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  • New Program Helps Elderly Deal With Climate Change

    07/21/2014 4:12:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Rhode Island Public Radio ^ | July 21, 2014 | By AMBAR ESPINOZA
    A program designed to help Rhode Island's older adult population prepare for climate change threats is one of several projects that will receive federal money as part of the state's disaster recovery action plan. This program will receive $150,000 over the next two years. Julia Gold, the health department's climate change program manager, said the agency and its partners will develop these plans during a pilot project to kick off this fall in Washington County. The grant to support this program comes from federal money designed to help long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.
  • Super Typhoon Neoguri to pass near Japanese island of Okinawa (Category 5)

    07/07/2014 12:05:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jethro Mullen
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A large super typhoon is gathering force as it barrels along a path that is expected to take it close to the Japanese island of Okinawa. By the time it nears Okinawa early Tuesday, Super Typhoon Neoguri is likely to be generating winds as strong as a Category 5 hurricane, meteorologists say. "This is a beast," said CNN International Meteorologist Tom Sater. Okinawa, where multiple U.S. military facilities are situated, regularly finds itself in the path of big typhoons. Many of the buildings on the island are designed to weather the powerful winds that come roaring in off the Western...
  • Hurricane Arthur Scythes Through Outer Banks of North Carolina

    07/04/2014 6:26:41 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | July 04, 2014 | Chris Keane|
    The first hurricane of the Atlantic season has hit the North Carolina coast, a wet and windy spoiler of the July Fourth holiday for thousands of Americans as authorities ordered them to evacuate exposed areas. Hurricane Arthur crossed the coast near Cape Lookout at the southern end of North Carolina's Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m. EDT (0315 GMT) on Thursday, with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 kph). This earned it Category 2 status on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Moving northeast at 22 mph (35.6 kph), Arthur is...
  • Hurricane Arthur

    07/03/2014 4:02:22 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 103 replies
    NHC/NOAA ^ | 2 July 2014 | NHC/NOAA
    Arthur becomes the first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season. Independence Day travelers and revelers up and down the U.S. Atlantic coast are eying the path of the storm. Forecast models are in good agreement that Hurricane Arthur will dampen July 4th festivities along the N.C. Outer Banks. Mandatory evacuation of the Outer Banks has begun. Warm waters from the Gulf Stream are adding fuel to the storm development. Sea Surface TempsPublic Advisories
  • 2014 Hurricane Season Prediction

    05/22/2014 8:31:20 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 86 replies
    NOAA/NHC ^ | May 23,2014 | noaa/nhc
    Colorado State University researchers have forecast nine named storms in 2014, with just three expected to become hurricanes and one major storm. El Nino development is anticipated to contribute to a less active Atlantic tropical storm season. Forecasters got it wrong last year when they predicted an unusually busy hurricane season. There were just 13 named storms and two Category One hurricanes. The NHC has updated and revised several of their tracking and prediction products. The intensity probability table has been retired. The forecast cone (affectionately known as the cone of death or destruction) will be smaller. A new potential...
  • NJ has distributed less than 25 percent of Sandy aid

    05/05/2014 7:00:35 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 7 replies
    NJ.com (True Jersey) ^ | May 4, 2014 | Erin O'Neill
    Though the federal government allocated more than $1.8 billion in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief aid for New Jersey more than a year ago, less that a quarter has been distributed to cash-strapped residents struggling to rebuild, according to a new state report. State officials, however, say they are making considerable progress with recovery programs, addressing concerns and making changes where needed to speed up the delivery of aid. But advocates claim a botched rollout of major housing recovery programs has taken its toll on distributing funding more quickly. More than $1.3 billion of federal aid is "in the pipeline or...
  • Boxer who sued over his movie depiction

    04/20/2014 2:25:30 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 07, 2008 | Claire Noland
    Joey Giardello, a former middleweight boxing champion who won a decision over Rubin Carter in 1964 and then sued over how the fight was depicted in the 1999 film "The Hurricane," has died. He was 78. Giardello died Thursday of congestive heart failure at a nursing home in Cherry Hill, N.J., the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced.
  • Political marriage between Chris Christie and President Obama breaks up over Sandy aid rift

