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Leid Stories—Trump Shows No Interest, Leadership in Puerto Rico’s Humanitarian Disaster—09.26.17

Taking only a few moments away from his catalog of NFL tweets, President Donald Trump finally got around to responding to the massive humanitarian crisis unfolding in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria shredded the island Sept. 20. In an 8:45 p.m. tweet last night, Trump responded to the humanitarian crisis affecting Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million people. “… It’s an old electrical grid, …

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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 09.14.17

NUKE POWER & NATURAL DISASTERS have become intensely important in the wake of HURRICANES HARVEY & IRMA. We are joined by radio commentator LIBBE HALEVY and long-time activist/experts PAUL GUNTER & KEVIN KAMPS of Beyond Nuclear. The terrifying realities of the hurricanes the swept through Texas and Florida have made it clear there is no way to evacuate from massive …

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Leid Stories—Trump Slow on Hurricane Harvey, but Right on Time with Storms of His Own—08.28.17

As Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to a storm, was wreaking havoc across the Texas gulf coast over the weekend, President Trump was planning firestorms of his own in the White House. Leid Stories discusses a few storms Trump plans to whip up on Monday. Download this episode (right click and save)  

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Rob Verchick – Our Energy Grid Is Incredibly Vulnerable

When I dream about Hurricane Katrina (and I still do), it always starts with the refrigerators. Kenmore, GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Amana. Hundreds of thousands of these abandoned appliances stood duct-taped shut on the curbs and yards of homes throughout New Orleans. Many were spray-painted with whimsical or forbidding messages. “Funky. Not in a good way.” “Free Beer and Maggots.” “Smells …

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Mark A. Kastel – Most ‘Organic’ Eggs You Buy Are Far From Organic

There’s a growing divide in organic food and agriculture. Consumers hungry for nutritionally superior food that has been ethically produced are the target of giant factory farms that have muscled into organic agriculture. Their emergence and rapid growth is challenging family farm operators who have traditionally helped nurture and grow the popular organic sector. Nowhere is this divide more apparent …

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Matt Taibbi – Why the Banks Should Be Broken Up

Paul Krugman wrote an op-ed in the New York Times today called “Sanders Over the Edge.” He’s been doing a lot of shovel work for the Hillary Clinton campaign lately, which is his right of course. The piece eventually devolves into a criticism of the character of Bernie Sanders, but it’s his take on the causes of the ’08 crash that really …

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Drilling-Induced ‘Frackquakes’ Threatening Millions Across Central US

Oil and gas drilling has made parts of the central United States as dangerous as the most earthquake-prone regions of California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), exposing millions of people to the risk of human-induced earthquakes, known as “frackquakes.” According to new maps released on Monday by the USGS, roughly 7 million people who live and work in parts of …

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Andrew Cockburn – Monsanto, glyphosate, and the war on invasive species

On a Friday evening in January, a thousand people at the annual California Native Plant Society conference in San Jose settled down to a banquet and a keynote speech delivered by an environmental historian named Jared Farmer. His chosen topic was the eucalyptus tree and its role in California’s ecology and history. The address did not go well. Eucalyptus is …

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Nadia Prupis – State of Emergency Declared as Wildfires Create ‘Unprecedented Cataclysm’ in Washington

Three firefighters were killed this week and President Barack Obama on Friday issued an emergency order over wildfires raging through central Washington state. Emergency workers from Australia and New Zealand have been flown in to help the crews currently fighting blazes in five states, including Washington, California, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon. The damage has hit hundreds of thousands of acres …

State of Disaster – Robert Reich

As extreme weather marked by tornadoes and flooding continues to sweep across Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has requested – and President Obama has granted – federal help. I don’t begrudge Texas billions of dollars in disaster relief. After all, we’re all part of America. When some of us are in need, we all have a duty to respond. But the …