Daily Archives: August 9, 2016

Texas Reports its First Zika-Related Death


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Published on Aug 9, 2016

Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday after a baby girl whose mother traveled to El Salvador while pregnant died shortly after birth in a suburban Houston hospital. (Aug. 9)

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Clinton Urges Congress to Reconvene for Zika


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Published on Aug 9, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called on Congress to return for a special session to pass legislation to combat the Zika virus. (Aug. 9)

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Libertarian Policies Are Killing Us!


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Published on Jun 27, 2016

Thom talks about the privatization of our 911 centers and other services and why we must make big changes to power our economy.

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Republicans Are STILL Trying To Kill Net Neutrality!


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Published on Aug 9, 2016

Thom talks about how cable companies are working with Republican lawmakers to try and reverse net neutrality.

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China warns of ‘crucial juncture’ over Hinkley delay – BBC News

Image copyright AFP Image caption A computer impression of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset

Failing to go ahead with the Hinkley Point nuclear project could threaten China’s relationship with Britain, its ambassador to the UK has warned.

Writing in the Financial Times, Liu Xiaoming said the delay to approving the plant had brought the two countries to a “crucial historical juncture”.

He hinted that “mutual trust” could be in jeopardy if the UK Government decided not to approve the deal.

China is expected to fund about a third of the £18bn project.

Last month, the French company EDF, which is financing most of Hinkley Point C in Somerset, decided to go ahead with the project. But in a surprise move the UK government said it wanted until early autumn to review the scheme.

In response to the ambassador’s article, a government spokesperson said: “As we’ve already made clear – this decision is about a huge infrastructure project and it’s right that the new government carefully considers it.

“We co-operate with China on a broad range of areas from the global economy to international issues and we will continue to seek a strong relationship with China.

“The message that we continue to take to the world is that Britain remains open for business and we are the same outward-looking, globally minded country we have always been.”

‘Strong relationship’

There have been reports that Prime Minister Theresa May’s concerns about Chinese involvement in a UK nuclear power station were the primary reason for postponing the deal.

Former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable said that when he was in the Cabinet with the then home secretary, Mrs May had been unhappy with what she regarded as the Cameron government’s “gung-ho” approach to doing deals with Beijing.

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Presidential Candidates Promise New Jobs, Economic Growth


VOA News

Published on Aug 8, 2016

U.S. presidential candidates focus on economy as they campaign with three months left before the election. Speaking in Detroit, Michigan, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he would “jump start” the U.S. economy by suspending new regulations and cutting corporate taxes. His Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton, outlined her plan to invest in creating new jobs and making higher education accessible to all during a rally in St. Petersburg, Florida. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/34…

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The US Military on the Front Lines of Rising Seas (2016)

Rising seas will increasingly flood many of our coastal military bases.

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Executive summary Key findings Methodology

Sea levels are rising as global warming heats up the planet. Many military bases along the US East Coast and Gulf of Mexico are at risk of permanently losing land to the ocean in the decades ahead.

As the seas rise, high tides will reach farther inland. Tidal flooding will become more frequent and extensive. When hurricanes strike, deeper and more extensive storm surge flooding will occur.

The US Armed Forces depend on safe and functional bases to protect the national security of our country. We must prepare for the growing exposure of our military bases to sea level rise.

Note: This analysis includes an executive summary; key findings; and fact sheets for each location, which can be downloaded via the links below. You can also download all of the materials as a single PDF.

Naval Station Norfolk—the largest naval installation in the world—is projected to face 4.5 feet to nearly 7 feet of sea level rise this century.

Military bases at risk

18 military installations are included in this analysis. Each location’s changing exposure to flooding is projected through the end of the century:

Key findings

The military is at risk of losing land where vital infrastructure, training and testing grounds, and housing for thousands of its personnel currently exist.

GRAPHIC: Land loss across bases

  • By 2050, most of the installations in this analysis will see more than 10 times the number of floods they experience today.
  • By 2070, half of the sites could experience 520 or more flood events annually—the equivalent of more than one flood daily.
  • By 2100, eight bases are at risk of losing 25 percent to 50 percent or more of their land to rising seas.
  • Four installations—Naval Air Station Key West, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Dam Neck Annex, and Parris Island—are at risk of losing between 75 and 95 percent of their land by the end of this century.
  • Flooding won’t be confined to the bases. Many surrounding communities will also face growing exposure to rising seas.

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