Fall Of 55 http://fallof55.com/ Sat, 21 May 2022 06:56:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://fallof55.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/fall-of-55-icon-150x150.png Fall Of 55 http://fallof55.com/ 32 32 The climate crisis is a health crisis http://fallof55.com/the-climate-crisis-is-a-health-crisis/ Sat, 21 May 2022 04:44:56 +0000 http://fallof55.com/the-climate-crisis-is-a-health-crisis/

With one in eight people around the world at risk from a deadly heatwave in South Asia that has already claimed nearly 100 lives, it’s time to recognize that the climate crisis is a health crisis.

It is not an isolated problem. In South Africa, recent floods have claimed more than 400 lives, across the Sahel violence and insecurity are on the rise as people struggle with hunger, malnutrition and other factors exacerbated exponentially by climate change, and in places like Colombia, health and food security are at their worst. as floods displace communities and trigger epidemics.

This is the most pressing health and humanitarian challenge of the 21st century. A quarter of a million people are expected to die each year from climate change between 2030 and 2050 if we do nothing about it, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and safe shelter. According to the recent IPCC report on climate change, climate change has adverse effects on human health ranging from mortality from extreme events, morbidity from rising temperatures and heat waves, malnutrition and susceptibility to disease.

And for the first time ever, the IPCC report includes mental health as a key area affected by the climate crisis, noting that climate change has adversely affected the physical and mental health of people around the world.

People are losing their homes and loved ones as conflicts erupt over scarce resources in places like the Lake Chad Basin, and they dread the stress as we face the prolonged impacts of COVID-19 and the specter of other zoonotic pathogens that will increase as heat and environmental damage push animals out of their traditional areas, according to Harvard.

And even as countries and communities emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, it is clear that the pandemic has reinforced pre-existing structural inequalities, heightened systemic challenges and risks, and threatens to reverse hard-won progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .

Climate change is expected to further increase the risks. We are already seeing “irreversible” damage from climate change. According to the IPCC report, more than 3 billion people – nearly half of the world’s population – live in “settings that are highly vulnerable to climate change”. And the direct costs of climate change to the health system – not counting health-determining sectors such as agriculture, water and sanitation – are estimated at between $2 billion and $4 billion per year by the WHO. .

Rethinking climate and health

Adapting to climate change will be one of the main highlights of this year’s climate talks in Egypt. World leaders have the opportunity to connect the dots between health, food security, livelihoods, sustainable economic development and climate action as we come together to accelerate the ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement and sprinting to achieve the lofty goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Most nationally determined contributions have identified health as a priority concern. At COP-26, more than 50 countries pledged to build climate-resilient, low-carbon health systems. These include 47 countries, accounting for more than a third of global healthcare emissions. Fourteen countries have also set a target date to achieve net zero carbon emissions in their healthcare system before 2050.

There are a number of entry points that can help countries achieve these goals. Key opportunities arise from adaptation interventions that contribute to food and water security, climate-informed health planning that can feed into national adaptation plans, early warning systems for climate-sensitive infectious diseases capacity building of health facilities to develop protocols and prepare for changing health needs resulting from the climate crisis, public health education campaigns and community-level investments in facilities water and sanitation and other infrastructure that prevents the spread of disease.

When you think about it as a whole, the climate and health crisis is surprisingly complex. In places like Egypt, people need air conditioning units just to survive over 120 degree days. But more alternating current means more greenhouse gases. We must therefore also rethink economic development, incentives for renewable energies, the reduction of hydro-chloro-fluorocarbons and other pollutants that literally poison our planet.

We must also rethink climate resilience in our cities, on the farm and in the marketplace, redefining our approach to trade and economic development as we adapt to the new challenges of the 21st century.

Management of climate-health actions

The good news is that we are making progress.

With funding from the Global Environment Facility’s Special Climate Change Fund, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and WHO have helped local governments lead climate change adaptation efforts to protect human health in Barbados, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Jordan, Kenya and Uzbekistan.

