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Hurricane Ida is fake in Trumpistan.

Republicans and Fox News have used each other to completely break the country.

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Brace yourself for a new level of stupidity:

(Twitter)

The complete rejection of mainstream news among Conservatives didn’t start with Trump. There’s been a movement to distrust all news since Newt Gingrinch first decided to get behind a microphone and start lying to gullible people with anger issues. Rupert Murdoch took it to another level to help Donald Trump. Fox News was able to position itself against the mainstream by harnessing the power of prejudice. Murdoch and his merry band of deplorables gave racists, bigots, and anti-progress malcontents of every stripe a place to stretch their legs and walk around in a bubble of their own ignorance.

We’re living in the result. The Citizens of Trumpistan would rather put their trust in the hands of Facebook groups telling them to eat horse paste to fight COVID than listen to experts in epidemiology and communicable diseases because the media listens to those experts. If it’s on CNN, it must be a lie. If it’s on MSNBC, it’s fake news. If the Lamestream Libruhl Meedja is reporting it, then it cannot possibly be truth, and that applies to everything from COVID all the way up to a hurricane.

Shaquille Brewster has been on the Gulf Coast reporting on Hurricane Ida, and it’s pretty straightforward. “This is what’s happening…this is what has been happening…this is how people have responded to the happenings…this is what we expect to happen in the near future.”

Watch him try to do his job when a skeptic stops his truck to accost Brewster about accuracy.

I’m a cynic these days. I believe every instance of a white man yelling at a Black man has racial undertones and that white man would not have the same force of aggression if the target of his ire was white. Joe Local is riding around in his truck with his little angry fists tightly clenched around the steering wheel, sees a Black man and a mainstream news crew, and loses his mind. He saw his moment to, I guess, force the mainstream media to accurately report on a hurricane? Because his act of aggression against one Black reporter would change the entire culture of news reporting that he sees as a problem because they’re all liars?

Who knows? It doesn’t really matter. I’m sure Joe Local hadn’t really thought through his reaction either. The point is, this is the United States now for at least the next generation, and likely longer. Republicans and Fox News have used each other to completely break the country, and now hurricane reporters are ambushed on air about accuracy when there’s an entire camera right there recording what the weather is doing. Love that for us.

 

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The Big Tent failure of the Democratic Party.

It’s just difficult unifying a party of leftovers.

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Congratulations to the Republican Party of Texas once again putting another check in the Win Column this year.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law a bill that bans 24-hour and drive-thru voting, imposes new hurdles on mail-in ballots and empowers partisan poll watchers.

The election overhaul in Texas comes as Republicans seek to hold onto power in a rapidly changing state where people of color make up virtually all of the population growth — and that growth is concentrated in large cities that tend to vote Democratic.

(cont. CNN)

Texas was very close to becoming Blue or at the very least a deep purple, but they did not. So, Red Texas sprang into action to consolidate power and push through Conservative goals while they can.

Why don’t Democrats ever take a page out of the Republican handbook?

If Democrats took advantage when they are in power the way Republicans do, we’d have the Voting Rights Act, no filibuster, a larger Supreme Court, free college, universal healthcare, etc. I mean…assuming Democrats actually want those things in the first place.

Watching Republicans set a goal, work toward it, and achieve it come hell or high water is impressive. I wish I had no morals so I could be a Republican too. Unfortunately I care more about people than I do about winning, but damn if I don’t feel jealous of the successful party.

It’s just difficult unifying a party of leftovers.

Democrats don’t have a guiding force the way Republicans are guided by a corrupted version of Jesus, white nationalism, and greed. Democrats are people who care about people PLUS everybody else who doesn’t want to be a Republican for one reason or another.

Turned off by Evangelical Jesus?
White supremacy?
Cops?
Misogynists?

You’re a Democrat by default, not by choice.

The Democratic Party is a big tent party made of gays AND homophobes, minorities AND racists, atheists AND Christian supremacists. It’s hard to unify so many disparate groups into one big push to do anything. We just sit around and twiddle our thumbs nitpicking at each other because we don’t even have the same common goals, let alone any sort of agreement as to how we should achieve those goals. For every Democrat who wants a $15 wage, there are two more who say “the cashier at McDonald’s should get a better job — let’s provide training!” For every Democrat who wants to wipe out college debt, there are two more who say “I paid mine, why do they get off scot free?” For every Democrat who wants to abolish the police, there are two more who say “not all cops are bad — we just have to get the bad apples out.”

For every Republican who wants to ban abortion, there are ten more who say “absolutely.”

For awhile, right after the election, I was naively hopeful that the Republican Party would actually splinter into two groups. Trump’s Most Loyal Activists were filing papers to start their own party. Establishment Republicans were distancing themselves from Trump. The divide was deepening between the Moderates and the Deplorables. If the GOP split, then the Democratic Party would soon follow. The AOCs have less in common with the Joe Manchins than the Joe Manchins have in common with the Mitt Romneys. The latter two should be in a party together, a party that does not represent me in any way. I want to be in a party with Cori Bush, not Cory Booker, but I don’t want the Democratic Party to split first because the GOP will completely take over the entire country.

