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Shoutout to Second, part II

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Friday, April 27, 2018 10:14 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Honestly, this is something that should be added to the list of things we teach our kids in high school.

I suggest that we give the kids at least a one semester class that covers things like flood zones, securing loans, building credit, being responsible with credit, knowing what a predatory loan is and staying far away from them, doing their own tax returns, what a 401k is and how to invest in it (at least to always take advantage of your company match), budgeting, using the internet to pay your bills, setting up automatic payments for at least the minimum monthly payment, etc., etc., etc...

So much dumb shit our kids are taught, and we don't even teach them how to take care of themselves when they're adults.

Sigh......

Do Right, Be Right. :)

What do you do with the kids that flunk the final test of this class? I know that 99% of kids will flunk and the remaining 1% will take over America because it already happened in my lifetime. A real life example: I loaned Hobson $458,750 and have been repaid $30,250. Hobson also got from me a free copy of "The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need" (2017). It would be the study guide for 6ixStringJack's high school class. I kept my 40 year old copy. www.amazon.com/gp/product/0544781937/

Every step of the way, Hobson made bad decisions, ones that I said were too risky even before the decisions were finalized. Hobson's excuse was always, "But what else can I do?" I would explain, but nothing was learned.

No amount of advice or instruction made any real-world difference to Hobson. I will never be paid back and Hobson has run up another $125,000 in debt with people who have less patience. Hobson is exactly like 99% of Americans: a typical bonehead with insufficient correct knowledge about how the world really works, even after 58 years of life experience and weeks of instruction.




Sounds to me like Hobson took you for a ride and that you're the fool. I don't know how you supposedly got rich if that's how you handle your business.

I could easily live off of that $420,000 you're never going to get back for the rest of my life without ever having to work another day.

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I find it completely unsurprising that Americans will buy a house that can flood, then will not purchase flood insurance because they believe they are someone extra-special who God is watching over.



Nobody is watching over me.

My house isn't built on top of drilled oil or close to the ocean. I've got everything backed up and an extra generator to boot. It all cost me what one year of flood insurance would cost.

Unless you live in hurricane country, flood insurance is for stupid and/or lazy people.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:28 AM

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Unless you live in hurricane country, flood insurance is for stupid and/or lazy people.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

80% living in hurricane country don't have flood insurance. So how smart could they be? They will vote against flood control bonds, too. I believe they might be so stupid that they will not even know about an upcoming vote. The only way it will pass is if the stupid people don't vote:

Harris County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to seek a special election on Aug. 25 for what likely will be a multi-billion-dollar bond package that, if approved by voters, would be the largest local investment in the region's flood control system after Hurricane Harvey.

"Why August 25?" Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said. "It's the one year anniversary of Harvey. I don't think we want to go a year and not be able to say we're doing something. People who care about mitigation, resilience, flood control, they'll be energized and they'll want to go out [and vote]. Will there be somebody who wants to stand in the face of what we went through during Harvey and say 'I want to be against it'? I kind of dare them to do it."

www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Harris-County-v
otes-in-favor-of-Aug-25-for-12878181.php


The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Monday, May 7, 2018 7:49 AM

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Houston area continues to eye third reservoir to control flooding
By Mike Snyder, Updated: May 7, 2018 5:00am

www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-ar
ea-continues-to-eye-third-reservoir-to-12889397.php


Estimates of the cost of a third reservoir have hovered around $500 million, and officials generally say the funds should come from the state or federal government (because land developers want to shift the cost to anybody but themselves). Theoretically, a third reservoir could be among the projects included in a multibillion-dollar Harris County flood bond election scheduled for Aug. 25.

Even before Hurricane Harvey dumped 14 months’ worth of rain on the Houston area in four days, government and business leaders were discussing the need to build a third reservoir west of the city — a key step in completing a 78-year-old plan to protect the heart of Houston from devastating floods.

That 1940 plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers included several projects that were never built, including a reservoir on White Oak Bayou, a levee on Cypress Creek, and about 50 miles of canals.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwD3neJF25tRbFlfQUtFb1NmbGs/view

The commissioner acknowledged potential tension between the need to take action before memories of Harvey fade, and the risks of making huge investments without fully exploring the benefits and risks of each project.

These questions were highlighted in a report last month by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, a panel of experts examining flooding issues. The report noted that a third reservoir concept known as “Plan 5,” discussed in a 2015 Harris County Flood Control District study, was designed chiefly to enable new development rather than to protect places where people already lived and worked.

The essence of this dispute is whether to focus on planning to meet the needs of future residents or on enhancing the lives of those already here (because land developers want all the benefits to go only to themselves).

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Monday, May 7, 2018 8:00 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Unless you live in hurricane country, flood insurance is for stupid and/or lazy people.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

80% living in hurricane country don't have flood insurance. So how smart could they be? They will vote against flood control bonds, too. I believe they might be so stupid that they will not even know about an upcoming vote. The only way it will pass is if the stupid people don't vote:

Harris County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to seek a special election on Aug. 25 for what likely will be a multi-billion-dollar bond package that, if approved by voters, would be the largest local investment in the region's flood control system after Hurricane Harvey.