    03/07/2014 12:18:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/07/2014 | By Robert Costa and Rosalind S. Helderman
    The once-budding friendship between President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reached its zenith in May on a storm-ravaged boardwalk in Point Pleasant, N.J. After Obama missed four throws at a carnival game, Christie stepped in, picked up a football and tossed it through a hoop, winning the president a stuffed bear. “One and done,” the governor said as a crowd cheered and the two men exchanged a high-five. On Thursday, however, Christie used an appearance before the Conservative Political Action Conference to blast Obama in personal terms, as a weak leader. Accusing Obama of sitting on the sidelines...
  • Chris Christie Asks Obama for More Sandy Aid as Evidence of Misuse Grows

    01/31/2014 10:42:07 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 8 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 1-30-2014 | Frances Martel
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may stand accused of using Sandy money as both carrot and stick in his political battles, but that's not stopping him from asking the federal government for more help. The Star-Ledger reported Wednesday that Christie sent a letter to President Obama asking FEMA to extend its housing program. The program, the paper reports, would not directly bring money into the state, but instead cost the Federal government thousands in maintaining temporary homes for displaced victims. The housing, located in the Central Jersey facility of Fort Monmouth, currently houses 49 families but takes care of 80...
  • FEMA forgives $67.8 million loan + interest from Hurricane Katrina for St. Tammany schools

    12/24/2013 3:45:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 12/23/13
    WASHINGTON -- The St. Tammany Parish school district is getting $67.8 million in disaster loans and accumulated interest for Hurricane Katrina forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced Monday. The announcement follows FEMA's earlier decision to cancel a $9.9 million loan for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and a $14.5 million loan to the St. Tammany Parish government. The loan forgiveness is a response to a provision Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, added to a 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations that changed the criteria for loan forgiveness affecting some $211 million in Katrina-related loans.
  • EDITORIAL: 'A lousy hurricane forecast'

    12/01/2013 7:19:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    NWF Daily News ^ | 11/29/13
    The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season ended Saturday, and — unless a new sponsor pops up with wads of cash — so did Colorado State University’s hurricane forecasting team. Fine with us. We won’t miss either one. The Colorado team, officially the Tropical Meteorology Project, has been issuing forecasts for the upcoming hurricane season each summer for 30 years. At the beginning of this year’s season, the team predicted 18 named storms. Nine of those, it said, would become hurricanes. Four would be major hurricanes. Here’s how it shook out: There were 13 named storms. Only two became hurricanes. Neither was...
  • Arctic ice [build-up] may help alter hurricane paths

    11/17/2013 1:47:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 16, 2013 | Ken Kaye
    A hurricane hunter aircraft sent to the Arctic to study ice formations returned this month with critical data that might explain why an increasing number of tropical storms seem to be taking irregular paths. Scientists are trying to determine how much heat is released into the atmosphere when Arctic ice builds up in autumn. That heat release is believed to shift the jet stream, a fast-moving, high altitude river of air, farther to the south. That shift, in turn, might be slowing down or even stalling tropical systems, before they can re-curve east and out to sea, scientists say. [Snip]...
  • Typhoon highlights weak Philippine infrastructure

    11/12/2013 10:49:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WFMJ-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2013 | Kelvin Chan, Teresa Cerojano and Oliver Teves
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Under a reforming president, the Philippines emerged as a rising economic star in Asia but the trail of death and destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan has highlighted a key weakness: fragile and patchy infrastructure after decades of neglect and corruption. Authorities fear that the storm that tore through Leyte province in the country's east has killed thousands. More than 600,000 people have been displaced. Low rates of insurance in the Philippines mean the disaster is likely to sap government finances but analysts say it might not slow growth significantly because of the small role the affected region plays in the...
  • Amid gruesome typhoon scenes, aid trickles in (Philippines. US Marines on scene)

    11/11/2013 11:07:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KFMB-AM / The Associated Press ^ | November 11, 2013 | Todd Pitman, Jim Gomez, Oliver Teves, Minh Tran and Teresa Cerojano
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced a daunting relief effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. Police guarded stores to prevent people from hauling off food, water and such non-essentials as TVs and treadmills, but there was often no one to carry away the dead - not even those seen along the main road from the airport to Tacloban, the worst-hit city along the country's remote eastern seaboard.....
  • Typhoon deaths climb into thousands in Philippines (10,000 just in one city!)

