Flooding

Prices are going to rise, probably exponentially, over the next few decades. The reason for that's simple: everything, more or less, has been artificially cheap. The costs of everything from carbon to fascism to ecological collapse to social fracture haven't been factored in — ever, from the beginning of the industrial age....

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  • October 25, 2021

“No, no. There's 52 senators who don't agree, okay, and there's two that want to work something out if possible in a most rational reasonable way.” Joe Manchin fessing up that he and Sinema are Republicans to CNN reporter. Manchin Cheerfully Gives Republicans A Senate Majority (video in link) West Virginia is...

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  • October 19, 2021

What? Forty thousand Brazilian fashionistas are keen to move to Connecticut, and Republicans want to stop them? Why? That’s the best news I’ve heard in months! Where, exactly, are they crossing? I’d like to meet them. Maybe they can help me get into some of the A-list clubs I’d normally have no chance of...

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  • October 13, 2021

… and, winter is coming. For those just scrolling by while whistling past the graveyard, you might want to read this story and prepare yourself while you watch your wallet because the shit just might hit the fan and soon. Economic Impacts from climate change are here and only getting worse. There...

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  • October 11, 2021

… and, winter is coming. China, already in a significant energy crunch, has been experiencing energy shortages due to extreme weather, a surge in demand, and a fledgling effort to reduce CO2 emissions. It is a triple whammy for the country that produces the second-highest global greenhouse emissions in the...

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  • October 11, 2021

Rising seas that inundate coastal properties cause billions of dollars in damage and essentially have bankrupted FEMA. You and I ( the country's taxpayers) fund the National Flood Insurance Program,  and the program heavily subsidizes waterfront homeowner's flood insurance most of whom are extremely wealthy. But starting October 1 of this year, those subsidies...

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  • October 2, 2021

“He's crazy. You know he's crazy,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “He's crazy and what he did yesterday [Jan. 6] is further evidence of his craziness,” Her words were reportedly transcribed from a phone call between her and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (JC) of Staff General Mark Milley....

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  • September 15, 2021

“Concurrent extreme events of more than one kind, rather than isolated events of a single type, will be the ones that actually harm people, society, and the economy.”  Katrina Bennett, Los Alamos National Laboratory hydrologist and lead author of the study Over 40 million people in the western United States rely on...

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  • April 14, 2021

Senator Ron Johnson said the blatant part out loud, that he fears black people and not white people. When confronted about his remarks, surprise, surprise, he accused his detractors of playing the “race card.” Mr. Johnson uttered one of the most overt racist statements in recent political history. Johnson recognized...

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  • March 17, 2021

The best explanation of short selling (as it applies to GameStop) that I've read pic.twitter.com/o9ZL5HqsKf — John M. Cunningham (@jmcunning) January 28, 2021 1/2Short selling means borrowing shares and immediately selling them. When the price goes down, they buy them back for cents and return them to the lender. This...

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  • January 31, 2021

For a brief moment after Trump sent his myrmidons to storm the Capitol where Mitch McConnell was telling the Senate the Biden election was legal, he was angry at what had just happened that he actually showed emotion. “The mob was fed lies,” the GOP leader said on the Senate...

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  • January 28, 2021

The January rains struck parts of NW Oregon with near-biblical storms.  Bethany Lake flooded to new heights.  Two inches fell overnight and never let up. The Wood Duck Island vanished.  The shallow turbid muddy stream turned into a 100-foot-wide version of a real river.   While I’ve often joked this weather...

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  • January 24, 2021

By January Bethany Lake in NW Oregon, just west of Portland, gathers storm waters from hundreds of acres of avoided wetlands. Effluent also drains from the thousands of manicured yards and miles of streets in the surrounding suburban areas. The Lake and its tributaries discharges to Rock Creek, which slithers down...

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  • January 17, 2021

One of the weapons of a warming climate is changing rainfall patterns. Atmospheric changes and changes in the Jet Stream are causing more hurricanes to stall. These phenomena were seen with Hurricanes Wilma in Cozumel, Harvey in Houston, and Dorian in the Bahamas dropped feet of rain. It is the...

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  • December 19, 2020

But there are 40-odd cinder cones of once-active volcanos clustered near the bucolic town of Boring, just east of Portland Oregon.  These, and the related lava flows, are part of the Boring formation. I live off this map to the left (west of Beaverton).  I am intensely interested in this Boring...

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  • December 12, 2020

We were closer than one thinks to what can still happen without stronger Congressional action, namely an anti-democratic authoritarian regime that resembles a republic in name only. There were seven new Trump election lawsuits filed today. ‘Temporarily Suspend the Constitution’ and Impose Martial Law There was a great piece by Susan...