"Why August 25?" Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said. "It's the one year anniversary of Harvey. I don't think we want to go a year and not be able to say we're doing something. People who care about mitigation, resilience, flood control, they'll be energized and they'll want to go out [and vote]. Will there be somebody who wants to stand in the face of what we went through during Harvey and say 'I want to be against it'? I kind of dare them to do it."

www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Harris-County-v
otes-in-favor-of-Aug-25-for-12878181.php


The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly



That actually sounds like a good idea. I hope it passes.

Unfortunately, they waited a year. Most people have short term memories that only last about 3 weeks.


As for the judge saying "I kind of dare them to do it.".... I wonder if that's a threat? Your vote is (supposedly) anonymous, so you're not actually standing up and saying anything to anybody when you cast it.

Is he saying that he's going to out anybody who votes against this? I do believe that would be a first in American history. I also believe he wouldn't be a judge for very long afterward either. He'd likely be in prison.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 9:21 AM

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That actually sounds like a good idea. I hope it passes.

Unfortunately, they waited a year. Most people have short term memories that only last about 3 weeks.


As for the judge saying "I kind of dare them to do it.".... I wonder if that's a threat? Your vote is (supposedly) anonymous, so you're not actually standing up and saying anything to anybody when you cast it.

Is he saying that he's going to out anybody who votes against this? I do believe that would be a first in American history. I also believe he wouldn't be a judge for very long afterward either. He'd likely be in prison.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

The judge knows Texans all too often say "NO!" to taxes. I think the bond only has a 50/50 chance of approval by the voters. A Rice University survey last year found that less than 10 percent of Houston region residents suffered serious damage to their homes during Harvey ( 204,000 homes, apartments and businesses flooded). Almost 49 percent of those surveyed did not support an increase in property taxes to pay for flood control projects and that's where my estimated 50/50 chance of election failure came from.

There was one more roadblock that the bond issue had to get around. It successfully did, but probably only because the vote was unanimous. www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2016/3/31/peoples-court-harris-country-c
ommissioners-court-april-2016
If even a single County Commissioner had voted against, I believe the Governor would not have given permission. That single-vote-veto has killed other worthy flood control projects :

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday approved Harris County's request to call a multi-billion-dollar bond election to pay for flood control measures on Aug. 25, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey.

By state law, the county needed Abbott’s permission to call the “emergency special election” in spite of his oft-stated goal of reducing property taxes. The flood control bond package almost certainly will be accompanied by an increase in Harris County’s property tax rate.

Abbott granted the county’s request to put the issue to the voters, affirming his stated belief that responding to Harvey does “qualify as an emergency” and stating that he is “committed to working with Harris County to achieve its goals in the most efficient way possible.”

“As this request for an emergency special election was duly passed by a unanimous vote of the Harris County Commissioners Court, I hereby grant approval as governor of Texas for this emergency special election to be called for bonds to fund flood-related mitigation projects that respond to Hurricane Harvey,” Abbott wrote in a letter accompanying his decision.
Abbott’s decision comes a week after Harris County Commissioners Court voted in favor of the Aug. 25 date, following months of discussion over the best timing for the election and what other federal and state funds may be available for flood control projects.

www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Gov-Abbott-OK-s
-Aug-25-for-Harris-County-12894861.php


The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Sunday, May 13, 2018 6:44 AM

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Investors large and small are snapping up thousands of properties flooded by Hurricane Harvey. From billion-dollar Wall Street funds to mom-and-pop flippers, they've already purchased at least 5,500 flooded homes, often for dimes on the dollar.

In the process, they are transforming some Houston neighborhoods into block after block of rentals. They're interrupting county plans to buy out flood-prone properties. And they're leaning on the taxpayer-funded National Flood Insurance Program to protect them from future floods.

"All we're doing is perpetuating a cycle of flooding," said Harris County Flood Control District operations chief Matt Zeve.

The practice of buying flooded houses has consequences:

It prevents or delays government agencies from buying out homeowners whose houses have repeatedly flooded. Harris County said it has already lost to private parties 88 Harvey-flooded houses it wanted to buy.

It puts renters in harm's way, since Texas law doesn't require landlords to tell tenants their homes have flooded or sit in a flood plain.

Since flood insurance is available at deep discounts through the federal government, investors are often insuring their properties on the back of the American taxpayer.

Investors aren't preparing for the next flood. They're just putting nicer finishes back on existing homes — and then insuring their investments on the taxpayer's dime.

Harris County has targeted about 3,300 homes that have flooded multiple times or are deep in the flood plain. But government-financed buyouts take years. Investors can pay instant cash.

And this tension has played out for decades across the country, said Chad Berginnis, director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. In 1998, he was a planning director in Perry County, Ohio, building a buyout program after a flood damaged 70 percent of the homes in a 1,000-person village there.

"My main competitor was someone I would call the local slumlord," Berginnis said. And that investor, he said, was quite successful.

www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/houston-ha
rvey-flood-homes-real-estate-investor-12901718.php


The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Sunday, May 13, 2018 8:01 AM

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It puts renters in harm's way, since Texas law doesn't require landlords to tell tenants their homes have flooded or sit in a flood plain.

Since flood insurance is available at deep discounts through the federal government, investors are often insuring their properties on the back of the American taxpayer.



Nice trick not having to tell renters about living in a flood plain - I bet there's a good $tory there.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:24 AM

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With hurricane season right around the corner, Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Wednesday he is introducing legislation to expedite a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on a coastal barrier to mitigate storm damage along the Texas coast.

