Saturday, October 9, 2010

Exclusive: John Sinclair Recalls the Song John Lennon Wrote to Free Him
~Karen Dalton-Beninato


TOMORROW: Project Gulf Impact, Kindra Arnesen & more to speak at Loyola University in New Orleans at 3pm — “The event many have been waiting for”~Florida Oil Spill Law

Louisiana official: hurricane recovery funds not used in Hawker Beechcraft offer

BP paid Feinberg $2.5M
Contract protest stalls another hurricane protection project
~Sheila Grissett

Levee Boards Flashback~Also~A local advocate wonders why the Corps is in such a hurry to build pump stations

Revolving Corps: ARCADIS U.S. Hires Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers to Lead Federal Program
~ARCADIS (Euronext: ARCAD), the international design, consulting, engineering and management services Company, has hired retired Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers as Federal Program Director. Flowers formerly served as Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

'Water For People' Demonstrates Commitment to Transparency
~and Measurable, Sustainable Results by Hosting the First Accountability Summit at WEFTEC

A Solution for Street Flooding as Simple as a Rain Barrel~GNO

Western Caribbean disturbance 98L a threat to develop; Otto weakening
~Jeff Masters, Wunderblog

Once again, sheriff tells city to pay up or lose security~Matt Davis, The Lens

The Times Picayune calls for a Federal investigation into Jefferson Parish payroll fraud. Does the ‘Gretna Mentality’ slab US Attorney Jim Letten? ~slabbed

New Orleans Building Corp. leadership changes~Bruce Eggler

City of N.O. Launches New Website:
The Highs & Lows~neworleans tech

I hope some day~American Zombie

Camp Street block offers a little slice of New Orleans life~Stephanie Burno

Upcycled New Orleans Music T-Shirt Tank Top ~Presh Concepts

Bridge City Gumbo Festival, Japan Fest all today in New Orleans

National audience flocks to Houma,
Voice of the Wetlands festival

Festival Acadiens rolls in Girard Park

Second line on Sunday through Irish Channel, up Magazine, Central City and Garden District~Uptown Messenger

NOJO Gets its Mojo On~Hullabaloo

Friday, October 8, 2010

No, no, no~American Zombie
~While I still firmly believe Cedric Richmond used non-profit funds to buy jewelry, I regret that I made that single issue the forefront of the story as it seems to have overshadowed the other documented issues I've pointed out with Richmond and NOCE.
But this isn't over....not by a long shot. The time line on this election is redundant to me and I've uncovered a mountain of nastiness while researching this story. Hang with me, we're just getting started.
~Also~Speed the Reaper

The Times Picayune unzips and pisses all over the Zombie. A Cedric Richmond charity looting update ~slabbed

Solving the Sandra Hester problem ~Library Chronicles

It’s none of your business:
Most charters don’t comply with open-meetings law
~Jessica Williams, The Lens

I’ll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash ya got ~moosedenied
~Okay, so forget what I said last week. And in week 3. And in week 2.
THIS is the week the Saints offense finally gets rolling. No, seriously.

Week 5: A Message To The Fans
~Cliff's Crib

Mock ‘jazz funeral’ at LSU laments effect of budget cuts~Jordan Blum

Toxic Persons: New research shows precisely how the prison-to-poverty cycle does its damage
~Sasha Abramsky, Slate

~Hat Tweet~superdeformed

True Earth: The Real, Bluer Marble
~Brandon Keim, Wired

~A new satellite photograph of Earth depicts our planet in all its [Her] aquatic splendor, revealing a truth obscured in the original Blue Marble image.

Chalmette Refining worker dies on the job; chemical leak contained

Stitch Hiking: PDX2 Gulf Coast

WHAT? Oh... jeez! Oil spill shuts down West Bank Expressway

So Much for Apologies…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Lead Lawyers Named in Combined BP Oil-Spill Cases~Bloomberg

Frontline and ProPublica Detail BP’s Corporate Culture in ‘The Spill’
~Marian Wang

~Horatio Algeranon said... The federal commission set up to investigate the oil spill just issued a draft report that includes the following:
"The Commission staff has also been advised that, in late April or eartly May 2010, NOAA wanted to make public some of its long-term, worst-case discharge models for the Deepwater Horizon spill and requested approval to do so from the White House's Office of Management and Budget. Staff was told that the Office of Management and Budget denied NOAA's request."

