Rising Sea Levels Are Bigger Threat to California Than Wildfires
US News

RESEARCHERS SAY THE combination of sea level rise and storms in California has the potential to displace more than half a million people and cost $150 billion by the end of the century, according to a study published Wednesday.
Though sea level rise is a gradual process (with a 2-meter rise expected by 2100), scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey explained that, when combined with storms, erosion and other consequences of climate change, the coastal impacts are greatly accelerated.
According to the study, published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, 600,000 people and more than $150 billion in property could be impacted if a 100-year storm (a storm with a 1 percent chance of occuring) were to hit the state. This is seven times the exposed population and property cost when considering sea level rise alone, the researchers note.


Native American tribe donates $184,000 to cover funeral costs of people who died in Alabama tornadoes
ABC News

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris reached out to the tribe for financial aid in the aftermath of the tornadoes. Beauregard, a small town within Lee County, was torn apart by two tornadoes on March 3.

Initially, the tribe had agreed to donate $50,000, but Harris said it wasn’t enough, Harris told ABC News.

“[The tribe] said, ‘Tell us what it would take to cover all of it,’” Harris told ABC News. “I told them [$184,000] and they said, ‘Fine.'”

Number of older renters spikes in US cities
Voice of America

Carmen Perry decided to rent rather than buy immediately after she divorced her husband and sold the family home. The 67-year-old realtor sees definite advantages to living in a space owned by someone else.

Perry is not alone among older Americans who are opting out of buying. The number of renters over the age of 60 jumped 43 percent in large American cities between 2000 and 2017, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data.

‘Like a ghost town’: how short-term rentals dim New Orleans’ legacy
The Guardian

New Orleans’ Treme is regarded as the nation’s oldest AfricanAmerican neighborhood, but some of its residents, like Darryl Durham, now say that legacy is fading quickly.In recent years, short-term rentals with companies such as Airbnb proliferated and now operate on about 45% of the Historic Faubourg Treme District’s parcels. Resulting rent rises and property taxes stemming from that have forced out many black families and residents, said Durham, a musician who has lived there since 2006.

Now Treme moves in an unnatural rhythm. For about half of each week, the number of tourists drops and many blocks are “like a ghost town”, Durham said. Each Thursday, the tourists return, filling hundreds of units. Suddenly, Treme is alive with groups of drunk, mostly white college-aged kids, Durham said. There are loud parties, overflowing garbage cans and countless other issues “grating” on remaining residents, he added.

Treme isn’t an isolated case. Short-term rentals are so concentrated in Bywater, Marigny and other neighborhoods around the French Quarter that some residents and longtime homeowners are finding investors have effectively converted their blocks into hotels.

The number of Airbnbs citywide spiked from 1,905 to 6,508 between 2015 and December 2018, according to the watchdog website Inside Airbnb. Of that figure, 85% are owned by investors, some of whom live as far away as San Francisco or New York City.


Judge adds 3.5 years to Manafort sentence …
… new charges filed in NY
AP/Stars & Stripes

Manafort, 69, who arrived in court in a wheelchair, (ah, yes) said he was the primary caregiver of his wife and wanted the chance for them to resume their life together.

“She needs me and I need her. I ask you to think of this and our need for each other as you deliberate,” Manafort said. “This case has taken everything from me already — my properties, my cash, my life insurance, my trust accounts for my children and my grandchildren, and more.”

Trump to Chief of Staff: ‘Get Rid of My Kids’ Who Didn’t ‘Play the Game,’ Book Claims — as WH Dismisses ‘Fiction’

“Get rid of my kids; get them back to New York,” Trump told John Kelly, then his newly installed chief of staff, according to Vicky Ward’s Kushner Inc. Ward’s book will be published next week and, she writes, is based on some 220 interviews — most of them anonymous. (Hmm.)

Ward writes that Trump felt his kids “didn’t know how to play the game,” referring to what he saw as inept attempts at public relations, inevitably resulting in negative headlines.

and more importantly from the WH via NPR:

The Trump administration is seeking to close nearly two dozen U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field offices around the world in a move it estimates would save millions per year. But critics argue the closures will further slow refugee processing, family reunification petitions and military citizenship applications.

Trump’s Lower-Court Judges Are Dismantling Roe v. Wade One Ruling at a Time

That is precisely what the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did on Tuesday, permitting Ohio to defund Planned Parenthood by proclaiming that there is no “Fourteenth Amendment right to perform abortions.” The court’s threadbare reasoning ignores controlling Supreme Court precedent and disregards the impact of Ohio’s crusade against abortion providers on women. But that doesn’t matter to the majority, which includes all four President Donald Trump appointees who participated in the case.

NASA: First person on Mars “likely” to be female

… though it’s not yet clear why he thinks that … fewer than a third of NASA’s active astronauts are female…. possible it’s a meaningless bit of PR flummery and a warm-and-fuzzy PC signal.

Calif. gov: No more executions …
… defies voters …
… 737 inmates on death row
Sacto Bee

His action comes three years after California voters rejected an initiative to end the death penalty, instead passing a measure to speed up executions.

Thanks, FBI … but admission to elite colleges
has been “rigged” for a long time
The Guardian

But here’s the thing: the whole system is “rigged” in favor of more affluent parents. It is true that the conversion of wealth into a desirable college seat was especially egregious in this case – to the extent that it was actually illegal. But there are countless ways that students are robbed of a “fair shot” if they are not lucky enough to be born to well-resourced, well-connected parents.
<> The real college admissions scandal is what’s legal
If we are going to continue to publicly fund higher education, taxpayers might rightly ask whether institutions that receive federal dollars should be permitted to privilege the wealthy, the donor class, the athletes (both faux and actual), and certain racial groups (resulting in abject discrimination against Asians) over applicants who might actually be interested in checking a book out of the library.

May goes down in flames in 2nd Brexit vote
Politico Europe

Gene-edited food quietly arrives in restaurant cooking oil

Pilots complaints on Boeing Max uncovered
Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient” several months before Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people, an investigation by the Dallas Morning News found.

The Morning News found at least five complaints about the Boeing model in a federal database where pilots can voluntarily report about aviation incidents without fear of repercussions.

The disclosures found by the Morning News reference problems with an autopilot system during takeoff and nose-down situations while trying to gain altitude during flights of Boeing 737 Max 8s.
>>> Canada bans the Max in its airspace (The Hill)

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