The measure, the Coastal Texas Protection Act, is directed at advancing the construction of a long-awaited "Ike Dike" or Coastal Spine – proposed after Hurricane Ike in 2008 – to better protect the Gulf Coast from storm damage. Ten years passed so quickly and the study has not been started. Engineering will start years after the study is completed. Construction will start years after the design is completed and be finished sometime after we are all dead from hurricane after hurricane after hurricane.

"We've been working with local stakeholders as well as state officials to try to encourage this process to move along quickly," Cornyn said. Of course you have, you pinhead GOP Senator.

The proposed system of flood gates, dikes and sea walls has an estimated price tag of around $11 billion for the six-county coastal region surrounding Galveston and Houston. The project has taken on greater urgency since Hurricane Harvey hit the region with severe flooding last August. So very urgent that it took only ten years for a Texas Senator to notice what Texas needs from the Federal Government.
www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/article/Post-Harvey-Cornyn-bill
-would-speed-Ike-Dike-12919985.php


In other news, the governor of Texas will NOT use the Rainy Day Fund. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for 75 percent of the costs of projects. The local officials, in their letter to Gov. Abbott, want the state to tap into its Economic Stabilization Fund -- known as the Rainy Day Fund -- to cover the remaining 25 percent of the costs. "The states of Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Georgia and Colorado have provided for local matches in situations utilizing the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program," the letter continues, asking Texas to pony up state funds, as well.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that without a state match, some local governments will not be able to use the grants at all. Gov. Greg Abbott immediately responded with a letter of his own to Houston: Stop complaining. Abbott does not wish to spend money that he controls. He prefers that local governments spend their own money, but most don't have anything similar to the governor's Rainy Day Fund.
www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Abbott-local-offi
cials-in-new-fight-over-Harvey-12919020.php


“The tone of the governor’s letter is troublesome, and I don’t think it recognizes reality. All of us are merely seeking to speed up recovery and to take the burden off local taxpayers,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said. “Why that deserves a lecture I don’t know.”
www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Abbott-criticizes-Hou
ston-s-Harvey-response-12920659.php


The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Friday, May 18, 2018 8:17 AM

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Harris County leaders want more aggressive buyout program to ward off investor purchases of flooded homes

www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harris-Cou
nty-leaders-want-more-aggressive-buyout-12923703.php


Updated: May 18, 2018 4:25am

Investors are buying thousands of Harvey-flooded properties, transforming some Houston neighborhoods into block after block of rentals, interrupting county plans to buy out flood-prone properties and leaning on the flood insurance program to protect them from future floods.

“It’s very disturbing,” said state Rep. Garnet Coleman, a Democrat who represents central and southeast Houston. “The money needs to come faster. Everything is too slow.”

None of the $10 billion approved by Congress for long-term flood recovery in Texas has made it to local governments, leaving homeowners in a lurch and neighborhoods open to investor speculation.

James Wade, head of the Harris County Flood Control buyout program, said “These are homes at such high risk of flooding. People are in harm’s way.” Since most homes in the flood plain are insured by the National Flood Insurance Program, buyouts end the cycle of repetitive insurance payments and save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars per house.

The county now prioritizes 70 neighborhoods with about 5,500 parcels and 3,300 homes. Every one of those areas flooded during Harvey; buying the homes would cost about $700 million.

Congress has approved $10 billion since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston for long-term storm recovery, including $5 billion it passed in September in Housing and Urban Development funds, some of which is earmarked specifically for buyouts.

But none of that money has yet made it to Houston. The county is now considering including as many as 3,500 buyouts in its upcoming multi-billion dollar bond issue, which would be paid for by local property taxes.

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Friday, May 18, 2018 11:13 AM

JJ


Second, you truly are someone who posts on behalf of the little guy and that's awesome. At times though I think some go to negative because there is so much social injustice. It builds a wall and blocks any negotiations with the other side.

It's why I believe the middle of the road must rule if any progress is to be made. Look at where we are now compared to where we come from. Change is slow but it has and continues to happen.

T



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Friday, June 1, 2018 8:07 AM

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Second, you truly are someone who posts on behalf of the little guy and that's awesome. At times though I think some go to negative because there is so much social injustice. It builds a wall and blocks any negotiations with the other side.

It's why I believe the middle of the road must rule if any progress is to be made. Look at where we are now compared to where we come from. Change is slow but it has and continues to happen.

T



There are three ways to handle problems: Buy your way out, fight your way out, or the most popular way to handle problems in America: fruitlessly simmer at the injustice with the hope that time will wear away your problem in a few decades or the problematical people will compromise before their death by old age, which doesn’t work nearly as well as buying a solution. And fighting has obvious disadvantages. Examples of the right and wrong way to handle a problem:

The British purchased the end of slavery, borrowing in the form of bonds the equivalent of £100 billion to buy the slaves’ freedom. The British spent two centuries paying back those bonds, but they got instant freedom from slavery. The American way, fighting a Civil War, cost 625,000 dead, and many of the slaves and their descendants remained in semi-slavery for more than a century.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_Abolition_Act_1833
https://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/12-stunning-civil-war-facts/

That is the introduction to latest story of Houston flooding. I would call this buying a solution, but it has elements of fighting for a solution because the outcome of a lawsuit is uncertain:

485 homeowners file suit against The Woodlands developer, Howard Hughes Corporation following flooding
By Wendy Cawthon | 1:49 pm May 31, 2018

The lawsuit alleges The Woodlands developers built homes in the area at “unreasonably low” elevations and that the company violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

“Despite knowingly building in a 500-year flood plain, Defendants did not develop and build homes in a manner that put them outside of a 500-year flood plain to reduce the likelihood of flooding,” the statement said. “Defendants had no set standards for determining the elevation of a house relative to its geographic location and that location’s risk of flooding. Furthermore, to the extent it did take into account standards for determining the elevation of a home, the standards were based on obsolete, antiquated data instead of newer, more reliable data that was readily available.”