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  • December 3, 2020

Received this e-mail from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT), in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) As we're sure you're aware, the special election in Georgia on...

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  • December 3, 2020

Hard rains just swept across NW Oregon and vicinity. The creeks climbed their banks. I watch Rock Creek, and its tributaries that flow through Bethany Lake, ten miles west of Portland Oregon.  Upstream of Bethany Lake, a half mile wide grassy meadow has transformed into a nicely braided  creek with...

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  • November 20, 2020

From The Intercept: IF SEN. DAVID PERDUE wins reelection in Georgia’s runoff in January, the Republican Party will almost certainly maintain its Senate majority. Perdue, an outspoken climate denier, urged President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords; voted against a Senate resolution that affirmed that climate change is real and that...

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  • November 14, 2020

So you call yourself patriots?   That is a lie.   You are taking away many Americans right to a hospital bed.  You are denying the majority of us from enjoying holidays, special occasions, and most of all, our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.   You are threatning we...

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  • November 13, 2020

The crises facing the country are severe — from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice — and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One. Biden Transition Team As I write...

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  • November 8, 2020

Jo Biden had offered 20 billion to preserve the Amazon. It was ridiculed denied by the Trump of the Tropics, Jair Bolsonaro. Perhaps a similar offer to the nations involved in Africa would be a rational response and likely considered. It’s worth a try. I highly suspect this diary will...

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  • November 3, 2020

This is some desperate bull shit: x Here’s a new digital ad being run by @SenDanSullivan against @DrAlGrossAK, who’s Jewish, with an illustration of him fanning out money and a sinister-looking @SenSchumer, who’s also Jewish, lurking behind him in the shadows: pic.twitter.com/rQRA1lAdQq— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) October 31, 2020 Al Gross,...

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  • November 2, 2020

Nice: x YouTube Video The anti-Trump GOP group the Lincoln Project launched an ad Tuesday targeting Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) as her battle to keep her Senate seat ramps up. The group framed Ernst as a “yes woman” for President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the ad and a press release, which come...

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  • October 14, 2020

Inside Climate News has been doing profiles on the major races this year and how climate change has been an issue in these races. One of the big races they’ve been following is the Iowa U.S. Senate race between U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R. IA) and businesswoman Theresa Greenfield (D....

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  • September 10, 2020

“Oh yes Sapiens, you hungry little monkey, it's all about you” comment via Greenland Ice Sheet — Ice Sheet Melting Is Perfectly in Line With Our Worst-Case Scenario, Scientists Warn New research has found that 50-70% of Antarctica's glacier marine extensions are at risk of hydrofracture due to enormous meltwater lakes on the...

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  • September 3, 2020

Hurricane Laura is now a strong Cat 4, with winds up to 150 MPH (Cat 5 is 158 MPH, and it may get there). Storm surges are expected to push creeks and maybe rivers to reverse their flow. A meteorologist on MSNBC just predicted 15-foot flooding in Lake Charles, LA.,...

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  • August 27, 2020

In a scene that may eerily replicate the mass evacuations that occurred with Hurricane Rita in 2005, residents in the same area are warned to flee the coasts of Texas and Louisiana as a powerful Category 4 hurricane will soon barrel over the area. Hurricane Laura, now a major Category 3...

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  • August 26, 2020

This is Sunday and I am not only in the middle of Florida, a pandemic, been home for 6 months, live around nuts but lo and behold, Thursday last was a mess.  There was nothing going on that I could do a darn thing about and none of it coming...

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  • August 23, 2020

Crowdfunding campaign grift about a southern border wall financing scheme of $25 million has now generated an indictment of Steve Bannon and others. SDNY is in charge. Wire fraud and money laundering are among the counts. Leaders of ‘We Build The Wall’ online fundraising campaign charged with defrauding hundreds of...

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  • August 20, 2020

MSNBC showed  anecdotal evidence (no link for now) of one — dare I say it? — emerging theme of denial from Trump supporters about his failure on handling the coronavirus pandemic: it’s just a “snapshot” of Trump’s performance.  He has done many great things for this nation, and like some kid with one...

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  • August 18, 2020

So much for having things both ways. Disinformation flooding continues. x “Can Trump place Facebook ads that feature Nazi symbols? Yes… Can he spread lies about mail-in fraud? Yes. Can he threaten #BlackLivesMatter protesters with violence? Yes. Will be he be able to use Facebook to dispute the election? Watch this...

