France 24 debate on Harvey

I was on the France 24 debate in which I condemned intensive building in flood plains and the lack of action since Ike. The Federal government refuses to finance the Army Corps of Engineers to carry out a study, bascially going over two studies already done by scientists and scholastics and choosing the best solution. Harvey was just the shot across the bow. If Ike had landed 30 miles further West in 2008, there would have been thousands of dead and the country’s economy wold have come to a stand still. You can watch the debate  here.

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Middle East, The Press and The Insane Framing

The Israelis say Syria paid protesters to go to the Golan Sunday to protest the ongoing Israeli occupation of the heights as if this justifies using live fire against unarmed demonstrators in which as many as 25 people were killed and 350 wounded.  That the accusation rather than the killings gets the lede is insane.

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Libya/Ivory Coast: Narrow Framing and Poor Journalism

It is amazing to see how those in the mainstream press simply ignore anybody who leaves the ‘official frame’ set by the ‘respected authorities’. The limits of debate are narrow and ‘official speak’ is full of new euphemisms and phraseology with meaningless content destined to join ‘collateral damage’ in the dustbin of used spin. Let us look at some examples. Continue reading →