It is at this point commonly understood that poor Americans suffer from industrial pollution at rates far higher than more wealthy Americans. The effect by which this happens is also well understood: heavy industry and «industrial»-scale farming is concentrated where the land is cheapest; places where the land is cheapest are commonly places in which poverty is high and job opportunities are low; a heavily polluting industrial site proposed in a more wealthy neighborhood would, even aside from land costs, be met with a flurry of lawsuits from neighbors more financially able to mount an effective opposition and with a flurry of new laws and regulations from wealthier towns and counties meant to either discourage construction or, at the least, require expensive mitigation efforts. It stands to reason, then, that the massive North Carolina hog and poultry farms thrust into the spotlight after Hurricane Florence drowned a still-unknown of animals and flooded industrial-sized containment ponds of pig excrement would be located in the poorest (and least white) rural portions of the state. And a new study attempts to detail the effects of those industrial farms on surrounding Americans even when a hurricane isn't passing overhead. The new study also found worse health outcomes in the hog counties than in the control—rates were higher for all-cause mortality, infant mortality, mortality from anemia, kidney disease, tuberculosis, as well as hospital admissions for low birth-weight infants. They also showed Group 2 rates for these conditions are significantly higher than national and state averages. To control for overall racial health disparities in the US population, they identified zip codes in the control area that had similar racial, age, and income characteristics similar to those of Group 2, the most hog-intensive regions. Again, Group 2’s metrics generally came out worse than their hog-free peers. They also found a direct relationship between proximity and bad health outcomes—the closer you live to a big hog operation, the more likely you are to die or be hospitalized for kidney disease, have a low-birth-weight baby, and suffer from other maladies. Communities suing the farms over health effects now have a bit more evidence to back their claims up; living near an industrial-sized hog or poultry farm doesn't just smell bad when the wind blows your way. It can be bad for your health.
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the September 15 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. lowkell at Blue Virginia writes—Landmark Report Charts a Course for Virginia to Become Industry Hub for Offshore Wind Within the Next Decade: See below for a press release on a “new report released today by BVG Associates shows that Virginia’s key decisionmakers can help position the Commonwealth as a national leader in the growing U.S. offshore wind industry during the next decade.” As the press release states, “By developing 2 GW of offshore wind during the next decade, Virginia can reduce its reliance on out-of-state electricity by 30%, create thousands of local jobs, and build healthier and safer communities across the state by eliminating 3 million tons of carbon pollution each year, the equivalent of removing 650,000 cars from the road.” Is this a no-brainer or what? Oh, by the way, developing Virginia’s massive offshore wind power resources – combined with energy efficiency improvements, preferably – means we don’t need any new fracked-gas pipelines or other fossil fuel infrastructure. Again, an absolute no-brainer…except for Dominion Energy and its bought-and-paid-for servants in the government of Virginia. A new report released today by BVG Associates shows that Virginia’s key decisionmakers can help position the Commonwealth as a national leader in the growing U.S. offshore wind industry during the next decade. The “Vision for Virginia Offshore Wind” report points to the Commonwealth’s unique infrastructure and geographical advantages as keys to developing 2 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind – enough to power 500,000 homes – by 2028. The report comes on the heels of recent legislation setting a statewide goal of building 5 GW of renewable energy by 2028.
The Washington Post reports that Christine Blasey Ford has accepted the invitation from the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify. Dr. Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both teenagers. The details of this acceptance are not yet available. But the wording of the acceptance makes it seem likely that Dr. Ford will appear in person before the Judiciary panel. Committee chair Chuck Grassley had demanded an answer from Dr. Ford by this afternoon. Earlier today, Grassley staffer and Republican strategist Garrett Ventry resigned as head of communications for the Senate committee after it was revealed that he had been fired from a previous job over charges of sexual harassment. Blasey Ford and her family have been subject to death threats and right wing media attacks since she came forward to reveal her experience with Kavanaugh.