But that was just wishful thinking on my part, because the GOP is about power first, regardless of personal politics. They can put their differences aside for the common goal they share, some authoritarian capitalist wet dream of a White Christian America where women and brown people know their place. The Democrats can’t agree on a goal so we have no long term strategies. We’re just trying our best to get along with each other while the opposition continues to advance.

 

 

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Flood Advisory vs. Watch vs. Warning vs. Emergency

If you’re out during a Flash Flood Emergency, it’s probably too late to stay dry.

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Last night the NY/NJ area received its very first Flash Flood Emergency issued by the National Weather Service. Two in fact — one for New Jersey and then another was issued shortly after in NYC. We got the alerts, but most of us didn’t notice it was any different from a Flash Flood Warning and we should have. The National Weather Service issues alerts as a matter of public safety so as many people as possible can take precautions during weather events.

This is what a Flash Flood Emergency looks like:

A Flood Advisory from the National Weather Service means there’s a weather event on the horizon that could cause flooding. It hasn’t reached the area, it’s usually not raining yet, but it’s on the way, and there’s a good chance it will create favorable conditions for flooding in the near future. If you get an Advisory, keep checking in with your weather information provider periodically as the situation develops.

A Flood Watch from the NWS means that weather event is here and conditions are favorable. The rain has already started, will be starting soon, or has started in the general area. Know where your flood supplies are and review your evacuation plan. If you’re in a flood prone area, you should move to higher ground because you know you’re about to get wet.

A Flood Warning means flooding is happening around you now or very soon. Flood Warnings aren’t specific down to the neighborhood or street, so if you’re on higher ground than the surrounding area, you’re fine, but there is absolutely flooding going on in your vicinity.

A Flash Flood Warning means sudden, hazardous, dangerous flooding is occurring, and you may not even be safe on higher ground that isn’t typically prone to flooding. The National Weather Service says, “A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.”

When I was growing up, I never saw a Flash Flood Emergency — Flash Flood Warning was the most intense rain advisory issued. Whether it’s because so many Flash Flood Warnings were being issued people didn’t treat them as a rare event and therefore neglected to take action, or catastrophic “rare” rain events are happening more often,, the NWS has been issuing Flash Flood Emergency alerts with more frequency, and you should take heed if you see it pop up on your phone.

(Weather)

Here in NYC, one had never been issued before last night, and people didn’t really know what it was.

Last weekend, we saw record-breaking rain in Central Park during our brush with Hurricane Henri. On August 22nd, a 150-year-old record fell thanks to almost 2 inches of rain in one hour.

The National Weather Service said Central Park experienced 1.94 inches of rainfall between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday — the most ever recorded in the city in a single hour since the service began tracking more than 150 years ago.

(cont. NY Post)

Last night, less than two weeks later, the record was broken again with 3.15 inches of rain falling between 8:51pm and 9:51pm. (x) A 150-year-old record was smashed twice in two weeks. Our infrastructure across the country isn’t really equipped to handle these kinds of weather events with any sort of regularity, but we should definitely be ready to see more of these alerts in the future.

So the next time your phone says Flash Flood Emergency, don’t be surprised. You should’ve already been in a safe, dry place after Watch & Warning, because it’s already too late by the time you see Emergency, but at least take that as a sign not the leave the house.

Or you can blow up your floaties for a pool party.

Oh and one other thing, because it came up last night in conversation while we were riding out the rains watching TV — tornadoes can rip through densely populated areas just as well as cornfields. There’s a myth that tornadoes don’t hit downtown areas, but there’s nothing meteorologically that would prevent them from happening. It’s simply a matter of space; urban areas cover such small chunks of land, the likelihood of being hit is low. We had those in the area last night too though.

Y’all stay safe out there! I’m about to make French Toast because there is just way too much in the country all at once and I need to catch up on Married at First Sight to put some triviality back in my face.

 

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Chron: Tulane University evacuating students to Houston

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Tulane University in New Orleans began evacuating students to Houston early Tuesday after Hurricane Ida left much of southern Louisiana battered and without power. 

Tulane received backlash on Twitter after claiming the storm made a sudden, unpredicted turn toward the Big Easy. Of course, forecast models from the National Hurricane Center predicted the storm’s path accurately, even from as far as 72 hours out. 

(cont.)

Unprompted lying is just so infuriating. Tulane University got on the internet — where everybody could see them — and said Hurricane Ida deviated from the forecast track too late to order any evacuations.

That storm went right where forecasters said it would. It’s one of the most accurate storm tracks I have ever seen in my life. They made sure to send their football players out to Birmingham well ahead of the storm, because the money is in football and they wanted to make sure the players would be able to play this weekend. For everybody else, they just crossed their fingers. And they should just say so.

 

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