A representative from The Howard Hughes Corporation said the company does not comment on pending or legal matters. (A very profitable policy because the 485 homeowners might never get to trial.)

https://communityimpact.com/houston/the-woodlands/development-construc
tion/2018/05/31/485-homeowners-file-suit-against-the-woodlands-developer-howard-hughes-corporation-following-flooding
/

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Friday, June 1, 2018 10:43 AM

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Second, you truly are someone who posts on behalf of the little guy and that's awesome. At times though I think some go to negative because there is so much social injustice. It builds a wall and blocks any negotiations with the other side.

It's why I believe the middle of the road must rule if any progress is to be made. Look at where we are now compared to where we come from. Change is slow but it has and continues to happen.



Yup. Second doing his part posting links on a website that gets 10 regulars to it. He'd be better off tweeting if he's going to virtue signal all day long.

If you believe him about how rich he has, he's the only person who has any power here to help any of these people.

But he doesn't. He's said on many occasion he's very happy with the way things are going because of the massive tax breaks that Trump gave him that he's not doing any good deeds with.

Second's posts about this subject here are worth no more than everybody who Tweeted "Our hearts go out to Puerto Rico" months ago and have now totally forgot that Puerto Rico is even a thing.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, June 1, 2018 11:03 AM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Quote:

Originally posted by JJ:
Second, you truly are someone who posts on behalf of the little guy and that's awesome. At times though I think some go to negative because there is so much social injustice. It builds a wall and blocks any negotiations with the other side.

It's why I believe the middle of the road must rule if any progress is to be made. Look at where we are now compared to where we come from. Change is slow but it has and continues to happen.



Yup. Second doing his part posting links on a website that gets 10 regulars to it. He'd be better off tweeting if he's going to virtue signal all day long.

If you believe him about how rich he has, he's the only person who has any power here to help any of these people.

But he doesn't. He's said on many occasion he's very happy with the way things are going because of the massive tax breaks that Trump gave him that he's not doing any good deeds with.

Second's posts about this subject here are worth no more than everybody who Tweeted "Our hearts go out to Puerto Rico" months ago and have now totally forgot that Puerto Rico is even a thing.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

6ix, have you ever heard of Price's Law? https://dariusforoux.com/prices-law/

The law is that 50% of the work is done by the square root of the total number of people participating in the work. With 100 people, the square root is 10. Ten people are doing 50% of the work and ninety people do 50%.

If there was a million dollars to divide with those 100 people, then the top ten should get half a million ($50,000 each) and the bottom ninety should get half a million ($5,556 each).

Seems virtuous to me. If 6ixStringJack wasn't bitching about how unfair the Democrats are to him, but instead did more of America's work, his slice would be bigger, maybe even $50,000 per year.

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Friday, June 1, 2018 12:03 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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I subscribe to the Pareto Principal.

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

For instance, you get richer simply because you already have money. The term "The Rich Get Richer" is based off of the Pareto Principal.

Meanwhile, people like me (and a TON of us) do all of the work, while people like you reap all the benefits.

It doesn't matter that you're worthless to society and a garbage human being. You will continue to benefit no matter who is in office. This is why you're constantly plagued with guilt. Maybe you should choose to do something to actually help somebody less fortunate than you today instead of virtue signalling from your Ivory Tower if you actually want to feel better about yourself. I'll bet whatever Trump is doing wrong won't bother you so much if you do.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, June 1, 2018 1:36 PM

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Meanwhile, people like me (and a TON of us) do all of the work, while people like you reap all the benefits.

It doesn't matter that you're worthless to society and a garbage human being. You will continue to benefit no matter who is in office. This is why you're constantly plagued with guilt.

My value is to take lying sacks of shit like Trump to court and destroy them. I have gleefully ruined Texas businessmen that cheated me. One even killed himself when I bankrupted him. He could have settled, avoiding business failure, but the sanctimonious moron insisted that a jury trial would prove I was wrong and he was right. The jury did not agree with him and now there is one less Republican in Texas.

6ixStringJack, do you remember this story on this page?
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The lawsuit alleges The Woodlands developers built homes in the area at “unreasonably low” elevations and that the company violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
6ixStringJack, what it means is that 485 home-owners are suing because they were deceived by a home-builder. I’m not joining with the 485 because my house didn’t flood, but it is exactly what I have done in the past to cheating, lying Republican businessmen.

6ixStringJack was deceived by Donald Trump. Do not repeat that nonsense about you voting for Trump because he was a troll. That makes you appear to be stupid. Are you doing anything about Trump lying, similar to the home-builders lying? Are you suing? Or, at least, not voting for him a second time? Or doing something, anything? I’m not suing because Trump didn’t deceive me. I knew he was lying when he said he would not cut the taxes of rich people such as myself. You should have known that Trump was greedy.

