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Sandy Total Loss Estimate: Up To $100 Billion

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In a stunningly accurate prediction of what to expect from a 100-year storm, the following 2011 report assessing the 'risk increase to infrastructure due to a sea level rise' provides everything you did not want to know about just how bad the situation is with recovery from Sandy's damage but were afraid to ask. Based on extrapolations from storm surge heights, the authors see a 'perfect storm' of this magnitude likely creating a total loss between $50 and $100bn. As Atlantic Cities notes, citing the report: The researchers also estimate that... it could take the subway system about 21 days to get working at 90 percent functionality. If all potential damage is considered, ...that timeline could increase to several months, and that "permanent restoration of the system to the full revenue service that was previously available could take more than two years."


Obviously these are only predictions, but the detail and prescience of the report are stunning in their accuracy now that the 'event' has occurred. Of course, the MTA has done whatever possible to prepare - and will do everything to get this vital infrastructure back in service but with the head of MTA noting this is the worst disaster ever, we suspect the 4-5 day estimate is over-promising.


The vast majority of New York City’s and the MEC region’s basic infrastructure (in its narrow sense of engineered structures and systems) was built and developed between about 100 and 50 years ago. This buildup occurred during the time of largest population influx, primarily driven by immigration. Today, with about 20 Million people living, working and commuting in its 31 counties, the MEC region is home to the largest public transportation system in the US...


...But without a properly functioning regional public infrastructure, private “Wall Street” and other major business sectors of the region could not exist. Infrastructure systems behave like inter-dependent growing organisms. This interdependence poses risks, however. If one system fails or under-performs, others can be severely affected...


Here is the prediction for storm surge areas:

...Note that for worst-case scenario storms stronger than Category 2, Lower Manhattan will be split into two islands, along Canal Street; i.e. the financial district would be entirely cut off from any escape routes. Entrances to subway, road or rail tunnels or ventilation shafts will be at or below flood levels, not to speak of the building stock and other assets that are located in the flooded areas... 


and the prediction for the effect on the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel

...But regardless of climate change, the increasing potential for storm-related losses due to population and asset growth is already reason enough to address those risks and look for coping and adaptation strategies...

...The Metro East Coast (MEC) infrastructure, like the infrastructure in many other large US cities with an aged inventory, has suffered for many decades from deferred maintenance. This has created a huge demand for infrastructure capital spending to restore and expand the aged systems in the MEC region and elsewhere...


All losses discussed here are total losses related to a given event. They include insured and uninsured losses. They include losses from coastal surge, riverine flooding and wind damage. They apply to the entire built environment, not just infrastructure or transportation infrastructure...


Estimated Losses $50-100bn! - based on Storm Surge extrapolations:





This is accrued loss over the next 100 years from this storm (given its probability of occurrence) - but since the storm just hit then there is no accrual! A 13-14ft Storm Surge implies a $50-100 billion total loss now!


And a rather scary sounding conclusion:

The problem of sea level rise that New York City and the MEC are about to face will be faced by coastal megacities and shore-bound populations all around the US coasts, in fact around the globe, in rich and poor countries alike. New York City and the surrounding MEC region could be in the unique position to muster the financial and intellectual resources, perhaps even the communal political wit and will (sic!) to set a world-class example for how to deal with such a fundamental societal / environmental issue. NYC and the surrounding MEC could do so in par with its often self-declared status as the 'financial capital' of the world. The City that never sleeps? True or not, 'mother nature' will see to it that wake-up calls will abound.


NYC Worst Case


and the author of the study produced a more recent update - focused on the future of the Brooklyn Waterfront - unbelievable...

Nyctech Brwf 02-24-2012 Redux


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Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:42 | 2933217 VonManstein
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the proverbial straw on the proverbial camel. sorry guys but i think thats it.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:43 | 2933218 vast-dom
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Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:45 | 2933223 FreedomGuy
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Obama's poll numbers will go up as Libya and the economy get off the front page. Alien invasion would ensure reelection. Bring it on.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:07 | 2933284 maxmad
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$100 Billion--now we are getting somewhat closer to the truth, however this thing will get over 1 Trillion!!  When you consider the New York Subways, all the flooded high rises... La Guardia... All those ocean front properties....



Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:12 | 2933303 maxmad
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Reports are already coming out that Homeowners are finding out that they were "self-insured" even though they had been paying their premiums.... Ya gotta love these Insurance companies. "You pay every month, then when you have a claim-they deny you!"

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:26 | 2933342 Harlequin001
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Perhaps this is the point where Americans realise that there are reasons why cities and towns develop only in certain areas, and unlike America, why they develop over thousands of years and not a few hundreds. Perhaps this is the point where Americans realise why native Indians didn't settle down and build houses in the path of hurricane's and tornados, and on geological faults.

Seems to me like a few million people just bought houses in the wrong place, and maybe should consider moving before disaster really befalls them. Alternatively of course, they could sit there and hold their hands out for more money when real calamity eventually arrives...

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:42 | 2933358 Zer0head
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Zuck you are tha man

the lovely Randi would be proud of her bro

big BALLS marky for pulling down this post on the seal page, you are a class act

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:51 | 2933398 TruthInSunshine
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21 days to get the subways to 90% capacity/operational functionality?

I'll bet against that by a factor of double (if not triple) all day and every day, bitchez.


Anyone in government who makes that claim is either a) lying, or b) functionally retarded.

Saltwater does a mission critical hit job on any ferrous metal/metal alloys it comes into contact with in vey short order. Unless the government brain trust wants to claim it's secretly ripped out subway tracks and given them a nice, thorough bath in zinc baths over the past several years, they're full of total shit.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:57 | 2933412 DaveyJones
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"the financial district would be entirely cut off from any escape routes"

and they call this a disaster

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:07 | 2933442 markmotive
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Broken window fallacy...I think there are a few Kenesians that know this.

