|Mass Grave, unclaimed bodies,Chicago, circa July 1995|
Remember the heat wave of 1995 that killed ~700 elderly, infirm, weak, and homeless?
I didn't either.
Since heat waves are typically not classified as emergencies, and for other reasons, officialdom and other elite left Chicago to go to cooler places as the heat wave approached.
Then, and until recently, the corporate press tended to covered it up.
A young graduate student then, a professor now (see video below) did his PhD thesis on the matter, and later did a book:
"In 2002, sociologist and writer Eric Klinenberg contextualized those events in a book, 'Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago,' recounting the various ways in which the city of Chicago failed its citizens during that scorching period. As Klinenberg analyzed that one July week, there were many factors in play. These included a wholesale lack of awareness of the danger of heat and the magnitude of the crisis that was unfolding, not to mention an absence of cooling centers, absurdly long emergency-response times, the blame games of city politics, poor public information ..."(Chicago Tribune). The future is like what Oil-Qaeda (now in control of the U.S. government) was doing then:
Throughout the 1990s, when the coalition conducted a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign challenging the merits of an international agreement, policy makers and pundits were fiercely debating whether humans could dangerously warm the planet. Today, with general agreement on the basics of warming, the debate has largely moved on to the question of how extensively to respond to rising temperatures.(Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate, 2009). There was no accountability for the lack of vision, so the mayor was reelected by a landslide (Chicago mayoral election, 1995).
Environmentalists have long maintained that industry knew early on that the scientific evidence supported a human influence on rising temperatures, but that the evidence was ignored for the sake of companies’ fight against curbs on greenhouse gas emissions. Some environmentalists have compared the tactic to that once used by tobacco companies, which for decades insisted that the science linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer was uncertain.
Now, there is an ongoing on-steroids acceleration of denialism: (‘Orwellian’: Scott Walker admin. quietly scrubs mentions of ‘climate’ from ‘Climate Change’ website, cf. Scientific American).
This is all likely to be a microcosm of the larger disaster which our Titanic civilization is headed for in the next few years (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
Especially with Oil-Qaeda now firmly at the helm of power (Humble Oil-Qaeda, Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
The previous post in this series is here.
17:15 Chicago heat wave, July, 1995 (temp. index 126 deg F)
20:25 The elite, officials, business leaders left town
20:39 more than 700 people died of heat (thousands more hospitalized)
20:50 african americans, elderly, weak, sick, and poor took the hit
21:00 morgue filled up with the dead, refrigerator trucks used
24:15 mass graves, dozens of people who died never claimed
24:51 a cover up took place (no public hearings, no federal hearings)
25:10 in the report "heat wave" not mentioned, snowflake on cover
25:30 heat wave, Europe 8 yrs later, 2003, was reported as "first time ever"