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No, it hasn't happened... yet. But that's just a matter of luck. And when it does happen, my reaction will be uncontrollable laughter. I don't wish this on any of them, but the inevitable reactions of shock and surprise will be too much for me to watch without busting a gut, and I will have exactly ZERO sympathy for whichever one of these morons it eventually happens to.

All I've seen on the three major cable news channels is idiot reporters standing out in the middle of a hurricane wringing their hands over the fact that so many people decide, based on their own individual assesment of risk vs cost, NOT to heed the "mandatory" evacuation orders.

"I don't understand how people can choose to remain here." Note the word "here". It refers to the very place the reporter is standing at that moment. No, actually, it doesn't, most of the people who don't evacuate are hunkered down in their houses - the reporter is standing out in the middle of the street.

"People should not be in the place I am standing right now."

"It's too dangerous for anyone to be in the place where I am standing right now."

"Authorities have ordered everyone out of the place where I am standing right now."

"You're an idiot if you're standing around in the place where I am standing around right now."

The flip side of this is that those "authorities" are now ordering evacuations at the first sign of a spring drizzle that might bring the risk of getting your shoes wet from stepping in a puddle. Yes, it is generally wise to get out of Dodge if a hurricane is headed right for you. But the warnings given now are nothing more than the nanny state run amok. "We" have to keep "our" people safe and dry and fed. Forget individual judgement, individual risk assessment, we have to tend our flock and get them all to shelter for their own good. And don't worry if you lose everything, you're under our protection and we'll make you whole again. This attitude provides NO information as to the actual risk, and NO incentive to judge for yourself how to respond.

And the reporters eat it up. It provides great drama and great ratings if they treat every storm and every city that might get overcast and rainy from it as the scene of impending armageddon.

But increasingly, even they are oblivious to the actual risk. They blow it up everywhere, with the result that one of their team is standing around in a city a hundered miles from landfall calling every downed power line "devastating damage", while another of them is standing right in the bullseye complaining that people aren't leaving, apparently not noticing that that includes them.

These guys think they walk on water. They seem to think that their press pass will be honored by those 115 mph winds and 12 ft storm surges. I wish them luck, but they're setting themselves up to be the subject of some very entertaining video one of these days.

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