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Rick Jensen

What to do about North Korea

Seems like there are two North Korea options: Bomb the hell out of them and kill innocent people, or hope North Korea doesn’t bomb innocent people first.
While scholars may differ on some particulars of who really controls North Korea, be it Kim Jun Un, the military, its own “deep state” or some combination, most agree that the power brokers remain in control by keeping the people in a constant psychological state of war.
The media is controlled by the government, and access to the internet is restricted to North Korean propaganda and domestic entertainment sites.

Jim Brown

Here comes the Cajun Navy!

The Cajun Navy wasted no time. Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Coast on a Friday. By Sunday, hundreds of boats were on their way to Texas. I passed a supermarket parking lot two days after the storm hit, and a large contingent of boats and trailers were lined up to head for the Lone Star State. As this column is being written, thousands of Louisianans are offering help. That’s what many Texans did for us here in the Bayou State exactly 12 years ago.

Like Allison? No comparison

I remember how incredulous I was in June 2001, when a mere tropical storm named Allison dumped more than 30 inches of rain on Houston, then moved to south Louisiana and kept pouring.
It was an uncommon event. The danger in south Louisiana from most tropical storms and hurricanes comes from the storm surge and wind that move through relatively quickly, not from tropical systems that just sit down on top of us and rain and rain and rain. Allison and the storm that flooded southwest Louisiana in 1940 were the most notable exceptions, until Harvey.

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