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Nature abhors a vacuum…

… and She apparently does not think much of “Big Oil” either! :-) (Who could blame Her?) I wonder what She thinks about investors who callously place side bets on the misery of others

Mother Nature fired a warning shot at Houston this week, as Hurricane Ike flooded Galveston, TX and struck Houston as a Category 2 storm that blew out windows at the JP Morgan Chase building. The storm surge that hit Galveston was smaller than predicted, a very good thing. Hurricane Ike, which had been, at times, a Category 4 storm and was a Category 3 storm when it made landfall in Cuba struck Texas as “only” a Category 2 storm, another very good thing (for Texas). Even so, the storm caused death and much destruction there.

(Update September 14, 2008 12:42 PM PDT: In reading more in the article above about the “early-start session” on Sunday for traders (sometimes greed can’t wait! :-) ), I noticed that the “eye of the hurricane passed directly over the Exxon Mobil (XOM, Fortune 500) refinery in Baytown, Texas, which is the largest refinery in North American and has a daily capacity of 567,000 barrels.” Exxon Mobil recently posted another record quarterly profit, of $11.68 billion [USD] this time, the largest quarterly profit of any company at any time in U.S. history.)

(Please note: the above description is an anthropomorphization of the recent events. [Hmmm, odd that Wikipedia should have a Tenniel illustration of the White Rabbit on this page… :-) ] I do not want to be classed with a gentleman who was recently interviewed in Berkeley, and who predicted earthquakes in retaliation against the University of California for cutting down a grove of oak trees near the stadium. Please pay attention, however, if such earthquakes happen soon…. :-) Karma is an interesting thing….)

As all of the affected areas begin the slow process of recovery from Hurricane Ike, you can help through a CNN page that has collected hyperlinks to agencies and groups that provide aid.

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