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If you live in these US cities, chronic flooding is coming to a shore near you

In 15 years, Annapolis, Maryland will experience tidal floods over 180 times per year. By 2045, Annapolis, Washington, DC, and Lewisetta, Virginia will all flood nearly 400 times annually. That’s according to a chilling new report form the Union of Concerned Scientists that evaluates the risk of floods for cities along the US east coast.

The report concludes that flooding caused by high tides will become far more frequent and pernicious over the next 30 years along the east coast. “This flooding will redefine how and where people in affected areas life, work, and otherwise go about their daily lives,” the report says.

Here’s how various coastal cities will be hit:



Highlights from Fighting Bob Fest: Senator Bernie Sanders

Democracy or Oligarchy

By Senator Bernie Sanders
Frankly, I think what you’re looking at is not even a political problem here. It is a psychiatric problem.

We all know people with substance abuse problems. There are people who can’t get enough to drink and wreck their lives. There are people who need more and more drugs.

Well, these people are addicted to greed and money, and it is a sickness that is destroying the economy of the United States of America.

It is also an economic issue. We have tens and tens and tens of thousands of American workers who literally have no money to spend. I was in Mississippi a couple of weeks ago, talking to workers who have worked at McDonald’s for years. And they are not kids. They’re mothers. And they make $7.35 an hour. Now if you make those wages, or you’re unemployed, you cannot go out and buy products. You cannot go out and buy services. You are not spending money in your community. And if working people are not spending money, jobs are not being created.

- See more at: http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/10/187877/highlights-fighting-bob-fest-senator-bernie-sanders

Brent Bozell just hates himself some KKKarl Rove.......

By BRENT BOZELL October 07, 2014
Karl Rove recently tried to advise Republicans on how the party can more effectively take back the Senate in November. He made two main suggestions.

One was that Republican candidates must “make the case for electing someone new who will be a check and balance in the Senate on Mr. Obama and his agenda, rather than returning a Democratic loyalist who toes his line.” Rove’s second suggestion was that the party should “offer a positive, optimistic conservative agenda to make independents who disapprove of Mr. Obama comfortable voting Republican.”
Rove is right on both counts, especially about offering a positive and optimistic conservative agenda

But there’s one big problem. This advice is coming from Karl Rove.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/karl-rove-is-ruining-the-gop-111674.html

I love it when they turn on each other....

Guantánamo use of olive oil in force feedings 'astonishing', doctor tells court

The methods used by the US military to feed inmates in Guantánamo Bay against their will presents a long-term risk to their health, a federal court heard on Tuesday.

Steven Miles, a doctor and professor of medical ethics at the University of Minnesota, told a courtroom that lubricating the feeding tubes at Guantánamo, used on hunger-striking detainees, can cause a form of chronic inflammatory pneumonia, and questioned whether the force feeding was medically necessary.

The condition, resulting from olive oil reaching the lungs due to misplaced insertions, would be hard to detect by physicians for released or transferred detainees, as it might look on x-rays like tuberculosis or lung cancer, Miles testified, calling the olive oil lubrication “astonishing to me”.

“There’s simply no debate about this. All the medical literature I’ve found said the had to be water-soluble. One doesn’t have to make very many salads to know olive oil is not water soluble,” Miles said.



Ebola panic is getting pretty racist

By Arielle Duhaime-Ross

The first time a reporter asked a CDC representative whether Thomas Duncan — the first patient to receive an Ebola diagnosis in the US — was an American citizen, the question seemed pretty tame. One could excuse it as a general inquiry about the Duncan’s nationality during the first press conference announcing his diagnosis. But after the CDC declined to answer, the question kept coming. "Is he a citizen?" reporters repeatedly asked. "Is he one of us?" they meant.

The current Ebola crisis has been tinged with racism and xenophobia. The disease rages in West Africa, and has therefore largely infected people of color. But somehow Americans were among the first to get a dose of Zmapp — the experimental anti-Ebola drug — this summer, despite the fact that Africans have been dying from the current Ebola epidemic since its emergence in Guinea in December. There are a lot of reasons for that, of course. The drug is potentially dangerous and only exists in short supply. It’s also extremely costly. And it originated in Canada, so it's unsurprising that North America controls its use.

And now that Ebola has "reached" the US, American privilege — white privilege, especially — is floating to the surface, in even less subtle ways.

The difference in treatment for US patients and African patients is stark, beyond the use of experimental drugs. Some Ebola-stricken regions in West Africa don’t have access to fuel to power ambulances, and many health workers lack the protective gear to stave off infection. Which is why it's so strange that Duncan's health has been used as an excuse to voice concerns about the presence of foreigners in Dallas. Instead of asking government officials why the WHO has a much smaller budget than the CDC or why it has suffered massive cuts in the last two years, Americans have preferred to focus on themselves.

Yesterday, The Raw Story wrote about how immigrants living in the same neighborhood as Duncan’s family were facing immense discrimination. Some have been turned away from their jobs, David Edwards writes, while others have been refused service in restaurants. The color of their skin and their accents makes them a target, even though they never came into contact with Duncan, and therefore pose zero risk. It doesn’t matter: they’re dark-skinned and foreign. They’re in Dallas. They might be infectious.



In the U.S., a Turning Point in the Flow of Oil

HOUSTON — The Singapore-flagged tanker BW Zambesi set sail with little fanfare from the port of Galveston, Tex., on July 30, loaded with crude oil destined for South Korea. But though it left inauspiciously, the ship’s launch was another critical turning point in what has been a half-decade of tectonic change for the American oil industry.

The 400,000 barrels the tanker carried represented the first unrestricted export of American oil to a country outside of North America in nearly four decades. The Obama administration insisted there was no change in energy trade policy, perhaps concerned about the reaction from environmentalists and liberal members of Congress with midterm elections coming. But many energy experts viewed the launch as the curtain raiser for the United States’ inevitable emergence as a major world oil exporter, an improbable return to a status that helped make the country a great power in the first half of the 20th century.

“The export shipment symbolizes a new era in U.S. energy and U.S. energy relations with the rest of the world,” said Daniel Yergin, the energy historian. “Economically, it means that money that was flowing out of the United States into sovereign wealth funds and treasuries around the world will now stay in the U.S. and be invested in the U.S., creating jobs. It doesn’t change everything, but it certainly provides a new dimension to U.S. influence in the world.”

Like just about everything else in the oil and gas business, petroleum exports are contentious. The oil bounty is thanks to modern production techniques including hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves injecting water and chemicals into the ground to crack oil-saturated shale. Exports would mean more of that. Many environmentalists say fracking operations endanger water supplies or create other hazards, including air pollution. Ramping up exports of fossil fuels, critics will surely note, is inconsistent with the Obama administration’s push for a global climate deal.


Importing and exporting oil, at the same time. I guess we can't burn it fast enough.

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