A scary, but impressive, explanation of a storm surge

From The Weather Channel:

There are people on the Carolina coasts talking about riding out the hurricane. They’re gonna die.

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Spanky the Sociopath is at it again

Once again, I’m at a loss for words:

But others have some words that work:

And if you get a chance, click on the tweets and read the responses. The babyman deserves all the contempt he gets.

Let’s not forget Puerto Rico

From the Rude Pundit:

– It might be May before the entire island has power. Half the people on the island, including those in some urban areas, do not have electricity. And while the Army Corps of Engineers thinks that power will be restored to 95% of Puerto Rico by March, we’re still talking Americans living without power for 6 months since the storm, and, in the more remote areas, 8-9 months, just in time for the 2018 hurricane season to start. (Those areas still have over 80,000 people in them.)

– Some of those remote areas still don’t have potable water. FEMA has been insisting that 95% of Puerto Ricans have access to drinkable water, but the island’s water was a fucking mess before the storm. Yeah, pre-Maria, 99.5% of the island’s citizens drank water that violated the Safe Drinking Water Act. And after the storm, with water treatment plants needing, you know, electricity, even if you get your water from your kitchen sink, it still was contaminated with bacteria, as seen by an uptick in illnesses caused by those little fuckers.

– Connecticut’s two senators, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, both Democrats, returned this week from a visit to the island. Murphy, in particular, was stunned by what he saw. He said that “‘almost none’ of the aid Puerto Rico was supposed to receive has been delivered as part of a $36.5 billion October package that also allocated relief for Florida and Texas.” And Murphy believes that the final death toll from the failure of the federal government to send the aid needed will be “in the multiple thousands.”

– Speaking of the death toll, it’s already estimated to be over 1000, when you take into account things like the people who died because the power grid was destroyed and they couldn’t get dialysis. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to the demographer who helped come up with that number. Alexis R. Santos-Lozada believes that the lower number of 64 directly attributable to the hurricane in action will remain the official death count. She warns, “[M]inimized figures could weaken efforts to provide relief to communities affected by the hurricane at the local and international level.” The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, just launched an effort to look into the actual number of deaths.

– While it looks like the issue might be shortly fixed, Puerto Rico is a primary place where IV bags and saline fluid are made, and so there has been a shortage of those in hospitals on the mainland. Amazing how this shit works. The FDA is saying that the manufacturing plant is back on the commercial grid, but, holy shitballs, did you even know this was happening?

– Meanwhile, there has been an exodus of Puerto Ricans to the mainland United States, which they can do freely and legally (sorry, Trumpenheimers) because they are Americans. Hundreds of thousands of them have come to settle here. At least 200,000 are now living in Florida, which Trump won by 113,000 votes in 2016. Anecdotally, many of those new residents are registering to vote. PR Gov. Rosselló is saying he will work to mobilize the millions of Puerto Ricans in the states to take revenge on Republicans in 2018.

This is what happens when stupid people put an incompetent toddler in the most powerful position in the world and compound that incompetence by giving control of the House and Senate to a political party that exists only to increase wealth for the rich. This would not happen if Republicans weren’t so focused on destroying America.

Babyman is going to screw this up, too

Actually, I’m sure he’s responsible for this getting out of control.

The horrific scale of death and destruction is coming into focus, even as the wildfires continue to rage throughout Northern California.

Thirty-one confirmed dead, many of them elderly.

Hundreds still missing on Friday.

Thousands of homes and businesses destroyed, including whole neighborhoods reduced to smoldering rubble.

“We all have suffered a trauma here, and we’re going to be a long time in recovering from this incident,” Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey told reporters.

As authorities continue assessing the damage from the most devastating spate of wildfires to strike the state in modern history, the blazes are burning mostly uncontained — with winds likely to return this weekend, breathing dangerous new life into the deadly arc of flames.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said Thursday that some 190,000 acres had been scorched across the state — a collective area nearly the size of New York City — as dangerous conditions spread the fires with frightening speed.

Massive wildfires, one major hurricane after another, record temperatures that keep rising every year.

And the GOP still says climate change doesn’t exist. You think maybe the crimson menace should be dealing with this instead of sending his vice presidential toady to walk out of football games?

It gets worse every day, especially when you see his priorities

This from North Korea (via Gizmodo)

North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho just had a rare press conference outside the United Nations in New York. And it’s not great. The diplomat declared that the US has declared war on North Korea. And he stressed that he hopes the world remembers in the future that it was the US who declared war first.

“As you already know, for the last few days, the United Nations sincerely wished that the war of words between the DPRK and the United States did not turn into real actions,” he began, according to his translator.
“However, last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer. And hence, at last, he declared a war on our country,” Ri continued.

President Trump declared in a speech at the UN last week that the US stands ready to “totally destroy” the country if necessary, in response to North Korea’s persistent nuclear weapons tests and overt threats to US territory Guam. His tweets about leader Kim Jong-un, who he calls “Rocket Man,” have also worsened tensions between the US and North Korea.

“Given the fact that this comes from someone who is currently holding the seat of the United States presidency, this is clearly a declaration of war,” Ri said at today’s press conference.
“All the member states participating in the United nations and the whole world should clearly remember that it was the US who first declared war on our country. The UN charter stipulates individual member states’ rights to self defense,” said Ri.

So, given that we’re on the brink of nuclear war, what did the kopper koiffed kleptocrat talk about today?

President Trump defended his high-profile campaign against NFL players who kneel during the national anthem and insisted it hasn’t distracted him from hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

“To me, the NFL situation is a very important situation,” Trump said Tuesday at a news conference. “I have plenty of time on my hands. All I do is work.”

Oh, yeah, what has he done on Puerto Rico?

President Trump’s slow, unenthusiastic and — yes — mean response to the humanitarian crisis facing Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is astonishing. He seems oblivious to the fact that the 3.4 million people living there are Americans, in many cases more patriotic than he is.

First, let’s talk about Trump’s delayed response to the disaster. While Trump visited Texas twice within a week shortly after Hurricane hit that state, and traveled to Florida five days after Hurricane Irma, he made no immediate plans to visit Puerto Rico.

Facing a barrage of criticism in the media and tweets from — among others — former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for ignoring the natural disaster in Puerto Rico, the White House announced Tuesday that Trump would visit the island on Oct. 3. It will be almost two weeks after the storm.

And what the fuck does “I have plenty of time on my hands. All I do is work” even mean?

May the people who put this klown in office suffer a thousand times more than the people in Puerto Rico, who are better Americans than the pump truppets will ever be.