45 days remain until the November midterms • What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … Women are angry, by Susan Grigsby The ‘unthinkable’ may soon be inevitable: impeachment, removal, indictment and conviction, by Frank Vyan Walton Let's sharpen and embolden the progressive narrative (and the counter-narrative, too), by Egberto Willies Voting gender gap may become a chasm if GOP rams Kavanaugh in despite sexual assault allegation, by Sher Watts Spooner Brett Kavanaugh has no credibility, and Senate Republicans do not care, by Laurence Lewis Focus on 'winning' and 'losing' puts the country's best interests in the back seat, by Mark E Andersen When it comes to Hispanic Heritage Month, Trump is an incredible hypocrite, by Denise Oliver Velez Hurricane Florence won't stop Trump's march to undo Obama's environmental protections. Only we can, by Ian Reifowitz • Ruling it unconstitutional, federal judge temporarily blocks NC law barring farmworkers from joining unions. • FEMA stops paying for hotels of displaced Puerto Ricans, making some of them homeless: It’s been a year since Hurricane Maria upended Jennyfer Ortiz’s life. The single mother fled Puerto Rico with her two children after their house in the mountain town of Orocovis lost power. They have been using a government-funded program to pay for a hotel in the Bronx, but that ended last week, forcing Ortiz, her 20-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter into a homeless shelter. “Maria changed our lives—ruined our lives—and left us with nothing. After 18 hours of horror, we woke up the next day and had lost everything,” Ortiz said. The 46-year-old hasn’t been able to work since they’ve been in New York City—she has diabetes and hypertension, takes 14 medications a day and uses a walker. Her son works full time at a grocery store, but doesn’t make enough to pay for their own place. MIDDAY TWEET • Duke Energy downplays power plant dam breach at old coal ash dump: Flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence breached the dam in three places Friday at the L.V. Sutton Power Station in North Carolina. There were no environmental regulators at the site Friday or early Saturday. Duke officials said the breaches of the dam that held back water in 1,100-acre Sutton Lake do not pose danger of more flooding to nearby communities. They also said it was unclear whether toxic coal ash had been released into the Cape Fear River from the breaches. But Earthjustice, an advocacy group focused on legal remedies to environmental problems, noted that local activists known as riverkeepers are “pulling wildlife covered in coal ash out of the river” and posted a photo to prove it. The group said that’s not the only place ash may be spilling into waterways. The ash is the residue left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity. It typically contains mercury, lead, arsenic and other heavy metals. There are about 400,000 cubic yards of the stuff at the Sutton site. Duke has been fined in the past for coal ash spills, and made a $3 million clean-up settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency after a huge 2014 spill into the Dan River. But there are an estimated 110 million tons of coal ash in unlined pits around the state that Duke says will cost some $5 billion to excavate and move to new locations away from rivers and lakes • Octopuses dosed with “ecstasy” become more social in their interactions, just like humans: By studying the genome of a kind of octopus not known for its friendliness toward its peers, then testing its behavioral reaction to a popular mood-altering drug called MDMA or «ecstasy,» scientists say they have found preliminary evidence of an evolutionary link between the social behaviors of the sea creature and humans, species separated by 500 million years on the evolutionary tree. • Florida power company wants out of deal it made to buy nuclear-generated electricity as owners of uncompleted reactors ponder ending construction: The Jacksonville Electric Authority hopes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will decide it has authority help JEA get out of a 2008 agreement to buy electricity from the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia. Currently, two reactors are being built next to the two already operating on the site. The reactors, Westinghouse AP1000s that were meant, together with two in South Carolina, to be the leading edge of a revival of the U.S. nuclear power industry. The units are supposed to be modular, cookie-cutter designs that require much less time to build. But after delays and gigantic cost overruns, construction on the Carolina reactors was terminated when they was only 40 percent complete. The Vogtle nukes were originally estimated to cost $7.3 billion. But a multitude of problems have delayed the project and sent the estimated finished cost soaring to $27 billion. JEA’s concern is that it will be on the hook for as much as $3 billion. As a municipal utility, JEA is exempt from FERC rules, but it hopes to convince the agency that there’s no way the 10-year-old agreement would have been approved if the Feds had vetted it. On Monday, the co-owners of the Vogtle plant will vote on whether to pull the plug on the two new reactors, both about half completed. • 103-year-old last American survivor of 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo still telling his stories. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.”
I'm not a big fan of name calling and generally try to avoid leaning on it even when writing about things that are clearly outrageous. It feels intellectually lazy and there's usually more clever and even respectable ways to roast someone if you have the time and energy to devote to it. But just two days into watching the male-dominated GOP harass a woman who was clearly traumatized by an event she's been trying to forget for 30 years, I found myself writing lines like, «That’s just plain bullshit» as they tried to ram a hearing down the throat of the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh without even so much as consulting her. From the very moment Dr. Christine Blasey Ford attached her name to the sexual assault accusation swirling around Kavanaugh from when the two were in high school, the Republican response has been nothing short of repugnant. At first, their instinct was to try to brush past the revelation without even giving it a hearing, as if confirming a potential sexual abuser to sit on the highest court in the land without lifting a finger to investigate the claim was perfectly acceptable. But objections to that head-in-the-sand approach from just two of fully 51 GOP Senators—namely, Sens. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins—forced Republican leadership to at least make a show of trying to get more information on the incident that allegedly occurred in the 80s when Kavanaugh was 17 and Dr. Blasey Ford was 15. Naturally, Republicans set up the sham hearing like an ambush right from the start. On Monday evening, they announced the hearing would occur the following Monday without ever consulting Dr. Blasey Ford. They declined to hear from any other third-party witnesses even though Dr. Blasey Ford had placed a third person in the room, a friend of Kavanaugh's named Mark Judge. Republicans also declined to enlist the FBI to do what it does for all presidential nominees, an investigative background check, given the new information. In other words, they set up Dr. Blasey Ford to testify against Kavanaugh in a setting where he, as a political creature of Washington, would be at an incomprehensible advantage based on his familiarity with the setting, the players, the spotlight and the millennia of misogyny and sexism that would follow both witnesses into the room. Dr. Blasey Ford, who, again, hadn't been so much as been consulted on the timing, let alone the circumstances of the hearing, balked. Anyone with a brain, not to mention a 30-year-old history of trauma, would have. And any lawyer working in their client's best interests never in a million years would have let their client walk into that ambush. And when Dr. Blasey Ford blinked at the GOP's attempt to railroad her into an unfair, unsafe, and uninformed hearing, Republican men immediately felt emboldened and took the opportunity to skewer her integrity. And this is the point in the week in which I wanted to start name calling based on the inner rage I felt about the treatment of this sexual assault survivor, who originally wanted her story to remain confidential, got dragged into the spotlight, finally stepped bravely forward to attach her name to the allegation, then received death threats that forced her and her family to relocate from their home and contract with a private security firm for protection.