The Climate Ready Estuaries Coastal Toolkit ~EPA ~Hat Tweet~WhoDat35

Susan Felio-Price Explains EPA's and FDA's Position on Klondike Bars and Corexit 9500 (video)~Hat Tweet~bayougirlblog

Crisp days have you craving raw oysters? Call ahead before heading to your favorite spot~Brett Anderson

Post-Apocalypse A Staged Reading Series Held At Stage Left Studio 10/28-30

Femme Fatale Friday: Bayou Salvage ~NOLAFemmes

Gentilly Fest!
~Gentilly Fest celebrates all things "Gentilly," including continuous live music on the main stage and gospel tent. Local restaurants and caterers sell sumptuous food and an Arts and Crafts area feature original works from a variety of craft merchants. The objective of the Gentilly Fest is to produce a festival every October that will donate proceeds to various groups and organizations that will help make Gentilly a better place to live.

Voice of the Wetlands this weekend!
~Nikki Buskey, Daily Comet~The festival, which attracts music lovers from around the country, showcases traditional food and zydeco, blues, soul and swamp pop acts as a way of drawing visitors to learn about the problems facing south Louisiana as its coast disappears and hurricanes threaten.
“The whole idea behind this was to always use the culture as a way to speak with the people about what's going on down here,”
said festival founder and Houma blues musician Tab Benoit.

2010 New Orleans Film Festival: One movie lover's day-by-day highlights
~Mike Scott

~Also~Hollywood South looks to be on a roll...of hit films~WWL

~ Weekend Forecast of Events // Friday Saturday Sunday

Louisiana Festivals for November 2010
~Defend New Orleans

Susan Cowsill, youngest of the Cowsills who lost brother and home to Hurricane Katrina, brings her survivor's spirit to Hoboken

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Last Pelican flock rescued from oil spill released~Amy Wold
~A rehabilitated brown pelican, taken from oiled areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is released back into the wild Wednesday on Raccoon Island, part of the Isle Dernieres Barrier Islands refuge system south of Cocodrie. The fledgling was reluctant to leave the rehabilitators who have cared for it since July 8, when it was discovered as a nestling.
~Photo: Richard Alan Hannon/The Advocate

Corps of Engineers plan to remediate New Orleans canals moves ahead
~Sheila Grissett

Homeless camp on Mississippi River batture in Algiers is in path of progress
~Allan Powell

South Lafourche levees fail Corps inspection ~Nikki Buskey

Katrina and the Federal Flood 8.29.05:
The Fifth Anniversary, photo essay

Otto transitioning to a tropical storm

A national story on the charter-school lawsuit vanishes~Kevin Allman

And you thought it was all over...
~American Zombie

Rumors, The President, And A Congressional Race: Are You Still Beating Your Wife?~Matt Davis

Politickin’ in The Big Sleazy
~Dakinicat, The Confluence

Lessons to Learn from the Family Kern
~Seersuckers and Sazeracs

~Hat Tweet~

Now that the Waste Management nuke has detonated, let’s explore the radioactive fallout ~slabbed

Audubon-Riverside neighborhood seeks voice in future of city-owned railroad (updated)~Uptown Messenger

Who lives in New Orleans and the Metro Area now? ~Hat Tweet~skooks

In the Gulf: Commission Releases Information and I Don’t Feel Better
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Corexit Poisoning Continues in the Gulf
~Bayou Girl

“Millions of peoples’ health at risk” says toxicologist/marine biologist
~Florida Oil Spill Law

Flashing warning lights on Deepwater Horizon were 'a lot to take in,' safety systems worker testifies
~David Hammer

Toxic sludge from Hungary reaches Danube~CNN

Checking in: Plutonian Mac

Hello Foxessa

Great Endings: Catch-22~Citizen K

I Have Seen the Light
~Blackened Out

New Orleans Indie Rock Collective
--It's on!~Humid Beings

~Jus'sayin, mah'boy loves New Orleans and I knew his daddy...

Kermit Ruffins, Zion Harmonizers, Rockin Dopsie headline Gentilly Fest

Reason #540987182340987.oo09 to love New Orleans: Treme Brass Band, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint
~Alejandro de los Rios, Gambit

Why Our Members Matter ~~Last Day to pledge $$$ for New Orleans Music!
donate to WWOZ online or by calling (877) 907-6999.
~@ Flood 8/29 I lost it 3 times knee-buckling shivering uncontrollable tears 1 was silence outside

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Give us that Missouri mud
~What's So Special About New Orleans

We Used To Be Friends ~moosedenied

NOLA History – Football Stadiums
~Yat Pundit, Go Nola

Carnival captains stage intervention to resolve Kern family dispute over float-building company~John Pope