    11/10/2013 6:40:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    My Way News / The Associated Press ^ | November 10, 2013 | Jim Gomez
    TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - Corpses hung from trees, were scattered on sidewalks or buried in flattened buildings - some of the 10,000 people believed killed in one Philippine city alone by ferocious Typhoon Haiyan that washed away homes and buildings with powerful winds and giant waves. As the scale of devastation became clear Sunday from one of the worst storms ever recorded, officials projected the death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach parts of the archipelago cut off by flooding and landslides. Looters raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water as...
  • A year after Superstorm Sandy, federal aid trickles in (90% of aid money unspent?)

    10/26/2013 9:58:38 PM PDT · by JediJones · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/25/2013 | Hilary Russ
    ...only a fraction of the aid money earmarked for recovery has been used, in what some claim is a painfully slow and opaque process. Only $5.2 billion of the pledged $47.9 billion had been tapped by cities and states by the end of August, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And tracking those funds has been complicated, lawmakers said. "Transparency is woefully lacking. We don't know where the money is. We know people have been approved for grants, but the money has not been distributed," said New Jersey Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, chair of the environment...
  • Atlantic hurricane season quietest in 45 years, experts say

    10/24/2013 8:11:19 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    al-Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 24OCT2013 | Tom Brown
    MIAMI (Reuters) - The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season looks set to go down as a big washout, marking the first time in 45 years that the strongest storm to form was just a minor Category 1 hurricane. There could still be a late surprise in the June 1-November 30 season, since the cyclone that mushroomed into Superstorm Sandy was just revving up at this time last year. But so far, at least, it has been one of the weakest seasons since modern record-keeping began about half a century ago, U.S. weather experts say. Apart from Tropical Storm Andrea, which soaked...
  • The 2013 Atlantic Hurrican Season (none for the USA so far)

    10/18/2013 12:54:12 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 24 replies
    18OCT2013 | Jack Hydrazine
    The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is an ongoing annual cycle in tropical cyclogenesis. It is the first Atlantic hurricane season since 2002 to feature no hurricanes through the month of August. The season officially began on June 1 and will end on November 30. The first tropical cyclone of the year, Andrea, developed on June 7 in the Gulf of Mexico. This season continued a pattern of unusually early starting hurricane seasons – the first named storm of a season typically forms around July 9. Below average activity continued afterwards into October. The strongest tropical cyclone of the season thus...
  • Tropical Storm Karen Live Thread

    10/03/2013 8:22:43 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 81 replies
    NHC/NOAA/Various ^ | 3 October 2013 | NHC/NOAA/Various
    Tropical Storm Karen threatens Central Gulf of Mexico states. NHC Public Advisories NHC Tropical Discussions
  • Tropical Storm Karen Forms in Gulf of Mexico

    10/03/2013 6:20:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    National Weather Service ^ | 10-03-2013 | National Weather Service
  • New flood insurance rates spark anxiety in Gulf

    09/26/2013 12:55:01 PM PDT · by Theoria · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 24 Sept 2013 | Tamara Lush
    When Colin and Joyce Elston bought their Florida dream home in May, they were confident they could afford the three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch with a pool and a backyard overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Now they are not so sure. The retirees said they had enough in savings and investments to pay the mortgage and the $1,482 yearly flood insurance on the home, which sits on palm tree-lined Paradise Boulevard on Treasure Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. But within two months of moving in, they received a stunning surprise: Due to a recently passed federal law, their flood...
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Outer Space) demands C-span STOP playing classical music during votes.

