Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: NOLA will be live from D.C.
~Rally to Restore Sanity fans Tweeting their journey to D.C.
~UPDATE~They never said the words Afghanistan or BP Oil Spill.

New York carpenter remembered as hero to New Orleans Fire Department
~Ramon Antonio Vargas

The Audacity of Anger~Dakinikat

Animal control may go to the dogs without more money
~Karen Gadbois, The Lens

~Photo from The Gowanus Lounge in Brooklyn:
We received an email along with a group of photos of the original feral dogs of Red Hook & Gowanus from Regina Massaro of the Spay Neuter Intervention Project (SNIP).
Here is part of what she wrote:
"It is my belief that the Revere Sugar Dogs were the offspring of the Red Hook Dogs on 9th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Also, between 20-30 dogs lived on 6th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
In 2000, several were drowning in the Gowanus and were rescued. Throughout the years, SNIP rescued many. Today, one dog remains, 14 year old "Suzie". She is a feral dog and was trapped and spayed 7 years ago and then returned to her owner, who is homeless and resides on 10th Street."

Hurricane Tomas May Hit Haiti, a "Horrible Scenario

New Orleans Military Maritime Academy will open in 2011 on Federal City site~Paul Purpura

Lafayette to open natural-gas station

Struggling Gulf residents can’t buy groceries, on verge of eating the family pet — “When you’re eating the kid’s pet, that’s pretty bad” (VIDEO)
~Florida Oil Spill Law

Is Gulf Seafood Safe To Eat? Feds’ New Test Says Yes, Not Convincingly
~Laura Kolodny, Tech Crunch

Federal judge orders Halliburton to turn over leftover cement to Marine Board~David Hammer

BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Oil Spill Cementing - Open Thread~Oil Drum

French Quarter Festival:
A Call to

And now a wood from our sponsors
~going out to our boy Drake Toulouse, taking a break...
Disenfranchised Citizen, congroovience in communicado

~Editilla Hallowellas~Tis da'Night Before a Hallowed Bowl, Steelers in the Sacredome, all good souls should run on home, or stand with Our Saints against these Yankee Hos and leave them with Who Dat shook in their bones.

Friday, October 29, 2010

America Zombie explores the amazing art of....The Con-Profit
~Editilla Crowtellas~Due to the blizzard of gear shifting in this expose --as AZ runs a harrow back and forth over Cedric Richmond's lying heads-- we had to shift linking to "general". Please do take the effort to fang down the past week of posts to get a better view of this Zombie Banquet. ~Also, for appetizer, other tasty morsels on the slab over at slabbed!

Steel Men of Genius~moosedenied

Who are you and what have you done with Charlie Melancon?
~Library Chronicles

Harry Shearer determined to get his Katrina documentary seen, come hell or high water~Mike Scott

Cable Network Looking For Katrina Women~Katrina Connection

Chief: Future NOPD funding will be based on success of reforms
~Uptown Messenger

Animal control may go to the dogs without more money
~Karen Gadbois, The Lens

All 3 New Orleans trash vendors serving ineligible addresses, inspector general finds~Michelle Krupa

Professor Burns Big Oil Behavior
~Vincent Martellacci
~Hat Tweet~WhoDat35

Pope's Legion delegate warns of 'shipwreck'~The papal official running the disgraced Legionaries of Christ has warned that the conservative order faces "certain shipwreck" unless its superiors and members work together to change course following revelations that their founder led a double life.

A Drink in the Office~Blackened Out

Bubbles from Atlantis ~Hat Tweet~

Friday Reading~Sky Dancing

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Given Enough Head Who Needs Rope?
~Library Chronicles

Council and Landrieu spar over city’s role in luring business
~Ariella Cohen, The Lens

~ Reading Game Previews now creeps me out as watching a bad moonrise over a snake farm. Can't but stare, fascinated

Wife of cop suspects wrongdoing in death of her husband ~WWL

Pump to the river topic of Friday meeting in Old Metairie~Sheila Grissett

New York Times columnist gets the Seal of Approval

S&WB and Corps Meeting To Focus On The Importance of Preservation During Major Drainage Improvement Projects

Financial woes, strict standards plague SLLD~Tri-Parish Times
The South Lafourche Levee District failed a maintenance inspection conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers two weeks ago and is now working toward meeting established guidelines by August 2011, according to the district's General Manager Windell Curole.

