relatively pro-democracy, but if all of this goes away if we find the right heir to the right throne, they would probably be open to becoming the figurehead to a parliamentary system, right?

      I'm relatively pro-democracy, but if all of this goes away if we find the right heir to the right throne, they would probably be open to becoming the figurehead to a parliamentary system, right?

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      1. [3]
        NaraVara
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        Even most rightful monarchical heirs who are worth a damn want nothing to do with actual monarchical duties. Simply being rich as hell gets you anything you could want out of being a King,...

        Even most rightful monarchical heirs who are worth a damn want nothing to do with actual monarchical duties. Simply being rich as hell gets you anything you could want out of being a King, including ridiculously outsized political power, without any of the ceremonial obligations or that Sword of Damocles hanging over your head. The only ones who actually want it are the failsons who couldn't possibly succeed at life any other way, like the Orléanist and Legitimist claimants to the throne of France.

        The Bonapartist heir to France wants nothing to do with the Monarchists and would rather go on being a hedge fund dude. The Dragon King of Bhutan is trying to transition the country to democracy as fast as he can. The Nepalese royal family went poof because the heir to the throne got mad about something or other and murdered his whole family in a mass shooting. The vast majority of countries with functioning monarchies are just petro-states where the monarchs are basically just managing the oil reserves and happen to have to deal with pesky subjects along the way. As soon as they manage to convert all that oil into real estate holdings or hedge fund assets I guarantee they're going to either turn into tin-pot dictatorships, like North Korea, or have all their heirs move to richer countries to live as trust fund brats in perpetuity.

        I think Thailand is the only functioning country with a functioning representative government that still has a monarch who actually wields any kind of power and seems intent on keeping it. But even that's kind of tenuous these days.

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        1. [2]
          moocow1452
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          Does that logic hold though if it only takes the right butt in the right chair to bring prosperity? A young upstart might get cocky if everything is going to be just fine anyway, or the next in...

          Does that logic hold though if it only takes the right butt in the right chair to bring prosperity? A young upstart might get cocky if everything is going to be just fine anyway, or the next in line might convince the ruler to step down. How does the Disney narrative logic figure into your geopolitical situations?

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          1. NaraVara
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            It doesn’t. Whose is the right butt? Who decides? And the chair doesn’t matter, the import others ascribe to the chair does. In modern society nobody buys into it. If people don’t buy into the...

            It doesn’t. Whose is the right butt? Who decides? And the chair doesn’t matter, the import others ascribe to the chair does. In modern society nobody buys into it.

            If people don’t buy into the “monarch” or his legitimacy, then the monarch is just some dude goin’ round sayin’ he’s emperor because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at him.

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    drannex
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    The simulation authors must be having a blast this time round.

    The simulation authors must be having a blast this time round.

    2 votes
    1. [3]
      Diet_Coke
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      This is what happens when you give the PlayStation 7 controller to your little brother

      This is what happens when you give the PlayStation 7 controller to your little brother

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        Loire
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        You get a bit bored of your SimWorld 3000 game and start dropping the natural disasters all over the map.

        You get a bit bored of your SimWorld 3000 game and start dropping the natural disasters all over the map.

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        1. drannex
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          Is it a bug? New DLC? Cheats? I think the players found the god mode activation command.

          Is it a bug? New DLC? Cheats? I think the players found the god mode activation command.

          1 vote