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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.

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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

Tags: katrina, link salad, science!
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