Gulf Change Rally, Town hall, and Concert is slated for this Saturday October 30th in Baton Rouge~Dirty Cajuns

Oil Spill Commission finds Halliburton's cement was unstable, failed multiple tests before Deepwater Horizon disaster
~David Hammer

Louisiana Oystermen: Out of Work, Out of Options~Barry Yeoman

Fishermen Report Louisiana Bays Filled With Oil ~truthout

Bottom Trawling: Sediment Plumes Visible From Space ~SkyTruth

Official says that BP won’t pay for seafood program~Nikki Buskey

Dispersant Maker Nalco Ups Lobbying Spending~Kate Sheppard, MoJo

Reappearance of Huge Plumes of Oil is Making It Hard to Pretend that the Problem Has Disappeared

It Isn’t Easy Being Green in the Land of Purple, Green, Gold and Black
~Tim McNally

Vintage Kitchen: Brer Rabbit's New Orleans Molasses Recipes
~Four Dog Fig Farm

MVB~Blackened Out

New Orleans Dining Guide

Giant Warehouse Halloween Costume Party~Humid Beings

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana "Kids of the Gulf Toy Drive"
~Help us make sure that each and every child in Coastal Louisiana gets a holiday gift! Our Kids of the Gulf toy drive has started! Click the BUY TOYS button to go to our wish list and choose something! Items start at 5.00. It will be delivered directly to us for delivery to the kids of affected families!

Fishing, environmental groups weigh in on use of BP money~Mark Schleifstein

ABC News: Harry Shearer on Major Media’s reluctance to talk about ‘The Big Uneasy’

Beyond the Numbers: Oyster Supply Tells a Sobering Story
~Louisiana Seafood News

ALL 8 blood samples collected in Florida and Alabama find “4 TIMES the 95th Percentile” of m,p-Xylene
~Florida Oil Spill Law

Coastal Restoration Project in Southwest Louisiana Complete
~World Fishing Network

Oil Spill Art That is Made from BP Oil

There can only be one: Mississippi district 4 TEA Party candidate endorses Gene Taylor for Congress ~slabbed

Sitting On My Porch Part Fifty Seven
~Cliff's Crib

Jindal’s political future is stickier than his sand berms
~Mark Moseley, The Lens

American Brownshirts
~Adrastos, First Draft

October 29th Press Conference and

Strongest storm ever recorded in the Midwest smashes all-time pressure records~Jeff Masters, Wunderblog
~Visible satellite image of the October 26, 2010 superstorm taken at 5:32pm EDT. At the time, Bigfork, Minnesota was reporting the lowest pressure ever recorded in a U.S. non-coastal storm, 955 mb. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.
~Editilla Recomendellas~Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling
Science Fiction in a not too distant future of Super Storms shaped like torus donuts that span from the MS River to the Rockies and last for months at a time. The entire middle of the country had become uninhabitable. Of course by this time Galveston had become an interesting place to live and I won't tell you about New Orleans.

Military, gov't increase investment in algae fuels

The Dark Knight Rises

Historically Sustainable
~Alex Woodward, Gambit

First Look: Eiffel Society
~Blackened Out

A beer-lovers tour of New Orleans
~Tim Dohms

Night Birds~Calliope Street

NOCCA will add academics to arts programs~Cindy Chang

Movie review: James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart elevate 'Welcome to the Rileys'~Jake Coyle

~Hot 8 Brass Band kicking it live tonight and every Wednesday night at Club Good Times, Dupre & Conti Show time 9:30-until cover $5

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The scores, the human interest stories, and the obituary~moosedenied
~Well, so much for me having any fuckin' clue what I'm talking about. (I'll pause while the internet responds: "Pfft… you just now figuring that out?") Touché, douché. The good news is that I'm pretty sure that didn't actually happen. It couldn't have, right? RIGHT? I mean, there's just no way in hell LSU went on the road and lost by (only) 7 to the #4 team in the country because their defense shit the bed, while the Saints lost by 13 (20 if not for a garbage time touchdown) at home to a 1-5 team because Drew Brees threw four interceptions, including two pick-sixes. Unfathomable! Inconcievable! It flies in the face of this particular universe's laws of physics, for crying out loud!
The Corrosion of America
~Bob Herbert
~The horror stories abound: the drowning of New Orleans when the levees failed in 2005, the 2007 explosion of an ancient steam pipe in Manhattan that killed one person and injured more than 30, the gas pipeline explosion and fire last month in San Bruno, Calif., that killed seven and injured more than 50. There are endless other examples, tragic, costly and unnecessary. The sorry state of America’s infrastructure is a hard-core reflection of what is really going on in this increasingly hapless society, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not.