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Why would I do anything about Trump lying? Just like your house not flooding, his lies aren't hurting me at all.

In fact, he pisses off a lot of people that I don't like at all nearly every day. So yes, purely on Troll Value I plan on voting for Trump a 2nd time.

I told you I'm not a Republican and I've voted Democrat before, particularly in lower level elections. The Dems have wasted 2 years though, and I don't see any potential for them to have anybody who would support anything that would make me vote for them in 2020.

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www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Harris-County-r
eceives-26-5-million-for-home-12966452.php


by Zach Despart, Updated: June 4, 2018 5:18pm

Harris County will receive $26.5 million from the federal government to begin home buyouts in floodplains, the Harris County Flood Control District announced Monday.

With an additional $8.6 million in local matching funds, the flood control district estimates it will be able to purchase 169 flood-prone homes. In response to Hurricane Harvey, the flood control district has asked for a total of $163.4 million from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to buy around 1,000 homes.

The funds will allow the flood control district to compete with private developers, who as of last month had already snatched up 88 properties Harris County had wanted to purchase. Many, to the flood control district's chagrin, are being flipped or converted to rentals, keeping residents in the floodplain. [Because Trump won't provide ALL the money NOW, the rich will make a fortune from flipping the cheap real estate, and the poor will eventually have their valuables flooded. While we wait for that flood, the rich will have both rental income and an eventual large insurance payment from FEMA while the poor will have housing but probably no FEMA insurance because they don't think they need it, since they don't own the property. www.fema.gov/news-release/1998/11/30/texas-renters-can-buy-flood-insur
ance-too
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The 169 buyout targets are spread across Harris County and were chosen, the flood control district said, because they were so significantly damaged by floods previous to Harvey. Repairing the structures would cost more than 50 percent of their market value.

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Who pays for those federal funds going to Harris County?

What are the plans with the bought property?

Will this money be paid back?

I'd probably want to see how well they do with $26.5 million first before I gave them over $160 million too.



I can't say I feel too bad for anybody who buys a home there or rents one out until more federal funds make their way to Harris, seeing as how there have been major floods in the area twice in the last 3 years. It's not as if it didn't get enough news coverage.

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Who pays for those federal funds going to Harris County?

What are the plans with the bought property?

Will this money be paid back?

I'd probably want to see how well they do with $26.5 million first before I gave them over $160 million too.

I can't say I feel too bad for anybody who buys a home there or rents one out until more federal funds make their way to Harris, seeing as how there have been major floods in the area twice in the last 3 years. It's not as if it didn't get enough news coverage.

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The houses that are bought with FEMA money are torn down. The house lot becomes permanently vacant. When enough house lots in a flooding neighborhood are all owned by the city, the land becomes a park. The money to buy the land comes from the money saved by the Treasury NOT needing to ever again pay for flood damage on that lot. It would be even more profitable for the government if the Federal Treasury could sue the original builder who should have never built in flood zone in the first place -- make the original builder give back all the money he cheated the original purchaser out of. But we don't live in a country where big, rich, smart and cheating builders have to pay back what they steal from gullible people. That's the way Republicans run things.

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If that's the case than why didn't the flood insurance payouts just buy the current flooded owners out so they could buy somewhere else, rather than rebuild on the same land?

That takes care of the ones who were insured.

For those that weren't, what is happening to them? Are they getting relief? If so, they should be forced to purchase flood insurance from now on.

Then, if and when they get flooded again, the payouts can give them the money to move somewhere else. Wash, rinse and repeat until nobody is living there anymore and the land is deemed worthless.


It wouldn't be an immediate solution and happen overnight, but I think it would be the least cost to the taxpayers.

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
If that's the case than why didn't the flood insurance payouts just buy the current flooded owners out so they could buy somewhere else, rather than rebuild on the same land?

That takes care of the ones who were insured.

For those that weren't, what is happening to them? Are they getting relief? If so, they should be forced to purchase flood insurance from now on.

Then, if and when they get flooded again, the payouts can give them the money to move somewhere else. Wash, rinse and repeat until nobody is living there anymore and the land is deemed worthless.


It wouldn't be an immediate solution and happen overnight, but I think it would be the least cost to the taxpayers.

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The answer to every one of your questions is "money". Everybody is extremely stingy when it comes to solving problems if somebody other than themselves will be getting most of the money. Problems never get more than fractionally solved because of stinginess. Obviously they think it is reasonable to be stingy. Rich people are thankful that poor people think that way because it is actually the rich who would be carrying most of the burden. But the poor never seem to understand what is going on. As a rich person, I hope they never do.

Local politicians hope, possibly in vain, that voters will approve a bond issue that would prevent future flooding. The bonds will cost far less than the damage. Most voters have heard of the phrases "A stitch in time saves nine" and "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" but when one ounce of flood control bonds costs a billion, the majority might not approve the bonds.

A report by the Harris County Flood Control District combines and analyzes all the available data about Harvey and its aftermath, distilling the numbers.

http://reduceflooding.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Immediate-Flood-R
eport-Final-Hurricane-Harvey-2017.pdf


With damage estimated at $125 billion, Harvey was the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans in 2005, caused $160 billion in damage. Katrina death toll was at 1,836, primarily from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238).

Officials confirmed 36 flood-related deaths across Harris County and 68 statewide.

