This video from Australia says about itself:
Video: Queensland floods: “They totally destroyed anything I could salvage”
On the spot report from Queensland
By Terry Cook and Oliver Campbell
8 February 2011
Thirty five people have been killed in floods that have hit Queensland since December 2010—nine of these from Grantham, which is about 100 kilometres west of Brisbane.
In this video Grantham motor mechanic “Sting Ray” Van Dijk explains his experiences with the Queensland Flood Recovery Taskforce and how its callous indifference to the scores of flood victims led to the destruction of additional property in the small agricultural community. Headed by Army Major Mick Slater, the Taskforce is a strictly organised military operation with flood victims expected to unquestioningly fall into line.
Australia: Both the destruction and the inadequacy of the official response became clearer over the weekend as residents returned to homes shattered by Cyclone Yasi: here.
Grantham agricultural workers Wendy Smith and Lee Sheppard explain how their home and other valuable personal possessions were trashed by the Queensland government’s “flood recovery” operations: here. And here.
As Queensland copes with the impacts of the 2010-2011 wet season, research undertaken by the Australian Institute of Marine Science shows the frequency of extreme rainfall events has increased since the late 19th century: here.
The Australian financial and corporate elite is demanding that the conditions of the working class be slashed to meet international benchmarks being set in the US and Europe: here.
A record one in seven Americans relied on government food stamps in 2010: here.
President Obama spoke at the US Chamber of Commerce Monday, assuring the top executives he would tailor the government entirely to the profit interests of US corporations: here.