Peter Schiff on the hurricane and broken window fallacy:

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:18 | 2933468 dryam
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It's good to know this country has saved all these years for a rainy day.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:49 | 2933537 Troll Magnet
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why save when jews can just print?

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:03 | 2933580 economics9698
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Krugman just ejaculated.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:31 | 2933645 Oh regional Indian
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Make what you will of this:


Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:08 | 2933696 knukles
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There is enough data/scientific journals in the public domain that to assume there is no manipulation of these sorts demands extreme speculation.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:18 | 2933720 Oh regional Indian
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If I parsed your statement correctly...indeed. One just needs to take a look at patents granted. Especially since 1990.


Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:57 | 2933763 AldousHuxley
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What's the total loss to US economy from Shittibank's Sandy Weil and his protege Jamie Dimon?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 01:11 | 2933775 Schmuck Raker
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Stoopid question.

Whodathunk a tunnel under a river couldaflood?(Thads a genus guessdion.)

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 01:53 | 2933815 old naughty
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Isn't that what Keynesian is about? Stoopid tunnels (whatever) repaired/replaced, a perfect ponzi.

But then they don't need a perfect storm to get perfect excuse to spend, do they?

More "debt = claim on future wealth".

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 02:33 | 2933819 Michaelwiseguy
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Who was it that said;

The greatest threat to our National Security is the financial collapse of our economy, and peoples ability to pay for natural disasters, that have been taken away from them by the Federal Reserve Corporation?

That would be me, over and over again. I don't even want to think about what would happen if California had a major earthquake these days.

Hurricane Sandy was intensified by considerable Geo Engineering operations.

Raytheon who holds the patents, Evergreen International and others should be Sued for damages, loss of life and property damage, for the operations they conducted intensifying the storm.

The Climate Changers and Progressers can go pound sand. We have global cooling now due the extended Solar Minimum.

NASA June 2012 Solar Cycle 24 Prediction

Here's the proof of Geo Engineering Sandy;

Hurricane Sandy Geoengineering Update 10-27 and Law Suit Hurricane Sandy Geoengineering 10-26-2012 Intellicast Update

Aerosol Geoengineering and Hurricane Modification Program Run by Homeland Security

GeoEngineering Exposed



Wed, 10/31/2012 - 04:44 | 2933883 jeff montanye
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abuse at the macro level and, o.t. but too good to pass up, at the micro:

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:58 | 2933566 cranky-old-geezer
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100 billion?

That's less than 1% of what Bernanke has printed and given to banks (Wall Street and elsewhere).

NYC could enact a 1% tobin tax (tax on financial transactions).  Yep, tax every single HFT transaction.   At a thousand a second, yep, they'd raise 100 billion pretty fast.

What is sales tax in NYC?   9%?  10%?

But 1% on financial "sales" is too much?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:20 | 2933723 redpill
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Seriously, only $100 bill? That's a fuckin champagne brunch in Bernankistan.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 01:10 | 2933774 AldousHuxley
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God tried to wipe out greed on manhattan Noah's Ark style, but underestimated pile of shit they have built over there.


bring a bigger storm next time!


Meanwhile, top 0.1% busy asking government for bailouts and "emergency disaster area" to get tax writeoffs.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 01:13 | 2933777 rambo1028
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Totally off topic

Schiff is so effing hot....

Oh what I wouldn't give for a few hours to pick his brain...or something. :)

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 02:10 | 2933829 cranky-old-geezer
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Why?  Schiff has nothing original.  All sorts of folks right here on ZH know way the fuck more than he does.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:38 | 2933372 PLira
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Don't you fret your <insert adjective> little head. .Gov will pick up the tab for those who need it the least.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:46 | 2933381 robertocarlos
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Their insurance covers hurricanes. It doesn't cover floods.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:48 | 2933389 Henry Chinaski
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Somebody just told me it was downgraded to TS just befor it came ashore.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:04 | 2933581 Oh regional Indian
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Sneaky arseholes. It's all in the language and timing, isn't it?

Insurance, surely the most corrupt, intellectually dis-honest and morally bankrupt industry in the world.


Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:03 | 2933691 Oh regional Indian
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If this really is/was fight club, I should be able to see who my junkers are. Many other web-sites will allow you to see who upped and downed you.

Minus that feature, this is Fight Club in panties.

Hey Tylers, how about a pink theme? Eh?




Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:22 | 2933728 Oh regional Indian
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Hahahahaha.... panty junker strikes again.


Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:16 | 2933304 Zer0head
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Krugman 1

Austerity 0


get over it NYC wimps


meanwhile Facebook censors Navy Seal re Benghazi

and meanwhile apartment 6a in the village has no power


clearly the latter is of most serious concern and subject of intense debat, I mean think of the suffering of those poor souls in lower Manhattan, may god watch over them and protect them - and to hell with the rest of the world 




Wed, 10/31/2012 - 07:22 | 2933933 nmewn
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"and meanwhile apartment 6a in the village has no power"

As .gov tells the peeps to stay tuned to .gov for the latest...that they have no power is just a technicallity.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:06 | 2933586 booboo
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100 Billion? Well if that number is meant to shock John Q public it should have the reverse effect and maybe they will realize that if 100 Billion will fix NJ and Ny city then the TRILLIONS shoveled into failed banks for propping up worthless paper assets was not worth it. 

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 01:23 | 2933793 rambo1028
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Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:14 | 2933606 hedgehog9999
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Reality hits hard Bitchezzz. That subway will take way past the year end to be fully functional barring some other 2012 eventuality.

And the costs will be way over 100 Billion bucks of devalued dollars and that does not even include the economic costs resulting from millions of conmmuters on a forced vacation for a few months.