In Harris County, Harvey flooded 154,170 single-family houses and 5,000 to 15,000 apartments, condominiums and townhouses, making it "the largest and most devastating house flooding event ever recorded" in the county. In addition, thousands of commercial structures were flooded.

As many as 24,000 additional houses might have flooded if not for previous flood control district projects, including the buyouts of more than 2,000 homes deep within floodplains.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 8:48 AM

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Rich people are thankful that poor people think that way because it is actually the rich who would be carrying most of the burden. But the poor never seem to understand what is going on. As a rich person, I hope they never do.



Your duplicity never ceases to amaze.

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Quote:

Originally posted by second:
Rich people are thankful that poor people think that way because it is actually the rich who would be carrying most of the burden. But the poor never seem to understand what is going on. As a rich person, I hope they never do.



Your duplicity never ceases to amaze.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

You must be thinking I am Bill Gates, the great humanitarian because we both are rich and vote for Democrats. I am not nice to poor people I don't know. Gates is the humanitarian, not me.

I'll make it simple enough for you to understand: 250,000 people got flooded in Harris County. 4,000,000 were not flooded. To fix the flooding problem will require bonds to be approved by all Harris County voters. The 250,000 will vote for the bonds, but around half of the 4,000,000 will vote against. It is a near certainty that the majority of the 4,000,000, who won't get any benefit from approving the bonds, will have higher taxes and don't give a damn about other Texans if caring costs money, no matter how little money. In the case of this bond election, the cost will be about $10/month per $100,000 value of real estate. Democrats tend toward being willing to pay $10, while Republicans tend toward not paying. And then there are the rich, who didn't get rich by their willingness to pay taxes for solving poor peoples' problems.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 1:57 PM

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Originally posted by second:
Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Quote:

Originally posted by second:
Rich people are thankful that poor people think that way because it is actually the rich who would be carrying most of the burden. But the poor never seem to understand what is going on. As a rich person, I hope they never do.



Your duplicity never ceases to amaze.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

You must be thinking I am Bill Gates, the great humanitarian because we both are rich and vote for Democrats. I am not nice to poor people I don't know. Gates is the humanitarian, not me.

I'll make it simple enough for you to understand: 250,000 people got flooded in Harris County. 4,000,000 were not flooded. To fix the flooding problem will require bonds to be approved by all Harris County voters. The 250,000 will vote for the bonds, but around half of the 4,000,000 will vote against. It is a near certainty that the majority of the 4,000,000, who won't get any benefit from approving the bonds, will have higher taxes and don't give a damn about other Texans if caring costs money, no matter how little money. In the case of this bond election, the cost will be about $10/month per $100,000 value of real estate. Democrats tend toward being willing to pay $10, while Republicans tend toward not paying. And then there are the rich, who didn't get rich by their willingness to pay taxes for solving poor peoples' problems.

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I have no need of an idiot simplifying things for me.

It's a problem that will never be fixed. So I wonder why you prattle on endlessly about it. I think it's time to move on buddy.


But thanks for letting us all know once again that you're virtue signaling is bullshit and that you're just a worthless piece of trash.

You may as well just go over to the dark side and become one of the Texas Republicans you claim to hate. You have so much more in common with them than any of the Democrats you pretend to give a shit about.

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I have no need of an idiot simplifying things for me.

It's a problem that will never be fixed. So I wonder why you prattle on endlessly about it. I think it's time to move on buddy.


But thanks for letting us all know once again that you're virtue signaling is bullshit and that you're just a worthless piece of trash.

You may as well just go over to the dark side and become one of the Texas Republicans you claim to hate. You have so much more in common with them than any of the Democrats you pretend to give a shit about.

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The bond vote is an all-or-nothing gamble by Commissioners Court, whose members hope residents will commit to strengthening flood infrastructure after Harvey flooded 11 percent of the county’s housing stock this past August. If the bond passes, Harris County will have access to as much as $2.5 billion to make, over the next 10 to 15 years, the largest local investment in flood infrastructure in the county’s history. If the bond fails, engineers will be limited to the flood control district’s annual operations and capital budgets, which total a paltry $120 million in comparison.

“This is the most important local vote I can remember in my lifetime,” Emmett said. “We either step up as a community and say we are going to address flooding and make our community resilient, or we kind of drib and drabble on, and it wouldn’t end well for anyone.”

The flood control district plans to work through the summer on the list of projects the bond would fund, and Emmett has pledged to publish a complete list by the time early voting begins in August. Until then, Emmett said plans may continue to change based on input from residents.

www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harris-County-pieces-
together-flood-bond-12998859.php


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A long-discussed plan to create a 60-mile coastal barrier, known as the “Ike Dike,” to protect Texas’ Gulf Coast from major hurricanes received a major boost Tuesday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would provide $3.9 billion for a vaguely defined project to protect the southeast Texas coastline — referred to only as “Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay.”

Jim Blackburn of Rice University's Severe Storm Prediction Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center said he looked forward to seeing how the $3.9 billion would be appropriated. He said the amount was not nearly enough to fund the “Ike Dike” project, the estimated cost of which runs upwards of $12 billion, but he said the money could be used to build levees on Galveston and Bolivar islands. The corps has not yet approved a design for the coastal spine. A preliminary proposal is expected in the coming months.

