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anybody can learn something from the past, the trick is to avoid learning something

2015-09-16 - 9:54 a.m.

We are halfway through hurricane season such as it is. I mostly kept my head down and avoided triggers of Hurricane Katrina, but ten years later I must say it's amazing how well New Orleans has come back. The people who are not back by now are not coming back. Wherever they went is where they are. But that's true of all of us at all times and places and probably only seems remarkable to people from Louisiana because, before the diaspora, it was the least likely state for anyone to move away from. What impresses me more is that the pattern of the hurricanes themselves seemed to have changed. All those angry shouting people trying to stop people from coming home in the immediate aftermath of Katrina/Rita look pretty silly now. We are not getting slammed by storm after storm (knock on wood), indeed, the pattern of storms in the Atlantic may well have shifted so that they are more likely to hit the northeast or even Euroope. It just goes to show that nobody knows. What if you left New Orleans after Katrina and moved to Atlantic City? You'd be feeling pretty idiotic right about now. First Sandy and then the complete meltdown of the casino industry. Or even if you went to Vegas because you think it doesn't rain there and then the new house you bought immediately lost all value in the crash...I think of all the haters who would say, "Well, why would you live there?" and it seems just the same is true of any place. Disaster can hit out of nowhere at any time, and there's no use trying to "learn" anything from it. Because what you "learn" -- "let's get the hell out of there, it's sinking" -- is so often nonsense. Past performance does not predict future results is more than some legal weasel words. It's the human condition.

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