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Got Those Red Stick Blues, Again!
By Ernest Stewart

Well there's floodin' down in Texas
All of the telephone lines are down
Well there's floodin' down in Texas
All of the telephone lines are down
And I've been tryin' to call my baby
Lord and I can't get a single sound

Texas Flood ~~~ Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble

Life's a bitch around "Red Stick," again. Louisiana got another one of those once-in-500-years floods, again. That's two this year alone; and yet ask any conservative if it's due to man-made global warming, and you'll get a resounding "NO;" even though 99% of Earth climate scientists will tell you just the opposite. The 1% that deny it have been bought and paid for by the corpo-rats. I mean, who you gonna believe, America, Donnie Trump who calls it a "hoax," or your own lying eyes?

Deadly floods in Louisiana have already claimed ten lives and led to at least 30,000 people being evacuated from the area; but the danger for residents isn't over when the water recedes. The potent mix of stagnant water and stifling heat can put survivors in the area at risk for a host of other health issues, including infections and even snakebites. One family was greeted by an alligator on their front porch and a cottonmouth at their backdoor; but finally went out a side-door to get to their car! And with that side-door left open, they may return to find the snake and the gator -- and who-knows-what residing in their home!

There's much more to a flood than the water! According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Bacteria can infect open wounds, causing dangerous infections, and infectious diseases - including E. coli, norovirus and tetanus can spread easily in areas with flood damage. Those who go back to flood-damaged homes should be extra-vigilant about the safety risks."

According to the Louisiana State Health Department: "Any people who get a puncture wound or laceration while in murky floodwaters should get a tetanus shot unless they have had the vaccination within in the last five to 10 years, Floodwaters can increase the risk of mosquito-borne infections in the area because they can result in excessive breeding of mosquitoes."

Meanwhile, folks down in the "Lone Star" State are facing the same dangers as in Louisiana, where several have died from flooding -- with more rain expected for the next several days. Not only will they get the same gully washers that Louisiana has gotten, but some of those flooded Louisiana rivers will carry all that access water through Texas on its way to the Gulf Coast!

Louisiana State Health Department officials warn residents to "Remove stagnant water from birdbaths, flowerpots, tires and other containers in the hopes of avoiding illnesses spread by mosquitoes.

"Swarms of mosquitoes may be seen in the affected regions several weeks after the storm,"
noting that "mosquito eggs can lie dormant for years without water and these eggs will now hatch."

According to the Louisiana Health Department: "Animals, both wild and domestic, can be displaced by floodwaters, leading to all kinds of problems. In particular, snakes are more prone to enter abandoned homes, cars or even furniture if their nests are flooded. When residents return home to find houses affected by flood damage, they may develop respiratory issues, including asthma. Allergens may increase, especially if mold, dust mites and cockroaches are present."

You can deny Global Warming all you want; but that's not going to keep it from happening; in fact, it's only going to make it worse. These once-in-500-year storms are going to become common place instead of a rarity, if we keep heading down the same road. Right now, we're coming to the point of no return; if we don't stop it now, we never will!


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(c) 2016 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 14 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.

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