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  • Puerto Rico: Will Maria make island more of an American priority?

    09/26/2017 4:05:05 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 41 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 26, 2017 | Howard LaFranchi
    SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS   The Caribbean island territory had become nearly invisible in the US political picture. But some say the long road to recovery after Maria could provide the opportunity to build a better relationship with Washington, and a better Puerto Rico. When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived in a Maria-devastated Puerto Rico Friday, he brought with him a half-dozen electrical generators – coveted assistance for an island that officials estimate could be without power for months. Yet as appreciated as Mr. Cuomo’s material aid was, his visit underscored the Caribbean island’s precarious status as a United States...
  • With rebuilding under way, assessing government responses to Irma and Harvey

    09/14/2017 3:20:28 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 4 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 14, 2017 | Peter Grier
    PROGRESS WATCH   For FEMA and state and local responders and planners the point is to learn from Harvey and Irma – as they learned from hurricane Katrina and superstorm Sandy – about better methods of prevention and revival. The southeastern United States is struggling back onto its feet following this month’s battering from two huge storms. Thankfully, the human toll from hurricanes Harvey and Irma was not as great as feared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government first responders have so far won plaudits for the speed and organization of initial aid deliveries. But as can...
  • Post-Katrina lessons for Harvey's returning students

    09/12/2017 6:40:54 AM PDT · by Jagermonster
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 11, 2017 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Henry Gass
    As many students in Houston head back to school starting Sept. 11, observers say there is a need for specialized support for both children and teachers. SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 NASHUA, N.H. AND HOUSTON—Bryan McMillian was supposed to start college Aug. 28 at Prairie View A&M University, near Houston. Now, the apartment he had lined up in nearby Cypress, Texas, is flooded, and he’s trying to figure out if he can take online classes for a semester while he stays with some family in Austin. Harvey wasn’t the first hurricane to disrupt his educational journey. Katrina hit on what would have...
  • Hydro One crews heading to Florida after Irma leaves millions in the dark

    09/11/2017 5:27:43 PM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 21 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | September 11, 2017 | The Canadian Press
    Hydro One is sending crews to Florida in an effort to support the millions of people left without power in the wake of hurricane Irma. The operator of Ontario’s largest electricity distribution system says it’s getting ready to send 175 employees south. Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses lost power in the storm that made landfall in the U.S. on Sunday, and utility officials say it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone. Hydro One says crews are expected to start crossing the border into the U.S. at about 6 p.m. Monday, and should reach the affected areas by...
  • Residents of US Virgin Islands dig out and help each other after hurricane Irma

    09/08/2017 2:48:34 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 8 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 8, 2017 | Bailey Bischoff, Hannah Schlomann, Han Zhao
    St. John and St. Thomas residents recount tales of survival and resilience as the eye of one of the largest Atlantic Ocean hurricanes passed directly overhead. There was only one staticky satellite line available to residents of St. John attempting to reach family and friends on the US mainland Friday morning. On Wednesday, the US Virgin islands were hit by hurricane Irma, whipping through the area as a Category 5 storm with wind speeds up to 185 miles per hour for more than 24 hours. "I've had to sit through a Taliban gunfight, and this was scarier," Laura Strickling told...
  • Amid Harvey recovery, small businesses roll up sleeves and get back to work

    09/08/2017 2:36:59 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 6 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 8, 2017 | Henry Gass, Carmen K. Sisson
    As the nation gears up for another major storm bearing down on Florida, and continues to assess the damage from Harvey, small businesses are helping lead the city’s recovery – providing not only helping hands in the rebuilding effort, but a precious sense of normality. HOUSTON AND DANEVANG, TEXAS Even for a farmer, there is such a thing as too much water. Sweat dripping from under his red, white, and blue cowboy hat, Guy Mouelet is standing in his farm at the corner of Fondren Road and Willowbend Boulevard here, taking a break between giant hacks with his shovel at...
  • Salvage ship to assist in Black Hawk recovery off Hawaii

    09/08/2017 1:26:16 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 8 , 2017 | WILLIAM COLE
    A 240-foot salvage ship is on its way to aid in the recovery of a crashed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and its missing crew west of Kaena Point, a spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division said. The Military Sealift Command-chartered MV HOS Dominator, a submarine support ship, is expected to arrive in the coming days, Lt. Col. Curt Kellogg said Thursday. The ship’s involvement represents a transition from seafloor sonar mapping and camera observation by the Navy using an unmanned underwater vehicle and remotely operated vehicle to actual salvage and recovery. All five crew members from the Hawaii-based Black...
  • Addiction: Disease or Sin?

