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Friday September 02, 2005
12:13 PM

Ain't nothing New(s-worthy) 'bout N'Orlens

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Someone forwarded a message from an out of touch member to a mailing list I'm on, which contained this drivel:

our worst fears have been realized; our wonderful madcap city is being pummeled and brought up short by the end result of being ignored by our city, state and federal governments for 300 years. Levee breaks? who would have guessed? (anyone who lives here is the short answer). ... My family has been in LA since the 1760's and ain't leaving now...

Emphasis added.

WTF? WTFH? Please standby as we send a rocket-propelled GPS clue-by-four to assist you in your time of (mentally defecient) need. How about the result of 300 years of ignorance? Sticking your collective heads in the sand, covering your ears and repeating "Na na na I can't hear you"?

See the graphic at the bottom of Oh wait, you were aware it was an eventuality and are still surprised? Nuts to you then.

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  • Are you mad at the people of New Orleans for staying in the path of disaster? Then you should also be mad at the people of San Francisco for living on top of a fault line, and the people of New York for living so close to an obvious terrorist target.

    Are you considering that the people who could have afforded to get out had already done so? That some of the people who were caught in the disaster may have done so by choice (some who decided to stick around for whatever odd reason), but that a great number

    • No, because I don't care about the immediate relief aspect of it per se. I realize the poor may not have all been able to flee on the spur of the moment. OTOH my point is they do not in fact have to be there. I knew someone would make bogus comparisons to earthquakes (and the NYC comparison is even further off the mark). Yes, earthquakes are a known risk. OTOH you can build for them. You can build for them indvidually and are not reliant about municipal or federal public works (of course having code require
      Were that I say, pancakes?