Daily Archives: September 29, 2018

Prairie Festival 2018 – Saturday, September 29

Credit Card Companies Agree To Pay Over $6 Billion In Decade Old Lawsuit

Hurricane Florence damaged 11,000 more homes due to sea level rise – Think Progress

A look at one of the family homes of Edwin and Megan Curry flooded by the Lumber River in Lumberton, N.C., Tuesday, September 18, 2018. (Credit: Eamon Queeney/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Insured losses from Florence are likely between $2.8 and $5 billion.
Kyla Mandel Sep 25, 2018, 10:30 am

Sea level rise caused Hurricane Florence’s storm surge to be much worse, new data analysis by non-profit First Street Foundation has found. And the economic impact is expected to be in the billions.

More than 51,000 homes were hit by the storm surge that came with Hurricane Florence, which hit the Carolinas as a Category 1 storm. But as researchers found, 1 in 5 of these homes — which saw water cover more than a quarter of their property — were damaged due to sea level rise.

Comparing today’s sea level to 1970 data, researchers concluded that some 11,000 homes hit by Florence would not have been impacted had sea levels remained stable. But since 1970, seas have risen by about 6 inches — meaning that the damage experienced by 20 percent of homes can be linked to this increase.

And with climate change, according to the Army Corps of Engineers’ projection, if seas rise by a further 15 inches (more than a foot) by 2050, the same storm surge as experienced with Florence would have double the impact, putting an estimated 102,000 homes at risk.

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Planned shake-up at EPA would make scientists more vulnerable to political inter ference, critics say – ThinkProgress


The EPA flag flies at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. CREDIT: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to combine the agency’s two science offices into one, a move that critics contend is another example of the Trump administration trying to diminish the role of scientists at the agency.

Under the plan, the EPA’s Office of Science Policy and the Office of the Science Advisor would be merged into one entity, The Hill reported Thursday. The merger would downgrade the science advisor’s role by placing it into a position lower in the agency, according to experts.

The changes are occurring within the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) — the scientific research arm of the agency — and would combine the two science offices into into a single Office of Science Integration and Policy.

“By dissolving the science adviser’s office and putting it several layers down in ORD, that greatly accelerates the decay of science advice within the EPA administrator’s office,” Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told Bloomberg News. “That kind of coordination is much more difficult to do if they’re buried down inside an office.”

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Yale Law Students Protest Alum Brett Kavanaugh, Demand Investigation of Sexual Assault Allegations | Democracy Now!

September 27, 2018
Thousands of Yale students are protesting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in support of Deborah Ramirez, the Yale alumna who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her by thrusting his genitals in her face at a drunken dorm party when they were both freshmen. Kavanaugh is a graduate of both Yale University and the Yale Law School. More than 2,800 Yale women have signed a letter of support for Ramirez. On Monday, Yale Law School faculty canceled 31 classes to allow more than 260 of their students to join a protest in support of Ramirez. We speak with Yale Law School student Samantha Peltz, who helped organize the protests against Brett Kavanaugh. She says that Yale students will “continue speaking out, speaking to the press, until we feel there is a full and fair investigation.”

Envisioning The Future of Rural America – Brian Donahue

The Land Institute
Published on Oct 16, 2017

Brian Donahue, Brandeis University professor, author, farmer, former Land Institute staff, and current board member shapes a regionalized vision for active resettlement of the American countryside at the 2017 Prairie Festival.


2010 – Wildlands and Woodlands (Harvard Forest)
PDF and second PDF   See: related work

2014 – New England Food Vision.      PDF

2017 – Wildlands and Woodlands; Farmlands and Communities: Envisioning the Future of New England    PDF     See related documentation

It’s Up to You

Robert Reich

Published on Sep 29, 2018

Robert Reich Explains why it is so important to vote this election. Watch More: What if Everyone Voted ►►https://youtu.be/FABvXpUpd8E

Prairie Festival 2018 – Saturday, September 29

The Land Institute
Started streaming 31 minutes ago

Live coverage of the speakers at the 2018 Prairie Festival in Salina, KS.

Why a storm surge can be the deadliest part of a hurricane


Published on Sep 9, 2017
It can start before a hurricane even makes landfall. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Storm surge, or coastal flooding, tends to be the deadliest aspect of hurricanes. As wind from the storm pushes water onshore several feet above the normal tide, it can trap people in their homes, wash away entire houses, and make rescue missions harrowing and slow.

Why obvious lies make great propaganda


Published on Aug 31, 2018

For leaders like Trump and Putin, telling big lies isn’t about persuasion — it’s about power. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO

At first glance, US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin seem to have wildly different communication styles. But what they share is a tendency to repeat big, obvious lies — a tactic researchers have dubbed the “firehose of falsehood.” Whether it’s lying about Russian troops in Crimea or falsely claiming millions of people voted illegally during the 2016 election, both leaders demonstrate a kind of shamelessness when it comes to telling and retelling big lies. And that’s because firehosing isn’t actually about persuasion. It’s about power.

Read the original “firehose of falsehood” report: https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspective…

Read more of Masha Gessen’s work at The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-co…

Read more of Christopher Paul’s work at RAND: https://www.rand.org/about/people/p/p…

On Strikethrough, Vox producer Carlos Maza explores the challenges facing the news media in the age of Trump.