Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died. What is Cuban President Fidel Castro’s secret? According to Dr. Nelson Valdes, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and specialist in Latin America, "the whole civil defense is embedded in the community to begin with. People know ahead of time where they are to go."
Sidebar: Where the hell is Dick Cheney? Can someone please threaten to defibrilate his ass if he doesn’t at least show some fake empathy? What an asshole. Everybody else is down on the ground and he just now cancels his trip to Alberta to investigate – wait for it – wait for it – Alberta’s vast oil sands region, where steam is used to extract oil from oil-bearing rocks.