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  • August 8, 2020

Recieved this e-mail yesterday from former presidential candidate, businessman Tom Steyer (D. CA), in support of Jaime Harrison’s (D. SC) U.S. Senate campaign: Jaime Harrison (D. SC) South Carolinians are already living the consequences of the global climate crisis. Once-in-a-lifetime storms now happen annually. Sea levels rising, flooding, hurricanes, and...

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  • August 7, 2020

Received this e-mail from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D. NJ), in support of Jon Ossoff’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign: In this November's election, we have an opportunity to renew hope in America's future. That starts with taking back the Senate — which is why it's my...

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  • July 28, 2020

“Quit being so emotional, Elaine, it’s not about the people, it’s about the money.” Mick Mulvaney to Elaine Duke, acting director of Homeland security in 2017. Of course, he did. Some news outlets stated that he was joking, where have we heard that canard before? If we have learned anything...

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  • July 12, 2020

So much more than meets the eye, and then there’s stupid fruit of the loins. So much lying and falsehoods in a masque of masks. x Kellyanne Conway: “People are not wearing masks. And I don't think they're not wearing masks because the President of the United States is not...

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  • July 3, 2020

When you bear hug Trump, this is what you get: ‘Iowa senator Joni Ernst signed on to a letter begging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler – whom she voted to put into office – to reject retroactive biofuel blending waivers harmful to many Iowa farmers. Ernst and other Senators urged the...

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  • July 2, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former Presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA), in support of Joe Biden’s presidential candidate: This is a time of tremendous crisis for our nation.   Across the country, Americans are flooding the streets protesting the injustice of police brutality and affirming the unshakable...

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  • June 18, 2020

More monkey business. One hopes the USIC is working hard on protecting the 2020 election, especially from unnamed other malign actors. Forgeries, interference, and attacks on Kremlin critics across six years and 300 sites and platforms. Secondary Infektion is a series of operations run by a large-scale, persistent threat actor...

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  • June 17, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund in support of Jaime Harrison (D. SC), Theresa Greenfield (D. IA) and Steve Bullock’s (D. MT) U.S. Senate campaigns: We have some game-changing new polling to share with you. Extremely competitive races that were once seen as longshots...

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  • May 24, 2020

Trump tells an African-American Roundtable “What do you have to lose”. President Donald Trump said African American residents were experiencing historic economic prosperity before “we had the plague flow in from China” and disproportionately impact minority communities. Trump convened administration officials, local elected leaders and Detroit-area business owners at Ford...

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  • May 21, 2020

A reminder that Rove is advising IMPOTUS*’ or his campaign of death. More “flooding the zone” so we ignore the cray-cray at the White House. x So Mitch McConnell said Pres. Obama “should have kept his mouth shut” and now Karl Rove called his commencement talk a “political drive-by shooting” and...

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  • May 18, 2020

Boo fucking hoo: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) asked that Amy McGrath, the Kentucky Democrat challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his seat this year, refrain from using his image in her advertising after she cited him in a video blitzing McConnell. “Ohioans are focused exclusively on getting through COVID-19 and getting our...

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  • May 17, 2020

Leana Wen identifies six reasons motivating the WH and GOP to reanimate the economy and their logical fallacies seem to follow so easily. They have been and will continue to be reproduced as memes in GOP and Trump tweets. x In reopening against public-health guidance, we have effectively decided to...

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  • May 10, 2020

The plan is no plan for IMPOTUS*, the new normal will be a death toll daily equivalent to a 9/11 every day. Federal guidelines are being ignored by states because Trump has decided to ignore it as well. “The plan is to have no plan” is not a strategy, really. Nor...

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  • May 6, 2020

Received this e-mail from Parkland father and activist, Fred Guttenberg, on behalf of the Brady PAC, in support of Cal Cunningham’s (D. NC) U.S. Senate campaign: Cal Cunningham (D. NC) When my daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland school shooting, I made a promise to myself that I would...

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  • April 27, 2020

“I feel like more than anything, we’re just trying to keep our people in some state of calm as we daily put out these bleak circumstances, these bleak numbers. We’re just praying every day that we don’t end up in a state of anarchy.”  Belinda Constant, Mayor of Gretna, Louisiana...

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  • April 3, 2020

Today Trump tried bait and switch, doing a briefing on the indictments and increased military operations against Venezuela. He used the pretext of a COVID-19 Taskforce to lead with the outlines of a pretext for arresting Maduro as enforcing drug-trafficking indictments.  Apparently Trump still believes he can game the MSM....

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  • April 2, 2020
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