Climate Change and the "cycle of disaster" in floodplains

When it comes to rebuilding after storms, some hard decisions need to be made:

Local officials desperate to restore normalcy to disoriented communities will get to decide how to spend those federal dollars — choices made more consequential, and costly, as sea levels rise and Atlantic storms generate greater surge and rainfall because of climate change.

“Human settlements have been designed in a way that reflects a climate of the past, and this increases the likelihood that disaster-related losses will continue to rise,” said Gavin Smith, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who directs the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, a research consortium funded by the Department of Homeland Security. “This also means we need to rethink how and where we build before the storm, as well as how and where we reconstruct public buildings and infrastructure in the aftermath of extreme events.”

First let me state upfront I do not live in an area prone to flooding, even during the worst of deluges. There are a few streams here and there in my community that are prone to overflow, but 15-20 minutes later everything's fine. And I know it's real easy for somebody like me to criticize those who do live in such areas, who resist being relocated. But emotional attachments have absolutely no influence on the science of hydrology, and if that science tells you you're living in the wrong place, you should probably listen closely:

Monday News: Stockholm Syndrome

NC REPUBLICAN WOMEN LASH OUT AT DEMOCRATS OVER KAVANAUGH HEARINGS: A group of Republican women led by NC GOP vice chairwoman Michele Nix on Sunday accused Democrats of using smear campaigns and resorting to mob rule during last week’s confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Nix spoke at a press conference at the state GOP headquarters during a break in a party meeting. “The Democrat Party has become the party against freedom and liberty, the party of emotion over reason and the party of violence over civil debate,” Nix said. “In short, modern Democrats prefer mob rule over the rule of law. Over the past week, they have shown they will stop at nothing to get their way. Democrats destroyed a good man’s name, a good man’s family, all based on allegations that were refuted by the witnesses and disproved by seven FBI reports.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article219636640.html

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Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES, ANSWER "YES" WHEN ASKED TO EXPAND MEDICAID: Failing to expand Medicaid carries a HUGE cost to North Carolina – both in the health of our citizens and to the state’s economy. Every month the toll increases. Since 2014: 2,115 to 6,346 North Carolinians have died for lack of needed medical care. 21,720 diabetics have had to go without medication. 56,233 women have gone without annual mammograms for breast cancer screening. $11.52 billion in federal funds have been lost. 67,160 jobs have not been created. The leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly -- specifically Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland -- could easily bring this neglect to an end. But their reflexive disdain for ANYTHING backed by former President Barack Obama prevents a change.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-legislative-candidates-answer-yes-when-asked-to-expand-medicaid/17894...

Don McGahn's crusade to entrench Republican power

Running interference for Brett Kavanaugh is only part of a broader strategy:

An exasperated President Trump picked up the phone to call the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, last Sunday. Tell the F.B.I. they can investigate anything, he told Mr. McGahn, because we need the critics to stop. Not so fast, Mr. McGahn said.

Mr. McGahn, according to people familiar with the conversation, told the president that even though the White House was facing a storm of condemnation for limiting the F.B.I. background check into sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a wide-ranging inquiry like some Democrats were demanding — and Mr. Trump was suggesting — would be potentially disastrous for Judge Kavanaugh’s chances of confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Not to take away from Trump's disgusting and contemptible behavior during this fiasco, but this particular issue reveals the machinations behind the GOP's supposed "kow-towing" to the President. That is a façade, a way for them to get unethical things done while appearing to keep their hands clean. For almost two decades, Republican leaders have been pushing a mostly clandestine effort to entrench their power via corporate money and voter suppression, and Mitch McConnell's fingerprints are all over that:

Saturday News: The new norm

HISPANIC GIRL ENDURES RACIST COMMENTS AT NC HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL MATCH: A North Carolina high school volleyball team is seeking an apology from a recent opponent after players said they were targeted with racist and sexist comments. News outlets report the Mallard Creek High School varsity girls' volleyball team said students from Lake Norman High School chanted "U-S-A, U-S-A" when a Hispanic player from Mallard Creek was on the floor during a match on Sept. 25. Parents said the students also made offensive sexual comments. Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Brady Johnson wrote to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox apologizing for the incident and said the students involved would be disciplined. Parents of the Mallard Creek players said they want an apology offered to their children. Commissioner Que Tucker of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association said her organization is now involved.
https://www.wral.com/volleyball-team-wants-apology-from-school-for-racial-slurs/17895762/

Tim Moore forces us to create new political corruption term: Nepo-Patronage

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That's when you get your girlfriend a cushy job in government:

The day after our story that asked about a newly created, high-paying job given to North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore’s girlfriend, Jennifer Gray, was published, we received a call from an official at the Department of Insurance (DOI). “We can see how you were confused,” said Marla Sink, deputy commissioner for communications, who proposed a conference call to clear things up.

Information previously provided by DOI officials was conflicting as to whether the job given to Ms. Gray was a political patronage position. And they had refused to explain themselves.

There are a lot of questions that need answering on this issue, including why the NC GOP felt the need to give Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey $10,000 in the middle of his four-year term. You would think with all 170 seats in the Legislature being contested, that money would have been better spent elsewhere. But setting that pile of unnecessary money aside, this conference call did anything but "clear things up.":

Bishop William Barber receives MacArthur "Genius" award

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Shining a light in the darkness of social injustice:

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday named 25 people, including academics, activists, artists, scholars and scientists, who will receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please.

Rev. William Barber, former president of the North Carolina NAACP, was among the 2018 winners, honored for his work to build coalitions to fight racial and economic injustice. Barber, the pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, oversaw the Forward Together Movement, which held weekly "Moral Monday" marches and sit-ins while the General Assembly was in session for several years to protest laws passed by the Republican-controlled legislature on issues from voting rights to Medicaid.

I'm not usually one of those people who demand protocol be followed, and Barber himself would probably rebuke me for pushing the issue, but: He should no longer be referred to simply as "Reverend" Barber. In addition to his PhD which should be acknowledged, he has also been elevated to Bishop. And it's not just an honorary title or North Carolina-specific, it's the real deal:

Friday News: Kava-Nope

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CROWD GATHERS IN RALEIGH TO OPPOSE KAVANAUGH NOMINATION: The rally Thursday was called to send a message to the Republican U.S. Senators from North Carolina, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but both senators appear ready to vote for him. Molly Rivera, ACLU North Carolina’s communications associate, urged the crowd of more than 100 people to keep calling Burr and Tillis and to sign a petition opposing Kavanaugh. The crowd was prompted to shout, “I believe survivors!” Many held anti-Kavanaugh signs. “Whatever happens in the coming days, this is a beginning not an end,” said Tara Romano, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice NC. NARAL Pro-Choice NC, ACLU of North Carolina, and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic were among the rally sponsors. The rally came a week after gripping testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, and Kavanaugh’s fiery denials.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article219512585.html

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