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  • How Public Transit Makes The Nation More Vulnerable To Disasters Like COVID-19

    04/22/2020 6:06:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 22, 2020 | Randal O'Toole
    It's time to stop throwing money at an obsolete form of travel and focus on the transportation system that is already moving more than 80 percent of passenger travel in the U.S. When most of the nation’s governors shut down nonessential businesses and directed people to stay at home, they made the mistake of keeping urban transit systems running despite a 2018 study showing that mass public transportation systems expedite the spread of infectious diseases in communities. Further, a 2011 study found that people who ride urban transit are nearly six times more likely to suffer from upper respiratory infections...
  • 7 Major Cultural Shifts The Coronavirus Crisis Should Make Happen

    04/02/2020 6:00:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 2, 2020 | Joy Pullman
    The spectre of one's mortality that a global pandemic raises can be a needed and sobering opportunity to reconsider and reorder our lives, if we're granted them longer. The spectre of one’s mortality that a global health and economic crisis raises can be a needed and sobering opportunity to reconsider and reorder our lives, if we’re granted them longer.The coronavirus pandemic is a social stress test exposing many Americans’ lack of responsibility for our lives, our willingness to hold other people’s lives hostage to our own, and our national unpreparedness to manage danger. What are some long-term positive steps this...
  • Here’s How To Prepare If The Coronavirus Comes To A Quarantine

    03/02/2020 9:32:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 2, 2020 | Kathy French Talento
    The U.S. government is taking wise measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. But, as the saying goes, we should pray like it all depends on God and prepare like it all depends on us. When I was in school studying infectious disease epidemiology, none of the cool kids worked on flu. We all wanted to chase Ebola, HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, and other exotic killer bugs.Everyday, ho-hum killers like influenza, pneumonia, and other respiratory illnesses were just too mundane for globetrotting adventurers like us. Who wants to spend her life hand-sanitizing and finger-wagging about vaccines when you could...
  • September 2019 tied as 2nd hottest on record for U.S.

    10/08/2019 10:31:38 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 52 replies
    NOAA ^ | 10/08/19 | NOAA
    Despite being the start of meteorological autumn, September felt more like a summer swelter across much of the contiguous United States. The month was also drier than normal, but 2019 continued its soggy stretch with the wettest January through September period (YTD) ever recorded. The U.S. also experienced four new weather disasters since May, each exceeding $1 billion: Hurricane Dorian, Tropical Storm Imelda, a southern/eastern severe weather outbreak, and flooding of the Arkansas River that impacted Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Here are more highlights from NOAA’s latest monthly U.S. Climate Report: Climate by the numbers September 2019 The average temperature...
  • Explaining disasters

    06/11/2016 6:36:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Explaining disasters While the loss of life stemming from tragedies is heartbreaking, we can’t fully understand God’s plan Msgr. Charles Pope May 29, 2016 Question: Given God’s mercy, how do we explain devastating earthquakes and other natural disasters? It certainly tests our faith!— Gerald Olesen, Fortuna, California Answer: Part of the answer we must accept is that we cannot really know the full answer since there is so much we don’t see or understand. This was the basic answer God gave Job, who asked the meaning of suffering in his own life. In effect, God challenged Job to explain...
  • October Article: The Corrupt Clinton Foundation You've Never Heard Of

    11/21/2016 5:28:31 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-02-2016 | Richard Pollock
    Three months after leaving the White House in 2001, former President Bill Clinton arrived in India to cheering throngs to help those who had just lost a million homes in the aftermath of a massive earthquake that killed 20,000 and injured 166,000. In classic Clinton style, he solemnly promised that his new nonprofit — called the American India Foundation (AIF) — would rebuild 100 villages. Rajat Gupta, his millionaire co-chairman, pledged $1 billion for the victims. It never happened. Years later, AIF’s annual reports were reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation and show only seven villages were partially rebuilt...
  • Community pitches in after natural disasters while FEMA twiddles thumbs

