Daily Archives: August 4, 2021

Son of Sandy: Bracing for the Next Devastating Hurricane

The City University of New York– Apr 19, 2013

Queens College hurricane expert Nicholas K. Coch calls for rezoning to bar structures less than 500 feet from the shoreline, building flood walls and protecting subway and tunnels to reduce damage from future hurricanes. With sea levels rising as global warming melts polar icecaps and heats the ocean, “every storm in the future is going to do progressively more damage.” The $51 billion federal rescue plan wastes money on rebuilding houses that are doomed to further destruction and developing sea gates across New York Harbor. “There are far more effective and cheaper things that should be done immediately.”

Unique Vulnerability of the New York–New Jersey Metropolitan Area to Hurricane Destructi on | Journal of Coastal Research | Nicholas K. Coch

Nicholas K. Coch

Journal of Coastal Research (2015) 31 (1): 196–212.



Coch, N.K., 2015. Unique vulnerability of the New York–New Jersey Metropolitan Area to hurricane destruction.

Hurricanes making landfall in the New York–New Jersey Metropolitan Area (NYNJMA) are infrequent, but their effects are considerably greater than those of similar Saffir–Simpson categories in the South. Hurricanes that caused major damage hit the NYNJMA directly in 1821 and 1893, and the only major (Category 3+) U.S. hurricane to hit several major U.S. urban coastal centers was the Long Island–New England Hurricane of 1938. The destruction resulting from landfall of a northern hurricane is greater that of a similar Saffir–Simpson category storm in the South. This damage amplification is the result of both the different characteristics of northern hurricanes and the unique geographic, geologic, oceanographic, and demographic characteristics in the northeast United States. Northern hurricanes move two to three times faster, have enlarged wind fields, and have a mostly coast-normal track that carries their more devastating right side hundreds of kilometers inland. A review of historical hurricane landfalls in the NYNJMA shows how they greatly amplify the damage from hurricane winds, storm surge, and freshwater flooding. Past hurricane landfalls caused great damage when the region was far less settled and developed than today. The NYNJMA is now the most densely settled and developed hurricane-prone urban coastal region in the world, and hurricane landfall will result in damage and economic dislocation that will have national and international economic, as well as other, consequences.

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State Department Calls For End To Conflict In Ethiopia, Blockade Of Tigray

Forbes Breaking News Aug 3, 2021

State Department spokesperson Ned Price issues a statement on Ethiopia.

Ethiopian government appears determined to target Tigray as humanitarian crisis deepens

PBS NewsHour– Aug 3, 2021

The Biden administration this week sent its most senior official yet to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. USAID Director Samantha Power is putting pressure on the Ethiopian government and its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister to alleviate a humanitarian crisis in the country’s Tigray region. But as Nick Schifrin reports, the Ethiopian government seems determined to target Tigray.

Mega Disasters: Global Glacier Meltdown

HISTORY – Jul 30, 2021

As temperatures rise, a global meltdown has begun. From the Andes to the Himalayas to the Alps, glaciers are vanishing. In Antarctica and Greenland, vast ice sheets are turning into liquid, in Season 2, Episode 6, “Glacier Meltdown.”

The Sahara Desert’s Scorching Heat | How the Earth Was Made (S2, E4)


Feb 13, 2021

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Speech to Columbia University 24 September 2007

wesawthat – Oct 23, 2012

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University Monday 24 September 2007

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speaker: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


speaker: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


Ahmadinejad lectures at Columbia University – 25 Sep 07

Al Jazeera English – Sep 25, 2007

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, visited the prestigous Columbia university in New York and gave a speech concerning the Middle East and US foreign policy. But as Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports, he was met with loud protests and condemnation.



Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression

Statement on Faculty, Free Expression, and Diversity | Office of the President | The University of Chicago

From time to time, faculty members at the University share opinions and scholarship that provoke spirited debate and disagreement, and in some cases offend members of the University community.

As articulated in the Chicago Principles, the University of Chicago is deeply committed to the values of academic freedom and the free expression of ideas, and these values have been consistent throughout our history. We believe universities have an important role as places where novel and even controversial ideas can be proposed, tested and debated. For this reason, the University does not limit the comments of faculty members, mandate apologies, or impose other disciplinary consequences for such comments, unless there has been a violation of University policy or the law. Faculty are free to agree or disagree with any policy or approach of the University, its departments, schools or divisions without being subject to discipline, reprimand or other form of punishment.

That said, no individual member of the faculty speaks for the University as a whole on any subject, including on issues of diversity. In turn, the University will continue to defend vigorously any faculty member’s right to publish and discuss his or her ideas.

The University is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is not only represented but individuals are empowered to fully participate in the exchange of ideas and perspectives. As University leaders we recognize that there is more work to be done and are strengthening initiatives to attract faculty, students and staff of diverse backgrounds.

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