Saturday, September 11, 2010

Spill chief’s credibility questioned
~John DeSantis

Rig Workers had Chance to Prevent Explosion? ~Oil Drum

Scientists Find Thick Layer Of Oil On Seafloor~NPR

New Orleans chefs send letter to BP
~Liz Reyes, WVUE

Potentially dangerous 92L steadily developing; Igor nears hurricane strength~Jeff Masters, Wunderblog

Geaux James Gill!

~Also~Seafood officials say they need more BP aid

Future chefs help raise money for cooking school

Big Easy Rollergirls Tonight!

~Hat Tweet~lunanola

A ripple runs ahead of a wave, guest ed
~Linda Usdin, The Lens

Got Change?~Harry Shearer

"I can't make it go away"
Editilla was doing a very fine thing that morning: building some kid a perfect snowball, at the Flora Cafe', when Valentine came in for his early juice. {I also did a fresh juice bar there.}
Only this morning Val was a bit up on breaking news: "Hey, Juicy," he says "Did you hear that one of the World Trade Center towers is on fire?" "Nah", said I, more interested in making sure to swirl the condensed milk just right around the cone of shaved ice to the top, without breaking it down, which would not do at all, mashing up all the color layers I had painstakingly laid in the snowball already. While the kid watched, Val, stepped across Royal to get a paper and comes back in looking a little scared...looking me right in the eye he said, "You may want to get over to Big Daddy's and check the TV." "What?", I said, stepping around a few more of the children waiting for their snowballs. Then da'Angel storms into the cafe, "HEY EVERYBODY! SOMEONE HAS JUST FLOWN A GODDAMN AIRLINER INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN NEW YORK!"

The place emptied like fire in a theater, as everyone ran to the bars across the street to see it on the Tube. Suddenly Schiro's was packed too. Suddenly there was not a car on the street outside, as I suspect anywhere else in America. Me, I turned around and looked at the kids waiting on their snowballs and asked, Who's next?

*It's just how I feel about the whole show: 9/11, 8/29, 4/22...waiting to exhale.
~greenheritage "The times they are a-changin remembered on 9/11 - Green Heritage News - ( )
~thefrontloader Remembering 9/11: Bruce Springsteen – Songs from “The Rising”:
~ahuntre YouTube - Robbie Robertson - Fallen Angel
~veracitystew 9/11: ‘Peace On Earth’ Recalls That Fateful Day (audio) #tribute #groundzero
~WhoDat35 #9/11 Remembrance to all the beautiful souls: How fragile we are... #Peace

So Many Books About 9/11; So Few About Katrina and the Federal Flood of New Orleans~Chloe Schama

Is Katrina More Significant Than September 11?~Levees Not War

“Battle of New Orleans” – Historic Meeting Unites BP Oil Spill Gulf Residents, Victims of Exxon Valdez Spill, Hurricane Survivors and 9/11 First Responders~Humid Beings

Release Katrina/Federal Flood hospital deaths file, Louisiana judge says

New Jersey criticizes Army Corps on dredging discharge~Gov. Christie and Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin blasted the corps for violating a court order that restricted the project from New Jersey and failing to disclose the dike problem until this week. "We will pursue every possible avenue, including legal steps, to make certain the Army Corps is held accountable for these failures," Martin said. Christie called the situation "completely outrageous and typical of the Army Corps' attitude of barreling ahead with this ill-conceived deepening project with no regard for the environment or the significant questions raised by the State of New Jersey." Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum said the corps was "acting in bad faith, violating the law, now violating court orders, all in their blind passion to deepen the Delaware River no matter what the harm and what the cost."

Charm City~Nicholas Lemann

Harold Battiste, a jazz man of letters ~Jason Berry

Lydia Latrobe Roosevelt Steams to New Orleans in the New Orleans
~Kathy Warnes

Funes, the Memorious
~Jorge Luis Borges

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Let's Get It On Two'dat New Orleans!

