Busy day ahead.
I'm going down to Mary and Jim's house today and will return with more news on the Colorado floods. In the Estes Park area, people had such wonderful mountain "cabins." Now there is no access, and it will be a long time before it gets back to the way it was, if it ever does. The press is doing an abysmal job of reporting on this tragedy.
And that's just in the U.S. Mexico has been hit by simultaneous storms: a tropical storm and a hurricane. Kyoto has been flooded in a typhoon. In addition to the under-reporting, no one in the mainstream media is discussing climate change in connection with these losses.
We have lost New Orleans as it was, the Jersey Shore as it was. I really regret never having been to New Orleans. I understand it's been turned into another Disney-inspired theme park for tourists.
Today the headlines are about another problem we have no will to solve: gun violence. But at least we have our stories ready: mental illness, gun availability, PTSD, tales of heroism, tearful relatives and survivors, calls for reform, investigations, teddy bears, flowers and a Scary Black Man. Perfect media fodder. It takes no brains at all to whip up a story around a tragedy like that. I was able to read nothing at all about the event, nor did I watch videos, and yet I know how it was covered. The headlines and photos in the Huff Post sufficed.The script is always the same.
Our Nation Magazine discussion group met on Sunday, and it went very well. Our last topic was inequality. We are all going to read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and be ready for a good discussion next month. I'm going to do research on the Hawaii prison system, comparing it to the California system as to rates of incarceration, poverty, race, type of crime and so on. On the mainland, most prisoners are African American; here they are local, which means racially and ethnically mixed. Pacific Islanders are also well represented among the imprisoned.
And this is a puzzle piece in helping to solve the problems of public schools today: Bobby Jindall has been lying, claiming that the New Orleans charter schools have better outcomes than the regular public schools. I can't find the article which reports on his speechifying about it, along with comments that refute every point he makes. We have to understand: These people lie. They make stuff up. They are in the pay of their puppet-masters. You can't believe a word they say!
Well: off to Mary's!
P.S. The flooding is getting more coverage now, but there does not seem to be any major news source willing to tie this to climate change. It will take a few more of these disasters, I guess, before the global warming deniers back off, but it probably already is too late to stop the looming catastrophe that awaits many. May we and ours be lucky!
More: From Toni, of Sailing Down the Road, who visited Jim in Estes Park before the flood:
From the pictures I have seen on line there is little left in the surrounding areas. The road from Drake through the canyon, the bridges we crossed, the RV place I stayed and the communities of Estes Park and Drake and many others are gone, marooned or under water. The road to Jim's property on storm mountain has washed out in many places and his neighbor's that have not gotten out are stranded. Rescue efforts are underway with helicopters but decisions have to be made. Leave homes plus horses, dogs, farm animals to starve through the winter, or stay behind and be cut off from everything. These are hardy people but this is a test of endurance that is beyond comprehension. Hattie's Blog made the observation that this is 'Colorado's New Orleans'. How true.