Items tagged with: NaturalCatastrophe
Governor to Puerto Rico about to challenge Trump on relief funds
"If the bully gets close, I'll punch the bully in the mouth," Rosselló said. "It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage."I never believed that being anti-establishment equaled having no standards anymore and speaking like a 7th-grader at the schoolyard. So far, the only ones messing things up are Trump's officials.
Despite their requests, Drumpf has declined to schedule a meeting with Rosselló to discuss recovery efforts that are ongoing nearly two years after the storm hit.
"You guys have to f***ing stop with the meeting request," one official said, according to the Puerto Rican officials.
"Your governor is f***ing things up," Navarro added, according to sources at the meeting.
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Liberals either handle the border situation, or fascists take over
Clinton’s assessment of the European political situation is accurate. According to recent poll numbers, 63 percent of French people believe too many immigrants are living in their country. One-third of the British people who voted in 2016 to leave the European Union cited immigration as their primary reason. In Germany, 38 percent rate immigration as the most important issue facing their country. Thanks in great part to their anti-immigration messages, populist parties now govern Italy, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
Across the developed world, very high levels of immigration have coincided with widening class divisions, the discrediting of political and economic elites, and the rise of extremist politics. And immigration pressures will only intensify in the decades ahead, for reasons obscured by media coverage of immigrants as poor and desperate.
Since 1990, the number of human beings living in extreme poverty—defined as less than $2 a day—has declined by nearly two-thirds. Hundreds of millions of people have been lifted into a new global striver class, living on $10 to $20 a day or more.
The planet of tomorrow will be better educated, more mobile, more networked. Huddling behind a concrete barrier will not hold the world at bay when more and more of that world can afford a plane ticket. If Americans want to shape their own national destiny, rather than have it shaped by others, they have decisions to make now.
__A classic 2005 study by the social scientist Karen Stenner predicted the consequences of such feelings. In any given population, according to Stenner, roughly one-third of people will have authoritarian tendencies. This habit of mind is just part of the way human beings are, in much the same way that a certain percentage will be born with depressive tendencies._
Whites under age 30 voted for Donald Drumpf in 2016 by a four-point majority, according to CNN exit polls. In European countries too, notably France, the parties of the far right are appealing more and more to the young.
But when workers quit the workforce, they disappear from the statistical samples on which the economic models are built. Labor-force statistics count only those in the labor force. If an American-born landscaper successfully upskills to foreman, his higher pay is recorded and measured. If an American-born landscaper retires early on a disability benefit, his lower income is not recorded and not measured. From a labor economist’s perspective, he has ceased to exist. Immigration’s economic costs and benefits will be calculated without reference to him.
Generally, immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born Americans do. And although the children of immigrants commit crimes at much higher rates than their parents do, some evidence suggests that cities with higher percentages of immigrants have experienced steeper reductions in crime. President Drumpf speaks often about the victims of crime committed by undocumented immigrants, but the years of high immigration since 1990 have seen the steepest declines in crime since modern record-keeping began.
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On Trump's bible signing session
The local meteorologists from Montgomery started warning the area just east of where I live to take shelter immediately. As the storms battered our region we heard the tornado sirens, made phone calls, checked on loved ones and neighbors, and made sure people were okay.
Drumpf is just a man. Why would people give him their Bibles? Why would he sign them? It isn’t his place; it’s near sacrilegious.
First of all, Trump is not just a man - he is the fucking president of the fucking United States. He may not be everyone's president, but he has the official position, nevertheless. Also, he has a strong back in the pious pseudo-Christians of the Southern states. To sign Bibles in a catastrophe-stricken region is seen as a believing president who is close to his people, and those who believe in God Almighty as well.
One, involves Jesus being asked about whether a tower falling on people and killing them was because of their sins in Luke 13:1-5. With great seriousness Jesus answers, “Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Jesus is a coldly calculating bastard, damn! Reminds me of the Taggart train that went off the rails, killing all the passengers in it. In the outcome, Ms. Rand mentioned that all of those were fine with others being exploited and the state oppressing the people for the collective good.