That should increase the unemployment rate by a few points. Albeit temporarily....

Might be good for the car industry but not good for traffic.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:44 | 2933300 TruthInSunshine
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Totally off topic, but just a little light reading for everyone as I ponder how the Fed Head & his lapdogs at the Fed (as well as his masters), along with scumbag politicians, will continue to spin the "inflation is low" bullshit. The U.S. Government, fronted by the Fed, is determined to inflate their way out of their IOU tsunami, bitchez; hey, look!, here's one of those jagoff tools popping off right here:  10-30 20:27: Fed's Kocherlakota says 'strongly' disagrees that Fed easing is excessive

- Sees signs monetary policy as 'too tight'.
- Too early to tell the full ramifications of hurricane Sandy on the US economy.
- Unemployment could fall to 5% to 6% without pushing inflation above 2%.



$100,000 Income: No Big Deal Anymore


And some choice excerpts:

According to Labor Department statistics, the average inflation rate for 2011 was the worst since 2008, with consumer prices rising 3.1 percent, compared to an average of 1.6 percent in 2010. Much of this was fueled by energy costs (up 15.2 percent for the year) and food costs (up 3.7 percent for the year). Just to keep up with standard inflation, a $100,000 salary in 1990 would have to be $172,103.29 in 2011.


"What would have cost you $100,000 in 1976 would cost you $381,000 today. That's just the inflation, and there are so many other things that have grown very expensive," says Mari Adam, Certified Financial Planner and president of Adam Financial Associates in Boca Raton, Fla.


The Council for Community and Economic Research's Cost of Living Index, which compares typical family and individual expenses across hundreds of cities, shows that. According to the Index, for 2012 Q1, a typical family earning $100,000 per year would need to earn around $228,300 in New York City and $166,500 in San Francisco to maintain that same lifestyle.


The Council for Community and Economic Research's Cost of Living Index, which compares typical family and individual expenses across hundreds of cities, shows that. According to the Index, for 2012 Q1, a typical family earning $100,000 per year would need to earn around $228,300 in New York City and $166,500 in San Francisco to maintain that same lifestyle.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 06:05 | 2933904 Harlequin001
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What's the average wage now then, $60K or 100?

Just curious...

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:43 | 2933380 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Illegal alien invasion.......

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:46 | 2933226 FreedomGuy
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Illegal aliens? Can they vote Democrat?

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:31 | 2933355 bigdumbnugly
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already do.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:46 | 2933385 Almost Solvent
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But they are overridden by the GOP controlled Diebold corporate vote counters so really they cancel each other out in the end.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:11 | 2933702 knukles
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The Diebold machine data is sent to a Spanish company for compilation and reporting that just so happens to be owned by George Soros.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:54 | 2933760 AldousHuxley
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Too much fox news?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 04:35 | 2933878 CompassionateFascist
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Aldous, you are the acme. But in this case, knuckie has got it right. Judenraete George is, in fact, counting about 60% of the votes. Since we need Civil War II ASAP, and only the Kenyan can give it to us, this is all good. 

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:53 | 2933243 A Nanny Moose
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That's a metric fuck-ton of broken windoze

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:45 | 2933224 fonzannoon
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This has to be the black swan. Who the f is going to pay for this? The insurers? HA. No fkin way. They will croak trying. So when they deny the claim will FEMA cover it? If not then the tapped out consumer just got shot in the head.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:00 | 2933251 JohnG
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Reinsurers crapped thier pants for a week over this.  That's who gets fucked.  I see Allianz bankrupt in a couple months.  Appears State Farm has a huge stake also, so thier RI's are fucked.  It's both an infrastructure and financial disaster.  EPIC.

I just hope the rats are OK.  They took the brunt of it, and have no insurance.

The rat bastard bankers can go to hell.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:07 | 2933285 Ineverslice
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Liquefaction of yet another ponzi.

We'll see.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:08 | 2933287 fonzannoon
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I don't mean to come off like my neck of the woods is the center of the universe. I just mean that I don't think it could take much to sink the what was left of the economy into an abyss and this could be it. I think a lot of people get left twisting in the wind. Maybe they will do an emergency loan program so people can load up on more debt and screw the deleveraging thing.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:20 | 2933325 JohnG
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Definitely PEOPLE will be fucked over, count on it.  Sink into an abyss is good imagery to be sure, but it's the PEOPLE (and the rats) that get the real fucking.

Yet another "emergency loan" program is questionable.  Loans are supposed to be repaid, and with the economy in a wasteland it would seem better just to give them some dough.  Esp. the people that watched thier houses burn with no FDNY response.  Fair credit, FDNY was in a bad way as well.

Sad situation for many "regular folks" out there, but, the markets open tommorow so thier fucking can be continued.

Damn I'm cynical as hell tonight....

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:49 | 2933392 Almost Solvent
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If ever there was an opportunity to LITERALLY drop $100 bills out of helicopters to the general population, now would be a great time for a test run in lower Manhatten and NJ!


Long Bennie Bux

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:05 | 2933436 TruthInSunshine
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Warren Buffett, along with his partner in CronyKapitalism, Charlie "Suck On It, Taxpayers" Munger, on an individual basis, probably have more exposurers to insurance corporations, re-insurers, and the re-insurers to re-insurers, than anyone.

I'd love to see this take a big, gnarly bite out of both their asses (not because they're wealthy, but because of the manner by which they grew their wealth).

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:37 | 2933506 FEDbuster
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Bingo.  Warren will need a double dose of Viagra next time Becky Quickie comes calling for her blowjob for an interview in Omaha.   I am sure the old welfare king will tap Obama quick for an emergency FEMA bailout of his re-insurers.

Wall Street and Washington DC both shut down.  Just God doing "God's Work".

