Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – The sense of shock and bewilderment that scientific experts were unable to with certainty predict the path of the fury of nature is indicative, I think, of many of the things that you and I, that’s you, audience, I, host, discuss on a daily basis and some of the things that trouble us as far as our detachment from the spiritual and our lack of humility in the face of nature and the face of what awesome powers are out there that mankind will never be able to with certainty control. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: These three storm chasers, these veteran dudes that were chasing tornadoes in Oklahoma:
Tim Samaras, his son Paul and colleague Carl Young died Friday night when an EF3 tornado with winds up to 165 miles an hour turned on them near El Reno, Oklahoma. After years of sharing dramatic videos with television viewers and weather researchers, they died chasing a storm that killed 13 in Oklahoma City and its suburbs.
Mike: I remember back in the day actually watching this Storm Chasers TV show. I remember when it debuted and I can recall these guys in their specially-made truck or van roaming about the Oklahoma countryside, chasing tornadoes and filming it, Samaras trying to get his contraption in the path of the storm that had the sensors in it so the twister would pick it up and he could monitor and get some data and all that stuff. So the storm turns on them and they are incapable of getting gout of the way. The reaction from weathermen, meteorologists and others of the science community is one of shock. I don’t want to make it sound as though I am not aware there was loss of life here and it’s tragic, because it is tragic that there was loss of life and that Mr. Samaras and his son were killed.
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Just as a cultural indicator here, we are so far scientifically advanced in whatever the field is, it doesn’t matter what it is. It could be medical research, space exploration, the exploration of the human genome, exploring weather patterns, predicting weather patterns. It could be experimenting with the genetic makeup of corn or soybeans so that it can resist RoundUp and what have you. We are so smugly convinced of our scientific superiority that when something like this happens and nature says, “Oh yeah? Watch this!” that it’s greeted with shock. These guys were experts. I must have heard it 150 times already this morning on the Clinton News Network because they keep running the video of Samaras chasing storms from the Discovery Channel show back in 2004, of the successful attempts to get in the path of a storm and then get out of the way, and as I said put the contraptions in place so that the storm would pick the sensors up so that they could track it.
The sense of shock and bewilderment that scientific experts were unable to with certainty predict the path of the fury of nature is indicative, I think, of many of the things that you and I, that’s you, audience, I, host, discuss on a daily basis and some of the things that trouble us as far as our detachment from the spiritual and our lack of humility in the face of nature and the face of what awesome powers are out there that mankind will never be able to with certainty control. As I said, I don’t want to seem insensitive to Samaras. It just so happens that they’re the ones that bore the brunt of nature and God’s fury in this instance. The reaction that it is hard to believe, [mocking] “We had experts here. These men had experience. These were the most experienced storm chasers in the world. How could this have happened?” Well, it can happen because we don’t control the universe, much as we seem to think we do.
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