Daily Archives: August 27, 2015

New Orleans After Katrina: Inequality Soars as Poor Continue to Be Left Behi nd in City’s “Recovery”


Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 27, 2015

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a different city. The population of New Orleans is now approximately 385,000—about 80 percent of its pre-Katrina population. The number of African Americans has plunged by nearly 100,000 since the storm. According to the Urban League, the income gap between black and white residents has increased by 37 percent since 2005. In 2013, the median income for African-American households in New Orleans was $25,000, compared to over $60,000 for white households. Thousands of homes, many in African-American neighborhoods, remain abandoned. We speak to civil rights attorneys Tracie Washington of the Louisiana Justice Institute and Bill Quigley of Loyola University.

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Remembering Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later: Voices from the Storm


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Published on Aug 27, 2015

Democracynow.org – President Barack Obama is in New Orleans today to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. According to prepared remarks, Obama will declare: “What started out as a natural disaster became a man-made one—a failure of government to look out for its own citizens.” In 2005, Democracy Now! was on the ground in the days following the storm that devastated the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,800 people and forcing more than 1 million people to evacuate. We turn now to excerpts of Democracy Now!’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

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President Barack Obama is in New Orleans today to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. According to prepared remarks, Obama will declare: “What started out as a natural disaster became a man-made one—a failure of government to look out for its own citizens.” In 2005, Democracy Now! was on the ground in the days following the storm that devastated the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,800 people and forcing more than 1 million people to evacuate. We turn now to excerpts of Democracy Now!’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

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Climate change report: Hotter summers, worse storms, and more pollen for Pa.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/08/climate_change_report_hotter_s.html

By Daniel Simmons-Ritchie | simmons-ritchie@pennlive.com
on August 27, 2015 at 3:39 PM, updated August 27, 2015 at 3:45 PM

By 2050, as the earth warms, Philadelphia’s climate will be similar to present day Richmond, Va. and Pittsburgh will be closer to present day Washington D.C.

Those are the conclusions of the latest update, released Thursday, to a pivotal 2009 report from Pennsylvania State University on how climate change will impact the Keystone State.

Overall, the updated report says, Pennsylvania’s average temperature has increased two degrees over the past 110 years. By 2050, the average temperature is expected to be five degrees warmer than in 2000.

If those changes sound small – or if warmer temperatures in Pennsylvania sound like a pleasant alteration – the report warns that they bear serious impacts.

Among its key findings, the report warns that allergy and asthma sufferers are in for a rough ride. As temperatures warm, pollen and mold concentrations are likely to increase.

Pennsylvania, like the rest of the northeast, is also expected to get wetter. That increased precipitation may increase the risk of floods and threaten drinkable water supplies.

Storms, too, are expected to be severer, which may increase the risk of power outages and impact other electrical infrastructure.

The changes will be a mixed bag for Pennsylvania farmers. On one hand, warmer temperatures will mean longer growing seasons and opportunities to grow new crops. On the downside, those warmer temperatures will also mean better conditions for weeds and pests.

And those increases in certain types of pests may have other unpleasant consequences. More mosquitoes may increase the spread of West Nile virus. More deer tricks may increase the spread of Lyme disease.

…(read more).

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Enviro Close-Up: Video Special – Fukushima


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Published on Jan 2, 2014

Enviro Close-Up: Video Special – Fukushima (1 of 5)

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Agent Orange Chemical Sprayed on GMO Farms Poisoned Troops, US Government Admits | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

By Jonathan Benson
Global Research, July 13, 2015
Natural News

Thousands of military veterans will soon divvy up a ten-year installment of about $47.5 million in disability benefits recently awarded by the federal government as compensation for harm caused by exposure to Monsanto’s Agent Orange herbicide.

As many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces who sprayed the toxic herbicide during the Vietnam War will have access to the benefits, which are meant to cover health damage caused by exposure to Agent Orange residue on Fairchild C-123 aircraft flown over Southeast Asia between 1969 and 1986.

The award is long overdue, especially as the federal government has insisted for many years that residues of Agent Orange couldn’t possibly be responsible for the various cancers, diabetes and leukemia suffered by thousands of former military men and women who handled the chemical at the bidding of the U.S. government.

Since June 19, eligible servicemen have been able to file for Agent Orange-related disability benefits, including survivor benefits and ongoing medical care. Any veteran who can prove that he or she worked on a contaminated plane and developed one or more of 14 qualifying medical conditions as a result, including prostate cancer, diabetes, and leukemia, is eligible for payment.

…(read more).

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The History of Agent Orange


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Uploaded on May 26, 2008

This is a clip from the French documentary “The World According to Monsanto.” It summarizes the history of Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide produced by Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and other companies. It was sprayed extensively during the Vietnam War, leading to a horrific variety of adverse health effects. Monsanto conducted deliberately flawed and coercive studies to “prove” that Agent Orange was safe, causing many Vietnam veterans to be denied sufficient health benefits.

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Anonymous Explains The USA’s Use Of Agent Orange


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Published on Aug 12, 2012

Anonymous Operation Orange Days