Kate Randall (WSWS) notes the tragic deaths and the larger overall message:
In the days leading up to Irene’s landfall as a Category 1 hurricane last Saturday, East Coast residents from the Carolinas to New England were warned to expect substantial power outages. Although Irene did not strike with the intensity that had been predicted in some areas, the storm was powerful, leaving at least 35 people dead.
Some 5.48 million homes and businesses were without electricity along the Eastern Seaboard as of Monday afternoon. The massive power outages serve as a stark reminder of the decrepit state of the US infrastructure in general, and the country’s electrical grid in particular.
The widespread loss of power cannot be explained simply as a result of forces of nature beyond human control. Rather, what is exposed is a system that cannot provide the most basic necessities to the population, and subordinates the generation and delivery of energy to private profit.The infrastructure is crumbling around the US.
In my area, for instance, back in 2006, the Big Dig Tunnel, a section of it fell and that concrete section landed on a car killing the driver.
All around the country there's been a failure to invest in maintaining and improving infrastructure. And that's what Hurricane Irene revealed.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday: