Putin walks the devastation and makes promises – to rebuild entire villages before winter, $33,000.00 if a family member died. These photos are gripping.
Grain producing areas larger than Kentucky going up in smoke. Already stressed food production going down. Grain prices maybe doubling or more in some places that can ill afford them. Russian TV and media are as full of this story as the USA's media is of the Gulf Oil Disaster. The BBC reports entire villages reduced to ashe, stunned survivors, and Premier Putin standing in the ashes promising the villages would be rebuilt "before winter." 18 of Russias regions declared as in a state of emergency
Maybe we could lend some of those unemployed firefighters to help those Russian firefighters. But seriously, the human costs and suffering are enormous and this disaster is affecting air quality even here, and may affect how this winter plays out. Moscow was 102 degrees today. Not many people or workplaces are engineered there to handle that sort of heat, and there has been two weeks of it. These pictures were taken by a group of patients and staff fleeing a hospital that exploded into flames
You know, there just might be weightier concerns for the human race than casinos – even if casinos killed the economy of the state of Nevada and are to prudent revenue as crack is to a prudent life style. As John Adams' character so famously sang in the movie/play 1776
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care"
2000 Russians have drowned, trying to beat this heat wave.