September 1st, 2005

bear by san

more link salad

ETA New links added.

suricattus has posted another letter from a friend providing emergency services on the Gulf Coast.

annafdd has the view from Europe, with some selective quotes from CNN.

niilistic_kid--"It's the port, stupid." Yeah, what he said. Why build a city there? Well, you see, there's this big-ass river that goes alllllllll the way up to the tippy top of the country, son....

cmpriest on why gasoline is important to the Southeastern US.

greygirlbeast on the temper tantrums of supernatural beings, not.

From The Daily Kos, "So why aren't those other countries coming to help? Well, we won't let them." Although from the amount of bitching I've heard about this, you'd think we hadn't had to be shamed into providing tsunami relief. We got our asses handed to us by Finland, people. Finland.

MSNBC reports violence increasing at the Superdome.   The operation to bus more than 20,000 people to the Houston Astrodome was suspended  “until they gain control of the Superdome,” said Richard Zeuschlag, head of Acadian Ambulance, which was handling the evacuation of sick and injured people from the Superdome. 

[Snip]

Police were asking residents to give up any firearms before they evacuated neighborhoods because officers desperately needed the firepower: Some officers who had been stranded on the roof of a hotel said they were shot at.

[But]

On the flooded streets of New Orleans, dozens of fishermen from up to 200 miles away floated in on caravans of boats to pull residents out.

Winds of Change does the math and doesn't like the answers.

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I'm not noticing anybody talking about food shortages, either. How much South American and Caribbean produce comes into the US via the Mississippi? (That's not a rhetorical question. I honestly don't know.) And then there's the issue of getting exports out. Remember that big boat I linked to pictures of a while back? The Sovereign Maersk? That's how food (and other stuff) gets from here to there.

Oh, this is gonna suck.

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Did I just hear the Shrub on the radio saying "I don't think anybody anticipated a breach in the levees"? Did I? Did I just hear that? (cleans out ears.)

Really? The Times-Picayune, now a webzine (you go, guys) has apparently been reporting for some time on the dangers of Federal inattention to the levee system.

Yet after 2003, the flow of federal dollars toward SELA dropped to a trickle. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars.

[snip]

In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004, article, in New Orleans CityBusiness.

Editor & Publisher, yesterday
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And just to get all the bad news in one place, Sisyphus Shrugged (jmhm) does a roundup of the Gwen Araujo murder case, to which I have nothing to add.

And the BBC has extinction worries about the great apes. Way to outcompete, Homo sapiens.

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On a lighter note, nanotube research

bear by san

It's last call somewhere in the world.

docbrite is okay, for reasonably broad values of okay.

Legendary musician Fats Domino, however, is missing in New Orleans. CNN reports the 77-year old bluesman chose not to evacuate, and has not been heard from since Sunday.

Robert Aspirin is reported safely evacuated.

I have heard various reports that Israel, Canada, and the European SCA are offering assistance.

And I saw a comment somewhere regarding Donald Rumsfeld and the rebuilding of New Orleans being too expensive to contemplate. Anybody got linkage/confirmation on that one? ETA It was Hastert, and it's confirmed:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/01/hastert.katrina.ap/index.html

How stupid is Dennis Hastert? Even stupider than I suspected, apparently, because the esteemed Senator doesn't seem capable of understanding that stubbornness has less to do with rebuilding cities than their location, which includes access to things like ports.

Now, Vegas, if it ever blows over, they'll just raze it. It's only here because there was water, and a crossroads.

(The nice thing about newsblogging, as opposed to the day job, is I don't have to try to downplay my commie liberal pinko fag sympathies.)

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Good lord. Michelangelo is internalizing. Willingly. Somebody replaced him with a clone while I wasn't looking.

Progress notes for 1 September 2005:

Hooray, Hooray, for the first of September; this is the day we begin to dismember!

You know, it just doesn't have the same ring as May.

Carnival

New Words: 1,808
Total Words: 66,624/ 79,500
Pages: 318

This is the part of the novel where all I can think is are we there yet?

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
79,500 / 110,000
(72.0%)
Reason for stopping: work
Mammalian Assistance:  Marlowe on mousepad
Stimulants: seltzer and orange tea and tzatziki
Exercise: yoga and a four mile walk
Mail: Here's that RE article on writing quote unquote unusual characters.
Today's words Word don't know: inobviously
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Tyop du jour: isolated will up the tower
Darling du jour: something tells me it's gonna be a good long time before there are any darlings out of this thing. We hates it, precioussss.
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945;  Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels;
Mean things: Threw somebody off a balcony
Other writing-related work: n/a
Interesting tidbits: n/a
phil ochs troubador

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On a much lighter note, I just heard the title track off Janis Ian's new album.

I think I'm in love:

there's an orchid in her hair
there are bruises on her lips
i would worship if i dared
kneeling at her fingertips
i would tell her how i've yearned
to be worthy of the grail
all these years and all i've learned
is just how brilliantly i fail
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bear by san

I missed her name.

But the NBC Nightly News, which is what we happened to have the sound turned up at the bullpen today, had a short segment on a woman at the New Orleans Convention Center. She's a registered nurse. She is the only health care professional at the Convention Center, where New Orleans' homeless have been told to converge and found no services, no security,and no way to get out.

She was there as a civilian.

Without supplies, without assistance, treating everyone she could, begging medication from bystanders to suit each new crisis.

There's your American hero, Mr. Bush.

I hope Condi spared a thought for her during the intermission of Spamalot. If, God help us, that rumor is true.

Though I really hope it's not.

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