Seems like the latest internet rumor is that the elections will be postponed due to the storm.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:16 | 2933608 MrSteve
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Allstate, who has bankrupted its elementary home school district claims to have delivered 12,000 teddy bears to storm victims; because people come first. This is an ironic, bald-faced lie. Allstate is as much a corporate community rapist as any that has conned the American public.

Allstate sought an unchallenged tax assessment ruling in an obscure state court which did not even inform the school district or assessment office there was a challenge to its tax base standard. Any claim Allstate makes that it supports higher education, on every NCAA football broadcast ad, is a dishonest, PR-slanted misrepresentation. They don't support their local district school district, they are trashing it.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:52 | 2933405 JohnG
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Fucking a book.

I meant the real rats, genus Rattus.

Little crawly smart bastards, fur and a tail.

It's hard to explain I guess.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:35 | 2933501 Mactheknife
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Don't worry about the rats...those little somabitchezs are excellent swimmers and climbers.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:38 | 2933508 FEDbuster
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Most work on Wall Street already.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:50 | 2933394 Bicycle Repairman
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Reinsurers in trouble?  How can that be?  They have such sophisticated models!!


Fuck them.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:52 | 2933403 fonzannoon
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Allianz is as good a guess as any. You know Uncle Warren will be fine.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:08 | 2933430 JohnG
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Not a guess at all, hell they are all going to pay...Munich, Hanover, Swiss...

But have you looked at Allianz books lately?  They HAVE been in the news, even of "fringe" blogs.  Basket case to start with.

Buffett will be fine, just a little rub and tug with Becky.

I'd enjoy that myself actually except she has been sullied, and I like Kayla better.  The only time I unmute CNBS.

And SHE's ALL MINE (slaughterer).  You already have Lisa.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:09 | 2933447 fonzannoon
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I have been wondering about AXA for a while. But yeah I hear you with Allianz. They sold those dirty "indexed annuites" for the last few years they were prob cleaning up on fees. But they don't qualify for TARP type assistance (I think) so I would not be surprised at all to see them bite it.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:22 | 2933473 Likstane
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A lot more credibility would have been recognized if you could have been seen running with the crazies at Home Depot with the Fonzanoon shirt. 

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:30 | 2933488 fonzannoon
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yeah I set the stage and then did not show up when it was go time. I could have redeemed myself on the kayak too and I whiffed.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:13 | 2933600 a growing concern
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You get a downvote because you built up my hopes and then dashed them on the rocks.  I wanted to see you looting and pillaging Home Depot and/or kayaking with a "Fuck you Kevin" sign.  Maybe next time?

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:30 | 2933489 Bicycle Repairman
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In order to receive TARP money all any life insurer had to do was buy a small bank.  One of the big ones in Hartford did just that.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:42 | 2933519 TruthInSunshine
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The life insurers got off pretty much on EZ street with this.  The casualty insurers are the ones who will take it up the ass (which probably means anyone living within 15 or 20 miles of any coast is about to get their anus ripped out-- in addition to the anus that's already been removed-- on their property insurance premiums).

A bunch of east coasters (especially in Florida) and Gulf Coasters are going to put on their Tony Montana angry faces when they see their incoming property insurance premiums for decades to come.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:19 | 2933618 Bicycle Repairman
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Most Homeowners in FL are insured by the company that the state set up.  So, LOL, there.

FL has never paid the proper cost of their hurricane exposure.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:45 | 2933667 TruthInSunshine
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What "state" Florida hurricane insurance fund? Citizens?

It's an illllusion. It's insolvent. It couldn't pay out claims for another 1/4 of an Andrew. Then again, Uncle Sam would just probably sell some more tnotes to the Bernank (indirectly, of course), and bail everybody out, because it's in the Constitution (somewhere, I think) that taxpayer bailouts for risks associated for choosing to build a structure in a known Hurricane Stomping Ground (while not carrying private insurance) are mandatory.


Hurricane Insurance: Private Insurers At Risk |
Wed, 10/31/2012 - 08:15 | 2934028 Bicycle Repairman
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Citizens is a company set up by the state, but it is not state run nor is the state directly responsible for it's debts.  See Fannie Mae.  Wink, wink.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 12:10 | 2934742 TruthInSunshine
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Fannie & Freddie are both Federal GSEs.

The 100 Year Floodplain Map is generated by FEMA, another Federal Agency, and homes who encroach upon its envelope (with new permits for construction or expansion not being sllowed in such cases) or are built within a certain distance of it can't get private flood insurance, but must get it via FEMA.

Hurricane & casualty insurers have fled states like Florida, hence the pooled risk state administered program.

I would love to hear how Fannie Mae has direct relevancy to the larger issue of hurricane-wind-water resultant casualty losses in Florida high risk zones or those in any other state???

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:02 | 2933690 Kiwi Pete
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The insurers haven't all coughed up for the February 2011 earthquake claims over here yet so I don't hold your breath.

Some homeowners here have been told it will take upwards of 4 years to process their claims. And this was after the media and politicians shamed them into to speeding things up. Total cost is USD18bil which is was the second most expensive insurance hit in history when both quakes are added together - behind only the Japanese sunami ($35bil).

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 09:19 | 2934153 Bicycle Repairman
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How much of the damage from EQ was actually covered?  Writing EQ insurance is esoteric stuff.  Of course if the coverage was from London, I just want to wish you colonials good luck.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:28 | 2933485 Bicycle Repairman
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Uncle Warren will arrange for a bailout.  Fuck him.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:16 | 2933714 knukles
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And some P&C insurers are long catastrophe bonds in their portfolios.


Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:05 | 2933270 Zero Bid
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save us Kevin Henry!!!!

