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Didn’t see that coming.

So, it looks like the Trump administration is not prepared to manage the emergency of catastrophic flooding during and after Hurricane Harvey since he plucked John Kelly from DHS to be his chief of staff.

Remind me again, do we even have a National hurricane watch bureau thingy anymore? Or were those people too inextricably tied to evidence and the science of climate change?

Trump’s pick for FEMA administrator was confirmed in June, but officials at NOAA are still waiting for Trump to nominate someone to lead the key weather monitoring agency. The post remains vacant — and without a Trump nominee — alongside dozens of other deputy, under and assistant secretary positions in the Trump administration that require Senate confirmation.

And while Trump nominated two deputy directors for FEMA, they have yet to be confirmed into their positions.

Unrelated to those nomination woes, the National Hurricane Center is still fielding applications for a permanent director after its chief resigned in May.

Oh well. Pat and Franny, I have plenty of room in Pittsburgh.


I think what I really need in my life is a Vespa. An ice blue one.

And Vespa tunes. Spotify has a list for everything. Here’s number one on its list:


Friday Stroll in Silence

Because I left my house without my wireless earbuds. I found a half dead pair nof mearbuds in my bag but I have the *new* iPhone now and the old earbuds don’t fit anymore. I might get desperate enough to stop at CVSn. It’s only my way to work after I get off the bus. Still, very irritating. 😡

I know, world’s tiniest violin.

Anyway, if I had remembered, I would have been listening to this. It reminds me of the time BiFF and I went to Small’s in NYC at 1am. It was smoky, dark and, well, *small*. But the music was good. We crashed at the Gramercy Park Hotel in the wee hours of the morning. Totally worth it.