Opinion: It's simply a matter of time before one of these (see story below) hits the US probably in the Gulf. It will make Katrina look like a day at the beach on a sunny day. As usual man especially in the lagging-behind-everyone now US is an ostrich putting its head in the sand. This woefully uninformed duped and religiously dogmatic nationalist nation sits watching Desperate Housewives or the NFL while Rome burns and the earth vies for man's extinction right under our noses.
But no the electorate must keep watching TV and let the powers that be build our empire, keep building bombs, and engaging in useless wars spending trillions on them killing hundreds of thousands, pulling the wool over the electorate's eyes that they are fighting for our "freedom" instead of us fighting against our specie's extinction and our planet's destruction via climate change. This dumbed down nation will do nothing. Keep tying yourselves and those you elect to corporate cronyism and oh yes, most especially, keep voting Repuglican that'll help.
Stick around long enough and you will get to see the extinction except it will not be dinosaurs this time. It will be man! And then God said weeping: "Back to the drawing board!"