Whether the words of Jesus have any meaning for you or not, we can all recognize that inherent in disasters—be they hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, the cry of the poor, or the migrant family fleeing violence—there is a call to turn to one another, see the humanity in those suffering, love our neighbors, and help the most vulnerable among us. This mercy and kindness is foundational. For people of faith. For President Drumpf. For all of us.
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On Trump and Those Alabama Bibles
Beside this, the article reminded me of a song I found years ago when I was listening to Hank Williams III. Check it out, yet you might only be able to listen to the song on a laptop or computer, it might be disabled for mobile devices. Still, try it out, it may have changed hitherto.
On the constant humanitarian crises-stricken Haiti
Haiti has been affected by episodes of drought and erratic distribution of rainfall. Compounding the humanitarian situation were the devastating effects of Hurricanes Matthew (October 2016) and Irma (September 2017). Hurricane Matthew – the strongest since Felix in 2007 – had catastrophic impacts on the food security and livelihoods of communities living in the departments of Grand’Anse, Sud, Sud-Est and Nippes, destroying 100 percent of crops and affecting approximately 2.1 million people. Furthermore, although its eye was not directly on Haiti, floods and strong winds linked to Hurricane Irma damaged crops in the Nord-Est department.
Moreover, an economic crisis triggered by a depreciation of the Haitian gourde has caused a significant reduction in households’ purchasing power, directly affecting their food security. As a result, the population has been protesting against the Government since 7 February 2019, hampering logistics, food production and the functioning of market systems. This has contributed to eroding vulnerable households’ resilience.
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Desert locusts haunting Egypt and Saudi-Arabia
(Speaking of the seven deadly plagues that were haunting Egypt after the Egyptian pharaoh didn't leave Moses' people go; we had a pink-coloured sea in Melbourne (close enough to red), and now we have a locust plague in Egypt. What's next, God? The death of the firstborn children? Come on, this ain't funny in the book either, and completely exaggerated)
“These locusts are normally present in low numbers in the desert and don’t cause a big problem. But following a large rainfall they can quickly multiply, eventually forming hopper bands or swarms of adults, composed of billions of individual locusts,” Cressman told The Media Line.
“Once they get into rain-fed crops on the edge of the desert, grown by poor farmers, they’re eating an entire livelihood, and then they move into the country and affect national food supplies,” he emphasized.
The FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region (CRC), composed of 16 member countries, is convening a meeting in Jordan over the next few days to review the current situation and coordinate efforts to protect crops from “the world’s most dangerous migratory pest.”
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Operative chief of staff defunds relief fund to finance border wall
Done by executive order, this plan would allow the White House to shift money from different budgetary accounts without congressional approval, circumventing Democrats who refuse to give Drumpf anything like the $5.7 billion he has demanded. Nor would it require a controversial emergency declaration.
Still the Democrats' fault? Firstly, Donnie claimed the government shutdown for himself because he evades any urge to offer a compromise, now his chief of staff takes away relief funds to lead them towards the infamous border wall project.
The plan will also tap unspent Department of Defense funds for military construction, like family housing or infrastructure for military bases, according to three sources familiar with the negotiations.
Until now, Drumpf officials had focused on the drawbacks of a possible national emergency declaration. But as the alternative option of moving money by executive order has come into clearer relief ahead of a Feb. 15 deadline for a spending deal with Congress that could avert a new government shutdown, so have the risks of that alternative option.
Stubborn enough to not make compromise offers but instead bleed out people who have been hit by natural catastrophes. But I'm sure only Democrats will be hit by these measurements.
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Monsoonal floods make desperate decisions necessary
(Yes, the content of the article is as distressing as the article's headline reads)
The decision was made as the Queensland government also published a warning to people to beware of crocodiles, snakes and other wildlife, which were reported to have left the swollen river and headed into some suburban areas.
With the floodgates fully open, about 1,900 cubic metres of water a second was released. That stabilised the dam, which on Monday afternoon was holding 523,475 megalitres, or 225% its typical capacity.
About 1,000 people spent Sunday night in evacuation shelters, and emergency services conducted 18 “swiftwater” rescues, where people were pulled from flowing floodwaters.
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