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The Flooding Continues

While the major flooding has passed and people are trying to clean up and restart their lives, the weather begins a fresh assault: Severe storms lash flood-weary Queensland.

A series of fronts with severe thunderstorms, heavy rains, hail, and damaging winds are passing over areas that have been covered in mud by the flooding rivers.

Meanwhile the Victorian flood threat shifts downstream.

The crest of the flood is like a wave in the river that is making its way downstream. When the levees and weirs hold the water bypasses and continues moving South to the next town on the river. Victoria had been experiencing a decade-long drought in some areas, but this is not the way to end it. Without the vegetation to hold the moisture, the water will erode the land and steal the topsoil.

Because of their levees, Towns isolated as floods swamp Victoria. The towns may have limited the water in their buildings, but they can’t protect the roads and rail lines, so they have to wait for supplies.

The floods have generated a lot of volunteerism in Australia, strangers showing up to help people shovel out and clean up, and projects like Baked Relief.

January 19, 2011   4 Comments

Another Waste Of Time And Money

CNN has the report from the Congressional playground:

The bill, dubbed the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” passed 245-189. Three Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus on the vote.

… Reps. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Mike Ross of Arkansas cast their lot with the Republicans.

A lot of name calling and hissy fits serving no purpose other than campaign literature for people who won’t read it, and no one will remember that this happened in a month.

If they don’t start working on doing something about the lack of jobs, many of these “children” will find themselves in the unemployment line in two years.

January 19, 2011   6 Comments