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:57 | 2933413 LMAOLORI
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You are likely going to help pay for it even if you don't live there another reason to take power away from the federal government and return it to the states people who don't live in flood prone or hurricane prone area's still have to end up subsidizing those who do. But it won't be a black swan since ben can print all the money obama and schumer want and insurance companies who do end up paying have sufficient funds to do so (they aren't the banks) they only estimate insured losses at $10 Billion.  People should read their insurance policy's most do not cover flooding.

Taxpayers Get Soaked by Government's Flood Insurance

National Flood Insurance Taxpayer Calculator

National Flood Insurance Taxpayer Calculator


This analysis looks at what will happen if the taxpayer has to bail out the National Flood Insurance Program. NFIP has had to periodically borrow from the U.S. Treasury to pay flood insurance claims when claims amount to more than annual premiums. The NFIP was once self-supporting, but in 2005 the program incurred approximately $17 billion in flood claims caused by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. The U.S. Government Accountability Office says FEMA is unlikely to ever pay off its current $18.8 billion debt. In the future, NFIP will likely not be able to meet its interest payments and may have to borrow more to cover future flood losses. Under current law, the funds borrowed by the NFIP from the U.S. Treasury must be repaid with interest.

*Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Enter Your Gross Annual Income to find out your share

Hurricane Sandy losses may be triple those of Irene


The short answer, experts say, is that there may be some insurance in place for certain losses, but beyond that taxpayers could well end up on the hook for most of it.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:39 | 2933513 optimator
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what's a hundred billion bucks, the Bernak can wire it to the insurance companies just as easily as he can wire it to the banks, no?  So, does the bernak have many of the clan in those companies?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:06 | 2933693 TruthInSunshine
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The Bernank can produce a trillion fiatskis in 1/1000th the time it takes me to shotgun a Coors Light.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:22 | 2933626 Stuck on Zero
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Obama will soon announce a $100 billion program to put New York back together, vreate jobs, and build infrastructure. The press will go wild wih enthusiasm.  The stock market will go up.  The budget will not go up because it will be an "off-budget" item.  It's a win-win for everyone.


Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:06 | 2933277 Gringo Viejo
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STORM OF THE CENTURY! Think we've had 3 of them in the last 10 years.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:14 | 2933307 Gordon Freeman
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Exactly--more of the endless hyperventilation.  Why stop there?  Let's just say 1 Trillion, or maybe 10 Trillion.  Who the fuck cares?

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:27 | 2933345 bushwarcrime
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This time next year when another 100 year storm hits ( the 3rd in 3 years) the deniers will be asking " why is the Iran war going so wrong?"

wake up

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:50 | 2933396 caustixoid
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Wait, what?!?   You mean just because every tropical storm (which is what Sandy was at landfall) is now called a "100-year storm" this proves global warming?!? 

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:31 | 2933491 iGotThisShirtFr...
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Sandy made landfall as a post-tropical storm and was easily hurricane strength.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:16 | 2933609 Flakmeister
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Sandy had the barometric pressure of a strong Cat 3 to weak Cat 4 at landfall 946 mb... Since it was extra-tropical, i.e. strengthening through the baroclinic process, direct comparsions are not really valid but also calling it mere Cat 1 based on wind speed would be foolish...

The Saffir-Simpson scale is almost pointless for a storms such as this, the IKE (integrated kinetic energy) was significantly larger than a number of famous Cat 5 'canes...

In fact based on the integrated kinetic energy it was the most powerful Atlantic basin storm ever!

Let that sink in a bit....

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 02:24 | 2933839 John_Coltrane
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"intergrated kinetic energy"  Wow, you almost sound like a real scientist with all them high falutin terms, but what matters is the kinetic energy density (i.e. the concentrated force in a given volumn).  If I integrate (that's sum up) all the wave energy on either coast at any time that would be impressive too, but meaningless in terms of damage.  Stick to something you actually understand next time.  The damage was entirely due to flooding, not storm strength which was highly dispersed along the entire east coast.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 09:05 | 2934132 Flakmeister
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You clearly don't have a clue what you are talking about..

Why do you go over to WUWT and join the thread where it's claimed that Sandy is only a tropical storm and that everything should be ok...


Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:32 | 2933492 prains
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no fuck knob global warming is proved by the disappearing ice over the arctic _ talk to an inuit who has 20 000 years of history in the region and listen good BOHICA

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 04:52 | 2933885 TPTB_r_TBTF
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does the inuit whine about it?  where can i listen to this whining?  do i have to visit him? or does he whine on the internet?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 09:28 | 2934176 prains
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typical XXY

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:10 | 2934299 MilleniumJane
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I met an Inuit family about 10 years ago, had a week to get to know them through some sad circumstances.  I had an opportunity to ask them this question.  They said that the winter was arriving later, the spring earlier and the snow was "different."  When pressed, they didn't really have the English words to describe the difference in the nature of the snowfall and perhaps there are no words in English to sufficiently explain what they were trying to describe.  But I'll take their word for it.  I don't know if this is AGW and I am open to other scientific explanations for this change.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:49 | 2934766 TruthInSunshine
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I, as well.

There's no legitimate doubt that the earth is in a warming/thaw cycle, but only doubt as to the role/weight that should be ascribed to mankind's activities versus the natural freeze-thaw cycle of the planet (mainly blamed by the "yes" camp on fossil fuel use and ozone depletion) and whether we're on an accelerated warming cycle due to such man made activities.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:44 | 2933666 Flakmeister
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You should have stayed awake in the Basic Logic course...

I thought of posting something as a rebuttal and then it dawned on me that the vacuity of your post didn't merit it..

