November 17th, 2018

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Part of Migrant Caravan Reaches Tijuana

Part of Migrant Caravan Reaches Tijuana

TIJUANA, Mexico — Exhausted migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers napped on mattresses in a converted municipal gymnasium, while men played soccer and exchanged banter on a crowded, adjoining courtyard. A woman dabbed her crying, naked toddler with a moist cloth.

Nearly 2,000 caravan migrants had reached the U.S. border in Mexico’s northwestern corner by Thursday, with more coming in a steady trickle of buses. The city of Tijuana, with its privately run shelters operating well above their capacity of 700, opened the gymnasium and gated sport complex for up to 1,000 migrants, with a potential to expand to 3,000.

With U.S. border inspectors processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at the main border crossing with San Diego, prospects grew that migrants would be stuck waiting in Tijuana for months.

Francisco Rueda, the top deputy to Baja California state Gov. Francisco Vega de la Madrid, said about 1,750 migrants from the caravan had reached Tijuana so far.

“This is not a crisis,” he told reporters, though he agreed that “this is an extraordinary situation.”

Rueda said the state has 7,000 jobs available for its “Central American migrant brothers” who obtain legal residence status in Mexico.

Read more at TRUTH DIG

NOTE: Funny how they were hundreds of miles away, and now they have come all the way to Tijuana - for jobs in, um, Mexico?  Funny how the orginal lie from Alex Jones of up to 10,000 turns out to be the actual truth. So, add thousands of these these hungry, idle people to the homeless now displaced by wildfires - all being refugees of climate change in one way or another - and where will California put them? In San Francisco, maybe, with its crowd of legacy homeless, under the smoke of the still smouldering fires? See, this is what happens when idealists like Big Tech imagine and promise a wonderful future, and demand humanity for the poor, and yet, when it comes to the reality of blowback, they retreat into their shells, bunkers and creature-comfort gossip chambers.

Migrants, refugees, immigration - these are going to be massive problems for the cooler countries in the north, because of climate change and the wars and famines and politics that emerge out of it. It has to be dealt with realistically and by freaking grown ups. I don't see any grown ups, left or right.
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Americans Are Moving Closer to Nature, and Into Fire Zones

Americans Are Moving Closer to Nature, and Into Fire Zones

More people in California and other states are living in areas known as the wildland-urban interface. Wildfires in those zones pose the greatest risk.

NOTE: Sounds like bad management to me.

The title might also be phrased: Global Warming Moving Closer to Urbanizing Areas.

Superman would have saved us by now but I heard his Ice Palace melted.

And God appears to be turning a blind eye to Hell on Earth.

Our only hope is that ants evolve fast enough to save us.
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The Egregious Lie Americans Tell Themselves

The Egregious Lie Americans Tell Themselves

In September 2016, the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh caught on fire. Originally built in 1928 and last renovated in 1982, the bridge carries more than 50,000 vehicles a day and serves as a main commuter link between the city’s central business district and its populous southern suburbs. Long in a state of questionable repair, it had been an object of particular concern after the spectacular and deadly collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis in 2007. Pennsylvania had—and still has—one of the highest percentages of “structurally deficient” bridges in the nation, and the prospect of a failure of the Liberty Bridge, whose main span is nearly 45 feet above the Monongahela River, was terrifying to contemplate.

Nevertheless, it took six years after the I-35W disaster for Pennsylvania’s perennially Republican state legislature to pass a transportation spending bill to free up repair funds. In the interim, increasingly drastic weight restrictions had been imposed in order to prevent, or at least mitigate against, a Liberty Bridge failure or collapse.

Even after legislative approval, funding delays pushed the start of the project to 2015, and it was expected to last 30 months. The blaze that engulfed the bridge burned so hot it buckled one of the main support beams, and an investigation determined that the contractor had failed to follow proper fire safety protocols. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined it several thousand dollars. It faced a more substantial penalty of $3 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, but then the PennDOT decided to simply waive the fine.

There’s a verbal tic particular to a certain kind of response to a certain kind of story about the thinness and desperation of American society; about the person who died of preventable illness or the Kickstarter campaign to help another who can’t afford their cancer treatment even with “good” insurance; about the plight of the homeless or the lack of resources for the rural poor; about underpaid teachers spending thousands of dollars of their own money for the most basic classroom supplies; about train derailments, the ruination of the New York subway system and the decrepit states of our airports and ports of entry.

“I can’t believe in the richest country in the world …”

See imortant article at THINK PROGRESS