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review 2021-03-24 20:59
Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theater Disaster, 1903 by Anthony Hatch
Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903 - Anthony P. Hatch
Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theater Disaster, 1903 by Anthony P Hatch 
Six hundred and two people, mostly women and children, lost their lives in the fire even worse than the Great Chicago Fire that destroyed most of the city in 1873. The Iroquois Theater was advertised as “absolutely fireproof.” It was not.
Hatch has written a very readable, but scholarly, look at the causes, failings, politics, and machinations of the owners, builders, managers, politicians, firemen and inspectors charged with safeguarding the lives entrusted to them.
Illustrated by 30 pages of photographs and drawings and supported by personal interviews with survivors and voluminous research, he details the fire itself and the changes that resulted from the fire.
Any group interested in history, fires or politics will find this an interesting and revealing look at the fire, what lead up to it and the changes it forced.
5 of 5 stars


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review 2020-06-21 09:04
Dating Disaster with a Billionaire (Blue Ridge Mountain Billionaires) by: Elizabeth Lynx
Dating Disaster with a Billionaire (Blue Ridge Mountain Billionaires) - Elizabeth Lynx




Dating Disaster with a Billionaire by Elizabeth Lynx

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lynx makes sure that there's a reason to smile waiting inside of every story that she writes. From humorous to emotional, Dating Disaster with a Billionaire pulls out all the stops when it comes to taking control of your heart. Love proves itself to be a charmer and then some. Temptation is only a bookshelf away.

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review 2020-06-02 19:03
The Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism - Naomi Klein

Reading The Shock Doctrine, I got flashbacks to reading No Logo all those years ago when I was a student. Klein's writing was eye-opening back then, and her case studies and research made even a dry brick of a book a project that I could not set down. 


It is the same experience with this one. The sheer amount of detail and background make Klein's book very addictive because it feels like an attempt at keeping a record of events that will probably be edited out of the footnotes of history.

The Shock Doctrine feels like an attempt of holding people accountable, and it is a very timely and thought-provoking read. It's also entirely infuriating. It's very depressing to be reminded that current events/circumstances are the very basis for the disaster capitalism that Klein describes. 


The only reason that I am not increasing my rating for this book is that I felt it lacked balance, which was most evident for me when Klein wrote about Hugo Chavez, without any mention of criticism. Granted the book was written in 2008, but still I expected more balance even if I agree with the underlying premise Klein is arguing.


Still, this was again a thought-provoking read and, maybe because of the current events we are living through, I loved that the book ended on the message (paraphrasing here): 


What can we do right now to start to bring our community back in spite of the government, not because of it?


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text 2020-04-28 03:29
water tanks and drainage systems

This way, the more sophisticated drinking water source may then be more effectively protected as soon as another flooding disaster threats the city. Of course, the work will be of the most complicated sort. Aside from the fixation of the pumps, the city government should also have the city's water tanks and drainage systems reconstructed. This may then require a grueling underground work, ensuring that the large water tubes will have no leaks. The large, heavy-duty submersible pumps must be replaced by brand-new ones. Aside from recovering shelters for the flooded victims, the city's water distribution system must firstly be reconstructed, as only a clean water source would have the victims wash up more fully, cook more comfortably and drink more peaceably.


A city-wide flood is just one of the most damaging disasters to ever be experienced by individual families and the local government as a whole. The local government, though, must immediately cease its coveted gloom in order to the have the left brain activated for some action plans and the subsequent enactment of those plans. In the reconstructed water system, the government may also find it better to have separate city providers for drinking water and water for general use. Although the old equipments may still have the hope for recovery, they will yet have to be extremely sterilized before reuse; otherwise they may to have to be completely disposed to the recycling plant.


Aside from the financial breakdown following a city flood, health problems are most commonly seen to rise up in almost exponential levels.The urgency of the case, however, does call for brand new installations, including a new centrifugal pump for each subdivision or block in the city. A few more days and the needs may soon be delivered, but the city is still left almost desolate with the water pumps and the water distribution systems gushed out of their underground hideout.


Aside from the gloomy, humid atmosphere pervading the affected areas, the want of dry and warm clothing, the craving due to food shortage and the cries for potable water are all heard round about the place. Such is an ill fate to ever witness. Also, the water itself, all plastic trigger sprayer Factory as recovered from the shed, may have to be repeatedly tested and treated before a final redistribution of water to households.. The main culprit would of course be the prevalence of floodwaters for a number of days on city streets, bringing with it a mass of harmful microorganisms and even spilled out, harmful chemical substances.

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