But please do read this:

Global temperature evolution 1979–2010

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:10 | 2933296 THX 1178
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Straw? Bitch that shit was a spiked fucking bat.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:23 | 2933333 km4
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In the fall of 2008, Bloomberg successfully campaigned for an amendment to New York City's term-limits law, in order to allow him to run for a third term in 2009. Bloomberg won the election on November 3, 2009.[8]


karma is a Sandy ;)

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:59 | 2933568 Troll Magnet
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those jews are a sneaky bunch.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:46 | 2933384 Henry Chinaski
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No problem.  They can print more money in a nanosecond than you can make in a lifetime.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:47 | 2933387 Silver Bug
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I'm sure the Keynes are happy with this stimulus package.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:44 | 2933219 FreedomGuy
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Bailouts for insurance companies!

(Pun intended)

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:47 | 2933231 SHEEPFUKKER

It wasn't a hurricane, it was a flood.  


insurance company representative



Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:49 | 2933234 fonzannoon
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It's either a flood, an act of god or falls under the "go fuck yourself" clause.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:06 | 2933441 DaveyJones
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I always remember my favorite law professor: just remember this class, they're not insurance companies, they're investment companies

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:49 | 2933674 TruthInSunshine
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Have You MetLife Today?®©

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:22 | 2933330 disabledvet
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"no this wasn't caused by wind driven rain." totality of Governors, Mayors and Councilmen of the entire region. "And this isn't Pierre, South Dakota either...but the financial capital of the world."

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:30 | 2933351 Bicycle Repairman
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Flooding from external sources isn't covered by homeowners policies.  Business policies are another matter.  If I ran an insurance company and I discovered that my underwriters had written flood coverage, they would be "bailing" from my firm.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:16 | 2933713 FreedomGuy
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You called it. I was watching the news tonight and they were discussing that it will generally be classified as flooding and how lots and lots of homeowners have not bought flood insurance. They said it costs about $600/yr. Who the hell lives on the coast and doesn't pay a measly $600 bucks for flood insurance? I grew up in the tropics. You always prep for this kind of storm.

I bet we bail out those who didn't buy insurance anyway.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:43 | 2933220 Neethgie
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sandys 100bn damage? don't you mean growth? that is how these things work isn't it

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:21 | 2933292 Zero Govt
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not really ...if you spend $50 repairing a damaged window that's money returning you back to square 1 ...further that's $50 that might have taken you to a new vista, square 2

repairing damage is never a step forward unless you're replacing an old broken hi-fi with a surround sound Cinema i suppose

this is going to be an epic waste of money, another shot in the foot for recovery as future spend is diverted to repairing caused by the ineptness of the State to address material risk to up to $2 Trillion in on the ground NY assets, not to mention the lost commerce

if anyone loses money just deduct it off your NY State tax bill for doing a shite job on sea defences

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:04 | 2933432 LetThemEatRand
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Yes, Sandra was the fault of the state.  Private companies would have built 100 foot walls around the city and everyone and everything would be okay.  Fucking clown.   

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:45 | 2933528 Neethgie
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i think you missed the sarcasm

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 01:42 | 2933812 TruthInSunshine
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There are "scorched earth" insurance executives running amok on ZH and junking everyone!

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 09:09 | 2934141 Bicycle Repairman
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The funds for insurable events will come in part from overseas reinsurers.  So to some extent we will fix our window with someone else's cash.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:46 | 2933227 El Hosel
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  $100 Billion?..... I'll take the over, nothing is 100 Billion in the new normal. The team is used to Vaporizing Trillions.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:00 | 2933254 DosZap
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100 Billion?..............sheesh what is that,90 days std, or 2 mos at the Fed?.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:47 | 2933229 neutrinoman
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The problem isn't "climate change" (whatever that means) -- hurricanes happen. The 1940s, 50s, and early 60s saw a series of intense hurricanes that hit the mid-Atlantic coast. That coast is a lot more developed now than it was then. There's more in the way to get damaged. A major problem is that things that happen every 50 or 100 years are harder for people to plan and prepare for, than are events that happen every 10 years, say.

The best estimates for direct storm damage are in the $20-25B range, mainly because the inland damage from wind and rain was not as serious as feared.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:01 | 2933256 BlueCollaredOne
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Dude, It seems fairly obvious to me that climate change is indeed occurring. While I agree with the Eco fascists on that point, I disagree with the fact that it is man made. I also don't think paying Al Gore + Goldman money in the form of carbon credits will fix the issue of a thing called the sun going through a volatile time.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:07 | 2933283 Bleeding Fart
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Having an outlook longer than the next financial quarter is not eco-facism. Merely wishing for one's grandchildren to have a fulfilling and comfortable life into old age is not radical.

I agree with you, it will require a fundamental change in thinking about the dismal science to address manmade climate change.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:10 | 2933400 Zer0head
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I am just musing


Business Insider was co-opted by Huffpuke a couple of years ago and is now unreadable

there are reasons for that, two of which include:

1) the retards from HuffPuke somehow learned that they would be given free reign in the comment sections and descended like mongols on to what was a an okay kind of light weight site

2)  Henry the Hapless sold his soul (one of many sales) again


the comments above from Hemorrhoid and BlueRetardedOne along with many other comments on this thread remind me of  the HuffPuke trailings at Business Insider that helped it to become  the number one "finance"  blog but also a progressive wasteland void of intelligent life,  a veritable  online abomination of desolation 


we hope that ZH will (or has) not gone to the dark side but we fear that our hopes may be in vain


godspeed ZH,  godspeed



Tue, 10/30/2012 - 23:35 | 2933651 Flakmeister
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My aren't we erudite...

Seems that combined with a case of ideological inspired ignorarance you also have anger issues...

I'd wager that you are a high risk for cancer, of the spleen more than likely...

98% of scientists agree on what is happening, only ideological whackjobs and those paid to be deniers posit otherwise... 