    08/01/2017 3:51:14 PM PDT · by evangmlw · 92 replies
    God's Addiction Recovery Plan ^ | September 24, 2015 | Michael Wrenn
    The problem of alcohol and drug addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and around the world. Alcoholism runs rampant across the globe, drug abuse continues to consume its victims, and addiction to prescription drugs appears to be at an all time high. Many rehabilitation facilities have waiting lists for admittance, detoxification centers abound, the morgue slabs are full, and funeral homes continue to profit on the crisis of addiction stalking both old and young alike. Is there an answer? Is there a remedy to this destructive force that has been unleashed upon our planet?
  • A Look at President Trump and the State of the Nation on his Birthday

    06/14/2017 5:47:25 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 14, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    President Donald J. Trump was born on June 14, 1946, a day also celebrated as the birthday of the Continental Army (1775) and the United States Flag (1777). It’s a good day to be a patriot. At this writing, as he celebrates his 71st birthday, Donald Trump has been in office for less than five months. If the 100-day mark in a presidency is too early to judge a presidency, then so is this, so we mustn’t try. There is still room for almost all possible outcomes at the end of his four years (or eight). It is, however, a...
  • Can't post comments

    05/20/2017 4:51:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 102 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 21/5/17 | Eleutheria5
    I have been trying to post a reply to the above-linked thread, Huma Abedin Files for Divorce all night. Instead, I get a constant "internal error" message. The moderators have given me the following advice: "If no one else is having this problem, I suspect it may be an issue specific to the device you’re using. Try clearing your browser cache (or try another browser all together). If that doesn’t do it, try rebooting the device. There may be an available software update that may resolve your issue. If all else fails, it’s ok to post a vanity thread to...
  • 260 Drought Maps Show California's Deep Drought and Current Recovery

    02/17/2017 11:56:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/17 | Kyle Kim and Thomas Suh Lauder
    Persistent precipitation in recent months have significantly improved California's drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Extreme to exceptional drought – the most severe levels – have been virtually lifted in the entire state since it first appeared on Jan. 24, 2014.
  • Barack (Hussein) Obama Is Now The Only President In History To Never Have A Year Of 3% GDP Growth

    01/27/2017 8:29:14 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-27-2017 | Tyler Durden
    Following today's extremely disappointing US GDP growth data, we have the final nail in the coffin of President Obama's economic reign. Not only is the average annual growth rate of just 1.48% during Obama's business cycle the weakest of any expansion since at least 1949, he has just become the only President to have not had even one year of 3% GDP growth. An average annual GDP growth of 1.48% during Obama's two terms... As a reminder to a few blinkered media types, this means President Obama's "recovery" has officially been the worst recovery in US history (despite adding almost...
  • Sergeant York and The Affordable Care Act

    01/16/2017 4:15:41 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 16, 2017 AD | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on Enemies, Warriors, and Duty… As I write these words, hundreds of Republican, libertarian, and independent politicians, civil servants, and think tank analysts on Capitol Hill are working to finally overturn the monstrous law called the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. And just as many Democrats are working just as feverishly to thwart the effort. Now, before we get into the details, we should first begin by considering a crucial issue: Obamacare is a misnomer: it's not REALLY Obama's program. Barack Obama didn't write the bill (in all his years as a legislator, he’s never written a...
  • Beleaguered Small Businesses Set For Big Rebound Under Trump

    01/13/2017 3:46:27 AM PST · by expat_panama · 1 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 1/11/2017 | TERRY JONES
    Small businesses and entrepreneurs have had a rough time of it for these past eight years. New startups and entrepreneurial activity have pretty much been stagnant, weighed down by heavy regulation, high taxes and an economy that's just been stumbling along. But in recent weeks, there are signs of renewal that could mark a turnaround in the fortunes of small business. Most impressively, the National Federation of Independent Business' small-business optimism index surged in December by the most since 1980, a year when another maverick conservative-leaning candidate surprised everyone and won the presidency. His name was Reagan. "The December results...
  • Gross Domestic Product: Third Quarter 2016 [AT 3.5% HIGHER THAN EXPECTED]