“It is irregular to appropriate funds before the internal Corps review is completed,” Blackburn said. “With the amount of money at about $4 billion, that is not enough to build the gates across Bolivar Roads, but you could build the levees with that amount of money. However, no one knows where the levee is to be placed — on the beach? Raising the roads? Behind the roads on Galveston and Bolivar? Usually there is not such uncertainty.”

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the July 4th flooding, from a mere 4 to 6 hours of rain, highlighted the need for a $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond that will go before voters on Aug. 25, the one-year anniversary of Harvey making landfall.

“This was a relatively minor storm that almost reached catastrophic proportions,” Blackburn said. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in that these types of storms will occur more and more often.”

www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Feds-OK-4B
-for-Ike-Dike-as-July-4th-storm-13052915.php


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A central lesson of Harvey: our government officials — local, state, and federal — failed over many decades to do all they could to protect this region from catastrophic flooding. Now, many current officials are trying to do right by people in the Houston area.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and the county commissioners are among them. Early voting begins this week in connection with the $2.5 billion bond issue Harris County flood control officials have proposed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. If voters give their approval, the bonds would pay for a long list of flood related projects throughout all of the county’s 23 watersheds, everything from major infrastructure improvements to home buyouts to a new flood warning system.

“This is our chance to tell the world we’re going to get serious about flood control,” Emmett told the Editorial Board, adding that “2.8 cents is not enough for flood control. It’s got to increase.”

The bond issue in its first year would cost the average single-family homeowner about $5 per year, scaling up to a little less than $5 per month over the course of 15 years.

More at www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Stay-mad-Houston-O
ne-year-after-Harvey-Stay-13130972.php


The comments make me think the flood control bond issue will FAIL:
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Our elected officials have created the conditions for flood (concrete roads, floodplain development, sweetheart deals with developers) but now want to be rewarded with more $$$$ for their wasteful Boondoggles? Say NO to FLOOD BONDS until they clean up their act and come out with COMPREHENSIVE solutions!
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Translation, we don't know how they are going to spend the money, but let us vote for it, and hold them accountable if we don't like how they spend the money. Just convinced me to vote no.
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Vote "no" until there is an overall plan to stop building in floodplains.
Since 90% of voters were not flooded, that is 90% who might feel no need for more flood control.

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Since 90% of voters were not flooded, that is 90% who might feel no need for more flood control.



True, but is there a plan in place? One that makes sense and doesn't cost 10 times what it should?

There's nothing wrong with asking those questions before voting for an additional tax on yourself. Sometimes I think you forget that 99% of the people don't live in the 1% like you. lol



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Quote:

Originally posted by second:
Since 90% of voters were not flooded, that is 90% who might feel no need for more flood control.



True, but is there a plan in place? One that makes sense and doesn't cost 10 times what it should?

There's nothing wrong with asking those questions before voting for an additional tax on yourself. Sometimes I think you forget that 99% of the people don't live in the 1% like you. lol

Yes, there is a plan, in great detail. But what happens is there are 23 different watersheds in Harris County. The flood control work for some of those bayous will be started and finished before others. If the voters knew the exact schedule for the work, the voters along the bayous that get worked on last may well decide that they don't want to pay anything at all until after their bayou is finished. Then the flood control bond election will fail to approve bonds.

Harris County has NOT decided which bayous will be worked on first. As soon as Harris County decides, the voters along those bayous worked on last will be absolutely disgusted with the process. They will start saying that the process is a failure and that the politicians have betrayed them.

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Voters approved a $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond a year to the day after Hurricane Harvey swamped 204,000 Harris County homes and apartments and killed more than 50 county residents.

An estimated 150,000 of Harris County's 2.3 million registered voters cast ballots, according to preliminary numbers.

204,000 flooded residences, but only 150,000 voted. That is an amazingly low voter turnout. Your house gets flooded but that still is not enough to motivate you to vote to prevent future flooding.

www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-weather/hurricaneharvey/article/
Harris-County-voters-pass-2-5-billion-flood-bond-13182842.php
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Estimates to completely protect the county from 100-year storms range from $25 to $30 billion. Court members agreed the $2.5 billion figure would be a significant, albeit small, step in the right direction without pushing a large tax increase on residents.

The bond will increase the tax bill for homeowners by 2 cents to 3 cents per $100 of assessed home value, according to county budget analysts.


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Wasted money indeed.

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Voters approved a $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond a year to the day after Hurricane Harvey swamped 204,000 Harris County homes and apartments and killed more than 50 county residents.

An estimated 150,000 of Harris County's 2.3 million registered voters cast ballots, according to preliminary numbers.

204,000 flooded residences, but only 150,000 voted. That is an amazingly low voter turnout. Your house gets flooded but that still is not enough to motivate you to vote to prevent future flooding.

www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-weather/hurricaneharvey/article/
Harris-County-voters-pass-2-5-billion-flood-bond-13182842.php
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Estimates to completely protect the county from 100-year storms range from $25 to $30 billion. Court members agreed the $2.5 billion figure would be a significant, albeit small, step in the right direction without pushing a large tax increase on residents.

The bond will increase the tax bill for homeowners by 2 cents to 3 cents per $100 of assessed home value, according to county budget analysts.




The Internet and it's ability to show us so much and hide so little, can make it very hard to feel good about humanity. My standards have dropped so far I don't have them any more.