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:28 | 2933738 Totentänzerlied
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Circa AD 1500, 100% of scientists agree Sun orbits Earth, fire is made ofphlogiston, ether fills all of space, circa 1600, Newtonian mechanics is the completion of physics, Hell is still real, the soul enters the body through special structures in the pineal gland, etc. etc. etc.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:47 | 2933756 Flakmeister
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Nice strawman....

AGW is not a new theory, care to guess when it was predicted?

BTW, there were no scientists at least by any reasonable definition circa 1500 AD (sorry Galileo was circa 1600 AD and Copernicus merely plagiarzed the Greeks, his theory was not observational in nature)

Instead of throwing about flawed strawmen, why don't you make a fool of yourself and explain to us why AGW is wrong? I was going to bed but I'll stay up if you promise to be entertaining...

Or you can settle back with this nice history of C02 and climate from the American Institute of Physics and leave the heavy lifting to those of us that can:

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 08:16 | 2934013 Acet
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Frankly its easier to just look at the strength of the arguments on both sides of the Global Warming "controversy" by looking at the Social and Financial side: who stands to gain the most from public opinion siding with one side or the other and who has the most capital and know-how to influence public opinion.

Using this kind of Maths its very simple:

- On the side of pro-AGW you have most scientists. These people have little in the way of money and pretty much zero expertise in PR. Worse, they talk using words that most people don't understand. Even worse, they're professionally skepticals, always sprinkling their statements with caveats (it seems like; there is a high-probability; the latest theories suggest) and being professionally bound to try and disprove theories (really, the Scientific Method demands that you try and do something that breaks the theory). They're pretty much irrelevant in making public opinion. The money is in the carbon trading market, which had a size of $120 billion in 2011.

- On the side of the anti-AGW we have the Fossil Fuel industry, especially Oil. Big companies, with extensive Marketting and PR departments and such a level of political influence that effectivelly the US (and other Western) military are deployed to defend their interests. Just the oil industry has 58 companies making $100 billion a year or more.


So, does it make more sense to believe that somehow most scientists in the world got together and made a conspiracy were they influenced public opinion to create a tiny market in Carbon from which they get little or no money (only Financials really gain from it and this is a miniscule market for them) or that they actually are telling the truth (as they believe it) and that Big Oil, feeling financially threatened has used their capital, political and PR resources to try and discredit the scientific community?

Personally I believe in AGW due to having had scientific training (and thus being familiar with the Scientific Method and able to understand Scientist-talk) and because most of the information out there against AGW has a very, very high probability of being paid-for propaganda meant to sway the not-science-trained majority against measures that would combate AGW and thus keep a huge industry making vast amounts of money for a few more decades. Also most of the AGW-"skeptical" arguments boil down to logical falacies and ignorance-fueled Cognitive Dissonance ("I can't understand the other side's arguments, so they must be false") rather than logic.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 08:22 | 2934035 overmedicatedun...
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Acet- perhaps your analysis is backward on the money..check out Al gores net worth and who gets gov for science talk perhaps you might re read the hocky stick charts and look for the omissions much like the penn state tree ring data...and computer models that were fudge factored to last item: how much money would be collected if the carbon tax was added onto the worlds's not a small number my over educated friend.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 09:08 | 2934138 Acet
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How is Al Gore's Net Worth anywhere nearly comparable to the money from Big Oil. My numbers are up there: 58 companies making more than $100 billion a year. Does Al Gore make several $trillion a year? Also look at him - the guy is a geek in a country where it's the loudmouth bullshiters that rule. I'm suprised he ever had the Candidacy. Would he be able to head a grand-conspiracy? Really!?

As for the grants bit, you haven't actually shown to me in any way that grants go to those that defend AGW. You just questioned it without a shred of evidence one way or the other. How about this statement: "grants go mostly to scientists against AGW" - there ya go, just as well substantiated as your argument. Actually considering how Government behaves in other areas, I would expect they give more money to those that say "Everything is fine and nobody has to do anything" (the anti-AGW crowd) than to those that say "Doom is upon us and Governments will have to do a lot of work to stop it" - it's the nature of men in power to side with those that defend that nothing needs changing.

As for the hockey stick, I read the numbers and the "controversy" is all bullshit resulting from an adjustment made to historical data from and Australian weather measurement site. The adjustment was done because the site physicaly changed places at some point in the 60s so the average temperature and amount of rain and wind were actually from different between locations (next to the sea its not the same as inland) and to try and make them compatible they were adjusted. Also this one set of value in a set of several thousand: it's percentual impact in the final results was meaningless.

As for the Penn State Tree ring data it actually shows that AGW theories underestimate the climate sensitivity to Carbon in the air, i.e. they show that things might actually be worse than what scientists are saying, which kinda goes against the anti-AGW crowd. 

As for the Carbon Tax, well observe my numbers on Carbon Trading ($120 bln per year), miniscule next to the size of the Oil industry. Also I didn't say that a Carbon Tax is the right solution. I said I believe in AGW, not that I believe the solutions proposed by politicians (who, naturally, will use any excuse to try to increase taxes) are the right ones. Let's not confuse the validity of the scientific theories with the adequancy of government proposed "solutions" for the problem.

Last but not least, I don't actually see how it's possible to be "over-educated". Frankly, my experience is that the more I know, the more I find out how little I do know. It's the ignorant that are full of certainties and are easilly fooled by those who state things in an assured and assertive manner. Life has taught me that the more assured the speaker is the bigger the bull. Also, it's life education, not formal education, that makes me see just how the well-established interests with money and power that gain from a fossil fuel economy would have the means and the will to bend public opinion and just how easy it is the manipulate the average person.