    09/20/2013 8:40:23 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 90 replies
    one man's opinion...
    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee held an impromptu press conference outside the House chamber, while the House was voting to defund Obamacare; to demand that C-span stop playing classical music during televised House votes. "This has got to stop," Jackson-Lee said. "Nobody listens to that s**t any more. This is designed to discourage the youth, and minorities, from tuning in and paying attention to their government."
  • Why Has It Been So Long Since a Major Hurricane Hit the US?

    09/13/2013 8:44:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    livescience.com ^ | September 12, 2013 05:05pm ET | Douglas Main, Staff Writer |
    But surprisingly, not a single major hurricane, defined as a Category 3 storm or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale —with minimum wind gusts of at least 111 mph (178 km/h) — has directly hit the United States in nearly eight years. That's twice as long as any major hurricane landfall "drought" since 1915, and by far the longest on record since data began being collected prior to 1900. As of today (Sept. 12), it's been 2,880 days since Hurricane Wilma, the last major hurricane to strike the United States, made landfall on Oct. 24, 2005. The reasons behind this drought...
  • A ‘head scratcher’ – No Atlantic Hurricane by August in First Time in 11 Years

    08/31/2013 10:06:14 AM PDT · by Signalman · 67 replies
    WUWT ^ | 8/30/2013 | Anthony Watts
    Where are all the hurricanes Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Joe Romm, and Brad Johnson say are supposed to happen due to global warming? August is about to end without an Atlantic hurricane for the first time since 2002, calling into question predictions of a more active storm season than normal. Six tropical systems have formed in the Atlantic since the season began June 1 and none of them has grown to hurricane strength with winds of at least 74 miles (120 kilometers) per hour. Accumulated cyclone energy in the Atlantic, a measure of tropical power, is about 30 percent of...
  • Killing Giggles

    08/07/2013 12:45:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2013 | John Stossel
    Global average temperature has been flat for a decade. But frightening myths about global warming continue. We're told there are more hurricanes now. We're told that hurricanes are stronger. But the National Hurricane Center says it isn't so. Meteorologist Maria Molina told me it's not surprising that climatologists assumed hurricanes would get worse. "Hurricanes need warm ocean waters," but it turns out that "hurricanes are a lot more complicated than just warm ocean waters." Computer models have long predicted nasty effects from our production of greenhouse gasses. But the nasty effects have not appeared. As far as hurricanes, more hit...
  • Aerodynamic, Retractable Tornado-Proof Homes that Look Like Something Right Out of 'The Jetsons'

    07/25/2013 2:28:53 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 July 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    What if your home could protect itself from dangerous weather  by retreating underground automatically long before it hits? If you think about it, a house -or entire neighborhood/town- that could withstand higher winds than boxy, frail wood structures -and actually hide underground if necessary- could have one heck of a lot of applications: not just in tornado alley, but avoiding fires in California, tsunamis in Japan, or of course hurricane season in the Carolinas. Why build an expensive underground shelter only to watch your house and belongings be scraped from the face of the Earth, washed-away, or turned to...
  • Tropical Storm Andrea

    06/05/2013 5:41:09 PM PDT · by Old Sarge · 27 replies
    National Hurricane Center ^ | 05 JUN 2013 | NHC
    And now we have our first named storm of the season, Andrea... TS Andrea gained strength over the course of the day, becoming more organized; however the computer models form a consensus that the storm is not likely to reach Category 1 strength prior to landfall. Andrea is projected to make landfall along the Florida coast between Crystal River to Apalachicola, with the Big Bend area most likely target. Gulf Coast Florida is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning until 8PM Friday, from Boca Grande to Ochlocknee river. The southeast US coast is under a Tropical Storm Watch during the...
  • Tropical Storm Andrea

    06/05/2013 3:04:17 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 139 replies
    NHC/NOAA/Various ^ | 5 June 2013 | NHC/NOAA/Various
    Tropical Storm Andrea becomes the first storm of the 2013 Atlantic season. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, Andrea is expected to dump significant rain across the Florida peninsula, and up through the Eastern states.
  • So When Does His Imperial Highness Head to Oklahoma to Grandstand and Deflect From the Scandals?