I have not read this yet but thought you might be interested - you may know most of it already, but jic:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/hurricane-harvey-
is-houstons-unending-nightmare/568579
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Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday gave the green light to 16 new flood control projects, three days after voters overwhelmingly approved a $2.5 billion bond aimed at boosting the region’s protections against future floods.

The projects include de-silting the Addicks and Barker reservoir watersheds, drainage improvements in the San Jacinto River, Cypress Creek, Luce Bayou and Cedar Bayou watersheds, a stormwater detention basin project along Greens Bayou and conveyance improvements on Willow Creek.

“It’s a matter of starting with the low-hanging fruit, the ones that are ready to go, and move forward,” County Judge Ed Emmett said.

The bond includes more than 230 projects across the county’s 23 watersheds.

“We’ve got to meter the amount of work we produce with the amount of staff we have internally. It’s going to take us a bit of time to ramp up and produce commensurate with the public’s expectations,” said Russ Poppe, the Harris County Flood Control executive director.

More at www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/With-flood
-bond-passed-Harris-County-OKs-16-13189258.php


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Years of government buyouts have chipped away at the frequently flooded Arbor Oaks neighborhood, returning the subdivision at the confluence of Vogel Creek and White Oak Bayou in northwest Houston to nature one house at a time.

Dozens agreed to sell after Tropical Storm Allison in April 2001, or the next flood in October 2002, or another the year after that. By the time Hurricane Harvey arrived, there were just 13 homes left on the “wet” side of the subdivision, west of the creek.

Now, a year after Harvey, one more resident is ready to pack it in.

“Whatever they give me, I’m out of here,” Helen Rodriguez said. “We have good memories from this house, but there has to come a time when you have to give it up. I don’t want to go through it again. I keep losing pictures, I keep losing stuff the kids did when they were in grade school. It’s too much.”

Harris County Flood Control District’s buyout manager James Wade sent letters to all 3,300 homeowners in more than 70 targeted areas after Harvey and again last February, and almost 1,000 homeowners raised their hands to ask for help getting out of the flood plain. About 100 homes have been razed since the storm, Wade said, and hundreds more slated to be bought with Harvey aid are in the process of being appraised or purchased.

The buyouts — 207 parcels on both sides of Vogel Creek, at a cost of $36 million in federal and county funds — often were contentious. Owners said the county was undervaluing their homes, while officials argued they were offering more than any private citizen would.

Wade said the flood control district appraises each home at its pre-flood value and covers moving expenses, as well as up to $31,000 toward the cost of buying a comparable house outside the flood plain.

More at www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Oft-floode
d-neighborhood-slowly-disappears-13239735.php


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100-Year Rain Events to Strike Texas More Frequently

Decades of additional weather data have led federal officials to reconsider rainfall totals in Texas that define 100-year weather events and caution that extreme rainstorms will strike the state more frequently.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday released a study finding that in the Houston area, for instance, 100-year estimates increased from 13 inches (33 centimeters) to 18 inches (46 centimeters) for a 24-hour period. Rainfall previously classified as 100-year events are now more frequent 25-year events.

A 100-year storm is one that has a 1 percent chance of happening in any given year.

The NOAA findings released Thursday can have wide-ranging implications. NOAA rainfall values guide state and federal regulations that then dictate how infrastructure design and development is done. They also determine flood risks and are used in the development of floodplains.

More at www.usnews.com/news/best-states/texas/articles/2018-09-27/study-100-ye
ar-rain-events-to-strike-texas-more-frequently



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After three years of study, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that the so-called "Ike Dike" -- the 70-mile-long coastal barrier that could cost as much as $32 billion -- is the preferred choice for protecting the Texas coastline from future storm surges.

www.swg.usace.army.mil/Business-With-Us/Planning-Environmental-Branch/
Documents-for-Public-Review
/

The Army Corps and the Texas General Land Office will hold a series of public meetings to review the plans for the coastal spine, beginning Nov. 27 in Port Lavaca. The final feasibility report and environmental impact study is expected in 2021. Once a final report is issued, it would be sent to Congress to consider funding the project.

www.houstonchronicle.com/local/article/Army-Corps-of-Engineers-release
s-coastal-spine-13339550.php


The price is estimated at $23,106,582,000 to $31,825,875,000 from Table 6-2 "Cost".

Congress won’t vote on this until 2021, and the engineering will take 2 to 5 years, followed by construction for 10 to 15 years, from Figure ES-6 in the Executive Summary of the report.

Hurricane storm surge protection is coming 15 to 23 years from now. Mark your calendar. I am not excited by the slowness of this life-or-death project.

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More than a year after Hurricane Harvey, developers continue to build in parts of Houston that flood, and it’s not expected to stop anytime soon. After all, one-third of the city is covered by flood plains. On the newest episode of Looped In, the Chronicle’s Mike Morris explains a reporting project that revealed how 1 in 5 homes permitted in Houston in the year after the hurricane are in a floodplain.

Listen at www.HoustonChronicle.com/Looped-In .

www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/looped-in/article/Listen
-Developing-in-Houston-s-flood-plains-13372167.php

Homeowners in the southern part of Timbergrove -- many of whom flooded during Hurricane Harvey -- noticed earlier this year that a nearby tract of land in the 100-year flood plain was being readied for a luxury townhome development.

Outraged that new homes were going to be added there, the residents went to public officials seeking help. Ultimately, they learned that the developer can build on the site, as long as he satisfies new city and county regulations.

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