When I was in fifth and sixth grade we lived in a home overlooking the Mississippi River. It was a paradise. At some point though the hill in the back began to buckle the basement wall. When it came to whether homeowner's insurance would cover repairs, there was a great deal of discussion of natural and unnatural disasters. I think we all look closely at what is covered under our policies. Where I live most people choose to pay extra for earthquake coverage. Even there the deductible is large and a huge catastrophe would mean the new start would be minimal.
I have not commented on the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Sometimes things hit me so hard I need time to process them. I've been with the beauty of the moon these last few nights and the early rising of the light. I think Bob Herbert comments well on the travesty that has gone on as corporations have trampled in greed what deserves respect. I think we all feel that oil spreading and the damage it does. I was in summer school at UCSB when the beaches were covered with tar. It is pain one doesn't forget.