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Friday, April 19. 2019
Gallup: Number Of Americans Who Are Members Of A Church Is In Steep Decline, At 80-Year Low
Mapping The World's Busiest Air Routes
Some surprises there
After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans' Levees Are Sinking
A historic Depression-era mural has been removed from a Chicago school because it featured a painting of white children.
Metformin fights heart disease
Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire…brilliantly
He refers to pygmies standing on the shoulders of giants
Urban Renewal as Racial Emergency
The Case for Busing Border Detainees to Burlington, Vermont
Migrant camps overflow as Mexico cracks down after Trump threats
Robert Francis O'Rourke Hates America (But Wants to Be President Anyway)
Mainstream media doubles down on Trump conspiracies
Australia “Ready To Confirm” Key Meeting That Led To Russiagate Probe
Trump Campaign: Time To Go After 'Liars' Who Started Witch Hunt
Schumer, Pelosi Demand Robert Mueller Testify Before Congress
WaPo: Mueller may be done, but Barr is just getting started
CNN Melts Down Over Barr Press Conference – Calls Barr’s Presser “An Extraordinary Political Commercial For the President”
Israel and the Illiberal Liberals
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"What stands out is just how diligently and creatively the special counsel’s legal minds worked to implicate someone in Trump World on something Russia- or obstruction-of-justice-related. And how—even with all its overweening power and aggressive tactics—it still struck out.”
Aggressive? Try sneaky, underhanded, deceitful, use of process crimes and extortion. What's more, they would do the same to anyone of us.
Re: New Orleans' levees, this isn't news: it's the nature of building on alluvial soil, particularly after nearly half a century of neglect. They were talking about the problem when I was in high school in Jefferson Parish, next door.
In Jefferson Parish, at that time and more-or-less continuously since, they were building and upgrading the pumps and levees. Except for one very small area near the Orleans Parish line, where they forgot to shut a backflow valve, the east bank took no water during Katrina. You can see a couple of places where the levee deflected under a Cat 5 surge; but the bottom line, as a high school buddy of mine who lately retired as a civil engineer put it, is that the water went up, and then it went down, just like it was supposed to.
In Jefferson Parish, they took care of things the way they were supposed to. Orleans Parish, on the other hand, seems to be reducing itself to a theme park, and runs the risk of ending up a lot like the last theme park they built. That's a pity, but it's their choice.
There was an incredible opportunity to rebuild New Orleans on safer ground. They spent tens of billions to restore NO to it's former slum status instead. What a waste of money and effort. NO will endure more hurricanes in the future and levies will fail and people will die. It would be interesting to know where all that money was spent, who benefitted, why no consideration of moving the city?
There was an incredible opportunity to rebuild New Orleans on safer ground.
A few comments:
1.) This was a popular refrain I heard from a lot of talking heads that didn't do their basic homework on the topography of New Orleans. The oldest parts of the city, such as the Quarter, are built on ground that is actually above the 500-year floodplain. Iberville knew what he was doing, all those centuries ago, but his successors, maybe not so much.
2.) It would be more accurate - or at least more properly descriptive - to speak in terms of an opportunity to replace New Orleans on higher ground as opposed to rebuilding it. In practical terms, I think the logistics of it, particularly with respect to who would have ended up paying the bill, would have been as dubious as the similar elements of the GND lately proposed.
3.) It is difficult for me to imagine why one would have bothered with such an effort to begin with, because of a key point in your comment that most people completely miss: why does it matter what one does if it only gets rebuilt as a slum (and theme park) anyway.
4.) There's an additional reason why I find it difficult to imagine why one would have bothered: the market is already taking care of it. The vast bulk of any viable business is either gone to Metairie and Kenner (that being the east bank of Jefferson Parish), where the levees and pumps are sound and well maintained, or they've gone to Texas.
