Nation’s Thoughts And Prayers Curb Hurricanes, Gun Violence Continues

TweetstormWESTWOOD — If there is anything that the month of September has taught the country, it is that the primary method of disaster aversion is slowly transitioning from boots on the ground, to thoughts on the web.  The last few weeks have spelled destruction for much of the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, as eight consecutive hurricanes slammed the region this September.  Only a few of them caused lasting damage to the US, and though it was severe, it could have been much worse.  This blessing can only be attributed to the rise in nationwide ‘Thoughts and Prayers.’  

When Hurricane Harvey, the first storm to hit the US this season, bombarded the region, the country took action.  From politicians, to movie stars, to snobbish baristas, everyone was sending thoughts and prayers via social media site Twitter.  Quick action on behalf of Twitter users everywhere likely saved hundreds, if not millions of lives.

Al Clurman, a factory worker from Maryland, made headlines when he accidentally retweeted his declaration of thoughts and prayers, immediately after posting it the first time.  Within minutes, Hurricane Katia shifted from its course set to slam the already battered city of Houston, to a path leading directly into Mexico.

Clurman had this to say in an interview: “It wasn’t all me.  My retweet may have been what tilted the scales in our favor, but that could only happen because of the millions of Americans doing their part.”

With two more months of Hurricane season left to weather, and a volatile high pressure system in the mid-Atlantic, the thinking and praying is not over.

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:  Sadly, this thoughtful, prayerful attitude has not shifted to issues surrounding firearms.  The Daily Ruin, and its parent company Satyr, would like to go on record as an organization ready to actually do something about gun violence: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.  And while we are at it, we are also sending our thoughts and prayers to victims of the following mass shootings:

July 7, 2016. Dallas

June 12, 2016. Orlando

Dec. 2, 2015. San Bernardino

Nov. 27, 2015. Colorado Springs

Oct. 1, 2015. Roseburg

July 16, 2015. Chattanooga

June 17, 2015. Charleston

Oct. 24, 2014. Marysville

May 23, 2014. Isla Vista

April 2, 2014. Killeen

Sept. 16, 2013. Washington, D.C.

June 7, 2013. Santa Monica

Dec. 14, 2012. Newtown

Oct. 21, 2012. Brookfield

Sept. 27, 2012. Minneapolis

Aug. 5, 2012. Oak Creek

July 20, 2012. Aurora

April 2, 2012. Oakland

Oct. 12, 2011. Seal Beach

Jan. 8, 2011. Tucson

Aug. 3, 2010. Manchester

Feb. 12, 2010. Huntsville

Nov. 5, 2009. Killeen

April 3, 2009. Binghamton

Feb. 14, 2008. DeKalb

Dec. 5, 2007. Omaha

April 16, 2007. Blacksburg

We’ve done our part.  It’s all up to Twitter now.


Art by Cornelius Robbins.

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