~Latest interview with Harry Shearer on The Big Uneasy

West Bank levee work could come at expense of east bank projects as Corps of Engineers shell-games more funding
~Editilla Cotellas da'Rotella~But OH SNAP, the Corps has the funding for a 4400 sq foot dining hall?~Request For Proposals (RFP) - Solicitation No. W912P8-11-R-0004 Cafeteria/Concession Services at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, 7400 Leake Ave., New Orleans, LA 70160
~Special Thanks to Sandy Rosenthal @ for hipping da'Tilla to this expensive piece of grotesque infrastructure gastronomy.
Talk about eating the Tax Payers' lunch! HA! To quote one nameless Knight Herolero Engineer (who hasn't given Editilla permission to print his name:)
"Also, why not help the local restaurants out by going out to lunch? A cafeteria seems like an extravagant, selfish waste of money when most private sector large businesses closed their cafeterias down years ago. Everyone else in the city can brown bag it, why can't they?"

Levee District joins mayor in mulling tax increase~Ariella Cohen

S&WB officials detail upcoming Uptown drainage construction projects

Smart Levee Project
~The pilot installation will monitor a one mile stretch of the levee that protects the city of New Orleans from a breach caused by natural or man caused disaster. The system will collect critical 'levee status data' from monitoring sensors installed throughout the flood control system. Real time information is transmitted via satellite uplink to an interactive data center to advise and warn of any potential problems or actual levee failure that could forerun catastrophic consequences.

3-D version of Gulf oil spill is being crafted ~Mark Schleifstein

Scientists say oil is still out there in the Gulf~WWL

“May spark a whole new debate”: Scientist “astonished” that he found so much crude — Questions whether NOAA “dramatically understated” amount of oil in Gulf
~Florida Oil Spill Law

Furious Growth and Cost Cuts Led To BP Accidents Past and Present
~Abrahm Lustgarten

City Council may scavenge money from separate boards~The Lens

Surely Allstate doesn’t think Judge Sarah Vance is the “other brother Darryl” ~slabbed

Happy Birthday Doonesbury!
~"I had given no consideration to a career in cartoons," Trudeau says now. "I thought I was on track to become a graphic designer. So I asked for a one-year contract. My editors howled with laughter."
You could say that was the first Doonesbury joke, and readers have been howling with laughter ever since. And not just laughing. They've been frowning, shouting, crying, blushing – the full gamut of emotions – as a result of a strip that broke the mould of the comic page and shattered countless conventions. Over the last four decades Doonesbury has established itself as so much more than a traditional cartoon. It is a soap opera, a tragedy, a comedy, an investigative agency, a liberal political commentary, a scourge of pomposity and corruption, a humanitarian exercise, all rolled into one.

Superman Earth One – Money Back Guarantee ~BSI Comics

New Orleans Healing Center's Third Annual Anba Dlo: Apology to the Waters Halloween Weekend Extravaganza!

Mahony's~Blackened Out

'Never Fight a Shark in Water'
~Will Coviello, Gambit

"AQUAZOA: Micro Dramas in Peril"

Van Dyke Parks with Clare and the Reasons Wednesday night!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bob Dudley, BP CEO, Blames Media For Creating "Climate Of Fear" In Gulf
~Jason Linkins

~ Contemplating blocking @. Every new pronouncement of theirs is just begging for a snarky comment from me.

Coastal Heritage Society of #Louisiana Holiday Toy Drive ~Hat Tweet~WhoDat35

Greenpeace: BP Oil is still in the Gulf
~Cain Burdeau

True to word, Gusman yanking deputies from courthouse
~Matt Davis, The Lens
There is a reason why the Superdome is feared by other teams.
It is the fans, the 12th man. The question isn’t “how ya gonna clap?”,
its “how damn loud can you be?”

New Orleans Saints get outplayed, outhustled, outcoached~Jeff Duncan

New Flood Maps Set To Be Released
New flood maps will soon be in place in St. Martin, Acadia and Vermilion parishes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week.

It's my party and I'll lie if I want to? ~American Zombie

On the outside looking in at “the perspective of honest lawyers” ~slabbed

BP Chief Says Spill Furor Was Excessive

“Speechless”: Oil sheen now “a lot worse” — “All these spots are just completely loaded” on MS beach
~Florida Oil Spill Law
~Also see~New Test Results Confirm Presence of Corexit 9500A in Mississippi Sound

Irish nun recalls Katrina/Federal Flood savagery in New Orleans
~Alison O’Riordan
~A Belfast nun who spent twenty-seven years as an educator in New Orleans has written a harrowing firsthand account inspired by actual events she witnessed living through the most deadly and costliest hurricane of all time on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Richard hits Belize, weakens to a tropical storm~Jeff Masters

Long Weekend and an Interesting Question ~Blackened Out

New Orleans Food and Farm Network
~Kandace Power Graves, Gambit