Friday, August 7, 2009


Wetlands restoration around MR-GO to be addressed at meeting in Chalmette
Sheet piling damaged during Hurricane Katrina lies exposed in the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet levee between Bayou Bienvenue and Bayou Dupre in this photo taken in February 2006.
A panel discussion will be held Tuesday in Chalmette to probe the wetlands restoration process for the area around the now-closed Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet.

Senator demands probe of Corps workers’ attacks on critics
~Jon Donley
~Why is this important?
Because it involves the fate of New Orleans and that of millions of other of Americans protected and supplied by Corps projects.
The Corps spends a massive amount of our money . . .
---it’s one of the main troughs of the public pork barrel.
Government leaders and contractors from coast to coast are influenced by the Corp’s economic muscle. Criticize and crack down, and perhaps those contracts won’t be signed.
Play along and get the bacon.
But New Orleans is ground zero for government failure at the local, state and federal levels.
And the Corps is the 800-pound gorilla.

~Editilla decides to Ax'em and you can too!~
Who are these Soldiers
in the Blogosphere?

Complaints about Corps of Engineers deserve investigation, Sen. Mary Landrieu says
~Mark Schleifstein

~Landrieu said the request for the inquiry came from founder Sandy Rosenthal, who obtained a signed affidavit in June from former chief of news operations Jon Donley outlining the allegations.

Poll: Voters express strong support for rebuilding in
Charity Hospital

~Many of us have been saying it for a long time, but now it has been verified through a recent public opinion poll
—the citizens of New Orleans and political leadership are in two completely different places (literally and figuratively) when it comes to where to build a new LSU hospital. And it could have implications for the next round of municipal elections.

Get Your “Save Charity Hospital” Sign Today!
~casa de Charlotte della luna

Vallas' New Orleans becomes privatization Mecca~Small Talk

City's First New School To Open After Some Problems ~WDSU

La. studio in dispute with some Saints investors~Alan Sayre
~A judge decided Friday to place a movie studio involved in an investment dispute with some members of the New Orleans Saints under a special overseer after the studio's head ignored her order to appear at a hearing. In court, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Magner said she had been contacted Friday by Read via e-mail. The judge said Read told her that he had been unable to hire an attorney and would not be present. Magner said she sent word back that his attendance had been ordered. The judge said she will discuss Read's failure to appear with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Business leaders mixed on Nagin's economic development move~Greg LaRose
~Dan Davillier, chairman of the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, said he supports the mayor’s decision but was unaware of any specific concerns Nagin has with the diversity of New Orleans Economic Development Council.
~Darlene Kattan, executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, said Nagin acted too early in the council-selection process. “The decision by the mayor was very premature,” Kattan said. “I am very disappointed.”

Judge keeps Dell in camera lawsuit~Beckey Bohrer

FBI seizes police files in Danziger Bridge shootings
~Brendan McCarthy

New Orleans to settle lawsuit over taped beating
~Michael Kunzelman

Local government welcomes Katrina dispute panels ~WWL

Analysis: Louisiana's Delta gets some jobs ~Doug Simpson

Jim Brown Joins Slabbed in Calling Out AIG: You’re Insolvent and We Know It
~Editilla be'slabbin on'da Recovery Bailout Blues~

Consumer Reports’ Readers Cite Katrina Claims Problems
~National Underwriter

~Half of Consumer Reports’ readers who filed insurance claims resulting from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 said they had problems with their insurer, the magazine reported.
In the September issue of the consumer watchdog’s magazine, the organization says 26 percent of its readers also complained that they were paid too little for their claims.

Hurricane Felicia weakening; Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan
~Jeff Masters

Louisiana pushes mass transit for New Orleans-Baton Rouge passenger rail service

Prison Scam Near New Orleans
~Jayne Lyn Stahl

Simple marijuana cases belong in Municipal Court, DA says

Jus'sayin...a little re-mix fo'da cock tail.

Seaboard Expands Capacity at Port of New Orleans

Solar, Efficiency Projects Hurry Up and Wait at U.S. Military Bases~Jessica Leber

Gaia Beds Buddha! Green Energy and the Reality of Pain
~Money dulls physical pain and eases the sting of social rejection.
Through six experiments, psychologists and a marketing professor probed the power of money as a proxy for social acceptance. Among their results, they found that merely touching bills or thinking about expenses paid affected the participants both physically and emotionally.
~Editilla d'oh'tellas!~ Well, like...yaaaaahhhh? Duh?
Bat we also wonder how it would turn out if participants were tasked to count another country's currency, or gold coins of any relm, or Monopoly Money, Scripts of Oxycontin, bullets, beads, cows to slaughter... jus'axin.

Dophins Dying at the Cove.
Shallow water. Deep secret.

~In the new documentary "The Cove," animal rights activists use hidden cameras to expose a cove in Japan where thousands of dolphins are captured and many slaughtered.
In Japan, fishermen round up and slaughter hundreds and even thousands of dolphins and other small whales each year.
In the small fishing village of Taiji, entire schools of dolphins are driven into a hidden cove after a prolonged chase. Once trapped inside the cove, the fishermen kill the dolphins, slashing their throats with knives or stabbing them with spears. The water turns red with their blood, and the air fills with their screams.

This brutal massacre — the largest scale dolphin kill in the world — goes on for six months of every year. Even more scandalous, members of the international dolphin display industry take advantage of the dolphin slaughter to obtain some few, show-quality dolphins for use in captive dolphin shows and dolphin swim programs.
~Slide show here.

Zeitgeist Tonight
7:30 p.m. - Film: THE LAST LULLABY starring
Tom Sizemore and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) presented by visiting filmmaker JEFFREY GOODMAN (Shreveport, LA)
9:30 p.m. - Film & Music: METROPOLIS by Fritz Lang with a live original score by space rock, electronic orchestra ST37 (Austin, TX)

Making Rent
~Crescent City Hack

The only surefire hangover cure I know of ~Library Chronicles

Coming To After The Deluge

International Accordion Festival
~October 9-11th, San Antonio, TX

New Orleans Bingo! Show:
Clint and Ron on PBS!

NOCCA is looking for talented performers for regional high school chorus
~Louisiana's arts conservatory NOCCA is forming a regional high school chorus that will provide vocal training and performance opportunities during the 2009-10 school year. Interested students may visit for more information as they prepare for open auditions taking place Thurs. Aug. 13, 4:30
at NOCCA Marsalis Jazz Studio, 28oo Chartres St.

Derrick Tabb offers 'band' aid to New Orleans kids

Your Songs, the New Harry Connick Jr. Album

Jake La Botz brings his 'Tattoo Across America Tour' to Uptown
~Chris Rose

New Internet Radio Channel Celebrates Art of the Jazz Ballad

~Jazz Corner

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