Here we are in ZH because we think that MSM just panders to ignorance and to those who would rather we don't know best, and you accuse me of knowing too much!?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 09:22 | 2934162 Flakmeister
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Re: the Hockey stick, in 1998 Mann et al. made a small error that was noted in the McIntyre et al attempt to discredit the paper. The error was more procedural in nature and didn't change the results a lick...However McIntyre made a couple of whoppers when they hamfistededly tried to hide the hockey stick.. For brevity, I'll skip the discussion of Principal Component analysis...

Since the original seminal paper a number of independent studies using new data (as well the old) has come out and only reinforced the original conclusion...

Like I said, the stick is now a hockey team.....

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:29 | 2934338 overmedicatedun...
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acet:  Frankly," my experience is that the more I know, the more I find out how little I do know."..yep and the ablity to see a set up for taxation on the world population to solve AGW..big money your 120 bil is not tax it's GS and like co's piggy backing on ways to reduce it for co's the tax itself is much much larger in direct taxes and higher costs of the emails from england about what the main science guys were saying to each other about banning anti agw data and research getting printed and the programers who had to add the fudge factors to get an outcome (bias) my friend bias. weather changes and has a habit of some bad outcomes (ice ages)..I wish man could keep the planet warm, because an ice age is  much worse than an planet that has a longer growing season to feed the expanding human race.

one example of the tax of global warming go buy a light bulb..the costs across the economy is trillions.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 09:11 | 2934145 Flakmeister
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98% of scientists study the data and reach the same conclusion...

Absoulutely unprecendented on an issue as complex as this...

The hockey stick has been validated so many differenent ways it is now a hockey team....

BTW, Why don;t you look at the Koch;s net worth and get back to me?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:48 | 2934402 TPTB_r_TBTF
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soot in the air causes global dimming which offsets the global warming from CO2.

Therefore, as long as we pollute the air with enough soot, we can offset the effects of global warming caused by CO2.  We just need to balance the soot against the CO2.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 10:59 | 2934442 Flakmeister
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Are you trying to be funny?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 16:13 | 2935585 TPTB_r_TBTF
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no, pollution is not funny.


Everyone talks about CO2 and global warming.  I wanted to mention that soot plays a role too and with the opposite effect (global dimming, nuclear winter, etc).

As new techniques come online for removing soot, global warming will accelerate as global dimming decreases.

The one works against the other.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:18 | 2936604 Flakmeister
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Fair enough...

Actually what you describe is what happened in the 70s as the S02 (which is a potent dimmer) was all but eliminated....

For a moment I thought that you were proposing Beijing air quality as a solution...

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:55 | 2933408 dwdollar
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You can wish all you want, but the fact is exponential growth has finally met finite resources. Climate change is the least of your descendents' worries...

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:10 | 2933444 DaveyJones
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that's the beauty of the choice, you're screwed either way. Given man's brilliant history with his surroundings, I'll bet they'll both hit us hard

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 01:06 | 2933769 Flakmeister
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I have an idea. I'll write a book about the convergence of these two issues and call it "The Long Emergency"....

Do you think it will catch?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 12:07 | 2934720 DaveyJones
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my favorite is how we're killing ourselves over a substance that is...killing ourselves

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:17 | 2933719 Flakmeister
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    the sun has decoupled as the leading radiative forcing about 30 years ago... C02 is now the man...

There are three levels of discussion, take your pick.,...

And yes, Carbon credits are bullshit....

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:02 | 2933265 Bleeding Fart
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Please go back into your cave, "Neutrino". You certainly have no understanding of science.

Climate change is real. People can debate the extent to which it is manmade, but it is happening. Arctic Ice? Temperature records?

Like the neutrinos of your namesake, relevant information just passes right through your brain without interacting with anything, right?

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:06 | 2933439 LetThemEatRand
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The 90+ percent of scientists who predicted this were just lucky.  This time.  Hell, they probably created the storm for more grant money.  I'm off to gas up the generator in the back of my yard while I continue to point my semi-auto at the water and tell it who's boss.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:14 | 2933460 Jack Burton
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97-98% of scientists "LetThemEatRand". Of course we know they are Liberal idiots so their science can be discounted.

The grant money is feeding the liberal science hoax that Co2 is accumulating in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels and this CO2 traps heat that otherwise would be radiated into space.

This is clearly a hoax, any fool knows that! And by god I know a whole shit load of fools who believe the science is a hoax.

Ms Rand would be proud of the deniers.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:39 | 2933512 LetThemEatRand
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You're crazy.  It's just natural fluctuation.  And of course the scientists did not address this in their studies, as reported on Drudge, Fox, etc.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:49 | 2933230 buzzsaw99
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Another huge windfall for nyc. Good for them. :vomits:

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:28 | 2933341 Ness.
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Richard 'the Dick' Trumka is giggling like a teenager right now.  Can you imagine the Union graft involved with a project this size taking place in NY?  Holy shit - the days of the hundred dollar handshake are long gone.  Inflation is a bitch...  Welcome to the  $10mm bullshit 'job' handout.  With Chicago's Very Own Oblahblah and Co. writting the checks... this rebuild NYC scam will be more historic than the fucking storm.




Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:21 | 2933725 FreedomGuy
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Ness, you nailed it. I can only attempt to imagine the amount of graft and fraud that will be involved as Washington vomits our money to show Obama's love...and politicians, in general. Obama will wink and give the big thumbs up to the union contractors. The Soprano's will all buy new homes and Ferrari's. Badda Bing will need more girls. 


Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:47 | 2933232 Cursive
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The only infrastructure Wall Street needs is server colocation.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 20:52 | 2933239 yabs
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As LOng as Ben can print it will not affect the economy

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 21:00 | 2933253 samcontrol
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100 billion is just a couple month of printing, so agree.

red arrow for the guy who said a storm is the black swan..

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 00:23 | 2933731 FreedomGuy
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Strictly speaking, 100 bil is only about one month's deficit spending or about ten days Federal spending. It's a rounding error these days.

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