    12/22/2016 6:03:47 AM PST · by expat_panama · 33 replies
    Bureau of Economic Analysis ^ | Dec 22, 2016 | Bureau of Economic Analysis
    Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2016 (table 1), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.4 percent. The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "second" estimate issued last month. In the second estimate, the increase in real GDP was 3.2 percent. With this third estimate for the third quarter, nonresidential fixed investment, personal consumption expenditures (PCE), and state and local government spending increased more than previously...
  • The Obama 'Recovery': Number Of Millennials Living At Home With Mom Reaches 75-Year High

    12/21/2016 12:50:29 PM PST · by blam · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Tyler Durden
    Tyler DurdenDecember 21,2016 Millennials finally get to claim a trophy for an achievement they actually earned (no participation medals here)...that's right, Millennials have officially set a 75-year record for highest percentage of young adults living at home with mom. At just under 40%, Millennials are barely shy of the all-time record of 40.9% set in 1940, after the end of the Great Depression. For once, we have every confidence that our young snowflakes will excel in crushing this longstanding record. Per the Wall Street Journal: Almost 40% of young Americans were living with their parents, siblings or other relatives in...
  • Bad News for America’s Workers

    12/20/2016 3:02:03 AM PST · by expat_panama · 46 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | DEC 19, 2016 34 | Joseph E. Stiglitz
    NEW YORK – As US President-elect Donald Trump fills his cabinet, what have we learned about the likely direction and impact of his administration’s economic policy? To be sure, enormous uncertainties remain. As in many other areas, Trump’s promises and statements on economic policy have been inconsistent. While he routinely accuses others of lying, many of his economic assertions and promises – indeed, his entire view of governance – seem worthy of Nazi Germany’s “big lie” propagandists. Tillerson with Putin The Trump Enigma John Andrews asks whether Carl Bildt, Joscha Fischer, Ana Palacio, and other Project Syndicate commentators are right...
  • The 'Loss' of Manufacturing Jobs Signals Progress

    12/20/2016 3:02:02 AM PST · by expat_panama · 19 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | December 20, 2016 | Ray Keating
    Apparently, technology and trade generate noteworthy fear and strife in today's economy. Indeed, many view tech and trade as a kind of dangerous TNT set to blow up the U.S. economy. From kitchen tables to campaign trails to TV talking heads, chatter abounds about U.S. jobs being lost to technology and/or cheap labor in foreign nations. It appears to many that technology globalists are nefariously plotting to put us all out of work. Bummer. Has this happened before? Well, did you know that there were approximately 13.5 million agricultural workers in the U.S. in 1910, and that dropped to less...
  • Opinion: The economic data will doom the Trump stock-market rally

    12/20/2016 3:02:00 AM PST · by expat_panama · 33 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Dec 19, 2016 12:06 p.m. ET | Tim Mullaney
    Economic growth has slowed since the election. What will happen to housing under President Trump? Funny thing about the rally in U.S. stocks since the Nov. 8 election that has the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% approaching 20,000: The underpinning of optimism about a pickup in the U.S. economy it has been based on is slipping away. Heh, heh, heh. Faster than Republicans learn to love Russian espionage when their party’s presidential nominee is the intended beneficiary, fourth-quarter economic data are heading south. The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank’s influential GDPNow forecasting tool, which predicted 3.1% annualized fourth-quarter growth on...
  • Economic Optimism Hits 10-Year High On Trump, But Democrats Are Blue

    12/09/2016 12:59:48 AM PST · by expat_panama · 9 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12/06/2016 | JED GRAHAM
    The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index surged to a 10-year high in December, as confidence in the outlook got a jolt from the presidential election and the subsequent stock-market rally. Economic Optimism rose 3.4 points to 54.8, the highest since November 2006, remaining above the neutral 50 level for the third straight month. While confidence in the economy had been on the upswing before the election, the surprise victory of Donald Trump, part of a clean sweep for Republicans, had a huge effect on Americans' economic expectations. The effect was far more positive than negative, but economic sentiment tends to be...