Harp, harp, harp

I know it. I know I’ve said enough about the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and their suffering from Irma’s effects. But man alive, our news media stinks sometimes. On the Evening News from both CBS and NBC their reporters in the Florida Keys repeated the same phrase: “Here, where Irma made its first …

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Trump’s Million

Trump pledges one million dollars of “personal money” to Harvey relief. Now, maybe he’s sincere. I note that millions of Americans have felt no need to publicize their donations to the American Red Cross, the Houston Food Bank or any other charity, but hey, when public figures make a big splashy donation others might be …

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Houston and the chemicals

The oil and gas business may kill more Houstonians than Harvey has so far if any of the chemical plants blow up, as at least one is threatening to do. Crosby fire officials are bracing for an explosion at the Arkema chemical plant in the city where floodwaters have knocked out power and generators needed …

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Harvey

Jiminy Crickets, this storm is projected to continue raining on Houston through Wednesday. That sounds horrible but is actually a day sooner than originally thought. “Tuesday evening the heaviest rain threat is moving northeast and that will continue to accelerate,” said Paul. “The entire rain threat may be gone by Wednesday morning.” Thursday’s forecast calls …

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Flooding in Houston

Here are several stories from the convention center in Houston, designated a shelter. Before 11 a.m., the first evacuees began lining up in front of the convention center, carrying suitcases and plastic bags, some with babies on their hips and dogs on leashes. Rescue crews pulled up in pickups, dropping off families, many of whom …

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A 35-year anniversary

Monday, May 18, will be the 35th anniversary of the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State. There will undoubtedly be lots of stories published remembering the events of that day. Here’s a retrospective view with a list of commemorative events in the region. Here’s the 1981 article from National Geographic Magazine. I …

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