    05/21/2013 1:14:25 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 35 replies
    Free Republic posting ^ | 21 May 2013 | AmericanInTokyo
    Just wondering. It ought to be something. What did Rahm Emmanuel say?
  • Reid Defends Storm Damage Remarks

    01/14/2013 10:23:09 AM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    Stung by being called an “idiot” by Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) for his claim that victims of 2012′s Hurricane Sandy suffered more than victims of 2005′s Hurricane Katrina, Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) attempted to explain his way out the scathing characterization. “My colleague’s focus on quantitative data overlooks qualitative differences between the two events,” Reid argued. “First, New Jersey and New York are states where many important people live. Many of the homes that were destroyed were million dollar properties. The same could be said for the businesses.” “Most of the properties destroyed by Katrina were more like broken down...
  • House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy aid, with some Republican dissent

    01/04/2013 9:32:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Rosalind S. Helderman
    The House has approved $9.7 billion in new aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, a face-saving quick move taken three days after House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) earned scathing criticism from New York and New Jersey Republicans for canceling a late-night vote on the funds. The bill, which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay out claims to those who held federal flood insurance, was approved on a 354 to 67 vote. The Senate is expected to adopt it later Friday on a unanimous voice vote. Boehner seems to have had reason to be concerned about bringing...
  • Should Your Children Pay for My Rollercoaster? (On the outrage over delayed Sandy Relief)

    01/04/2013 7:14:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2013 | Jack Cashill
    On Wednesday I joined a Facebook conversation among my New Jersey relatives and friends voicing their outrage over the delay in the $60 billion Sandy relief package. Hoping to make people think, I wrote, "I want our roller coaster up and running by this summer, and I don't care if we have to borrow from the Chinese to do it." I was referring here to the Seaside Heights roller coaster that somehow managed to slide off its crumbling pier and land standing upright in the ocean. In the process, it became something of a symbol of Sandy's wrath. My irony,...
  • Peter King calls for donation cut-off to fellow Republicans over stalled Sandy aid bill

    01/02/2013 8:42:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/02/2013
    <p>A top House Republican lashed out at party leaders Wednesday over a decision to end the session without a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims, going so far as to urge constituents to stop donating to congressional Republicans.</p> <p>"I'm saying anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds," Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News. "What they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans."</p>
  • Senate votes to block Hurricane Sandy relief for tax cheats, dead people

    12/28/2012 4:08:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/28/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Senate on Friday approved an amendment to a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill that would prohibit dead people and anyone with "serious delinquent tax debts" from receiving the funds. The Senate approved the amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) in a voice vote, along with several other amendments to the bill. The Democratic legislation would provide $60 billion in spending for Sandy cleanup, but Coburn and Republicans have said for the last several weeks that the bill is much bigger than it needs to be. Many GOP senators put forward amendments aimed at reducing the size of the bill,...
  • Hurricane Sandy relief turning into Porkfest 2012

    12/19/2012 10:17:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Mary Katharine Ham wrote last week about the porkfest in the Senate bill authorizing emergency relief spending for Hurricane Sandy, but the Senate hasn’t gotten the message yet. David Francis reports on more aspects of the larded-up bill for The Fiscal Times, while noting that this has become business as usual on Capitol Hill — especially while the normal budgeting process has been derailed: The Sandy emergency spending package also contains provisions that had previously been rejected or had not yet been considered by Congress. This includes a measure that alters how the federal government manages areas prone to flooding,...
  • NOAA.gov - (Subject: C5c) Why Don't We Try to Destroy Tropical Cyclones by Nuking Them?