~More Saints videos
Drew Brees Proposes New Pre-Game Ritual

And now, a word from our sponsors… Vol. 12 – football version
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Goodbye Last Season and Hello New Season ~Cliff's Crib

OUR Game~wreckless endangerment

It's Game Day!~Traveling Mermaid

Who Dats Gone Wild~NOLAFemmes

Things NewOrleans Don’t Want To Hear or See During Saints Game
~Good Nola

Happy New Year~Library Chronicles
~Halas Trophy presentation January 24, 2010

If it's Thursday, it must be New Orleans ~Brian Williams

Mainstream Media Doesn’t Care About Black People: A Kanyesque Teachable Moment About Second Line Culture Bias~Red Cotton, Gambit

Faceoff in the 2nd Congressional District: Richmond vs. Cao
~Jeremy Alford, Gambit

“First Impression” ~slabbed

~Join us Saturday Sept. 11 at 730PM for a Candle Light Vigil in Jackson Square.
With services by the Houma Nation and spiritual leaders. Then at 9PM come to Tipatina's French Quarter location (just a few blocks from Jackson Square) for the Battle of New Orleans benefit concert.~Coastal Resoration Society

Gulf Compensation Czar Apologizes for Falling Short of Goals~ProPublica

Who’s Getting Paid?~WKRG

Four muncipalities near Interstate 65 sue BP; Montgomery law firm claims 1,000 clients

Companies Involved in Gulf Oil Spill Play 'Name That Disaster' With Eye on Posterity~NYT~Hat Tweet~ Whodat35

Oil & Water / Jervis Eymard
~Humid Beings

EPA opposes La. berms~Mark Ballard

Millions of Migrating Birds Heading to Oil ~LarryO'Hanlon
~Nearly five million Migratory birds from Canada are now winging their way south across North America, and many of them could be in for a nasty shock when they reach the oily marshes and beaches along the Gulf Coast.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

One more day
~Thanks Drake

Reminder: Downtown is going to be a giant cluster $&*%! on Thursday
~Alejandro de los Rios, Gambit

Black And Gold Pep Rally with The Camel Toe Lady Steppers, Rouxlala and Fleur de Tease~Humid Beings

Reggie Bush’s Heisman~Joe Posnanski

Empowerment Through Art:
NOLA Rising~PDX 2 Gulf Coast

Not The Best of New Orleans~Pistolette

Here are the subpoenas and witness lists in the matter of the Impeachment of Judge G. Thomas Porteous ~slabbed

Who Is Terry Jones?~Harry Shearer

Changing Course in the Gulf:
Bad Lessons in Money and Politics Pt. 1 – BP and Corexit
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Regulatory Capture Of Oil Drilling Agency Exposed In Report
~Dan Froomkin

BP internal investigation into Gulf oil spill mostly points finger at others
~David Hammer

BP’s Internal Investigation vs. What We Already Know ~ProPublica

BP Self-Investigation: Public Relations Overdrive Blame Shifting (PROBS)

AL Attorney General meets with BP attorneys to discuss oil spill lawsuit
~King has said of the state's lawsuit: "Some will, no doubt, sound the alarm that the lawsuit is premature. As Alabama's lawyer, I say that if, anything, based on BP's broken promises, their history of saying one thing and doing another, and now, new information that they have been secretly working to gain a legal advantage, further delay can only further damage our people."

Free vector and raster map data at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110m scales
~Natural Earth
~Hat Tweet~ SkyTruth

Major flooding in Austin from Hermine

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Prediction? Pain~moosedenied
~Editilla Cronk'rrrellas~ There is not crying in football!

~'Cept when our boys win the Super Bowl. Lot'O'cryin there!

As New Orleans Saints kick off season Thursday, some schools closing early
~Transportation officials announce ferry schedule for NFL Kick Off celebration
Q&A With Harry Shearer: Voice of The Simpsons Speaking Up for New Orleans
~Joshua Kors

The Next Five Years~Gambit

State hopes to get more FEMA money for Charity Hospital contents

BP self-probe to spread blame for spill

~johncusack time and mood appropo.....

BP Helps Fund U.S. Research Into Health Effects of Oil Disaster.
Will this render those witnesses' testimony inadmissible in court?

