Storm surge built up over of several days, starting when #florence was a cat 4 or strong cat 3 storm. That "baked in” the roughly-10ft storm surge from Cape Hatteras to Myrtle Beach, NC.
@MichaelEMann at gu.com/p/9ckb6/stw
Because warmer oceans mean more moisture in the atmosphere, "for each 1C of warming, there is about 7% more moisture in the air". #florencehurricane is generating about 10% more rainfall due to 1.5C-above-normal temps, increasing risk of additional inland flooding.
The destructive potential of a hurricane is the cube of wind speed. (News to me.) #florencehurricane had a 11% increase in wind speed due to warm water; that's a 33% increase in destructive potential.
Florence "is a warning of what has already arrived. Far worse is to come if we don’t get serious, in a hurry, about acting on climate change."
@MichaelEMann in @guardian
Complementary reporting from @borenbears from Thursday

“We have solid data across decades of rainfall records to nail the attribution — climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme rainfall events,” Georgia Tech climate scientist Kim Cobb
apnews.com/47d8e0bf053542…
With the advent of #florence, for four years running some US community "has been drenched because of a stalled hurricane," Hal Needham.

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Oct 8, 2018
Brand new Texas group sues Harvard and NYU Law Reviews this weekend claiming reverse discrimination. Lawyer on case: Trump nominee

Harvard filed Sat. NYU on Sun.

Timing a coincidence? I think not.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Story also @ law.com (paywall)
Complainant : Texas-based ‘Faculty, Alumni and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences’

From @Bloomberg- goal to “restore meritocracy at American universities by eliminating the use of race and sex preferences.”

Frivolous suit: no individuals named as having been harmed
Brand new group: web site created Saturday. Coincidence? Doubtful.

fasorp.org
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Dear @resistbot developers

STOP asking for DOB which you are linking to first and last names and phone over insecure SMS.

I’m stunned. This is the sort of info we opposed Trump’s gathering en masse last year.

#justSayNo to today’s ask about being registered to vote.
Reminder that @resistbot org fails basic transparency test on “about” page.

Resist.bot/about

Nothing about how they manage your data, protect your #privacy , who is advisory board, who makes decisions, etc. #Opaque.
You can find two names buried near the bottom of long, densely-packed about page. No details/links.
Via Google search:
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Sep 29, 2018
“In a 2014 address to Yale Law students, [Kavanaugh] recalled a night of ‘group chugs’ in Boston that ended with his group “falling out of the bus onto the front steps of Yale Law School at about 4:45 a.m.”
nytimes.com/2018/09/28/us/…
Drinking to excess is not synonymous with blacking out (having memory gaps). Kavanaugh implied the former by denying the latter.
Kavanaugh claimed it was “legal to drink” in his senior year. Not true. The legal drinking age in Maryland had been raised to 21 before he turned 18. And 1982, the summer in question, was the summer BEFORE his senior year. He turned 18 in 1983.
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Plan in place in S Africa and UK by a CANADIAN company. John Hancock is not US-owned.

Welcome to global rule by capitalists.

Example of news-release-“reporting” or zero curiosity on the part of the writer.
#privacy #elitism #dataBreachRisk reuters.com/article/us-man…
Do you want ANY corporation monitoring your whereabouts and behavior 24x7? Hell no.

And a reminder that “insurance” wasn’t created to help the most secure/fit. Franklin’s vision: to spread risk throughout a community.

h/t @MrAlanCooper
Insurance as envisioned by Benjamin Franklin was the opposite of individualism (an American myth with long legs).
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Lost in the fevered GOP rhetoric that there is a proverbial time-bomb counting down on the Kavanaugh nomination:

In 2016, some in the GOP said they’d not let Clinton appoint a SCOTUS justice.
h/t @KevinMKruse

pbs.org/newshour/polit…
These “omg we have to vote now else democracy is lost” hypocrites held open a SCOTUS justice seat for ONE YEAR AND 53 DAYS because they did not want the country’s first black president to make that appointment.

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The GOP rhetoric is classic 1984-doublespeak (AKA bullsh*t).

CLAIM: The FBI does not investigate charges like those made by Dr. Blasey.

FACT: the FBI investigated Anita Hill’s allegation.

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"In the face of warnings that climate change was making" storms like Florence "more common" NC created an 'insurer of last resort' and "has written policies for thousands of coastal properties worth tens of billions of dollars." #NoFederalBailOutForNC
propublica.org/article/hurric…
Why did the NC politicians do this?
Because "nationally known insurance companies pulled out of the state’s coastal communities". You know, they assessed the risk and said 'hell no.'
State Farm stopped writing new homeowner policies for houses within a mile of the ocean in 2006. By the end of 2008, Farmers Insurance and Encompass Insurance joined SF.
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