Hurricane Irma left a poop problem in its wake.

There’s a lot of sewage still to clean up.

….Pollution reports submitted to Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection show that, due to power outages and flooding caused by Irma, human waste has been spilling into streets, residences, and waterways across the entire state. At the time of this article’s publication, at least 113 “Public Notices of Pollution” had been submitted to the DEP. Combined, those discharge reports showed more than 28 million gallons of treated and untreated sewage released in 22 counties. The total amount is surely much more; at least 43 of those reports listed either an “unknown” or “ongoing” amount of waste released, and new reports continue to roll in—sometimes as many as a dozen per hour.

In other words, Irma was a literal shitstorm. But it’s no laughing matter. Sewage spills pose a major threat to public health, and they’re likely to become more common due to two increasingly connected crises facing America: an aging infrastructure and climate change.

 

Hurricane Irma left a poop problem in its wake.

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Fewer Passengers Bumped by U.S. Airlines After Dragging Case 

A raft of airline policy changes prompted by the high-profile case of a man who was injured while being dragged off a plane in Chicago earlier this year have had a dramatic result: airlines reported the lowest level of involuntary passenger bumpings in history.

Fewer Passengers Bumped by U.S. Airlines After Dragging Case – Bloomberg

Funny how the impossible becomes possible when the alternative is losing money.

A belligerent man in a Trump hat was kicked off a flight as a crowd chanted: ‘Lock him up!’ 

It looked like a weird parody of a Donald Trump campaign rally. “Obviously, the hat provoked some of the stuff,” a passenger recalled.

…Gredoña thinks the chanting started after the man taunted the crowd: “So I succeeded in making you guys waste three-and-a-half hours.”

People then shouted words unprintable.

And one shouted: “Lock him up!”

Then another, and another. “Lock him up, lock him up” — until a Chinese airport terminal sounded much like a latter-day Trump rally, when he and his crowds threatened his presidential campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton, with prison.

…“I was one of those chanters,” Zimmerman said. “I didn’t start it. But oh my God, it was so funny, I couldn’t help myself.”

A belligerent man in a Trump hat was kicked off a flight as a crowd chanted: ‘Lock him up!’ – The Washington Post

Hilarious. How did I miss this story?

How will tourists get to New Hampshire? 

So how does one get to a New Hampshire tourist destination? You can rent a car.

…So many of the tourists coming into Boston are from countries that have spent billions on public transportation. Many of these people do not even own a car. How does one attract these tourists?

How will tourists get to New Hampshire? – New Hampshire Business Review – June 9 2017

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A Transit Officer Questioned A Commuter’s Immigration Status, A Fellow Passenger Intervened

In a Facebook post shared last Friday, Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington said, “This afternoon, community members and partners alerted me to a situation in which one of my part time officers was witnessed asking an individual whether he was in the state illegally. I immediately called for an Internal Affairs investigation to gather the details about this incident and to report back to me as quickly as possible.”

He added, “It is not the practice of the Metro Transit police to inquire about the immigration status of our riders.”

As The Washington Post points out, when Minneapolis declared itself a sanctuary city in 2003, a city ordinance prohibited city employees (including police) from inquiring about a person’s immigration unless it’s directly relevant to a crime under investigation.

A Transit Officer Questioned A Commuter’s Immigration Status, A Fellow Passenger Intervened

Show me your papers, brown person!