CDC just conducted “EMERGENCY surveys” in Alabama to determine the “spill’s impact on PHYSICAL and mental health”~Florida Oil Spill Law

Thousands of People Along the Gulf Coast Suffer ‘BP Crud’

“Fox Guarding Hen House” On Oil Spill?
Ivor van Heerden's BP sub-contractor's plan for beach cleaning flawed?
~BP is again seeking permission to use a technique called “surf washing” to finish cleaning the sand at Grand Isle. The permit is pending through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is similar to one BP withdrew in July from the agency.
In that (emergency) request, BP had asked to use “surf washing” — basically pushing oil-stained sand back into the surf for reworking — at East Grand Terre.
A request for comment from BP made with Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center was not returned by Friday afternoon. In a previous interview about the Grand Terre permit request, Edward Owens, principal with Polaris Applied Sciences Inc. of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and the shoreline response technical advisor for BP, said the technique has been used in many other places.
~Editilla Rotellas~But...What Did Ivor Say? WDIS?
"The damage from the oil coming ashore is overstated", "The oil has impacted only tens of miles" ~Ivor van Heerden, NPR, June 5th, 2010.

Congressman: BP "Openly Black- mailing the American Government"
~Kate Sheppard

Heavy machinery used to clean oil that Haley Babar said wasn't there on MS barrier islands

@lizzieohreally are they adding these "donations" to the Cost of their so called "Oil Spill Response"? I say yea and verily. #bppr #oilspill

~ lizzieohreally @Editilla no they tally direct cleanup expenses differently.
~ Editilla @lizzieohreally Do you have that information link or documentation? Thanks yous.
~ Editilla @lizzieohreally Thanks. I'm getting at the Total Alleged Costs. I believe they do list these 10+ Million$ "contributions" towards taxes.
~ Editilla WE want an Accounting of #BP Alleged Costs? #bppr #oilspill #CPA #Gulf #nola

Alabama Virtual Library launches Gulf Oil Spill Resources page

New Orleans Seafood Festival
~Humid Beings

Heisman Trust to take Bush’s Trophy

Hermine drenching Texas; Gaston's remains less organized ~Wunderblog
~MODIS satellite image of Hermine at 12:45pm EDT Monday September 6, 2010. Image credit: NASA.
Tropical Storm Hermine hit the Mexican coast 40 miles south of the Texas border at 9:30 pm EDT last night, with 60 mph sustained winds. Top winds observed in Texas from the storm were 50 mph with gusts to 59 mph at Port Isabel near the Mexican border, and winds at Brownsville hit 45 mph, gusting to 69 mph. Harlingen had the highest gust observed from Hermine, 72 mph, and local storm reports indicate that half of the city lost power and a roof caved in on an apartment complex, with no injuries.

“Voters Can Make up Their Own Minds”- Bobby Jindal, and to Help, Watch the Dem’s New Video
~Disenfranchised Citizen

AP Begins Crediting Bloggers as Source

Monday, September 6, 2010

Corps of Engineers is making plans to strengthen floodwalls and levees
~Sheila Grissett

~About 18 miles of floodwalls and levee line the three canals, and the corps' refusal to either completely replace them or re-engineer the canals so walls aren't needed for flood protection is a politically and emotionally charged topic in an area that could flood again if the buttressed walls and levees don't hold.
Forensic investigators estimate that 80 percent of the water that inundated metro New Orleans and the Old Metairie-Old Jefferson area of East Jefferson poured through the 17th Street and London Avenue floodwalls, which broke long before the storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain reached their tops.
~Please also see: Fix the Pumps

Radio show caller confirms that Corps' New Orleans pumps probably won’t work in high water event

Intensifying Hermine closes in on the Texas/Mexico coast~Wunderblog
Experts to look at long-term effect of toxicities from BP Oil Crime

Rethinking medical disaster planning
~Nearly 2,000 patients were stranded in the 11 New Orleans hospitals surrounded by 15 to 20 feet of Katrina floodwater after the levees were breached.
Many patients and staff members were moved out of the hospitals by boat.
~Photo by Michael Appleton / NY Daily News Archive / Getty Images

8/29 Flood documentary will be shown at Nunez Community College

Some see wetlands loss a threat greater than any oil spill?