5.)There is a reason we didn't hear the "rebuild elsewhere" chorus about major parts of the Tri-State region after Sandy, or about the hills of California after a major fire or mudslide, to name only two examples. Think of the implications of another '38 Hurricane on southern New England, for example, and you'll end up with far worse. As it is, it's bad enough with a typical storm tide. The primary purpose of public policy is to preserve jurisdictions. Clearly they thought about the implications of their own power bases and very quickly thought the better of it.
Those of us who do all-hazards disaster planning (as the Feds call it, these days) for a living speak in terms of "when" rather than "whether" the next disaster happens. I foresee the day when Orleans Parish, apart from a few knots of development on naturally higher ground, consists of a handful of causeways carrying railroads and expressways through an area gradually being reclaimed by the nutrias and the gators. At that point, perhaps the theme park can add some truly creative ghost story themed swamp tours, and the jurisdictional problems will take care of themselves, as they always do when normal folks vote with their feet.
At least the rest of us won't be out a princely sun for yet another hare-brained scheme.
It saddens me to see NO the way it is today. I first spent time in NO in 1965. You could walk the streets even at night safely (just avoid certain bars). In fact that is exactly what I did, walk the streets and see the city. It was a beautiful city with interesting food and people. Over the years I saw it change. then at some point it became a little scary to be out walking at night and soon absolutely foolish to walk at night. Today it is a killing field.
I can only echo your sentiments: I remember those streets well, as well as the culture that made them the way they were. I'd hoped to make my life there, but that was not to be. For the first time in my life, I'm at some peace with that. The reason is probably best summed up in the words of a former colleague, a traffic engineer by profession and a jazz musician by avocation, "They chased away all the people that made that city work." Much as it grates on me, he's quite right.
As to why they didn't relocate, the [real] answer is undoubtedly tied up in the refusal of the local elected sector to give up their turf. As another former colleague of mine said repeatedly, "Maybe the system is doing exactly what it's supposed to." In the end, the voters keep returning them to office, at least for the most part. I guess that says it all.
re Mueller may be done, but Barr is just getting started
He needs to move fast. Time is short.
"Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire…brilliantly"
Thanks for the link to Hanson. There is alot to think about with what Hanson says about Notre Dame Cathedral.
In the west we are tearing down religious thought and buildings while other cultures are discovering and building religious thoughts and buildings.
I was reminded of the explosion of pop culture music in the past few days by the Korean group BTS and their new album "Map Of The Soul".
Newton said: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Nowadays our "thought leaders" are usually standing on the giants' toes.
re the loss of Vermont: A state with the reputation of "live and let live" is discovering the result of a surfeit of toleration.
I can remember 70 years back; to me it was a paradise in many ways.
Urban Renewal and gentrification: IMHO some federal judge should mandate it AND require bussing in white people to live there. It seemed like such a good idea when they destroyed a large Boston community with forced bussing, right?
I can't read the Mueller report without suffering from envy: what if this kind of relentless hostile investigative focus were to be trained on Loretta Lynch? Eric Holder? Comey? Brennan? Susan Rice? Hillary Clinton? Obama? Imagine what we might have found out about Benghazi, the email server, Fast-and-Furious, the IRS scandal. Imagine for a delirious moment the press assisting instead of obstructing an inquiry.
Just remember that Andrew Weissman, Mueller's chief investigator, has the distinction of having a conviction reversed by a UNANIMOUS supreme court in the Arthur Anderson case. The company was ruined and the 5,000 employees all lost their jobs, of course.
"You’d expect that contrite reporters would explicitly inform the public that the president had been “exonerated.” " I laugh at this! Contrite?? Ain't NO WAY they'd be "contrite".
"Sara Carter told Hannity that her sources are telling her the deep state officials in the DOJ and FBI are turning on each other."
An outcome devoutly to be wished.
CNN Melts Down Over Barr Press Conference: I'm lovin' it!
It’s Not The Collusion, It’s The Corruption Or Something That Brooksie; Aint he somethin'!
It seems to this observer in Canada that the Democrats just can't bring themselves to, er, MoveOn.