In Barbados, community public health campaigns have promoted the safe use of wastewater. In Bhutan, the government has improved its ability to predict climate-sensitive infectious diseases. And in China, three pilot cities have set up a heat-health alert system.

With GEF funding, UNDP is partnering with WHO to build resilient health systems in Asia’s least developed countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Timor-Leste and Small Island Developing States such as Kiribati, Solomon. Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Among the various outcomes, the programs will advance climate-informed health planning and early warning systems, build the capacity of health facilities, implement public health campaigns, and support localized community actions directed at the crisis. climate and health.

There’s a bigger picture here. Ultimately, projects designed to achieve food and water security, advance ecosystem-based adaptation, or improve livelihoods will help us solve these interconnected problems. In partnership with governments, donors, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders, UNDP’s current climate change adaptation portfolio is designed to benefit 126 million people through 1, $6 billion in investments from vertical funds and bilateral donors, as well as an additional $3.8 billion in funding mobilized from partners.

This good start, but far from the 20 to 40 billion US dollars of annual expenditure for adaptation to climate change called for at the Glasgow climate talks.

Taking a system-wide approach, embracing new technologies and ways of working, engaging with the private sector and activating locally-led climate action is essential if we are to address to this crisis.

Millions of lives are at stake. It’s time to step up and make climate action – and climate-health action – a global priority. It is our investment in planet Earth, our investment in future generations, our investment in a better world.

Michael Sussmann trial: ABC, NBC, CBS and MSNBC ignore case at center of Trump-Russia probe http://fallof55.com/michael-sussmann-trial-abc-nbc-cbs-and-msnbc-ignore-case-at-center-of-trump-russia-probe/ Fri, 20 May 2022 16:54:00 +0000 http://fallof55.com/michael-sussmann-trial-abc-nbc-cbs-and-msnbc-ignore-case-at-center-of-trump-russia-probe/

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Some of the mainstream media obsessed with the Russiagate scandal suddenly decided that a trial at the center of the origins of the investigation was not worth covering.

The trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann began on May 16, as Special Counsel John Durham’s years-long investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe finally landed in court. , but anyone who relies on ABC, NBC, CBS or MSNBC would have no idea.

Since May 15, the day before the trial, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News and MSNBC all skipped the on-air trial until Thursday night, according to a search of the transcripts.

John Durham and Michael Susmann.
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CNN spent less than 10 minutes covering the trial from May 15 through Thursday, and did not report on it at all on air Wednesday or Thursday as testimony intensified. No CNN coverage came in prime time.

Sussmann was accused of making a false statement to the FBI when he told former FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016, less than two months before the presidential election, that he was not working ” for no customer” when requested and attended. a meeting where he presented “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a secret communication channel” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.

Special Counsel John Durham’s team alleges that Sussmann actually worked for two clients: Hillary Clinton’s campaign and a technology executive, Rodney Joffe. Following the meeting with Baker, Sussmann billed the Clinton campaign for his work.

Durham was asked in 2019 by Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the origins of the FBI’s initial investigation into the Trump campaign, which led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel. The Sussmann lawsuit is the first to emerge from Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.


Mueller’s investigation concluded that there was no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election. Before Mueller said there was no evidence of collusion, the mainstream media has spent years hyping and painting Trump as being compromised by Russia.

The New York Post editorial board recently speculated why it believes most media outlets are “ignoring” the Sussmann trial.


“If Republicans had done it to a Democrat, the press would have lost its mind. The problem is that most of the media bought the lies ordered by Clinton: The Washington Post and the New York Times shared a Pulitzer for their obsessive “news reporting” that repeated the lies to the world,” wrote the Post’s editorial board.

“This was the most successful disinformation campaign in living memory, and the liberal media were willing dupes in that success at best,” the Post continued. “Maybe it’s not such a surprise that they don’t care much about covering the trial which is starting to bring everything to light.”


Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

]]> San Jose cop charged with exposure had sexual assault investigated http://fallof55.com/san-jose-cop-charged-with-exposure-had-sexual-assault-investigated/ Fri, 20 May 2022 00:34:00 +0000 http://fallof55.com/san-jose-cop-charged-with-exposure-had-sexual-assault-investigated/

A San Jose police officer prosecuted over allegations he masturbated in front of a family while answering a call last month was investigated for sexual assault last year after he allegedly was charged with groping an intoxicated woman at a party at the home of another police officer, according to authorities and the woman.

Officer Matthew Dominguez, 32, was arrested last week after being charged with exposing himself to a family, including a mother and daughter, while responding to a domestic disturbance call in April. He is not in custody and is due in court on June 22 on one count of misdemeanor exposure.

Dominguez, who has been a police officer in San Jose for four years, could face a year in prison and be required to register as a sex offender if convicted of the charge. He is currently on paid administrative leave from the police department after being physically fired from work by Chief Anthony Mata. Dominguez does not have a lawyer listed and attempts to reach him on Thursday were unsuccessful.

After Dominguez’s arrest, a Bay Area woman went public with her claim that Dominguez sexually harassed and assaulted her at a Memorial Day party in the backyard of the Campbell home in Edmonton. another policeman from San Jose. His allegation was investigated, but no charges were ever filed in this case.

Menlo Park resident Jennifer Rodrigues, 25, said that at the May 2021 party, Dominguez allegedly touched her breasts and thigh and kept trying to touch her even after she rebuffed his advances. Rodrigues said she and her boyfriend, Andrew Pouliot, 30, reported the alleged sexual assault last June to the San Jose Police Independent Auditor’s Office, which in turn alerted the Cases Unit internal to the SJPD. The account was later shared with the Campbell Police Department, according to authorities and documents provided to this news agency.

In her initial June 2021 complaint filed with the police auditor, Rodrigues said she and Pouliot were talking with friends around 10 p.m. as the party began to wind down, when a visibly inebriated Dominguez sat next to Rodrigues and allegedly started touching her hair and breasts. She added that when she tried to pull away, he started touching her thigh and tried to “foot play” with her.

“First he went on my boobs and it was just the top part and I thought he was just touching my hair but he kept doing it and after I leaned to the right, it went towards my thigh,” Rodrigues said in an interview.

Rodrigues said she then tried to get Pouliot’s attention and got him to come by texting him about what was going on.

Pouliot said he then contacted his friend, the owner of the house who is also an SJPD officer, according to the complaint. Two other friends of Pouliot join them and they discuss what happened between Dominguez and Rodrigues. Pouliot claimed the second officer told him that Dominguez had made advances to his own girlfriend that night and was “cornering her in the kitchen.”

Pouliot said he decided not to face Dominguez due to Dominguez’s level of intoxication and the presence of other police officers at the party. Later that night, Pouliot said Dominguez allegedly made “inappropriate remarks” about Rodrigues’ breasts and began “leaning heavily” on her, according to the complaint.

Rodrigues said she then detailed her story to Campbell Police Detectives and told them she wanted to press charges. Campbell Police Captain Ian White told this news agency that an investigation was conducted and the findings were sent to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, but prosecutors refused to file. criminal charges based on the case as presented.

San Jose police said in a statement that an administrative investigation into Dominguez’s conduct at the party is ongoing.

Rodrigues said the outcome of the investigation was never communicated to him. It wasn’t until earlier this month, when news broke that Dominguez was accused of masturbating in a family’s home, that she and Pouliot heard from the SJPD again – nearly 11 months later. their first correspondence. On May 6, after the sexual misconduct allegations against Dominguez surfaced publicly, San Jose police investigators asked Pouliot to provide screenshots of texts he and Rodrigues had exchanged on the night of the Memorial Day celebration.

Pouliot and Rodrigues said they were disappointed not to have heard from law enforcement for nearly a year after their complaint and learned of the conclusion of the investigation from this news outlet.