I had the same sentiment. I personally would not have deleted it. Pointing out the insensitivity of something is not in itself being insensitive. In fact, if anything, not pointing it out, could be considered a form of complacent insensitivity.
I knew I had seen it somewhere, the one joke about earthquakes I don't know if Californians makeJeffrey Armbruster wrote: ↑Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:23 pmDavid, are you really wishing for Berkeley to be leveled because I made a joke? Which is fine, for me, because luckily your wishes won't have any effect whatsoever on earthquake activity. Just as my words won't influence what happens in Florida and elsewhere one iota. That's why people do indeed use humor to help manage overwhelming situations. It can lessen the anxiety and terror, bring it down to size. In any case, I did live through a big one and many others (you mean that you've forgotten Loma Prieta in 1989?). People joke about earthquakes here all the time--what are you going to to? Tragedies happen and one human response is humor--for example, my brother made jokes as he was dying in hospital. ER doctors are famous for their humor. And so on.
I wasn't praying for a hurricane to hit Cuba and Florida and the other islands. The hurricane exists; I had nothing to do with it. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the people effected.
You didn't mention that almost all schools, colleges and universities here are built on extensions of the San Andreas fault line due to the land being dirt cheap. The two colleges I attended in the SF Bay Area are both built directly on top of the Hayward fault. The cost benefit of this is difficult to calculate as it is rather intangible. But in my opinion, this kind of thing is a great argument for online universities.