Golden Meadow, Louisiana where ties to the sea run deep~Ali Sanderson

Uncertain future after Gulf oil spill has Buras fishing lodge owner on edge
~Bob Marshall

Good fishing, but tough going for charter captains~Katherine Schmidt

BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Waiting, Berm Update, and Tropical Storm Hermine ~The Oil Drum

Firesquito (and Bob Breck) in:
The Corrupt Clicker Caper

This Week in Theatre and Books ~NOLAFemmes

A new day for labor? By the Numbers ~Facing South


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bobby's Berm Blows, Controversy Rises
~Gov. Bobby Jindal’s controversial project to build sand barriers in the Gulf of Mexico to block oil from invading Louisiana’s marshes is reaching a critical juncture. As Jindal attempts to get permits to expand the project — plus more funding to transform the sandy sections, called berms, into longer-term barrier islands — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is collecting comments from environmentalists and federal agencies. Many of them questioned the idea when it was first proposed and continue to challenge the project even as it is well under way.

Gaston still a threat to redevelop ~Wunderblog

Random Impressions After Watching BP’s Youtube Channel
~Disenfranchised Citizen

5 key human errors, colossal mechanical failure led to fatal Gulf oil rig blowout~David Hammer
~Criminal charges being considered against BP in Gulf oil rig tragedy

AL, MS Oil spill claims show statewide scope of Deepwater Horizon disaster

Jus'sayin...smarter over harder, artifacts over politics, livingry over usury.

~Hat Tweet~ greenheritage

Families avoid beaches this Labor Day

BP La. cleanup worker “sick from the chemicals used to contain the oil” — “Forced” out after being hospitalized
~Florida Oil Spill News

~I wander near the boats [in Southeast Louisiana along Highway 1] … Behind me a door opens and a man walks out. He sits heavily on the porch as if this effort alone is the limit of what he can bear. It’s his boat. The one I’ve been admiring.

An Open Letter to US EPA, Region 6 ~Riki Ott~Re: Documentation of continued dispersant spraying in near shore and inland waters from Florida to Louisiana (despite contrary claims by USCG and BP) and documentation that dispersants made oil sink.

Bird rescue experts kept on sideline after gulf oil spill~St Petersburg Times
~The BP Oil Disaster disaster may have killed thousands of birds in the Gulf of Mexico and no one knows about it, say experienced wildlife rescuers.
The reason: The experts were not allowed to go look for live oiled birds in the areas where they were most likely to be found. Instead they were assigned to less urgent duties, or never called in at all.
~Special Thanks Photo~oceandog ~Hat Tweet~WhoDat35

60 years later, whoopers may return
~The whooping crane, a majestic bird that has become emblematic of endangered species, may soon return to Louisiana's coastal marshes after a 60-year absence. Federal and state wildlife officials are making plans to reintroduce the cranes to their former habitat within six months — a move intended to bolster the highly imperiled species after a similar attempt failed in Florida.

New turtle species discovered in Mississippi~Harlan Kirgan

Saving the healing herbs of the bayou

If Obama still wants to say Katrina flooded New Orleans 8.29.05 then he can hit the road, Hwy One'N'Done

Corps releases document for remediation work at outfall canals 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue Canals
~“Draft Individual Environmental Report (IER) 27, Outfall Canal Remediation on the 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue Canals,” is available for a 30-day public review and comment period. As described in the document, remediation methods include deep soil mixing, driving sheetpile and increasing the earthen embankment.
~The Corps will hold a public meeting for IER 27 on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122. Open house begins at 6:00 p.m. / Presentation and discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.
Written or verbal comments on IER 27 must be submitted to the Corps by midnight on Friday, October 1, 2010. Comments received during the public review period will become part of the official record.
Questions or comments concerning the Corps’ environmental process may be addressed to: Patricia Leroux, Environmental Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers P.O. Box 60267 New Orleans, LA 70160-0267
Phone: 504-862-1544 Fax: 504-862-2088

Road Home has a new excuse not to provide money~Jarvis DeBerry

New Orleans schools have chance to become centers of their communities
~Cindy Chang and Michelle Krupa

Jackson Square artists, businesses upset at NFL's concert plans
~Kari Dequine

~Special Thanks~Our New Orleans Saints

~DebCotton Parade of parades: Black Men of Labor 2nd Line rolls today 3pm w/Treme & Hot8BrassBand #neworleans #treme #rollrollroll

~ humidbeings Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey w/ special guest Johnny V tonight @BlueNileLive #nola #music

~Special Thanks~stynger ...and of course Our Girl.

On The Fence About Charles Bukowski ~Traveling Mermaid

Book of essays celebrates New Orleans’ enduring spirit

Sunday Funnies~Citizen K