    Subject: C5c) Why don't we try to destroy tropical cyclones by nuking them? Contributed by Chris Landsea During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms. Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems. Needless to say, this is not a good idea. Now for a more rigorous scientific explanation of why this would not be an effective...
  • Surprise: Emergency Sandy legislation full of millions in non-Sandy spending

    12/13/2012 5:19:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2012 | Mary Katherine Ham
    The argument from those stuffing this thing like a Christmas goose is that we should pay no attention to the fact that they’re up to their elbows because the suffering of those in the wake of Superstorm Sandy is far too great to expend time or energy on passing a clean bill—WHY DO YOU HATE STORM VICTIMS?! It’s hard to think of another situation in which spending far more than one should on things that have nothing to do with helping people in the course of allegedly helping people is considered compassionate while questioning such spending is considered stone-hearted. How’d...
  • HURRICANE SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT AIMS FOR 2 BILLION VIEWERS WORLDWIDE

    12/12/2012 5:28:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/2012
    The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, The Who, Roger Waters, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Kanye West and many other artists will perform at the benefit to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and victims of Hurricane Sandy. The broadcast will be accessible by an estimated 2 billion people worldwide, according to the concert's website http://www.121212concert.org. U.S. television viewers will have a difficult time missing the event. The broadcast will be carried on 34 channels, from AMC to VH1 Classic. Even pay channels HBO and Showtime 2 and the newsy Bloomberg will carry the...
  • Congress members call storms like Sandy 'the new normal'

    11/30/2012 12:53:59 PM PST · by matt04 · 19 replies
    In the first congressional hearing on Hurricane Sandy Thursday, lawmakers from storm-hit states made appeals for billions of dollars in additional aid and said massive, destructive storms are "the new normal." Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., testified at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that "the path towards enlightened protection and preparation" must include infrastructure improvements such as flood gate repairs in Stamford, steps to stop flooding along the Housatonic River, and the establishment of microgrids for electricity and increased use of generators, especially at facilities for the elderly. "The sweep and depth of destruction in human...
  • Hurricane Sandy vs. Hurricane Katrina

    11/28/2012 1:51:07 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    NY Times Blogs ^ | November 27, 2012, 4:17 pm | ANDY NEWMAN
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made headlines and raised eyebrows Monday when he said that while Hurricane Katrina was deadlier than Hurricane Sandy, the latter storm was “more impactful” over all and “affected many, many more people and places than Katrina.” Mr. Cuomo added that Hurricane Sandy had a greater economic impact, destroyed or damaged more units of housing, affected more businesses and caused more customers to lose power. For our part, City Room decided to undertake a little truth-squadding. While apples-to-apples numbers for the two storms are very difficult to come by, especially given that Hurricane Sandy’s costs are still...
  • LIPA customers who spent weeks without power due to Sandy get zapped with normal electric bills

    11/24/2012 11:20:04 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 95 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/24/2012 | NY Post
    LIPA customers who spent weeks without power got zapped with their normal electric bills — as if the outages never happened. The clueless utility charged Sandy-soaked Long Island residents an estimated rate that covered the entire billing cycle, and the statements made no mention of potential refunds to account for the prolonged blackouts. Jonathan Saporta was slapped with a double whammy by the Long Island Power Authority — a $649 bill for the Long Beach home he left in October and a $281 bill for his new Great Neck pad.
  • Report: Chris Christie surprised to find people not happy that he lavished Obama with praise

    11/21/2012 9:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/21/2012 | AllahPundit
    I keep thinking, "Christie can't possibly come back from this." And then I think, "Wait, did we actually just nominate John McCain and the guy responsible for RomneyCare?"Never underestimate the Republican capacity to forgive, my friends. But behind the scenes, the intensity of the reaction from those in Mr. ChristieÂ’s party caught him by surprise, interviews show, requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded... The tensions followed Mr. Christie to the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas last week. At a gathering where he...
  • Why do we keep paying for rebuilding in disaster-prone areas?