    01/27/2017 1:11:33 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/27/17 | A. Dru Kristenev
    As President Trump settles into the Oval Office, most folks dealing with dire emergencies would probably agree that FEMA is one of the executive agencies that deserves disbanding Disorganization of federal agencies is never more evident than when a natural disaster strikes and the bureaucracy charged with coordinating relief efforts is nowhere to be found. The South has had more than its share of weather related tragedies over the last decade and, despite the numerous opportunities for FEMA to learn from past inefficiency, nothing has changed. What has changed in Mississippi is how well the community and churches have garnered...
  • UN panel: $40 billion needed to aid people in war, disasters

    01/17/2016 8:55:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2016 10:41 AM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    An estimated $40 billion is needed annually to help the rapidly growing number of people needing humanitarian aid as a result of conflicts and natural disasters - and one possibility to help fill the $15 billion funding gap is a small voluntary tax on tickets for soccer games and other sports, concerts and entertainment events, airline travel, and gasoline, a U.N.-appointed panel said. The panel's report on humanitarian financing, launched Sunday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at an event in Dubai, says the world is spending around $25 billion today to provide life-saving assistance to 125 million people devastated by...
  • Clinton adviser urged using hurricane to boost Obama's re-election bid

    01/08/2016 10:02:58 AM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/8/16 | The Guardian
    One of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers told her that Barack Obama should use a deadly hurricane to boost his re-election campaign, a proposal that she agreed to pass on to the White House, a new tranche of emails reveals. Blair and Clinton transcripts reveal global concerns of two buddies Read more Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend of the Clintons, sent a memo in 2012 presenting a strategy for turning Hurricane Isaac to the Democrats’ political advantage by contrasting it with President George W Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
  • Climate change compounding natural disasters - Obama (Yeah, Political Climate Change.)

    05/28/2015 3:30:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/28/15 | AFP
    Miami (AFP) - US President Barack Obama warned Thursday that climate change was making natural disasters worse, as he toured the National Hurricane Center ahead of the annual storm season. "The best climate scientists in the world are telling us that extreme weather events like hurricanes are likely to become more powerful," Obama said on a visit to the facility in Florida, restating his case for action to tackle manmade changes to the environment. "When you combine stronger storms with rising seas, that's a recipe for more devastating floods." "Climate change didn’t cause Hurricane Sandy, but it might have made...
  • WHO: More People Die from Suicide Than From Wars, Natural Disasters Combined

    09/04/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 09/04/2014 | Lisa Schlein
    GENEVA— The World Health Organization reports more than 800,000 people die by suicide every year. WHO, which is launching its first global report on suicide prevention, said more people die from suicide than from conflicts, wars and natural disasters combined. The World Health Organization reported every 40 seconds a person somewhere in the world commits suicide. Despite this shockingly high statistic, WHO said only a handful of countries have policies aimed at suicide prevention. WHO Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Shekhar Saxena said there also is much more that communities can do to provide support for vulnerable people....
  • Subsidizing Disaster

    06/14/2013 10:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The New York Times is pleased with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 438-page, $20 billion plan to protect New York from the effects of future hurricanes. It notes benignly that the cost is probably an underestimate but agrees with the mayor, "Whether you believe climate change is real or not is beside the point; the bottom line is we can't run the risk." Really? Imagine the argument: "Whether you believe zombies are real or not is beside the point. ... We can't run the risk." Clearly one's willingness to undertake these sorts of preparations depends completely on whether the perceived danger is...
  • Science Reporting No Different Than Activists' Own Hype

    11/03/2012 5:56:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2012 | Lisa De Pasquale
    Following Hurricane Sandy’s massive devastation across the northeast, many were quick to tie it to “climate change” (you know, what “global warming” and the “new ice age” used to be.). In a blog post on Tuesday, former Vice President Al Gore wrote “Hurricane Sandy is a disturbing sign of things to come. We must heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis. Dirty energy makes dirty weather.” Meghan McCain sarcastically weighed in on Twitter, “So are we still going to go with climate change not being real fellow republicans?” As his city struggles in the Sandy aftermath,...
  • (Vanity) Cell phone alerts.

