Monthly Archives: April 2011

We are not the DUTCH!

The Dutch lead the world in reclaiming land from the sea. There is no doubt they lead the world in engineering against flood damage. Since the 1953 event when the North Sea inundated significant portions of Dutch territory they efforts … Continue reading

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Spring Floods May Set Some Records!

The snow pack was heavy in the Sierras and Rockies this winter. Also northern plains. So here is the best recent take on current flood events that I could find: Looking like this long notice event [ posted on … Continue reading

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Juliette Kayyem et al REDUX!

Today giving a heads up and reposting from my friend Arnold Bogis’ post today on! Home About Contributors Contact April 28, 2011 Event Alert: OIL SPILLS, EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS & MELTDOWNS: Acting In Time Against the Next Disaster Filed under: … Continue reading

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An Unhappy Ending–HUD?

Disclosure:  I became an employee of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 1st, 1974 and departed to join FEMA on September 10th, 1979! During those years I worked on FIA issues [Federal Insurance Adminstration], FDAA issues [Federal … Continue reading

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Well good chance this 2011 tornado season will be the historic highpoint for that troubling natural phenomenon in the USA. From Wikipedia: Tornado From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Redirected from Tornadoes) This article is about the weather phenomenon. For other … Continue reading

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Some Idle Speculation!

Okay here goes!  By Labor Day [not Memorial Day] the following events will have occurred forcing speculation about what has been accomplished since 9/11/01 and the prospects for the Obama Administration should they get a second term!  No insider knowledge … Continue reading

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TERRORISM Defined or Not?

The US Code with its 50 Titles [Title 18 being the Criminal Code] has over 100 definitions of terrorism or relating to it. The UN still is struggling to define it!  See Almost 10 Years After 9/11, U.N. Still Grappling … Continue reading

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Carol Browner–A Success or A Failure?

Carol Browner has joined the Center For American Progress, the Democratic effort to offset the American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation. The CAP news release: Here is the full CAP release: Carol M. Browner Joins the Center for American Progress … Continue reading

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BP Catastrophe–Legal Redux or Pas de Du[e]x or Trois or ?

Well the one year mark since the catastrophe passes. BP has through US tax code and its credits and deduction largely shifted its first year costs to the US taxpayer. And with BP filing suits and cross-claims against other entities … Continue reading

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One of the purposes of this second blog is to put HS and EM in context world wide. So here is an interesting take on the world’s economic situation: Actually I plead ignorance on most economic analysis and for … Continue reading

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