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'This Is Historic': US Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to End Complicity in World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis
USA Senate vote reasserts congressional authority over war-making, one step in process to ending US support for Saudi-Yemen war
Yemen  saudiarabia  MiddleEast  Q1  2019  senate  usa  war  power  vote  support  humanitarian  disaster 
6 days ago by csrollyson
Normalization of Deviance
"Your system not breaking doesn’t mean it works and is a solid design."
design  nasa  failure  disaster  engineering  psychology 
7 days ago by mbrubeck
Alabama tornadoes: Trump vows 'A plus treatment' for Alabama, but not California or Puerto Rico - The Washington Post
After the deadliest outbreak of tornadoes in years swept through the South, killing more than 20 people and wreaking devastation in Alabama, President Trump promised on Twitter that the disaster relief would be swift, the best his administration could muster — “A Plus treatment” for a state in dire need.
“FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes,” Trump wrote Monday, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s relief efforts.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who said she spoke to Trump, thanked him for the support.
But elsewhere — in corners of the country also hard-hit by natural catastrophes — some leaders may have privately wondered: What about us?
Trump’s enthusiastic assurance that Alabama would get top-flight help contrasts sharply with his barbed rhetoric following horrific wildfires in California and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, when he repeatedly threatened to cut off federal aid and picked fights with local politicians, in one instance calling the mayor of San Juan “totally incompetent."
gov2.0  politics  trump  state  disaster  SMH  emergency 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Trump Vows 'A-Plus Treatment' for Alabama
One more item on the state of Trump’s kakistocracy. Reis Thebault, writing for The Washington Post:
“FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes,” Trump wrote Monday, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s relief efforts. […]
Trump’s enthusiastic assurance that Alabama would get top-flight help contrasts sharply with his barbed rhetoric following horrific wildfires in California and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, when he repeatedly threatened to cut off federal aid and picked fights with local politicians, in one instance calling the mayor of San Juan “totally incompetent.”
The difference between Alabama and Puerto Rico and California, the president’s critics say, is obvious.
“The president really treats differently those people who have supported him in the past and those people who haven’t,” Brian Ott, a rhetoric professor at Texas Tech University, told The Washington Post. “Not all lives are equal in the eyes of the president. … The lives of red states matter, and the lives of blue states don’t.”
It’s one outrage after another with this administration, I know. A non-stop barrage on our collective sense of normalcy and decency. But it’s worth taking a moment here to ponder just how morally bankrupt Trump is to see emergency disaster relief as a reward to be doled out based on his perceived political support among those affected.
gov2.0  politics  trump  state  disaster  SMH  daring_fireball  emergency 
8 days ago by rgl7194
A Hazardous Waste: An Overview of ICL’s Failed SAP Implementation
"While there is no magic bullet for preventing an IT disaster, understanding why major transformational programs fail is a great first step"
system  integrators  chemical  industry  chemicals  failed  erp  implementation  ibm  lawsuit  it  disaster  sap 
12 days ago by jonerp
Amid Climate Change, FEMA And Government Aid Widen Wealth Inequality : NPR
"But an NPR investigation has found that across the country, white Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal dollars after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth. Federal aid isn't necessarily allocated to those who need it most; it's allocated according to cost-benefit calculations meant to minimize taxpayer risk.

Put another way, after a disaster, rich people get richer and poor people get poorer. And federal disaster spending appears to exacerbate that wealth inequality"
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""We see these same patterns of wealth inequality being exacerbated in communities that receive more FEMA aid," explains sociologist Junia Howell of the University of Pittsburgh. Howell and Elliott have published multiple studies that find a pattern in who wins and who loses after floods and other disasters: Rich people get richer after a storm, and poor people get poorer.

"That's particularly true along racial lines, along lines of education, as well as homeownership versus renting," explains Howell. And rather than mitigating the inequity, federal aid exacerbates it, in part because of the biases Payton has noticed that are baked into how federal money is distributed."
climatechange  government  wealth  poverty  FEMA  HUD  inequality  disaster  floods 
13 days ago by conner
4 Steps In The Content Cleaning Process After A Home Disaster
The content cleaning process is an important time after a home disaster, as it involves restoring your personal belongings and possessions you hold near and dear to your heart. Learn more about four steps in the content cleaning process after a home emergency.
home  disaster  cleaning  restoration 
14 days ago by Adventure_Web
Water Damage Dangers and Repair for Homes and Businesses - Tulsa
Knowing the dangers of water damage and the areas of concern for homes and buildings. Disaster restoration services in Tulsa with Reset Restoration.
Water  Damage  tulsa  restoration  flood  repair  frozen  pipe  disaster  cleanup 
16 days ago by LocalBusiness

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