So Rick Perry, Governator of Reason, or Texas, said that the Oil Spill in the Gulf may have been "just an act of God" that could not have been prevented. I ask, "Sir, are you shitting me?" While accidents happen. You have material failures, Mechanical failures, Engineering Failures, and plain ole dumb moves that could come from a 1000 people whom deal with a Oil Platform from it's inception to use, none of those problems come from an "act of God". There is always a step, or series of steps that cause problems. The biggest disaster I've been involved in
was predictable, predicted, and could have been prevented, but egos and money got in the way. The lack of understanding fostered stupid accusations and claims that took two years and millions in attorney's fees to sort out. Could have just read my statement to Labor and Industries... done deal.
Often we hear that term, "act of god", and it drives me nuts, which just reminds of this cheesy pirate walks into a bar with a ships wheel for a belt buckle joke. The bartenders says, "What's with the ships wheel for a belt buckle?" Pirate responds, " I don't know, but she's drivin' me nuts." My favorite cheesy joke. But what's with the act of god? Is there really anything that we can point to as an "act of god"? If there is, is there anything that we can't point to as an "act of god"? Why seek reasons for anything? Would you be looking to subvert God's will if you could? Seems like it's a get out of jail where you can and "I don't have to change my ways," card more than anything else.
I don't know if this is really a discussion topic here on TA, but it drives me nuts! and I had to say so.