Taking aim at Trump and the newest alleged “p*ssy grabber” in his circle, Bill Maher eviscerated Brett Kavanaugh
Oil firm Surgutneftegas has joined a list of Russian energy companies that are ready to get rid of the US dollar in favor of the euro and other currencies in international settlements, Reuters reports. Read Full Article at RT.com
The Lepai LP2020TI stereo integrated amplifier and a pair of Dayton Audio B652 Air speakers dazzle the Audiophiliac.
Pichai says the idea that Google alters search results to favor a political agenda is «absolutely false.» He also says employees will be held accountable.
US citizens are joining up to save a few bucks on food, but when it concerns unity over affordable healthcare they call it socialism, says Max Keiser of Keiser Report. He thinks they are brainwashed by the mainstream media. Read Full Article at RT.com
He added that the state government was making continuous efforts to uplift the poor and implement welfare measures for them
If you really want a 1.6-liter V6 in your life, this is the only way to get it, unless you buy an actual Formula 1 car.
The picture is becoming clearer regarding the chronic oral pain condition known as Burning Mouth Syndrome, or BMS, which mainly affects women who are middle-aged and older.
Researchers are continuing to make remarkable progress with research focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Each year, fishermen harvest more than $500 million worth of Atlantic sea scallops from the waters off the east coast of the United States. A new model, however, predicts that those fisheries may potentially be in danger.
Engineering researchers report a method for spraying invisibly thin antennas, made from a type of two-dimensional, metallic material called MXene, that perform as well as those being used in mobile devices, wireless routers and portable transducers.
Most patients with type 2 diabetes are treated with a 'one-size-fits-all' protocol, but this approach can leave many cases inadequately managed. New work indicates that inherited genetic changes may underlie the variability seen among diabetes patients, with different physiological processes potentially leading to high blood sugar. This work represents a first step toward using genetics to identify subtypes of type 2 diabetes.
Fintech promises to be one of the hottest topics at Disrupt Berlin 2018, and you can take that to the bank — see what we did there? On 29-30 November thousands of attendees will descend on Berlin, and what better way to get your fintech business in front of them than to exhibit in Startup Alley? Oh […]
HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on the reopening of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after an eruption that caused widespread damage to infrastructure (all times local): 9 a.m. A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is preparing to require the Federal Aviation Administration to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes. The aim is to give passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The regulation of seat legroom and width is part of a five-year extension of federal ...
Is Assassination Nation any good? I think it’s very good, but it will definitely be divisive. What’s is it, exactly? The trailers are a bit… obtuse. A searing howl of pent-up adolescent rage […] The post MovieBob Review: ASSASSINATION NATION appeared first on Geek.com.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Authorities say they found the body of a Maryland hiker who went missing while he was celebrating his honeymoon on Molokai island. Maui County officials say 27-year-old Stephen Kramar's body was found Friday in an area called Pia Gulch, about a half-mile (805 meters) northeast of ...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls tourism group is scrambling to cover a $220,000 budget gap from a tax mix-up that went unnoticed for three years. The South Dakota Department of Revenue recently notified the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau that the organization has been receiving more ...
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) - A railroad project in Central Asia is apparently up in the air, with Turkmenistan saying that a Tajik envoy's statement apparently backtracking on the project is incomprehensible. Tajik Ambassador to Uzbekistan Imom Sodiq Ashourboyzoda said this week that his country has decided to indefinitely postpone building ...
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Baseball fans in Atlanta have waited to hear the magical words for five years. On Saturday, it finally happened.The Atlanta Braves clinched the N.L. East division on Saturday with their 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. After the final out was recorded, players and coaches rushed onto the field to celebrate the team’s first division title since 2013.Twitter also erupted with celebration and joy.
Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes and No. 2 Georgia had a defensive touchdown and returned a blocked punt for a score to beat Missouri 43-29 on Saturday
Braves clinch 1st NL East crown since 2013, top Phillies 5-3