It's dry as a tinder box down here after 2+ years of continuous drought. The 35 mph winds on the west (alas, the dry) side of T.S. Lee were too much yesterday and things spun out of control. Fire fighting and emergency resources are stretched mighty thin at the moment. Several new fires cropped up today to join those from yesterday, mostly uncontained at this point. We have friends and family in Bastrop County (just east of Austin) who escaped a 16-mile long fire physically unharmed, but lost their homes and all their belongings other than what they could shove in their cars. Read below the fold...
At present our government is conducting a giant experiment in Vermont and Illinois, which I'm betting will eventually demonstrate, "not".
From The Daily Mail:
"Despite the revelations the NRC and industry bosses consider the leaks a public relations problem, not a public health threat. "
The Guardian's editors seem to have a pro-police bias, but these pictures of the demos in Athens against the Euro-financial elites and their IMF buddies still inspire me. Not everyone cares to go quietly to the economic slaughterhouse even when the goons pull out the clubs, the gas and the guns. (And not all the dogs are on the goon's side.)