    07/19/2012 2:36:27 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 13 replies
    7/19/12 | GQuagmire
    Yesterday here in the People's Republic of MA. a line of thunderstorms came through. Funnel clouds were spotted and the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning. Apparently a lot of people were warned via cell phone. My daughter who works in a restaurant heard quite a few go off at the same time. Since when do alerts come via cell phones? Do you have to sign up for it, or is that standard for newer phones?I have an old non smartphone type.
  • US official: growing threat from solar storms

    05/17/2011 6:56:07 AM PDT · by jda · 63 replies · 1+ views
    GENEVA (AP) -- A senior official at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says solar storms pose a growing threat to criticial infrastructure such as satellite communications, navigation systems and electrical transmission equipment. NOAA Assistant Secretary Kathryn Sullivan says the intensity of solar storms is expected to peak in 2013 and countries should prepare for "potentially devastating effects." Solar storms release particles that can temporarily disable or permanently destroy fragile computer circuits. Sullivan, a former NASA astronaut who in 1984 became the first woman to walk in space, told a U.N. weather conference in Geneva on Tuesday that "it...
  • [ECUMENIC] Sermon: Whom the Lord Loves He Chastens (Part 1)- Why God Disciplines His Children

    03/18/2011 12:05:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Church of the Great God ^ | 30-Aug-08 | Martin G. Collins
    sermon: Whom the Lord Loves He Chastens (Part 1) Why God Disciplines His Children Martin G. Collins Given 30-Aug-08; Tape #898; 72 minutes Series The Whom the Lord Loves He Chastens series: Whom the Lord Loves He Chastens (Part 1)Whom the Lord Loves He Chastens (Part 2) You have noticed, as I have, the way that this society handles problems. Whatever it is, if it is child behavior problems they say, "Here is a drug." If a person is discouraged, they say, "Here is a drug." If a person is depressed they say, "Take this drug." Amazingly there are...
  • Death map USA: Natural disaster hotspots revealed

    09/23/2010 2:28:25 PM PDT · by illiac · 24 replies · 1+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12/17/08 | Ewen Calloway
    Southerners are more like to die from the effects of the weather than people living in any other region of the US. Kind of interesting, even though the data is over a year old. Can also look at separate counties with the links provided on the page.
  • IRS extends tax filing deadline to May 11 [directly affecting RI, MA]

    04/13/2010 5:50:40 PM PDT · by betty boop · 36 replies · 2,297+ views
    The Providence (RI) Journal ^ | April 1, 2010 | Neil Dowling
    The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday extended until May 11 the deadline for filing federal income tax returns, a move that will give people affected by the floods nearly a month longer than usual to get their taxes done. The extension applies to all of Rhode Island, except Bristol County, which accounts for 5 percent of the state’s population, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. The Rhode Island Division of Taxation will also extend its filing deadline to May 11 for all counties in Rhode Island without exception, state Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan said. “We will do the whole...
  • Seven Ways to Prepare for an Earthquake

    04/04/2010 9:06:40 PM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 73 replies · 1,623+ views
    TheSurvivalMom ^ | February 13, 2010 | J. Spencer
    by J Spencer In 1994, a friend of mine was in the Northridge earthquake. She was awakened in the middle of the night by her apartment collapsing around her. She crawled out of the wreckage wearing nothing but her nightie. She met her neighbors in the street. Most were cut, like she was, from scrambling through broken glass on their way out of ruined buildings. Some were missing. Most were found. Several were dead. It was a long time until dawn. Hearing her recount the story of surviving an earthquake in the middle of the night, made me think about...
  • Read Obama's Speech,The Released Christmas Terror Security Report & Memo Ordering New Rules

    01/07/2010 2:46:43 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 261+ views
    White House/The Lid ^ | 1/7/10 | The Lid
    This White House national security adviser James Jones said said this morning that the review would "shock" Americans with the fresh details it provides as to how U.S. security and intelligence systems failed to "connect the dots" leading up to the foiled Christmas Day attack on Northwest Flight 253. I have read the report, and quite frankly I am not shocked, the White House released nothing new, I was also underwhelmed by his comments. I will write about it more later, in the mean time, a transcript of the President's speech is below, along with embedded versions of the Security...