    11/19/2012 12:58:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2012 | Rick Moran
    I'm all for people pitching in to rebuild after a hurricane. But should the taxpayer be subsidizing the rebuilding, especially when an area has proven to be disaster-prone? New York Times: ******** DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. - Even in the off season, the pastel beach houses lining a skinny strip of sand here are a testament to the good life. They are also a monument to the generosity of the federal government. The western end of this Gulf Coast island has proved to be one of the most hazardous places in the country for waterfront property. Since 1979, nearly a dozen...
  • As Coasts Rebuild and U.S. Pays, Repeatedly, the Critics Ask Why

    11/19/2012 9:25:04 AM PST · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 18 Nov 2012 | JUSTIN GILLIS and FELICITY BARRINGER
    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — Even in the off season, the pastel beach houses lining a skinny strip of sand here are a testament to the good life. They are also a monument to the generosity of the federal government. The western end of this Gulf Coast island has proved to be one of the most hazardous places in the country for waterfront property. Since 1979, nearly a dozen hurricanes and large storms have rolled in and knocked down houses, chewed up sewers and water pipes and hurled sand onto the roads. Yet time and again, checks from Washington have allowed...
  • SYSTEM FAILURE: Warren Pollock on Hurricane Sandy

    11/16/2012 9:57:49 PM PST · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/16/12 | DEMCAD
    I (Reginald Kaigler) speak with financial expert Warren Pollock on his experience in the New York City area dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Governor Chrisite Admits Biblical Judgment: "I Am Waiting For The Locusts And Pestilence Next. . ."

    11/15/2012 7:55:07 AM PST · by joeclarke · 34 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 11/15/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    Not certain if Chris Christie (notice the double Christian appellations)  was fully serious or half serious, but I think he has been listening to Someone. I have often joked about the extreme liberalness of the Eastern Seaboard folks - for its  academics, for its worship of money, for being the center of liberal media, and not least, for producing Jersey Shore. I don't think Governor Chris Christie is completely joking when comparing his state's devastation to Biblical scale plagues. No matter Who or what  the cause, we should never gloat in the misery/judgment of others.Can it be purely coincidental that Katrina, September...
  • Government-owned Utility Fails on Long Island (Thousands still without power)

    11/14/2012 7:26:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, once considered a rising star Democrat, is facing a storm of criticism over the dismal performance of the state-owned electrical utility, Long Island Power Authority, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Even today, over ten thousand Long Islanders remain without power. The danger signs were obvious well before Sandy hit. The New York Post wrote: ***** A state-authorized independent analysis undertaken after Hurricane Irene last year found LIPA to be an outdated, barely competent organization. The agency had ignored a 2006 recommendation that it update its management system, which runs on an obsolete 25-year-old computer...
  • Cuomo: NY superstorm damage could total $33B

    11/08/2012 2:12:01 PM PST · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/8/12 | COLLEEN LONG and FRANK ELTMAN
    Damage in New York state from Superstorm Sandy could total $33 billion when all is said and done, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday as the state began cleaning up from a nor'easter that dumped snow, brought down power lines and left hundreds of thousands of new customers in darkness. A damage forecasting firm had previously estimated that Sandy might have caused $30 billion to $50 billion in economic losses from the Carolinas to Maine, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses. Cuomo's estimate will likely push the bill even higher. A damage estimate of even $50 billion total...
  • Sandy Price Gouging Probed: $7 Loaf Of Bread, $10 Box Of Matches

    11/06/2012 5:31:08 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | 11-6-2012 | AP
    <p>More than 400 possible cases of price gouging of gasoline and other essentials, including a $10 box of matches and $7 loaf of bread, have been reported in New York before and after Sandy.</p> <p>Reports are being investigated in New York City, the Hudson Valley and on Long Island by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.</p>
  • Russian attack sub discovered just 200 miles from the East Coast and given safe harbor...

    11/06/2012 2:04:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/06/12
    Russian attack sub discovered just 200 miles from the East Coast and given safe harbor from Hurricane SandyBy Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 00:15 EST, 6 November 2012 U.S. defense officials are downplaying the potential threat of a Russian attack sub detected just 200 miles from the East Coast and given safe harbor in Florida during Hurricane Sandy. The Russian Seirra-2 class submarine was believed to be part of the country's Northern Fleet, outfitted with SS-N-21 anti-submarine warfare missiles, SS-N-16 anti-submarine warfare missiles, and torpedos. **SNIP** Officials said the submarine was likely conducting anti-submarine warfare efforts against U.S. ballistic and cruise...