Skip Tenczar our deadline poet
Some Mar-a-Lago members are moving away,
As are the golf tournaments of the PGA.
Deutsche Bank dumped him,
And companies won’t pump him,
Even his neighbors don’t want the Donald to stay.
we chat with:
Jamie Smith Hopkins is a deputy editor and senior reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. Her work includes investigations about America’s fossil fuel export boom, the federal government’s failure to stop a decades-long string of deaths from a widely available consumer product, and “super polluter” industrial sites pumping out large amounts of toxic air pollution and climate-warming greenhouse gases. Hopkins joined Public Integrity in 2014. Previously, she spent 15 years as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. Honors for her stories include awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Education Writers Association and the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing.
Dean Russell, ’19 M.A Science., is a science writer and radio producer focusing on climate change and environmental policy. Before attending Columbia Journalism School, Dean worked for the NPR programs Here & Now and On Point in Boston.
We talk about climate disasters, and how they affect the mental health of the victims. People find it hard to cope with the increasing probability of climate and other disasters From early 20 century, 20% of counties experienced disasters annually. Now, 50% of American counties experience these disasters. FEMA spends about 1% of its budget to help people cope. (less than the costs associated with Trump’s golf outings). The pandemic is compounding the problem.
FEMA’s Disaster Distress Helpline is: 800-985-5990
PART 2: We talk with Harold Meyerson, Editor at Large at the American Prospect.
2a. We discuss the impeachment vote in the Senate, indicating that Republicans wanted to reject the impeachment trial. However, it goes forward. (45-55). Most Senators want the trial to go forward, because they want to prevent Trump from running for election again. There is division within the Republican party.
2b. We discuss the article, “Bringing it all (well, some of it) back home.” We talk about the return of manufacturing to the US. The US government is dependent on foreign suppliers. In 2010, 48% of the US procurement market was with offshore manufacturers. This, along with the war on unions, decreased the power of American workers. The Wall Street economy predominates now, which means cheap labor, and fewer workers.