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Special Project | Hurricane Harvey, Week Ending September 2, 2017

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  • Hurricane Harvey is yet another deadly reminder that Nature Bats Clean-Up and will not let homo sapiens off the hook for letting its capitalist “elite” drive global temperature to deadly extremes with excessive carbon emissions that are a direct consequence of modern capitalism’s lethal addiction to endless accumulation, commodification, and quantitative “growth.”
  • 6 New Items Including:
  1. Boomtown, Flood Town
  2. Did Overdevelopment Make Flooding in Houston Worse?
  3. For years, engineers have warned that Houston was a flood disaster in the making. Why didn't somebody do something?
  4. Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like
  5. We've Failed Houston Because We've Failed Our Democracy
  6. Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Week Ending September 2, 2017, 6 New Items including:

1. Boomtown, Flood Town, Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune and Reveal; Kiah Collier for The Texas Tribune; and Al Shaw for ProPublica

https://pp-projects-static.s3.amazonaws.com/houston-cypress/assets/_photos/anderson-aerial-380-007aed78965cc91d69b5071e6c0a82d5.jpg An aerial shot of downtown Houston during the "Tax Day Flood" in April. (Jordan Anderson/DoubleHorn Photography)

  • Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.
  • This is part of a series on Houston's flood risk. Read about why Texas isn't ready for the next big hurricane.

2. Did Overdevelopment Make Flooding in Houston Worse? Mary Mazzoni, AlterNet
As residents recover from Harvey, some experts wonder if the disastrous flooding could've been mitigated.

3. For years, engineers have warned that Houston was a flood disaster in the making. Why didn't somebody do something? Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles (CA) Times
“Houston is excessively developed,” (Robert Gilbert, a University of Texas at Austin civil engineer) said. “It has 6 million people with lots of concrete and lots of people in harm’s way.”

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4. Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like, Eric Holthaus, Politico
It’s time to open our eyes and prepare for the world that’s coming.

5. We've Failed Houston Because We've Failed Our Democracy, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Magazine
We have given up on citizenship, and on our political commonwealth.

6. Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic, Paul Street, Counterpunch 
Hurricane Harvey is yet another deadly reminder that Nature Bats Clean-Up and will not let homo sapiens off the hook for letting its capitalist “elite” drive global temperature to deadly extremes with excessive carbon emissions that are a direct consequence of modern capitalism’s lethal addiction to endless accumulation, commodification, and quantitative “growth.”
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Boomtown, Flood Town

 

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  • Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.
  • This is part of a series on Houston's flood risk. Read about why Texas isn't ready for the next big hurricane.

Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune and Reveal; Kiah Collier for The Texas Tribune; and Al Shaw for ProPublica

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December 7, 2016 | For the third time in eight years, water gushed into Virginia Hammond’s northwest Houston home.

It was 2 a.m. on April 18. Over the next several hours, her two granddaughters — ages 12 and 15 — perched on tables, scared to put their feet in the dark gray floodwater rising below them. It nearly topped 3 feet.
“They couldn’t get in the beds because the beds were wet. They couldn’t go to the bathroom because the water was over the toilet bowl,” Hammond recalled.

“We were in there, well, trapped.”

This story was written and reported by Neena Satija of The Texas Tribune and Reveal and Kiah Collier of The Texas Tribune. Data reporting, maps and design by Al Shaw of ProPublica.

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Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty?

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  • Fighting back against the right’s politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy.
  • It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.
  • Related: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

Henry Giroux, Rise Up Times / Salon / Moyers & Company

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Demonstration%20for%20Single-Payer%20Health%20Care_0.jpg  July 11, 2017 | The health care reform bills proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate have generated heated discussions across a vast ideological and political spectrum. On the right, senators such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have endorsed a new level of cruelty — one that has a long history among the radical right — by arguing that the current Senate bill does not cut enough social services and provisions for the poor, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups and needs to be even more friendly to corporate interests by providing massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Among right-wing pundits, the message is similar. For instance, Fox News commentator Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, in a discussion about the Senate bill, stated without apparent irony that rising public concerns over the suffering, misery and death that would result from this policy bordered on “hysteria” since “we are all going to die anyway.” Montgomery’s ignorance about the relationship between access to health care and lower mortality rates is about more than ignorance. It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University.

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Related:

There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care, Geoff Coventry, Other Words 

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  • A fully privatized system can never adequately provision the nation.
  • Related: Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."


 

Special Report | New Economic Perspectives: Universal Basic Income Needed, Not Our Charity

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  • Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'
    • Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."
  • Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity
    • Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.
  • Related: Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I

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Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'

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Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."

Andrea Germano, Common Dreams
 
Friday, August 11, 2017 | As some tech giants throw their weight behind the idea of a universal basic income, one anthropologist says it's a key component of a strategy to break the "addiction to economic growth [that] is killing us" and the planet.

Offering his views this week on BBC's "Viewsnight," Jason Hickel, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and author of books including The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, says "we can't have infinite growth on a finite planet."

That argument—which others have made as well—should be clear by evidence of the "climate change, deforestation, and rapid rates of extinction" taking hold, he says.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity

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Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.

Colleen Kimmett, The Walrus

Jul. 6, 2017 | utritionist and food-security expert Valerie Tarasuk recalls the meeting, early on in a five-year-long research project, when she and her fellow researchers reached the point of mind-numbing exhaustion that made civil discourse nearly impossible. It had become clear to them that the way Canadians talked about the prevalence of hunger—mostly framed in terms of food bank use—was missing the point. They needed some way to communicate the severity of the problem as they saw it. But would the public pay any attention to a purely descriptive report based on data gleaned from the “bowels of Stats Canada”?

The answer, it turned out, was yes.

Colleen Kimmett is a writer based in Montreal. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera America, and The Development Set.

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Related:

Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I, Maya Lehmann, Daily Work 

  • Like me, I hope this poem will make you think more deeply about the strengths of, and challenges faced by, people experiencing poverty.
  • Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

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