August 24, 2007

Happy Anniversary! (A Short Comparison)

So Katrina's second anniversary coming up, and I haven't the slightest idea what to get them. Perhaps another speech by President George? Well, that will be coming anyways, so what else... what else...

I know!

How about we find an insider to discuss what the hell went wrong with the governments when the levees broke? Er... I mean another insider?

Done, and done!

Funny story:

"[...] under law dating back to 1935, a breech of the federal levee system makes the damage - and the deaths - a federal responsibility. That means, as van Heeden points out, that "these people must be compensated."

"Indeed, that was the rule applied in the storms that hit Westhampton Dunes, New York, in 1992. There, when federal sea barriers failed, the flood waters wiped away 190 homes. The feds rebuilt them from the public treasury. But these were not just any homes. They are worth an average of $3 million apiece - the summer homes of movie stars and celebrity speculators. "

But what about people who aren't Katrina victims? Well, not directly, anyways. Riddle me this: why would the public housing in New Orleans that was not damaged by any floodwaters have the homeowners kicked out by the city and then get sealed with steel plates for over a year?

If you didn't know that part of the story, turn on the sound and watch this.

Well, fair enough. After all, those poor folks in New Orleans public housing are awfully.. you know... dark.


posted by Thursday at 4:05 pm


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