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"The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers."
[S]eawater floods up into the gutters of Alton Road, the first main thoroughfare on the western side of Miami Beach, and pours into the street. Then the water surges across the rest of the island.

The effect is calamitous. Shops and houses are inundated; city life is paralysed; cars are ruined by the corrosive seawater that immerses them. During one recent high spring tide, laundromat owner Eliseo Toussaint watched as slimy green saltwater bubbled up from the gutters. It rapidly filled the street and then blocked his front door. "This never used to happen," Toussaint told reporters. "I've owned this place eight years and now it's all the time."

Today, shop owners keep plastic bags and rubber bands handy to wrap around their feet when they have to get to their cars through rising waters, while householders have found that ground-floor spaces in garages are no longer safe to keep their cars. Only those on higher floors can hope to protect their cars from surging sea waters that corrode and rot the innards of their vehicles. [...]

"There has been a rise of about 10 inches in sea levels since the 19th century – brought about by humanity's heating of the planet through its industrial practices – and that is now bringing chaos to Miami Beach by regularly flooding places like Alton Road," says Harold Wanless, a geology professor at the University of Miami. "And it is going to get worse. By the end of this century we could easily have a rise of six feet, possibly 10 feet. Nothing much will survive that. Most of the land here is less than 10 feet above sea level."



Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2004GOP web fundraisers take 30 percent cut:

There's been a great deal of discussion over the GOP's new plan giving their online fundraisers a 30 percent cut of money raised. Some thing it's crass or unethical, but it's neither of those.

Professional fundraisers often take cuts that large, sometimes larger, in their efforts to raise money for campaigns and organizations. So there's nothing wrong in giving those same terms to their online bundlers.

But here's the key. There are two types of fundraisers --

Professional fundraisers. As discussed they take a cut of money raised.
Bundlers. These are known as "rangers" and "pioneers" in the world of Bush fundraising.
There is an important distinction between the two --

The professional fundraisers are engaged in a business relationship with the party. Nothing more. They have no further influence or "seat at the table", so to speak. They take their 30-50 percent cut and call it a day.


Tweet of the Day
Question: What should the government do about climate change? Liz Cheney: "Nothing."
@brianbeutler


On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg wasn't with us today, but he set the agenda with his collection of headlines. Huckabee's discovered the perpetual candidate lifestyle, and has a pricey private plane habit. Singapore's ad discouraging gambling on the World Cup backfires. Homeopathy wins the World Cup, and German soccer players were there, too. MI charter schools, 20 years on. Continuing the ed reform theme, Netroots denizen & fellow Kossack Jeff Bryant on the Dem/teachers union split. And welcome back to sponsor Harrys.com! Save $5 on your 1st order of fine shaving products when you use promo code KAGRO!



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