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Archive for November 19th, 2009

Honduras Coup, Act V, Day 30

Posted by Charles II on November 19, 2009

Free and Fair Elections, State Department Style

Free and fair elections, Honduras style

From Quotha.

Light posting today.

Channel 36: Micheletti takes a vacation from Nov. 25-Dec. 2 in the hope that this will legitimize the election.

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Guess What? Kyoto Works.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 19, 2009

It’s doing what it was designed to do –cut carbon emissions rather dramatically:

According to new data from the European Environment Agency (EEA), all of the EU-15 members except Austria are now on track to exceed their Kyoto obligations. In fact, the group as a whole will likely slash emissions more than 13 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

And guess what? The signatories aren’t in the economic toilet as a result. (Or if they are in the economic toilet, it’s not because of Kyoto.)

Your good news dose for the day.

Posted in energy, environment, global warming, Good Things | 1 Comment »

Way to go, A.C.E.: NOLA Plaintiffs Win Katrina Case

Posted by Charles II on November 19, 2009

Mark Schleifstein, New Orleans Times-Picayune

In a groundbreaking decision, a federal judge ruled late Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers’ mismanagement of maintenance at the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet was directly responsible for flood damage in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina.

“The failure of the Corps to recognize the destruction that the MRGO had caused and the potential hazard that it created is clearly negligent on the part of the Corps,” said U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. in his ruling. “Furthermore, the Corps not only knew, but admitted by 1988, that the MRGO threatened human life … and yet it did not act in time to prevent the catastrophic disaster that ensued with the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina.”

“The Corps’ lassitude and failure to fulfill its duties resulted in a catastrophic loss of human life and property in unprecedented proportions,” Duval wrote….

Duval’s 156-page decision could result in the federal government paying $700,000 in damages to three people and a business in those areas, but also sets the stage for judgments worth billions of dollars against the government for damages suffered by as many as 100,000 other residents, businesses and local governments in those areas who filed claims with the corps after Katrina.

Duval ruled, however, that WDSU-TV anchor Norman Robinson and his wife were not entitled to damages because the corps’ dredging of the MR-GO did not affect the levee system that protects eastern New Orleans from hurricane storm surge.

Posted in Good Things, judicial rulings, New Orleans | 1 Comment »

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