Who needs a tsunami warning center, anyway?

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Here's a chilling news item on the Mother Jones blog today: In February the Star Advertiser in Hawaii reported that Republicans in the U. S. House of Representatives proposed a resolution to cut 28 percent cut to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service. According to CNBC and other media outlets that covered the resolution when it first came up, the cuts could mean direct hits to the centers that predict massive weather catastrophes – like, say, the tsunami waves that hit Hawaii and the West Coast this morning. Fortunately, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, still functional as of now, was able to alert people to the potentially deadly waves so Californians, Oregonians, Alaskans and Hawaiians could evacuate the coasts and get to higher ground in case of a disaster. If the cuts are put into place, though, layoffs and furloughs could disable, among other things, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Another weather center that could be affected: The National Hurricane Center, which could go to a reduced work week. Which means for those of us in Florida, fewer people watching the skies to let us know when the next big storm is about to hit. Just another one of the services brought to you by Big Government. But Big Government is bad, remember, and must be eliminated. Plus, the weathermen are wrong all the time anyway, so don't you worry your pretty little heads. Just go bury them in the sand for a while, til all these tsunamis blow over. And just to be safe, keep them there til October, when hurricane season in Florida is over, too.

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