Waste Management drops the nuke, makes explosive allegations against unnamed Parish employees in suit involving Jefferson Parish and River Birch ~slabbed

Should the Supreme Court Make the NOLA DA pay for hiding evidence?
~James Ridgeway, Mother Jones

A Little Sample~American Zombie

WWL-TV: Clancy DuBos on the Cao/Richmond race ~Gambit

Votewashing, Pink Washing, White Washing ~Library Chronicles

Committee to reconsider downgrading some crimes~Matt Davis, The Lens
~New Orleans courts unfair to poor defendants, reports say

Debtors' prisons rise again in the South ~Facing South

Is this WTF week?~The Confluence

Confessions of a “Lone Nut” ~NOLAFemmes

Snake Doctor and Coastal Activist Kindra Arnesen shows her "rash", discusses Corexit poisoning.

~Very Special Thanks~Florida Oil Spill Law

Corexit Use Still Appears to Be Prevalent in the Gulf, Despite Official Statements

Gulf of Mexico oil spill called a continuing threat to Louisiana coast
~Mark Schleifstein
~Gulf restoration plan should be home-grown, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says

My bad, I thought the slow payments were Ken’s fault
~Disenfranchized Citizen

Transocean thwarts efforts to get documents~Harry Weber

Tidewater signs $100 million contract for the construction of four new vessels

Dueling Bloggers: Customer Customization~Blackened Out

soft, pretty~Bayou Salvage

Today @ 5-7:30 PM: Dr. John & the Lower 911 + Treme Brass Band @ Lafayette Square!

Carnaval Latino~Ken Korman, Gambit

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Corps of Engineers structures across the country were built sub-standard? You gotta'be kidding!

Barge at Southern Scrap on Industrial Canal catches fire while being dismantled~ LIVE VIDEO: 2nd fire burns near Industrial Canal featured on two shows this week!

New Orleans women and reform politics is topic of Loyola lecture
~Editilla Crowtellas~ Let's contact Loyola and suggest Sandy Rosenthal to join the program.

PSA~American Zombie

Giving Up Is Not An Option
~Cliff's Crib

DuBos: Jindal passes the buck on state budget crisis~WWL

Wow! Now this is the nut of Bobby Jindal's lack of balls? State finished last year $108 million in the red

A rare sight~Stephanie Riegel
~In the context of race, Baton Rouge is a tale of two cities. Or rather, a tale of two parishes. Predominantly white affluent areas in the south and west of East Baton Rouge Parish enjoy the best quality of life in all of Louisiana. Mostly low-income, black neighborhoods in the north of the parish have the worst. A wavy, diagonal line divides the parish from northwest to southeast, separating the state’s richest from its poorest, its haves from its have-nots.

Charity Hospital~Defend New Orleans

The Murder of Jessica Hawk
~Alex Woodward, Gambit

~ Jessica Hawk Memorial Garden Commemoration and Stand Against Crime Oct 9

Believe it or not Another bad list that NOLA DID NOT MAKE~For the second year in a row, using exclusive data developed by Dr. Andrew Schiller's team at, and based on FBI data from all 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, WalletPop reveals the top 25 most dangerous neighborhoods with the highest predicted rates of violent crime in America.
~@ True'dat, the only thing I can figure is NOLA is still short quite a few hoods (pun intended) since the Flood?

O'Donnell's Bozo No No
~Adrastos, First Draft

Princes Hijab Draws the Veil
~Traveling Mermaid

Attorney busted for identity theft, forgery and harassment over Dead Sea Scrolls~Green Heritage News

Bayou Teche Brewery Caters To The Locals’ Palate~NOLA EATS

Portland-based Artist to Exhibit for Art For Arts' Sake Opening of the New Orleans Art

Tulane to offer degree in 'green' development

Horn Island private landowners says pristine environment is severely damaged~The Cypress Times

Mired In The Bayou, An Exhibit About The BP Oil Spill (PHOTOS)
~Hat Tweet~WhoDat35

100 miles SOUTHEAST of blow-out: Oil appeared from “100 meters from the surface all the way down to 1,200 meters”~Florida Oil Spill Law

General alarm didn't sound until after explosion, survivor testifies

AP: Big Oil Hasn't Learned Lessons Of BP Oil Spill

Officials planning study of oil damage to Louisiana coast~Nikki Buskey

BP rent to St. Bernard Parish marina at center of Meraux Foundation dispute
~Chris Kirkham

97L more organized, could be a tropical depression by Wednesday
~Jeff Masters, Wunderblog

Monday, October 4, 2010

Urgent: Call for a moratorium on demolitions in the LSU/VA Footprint

Collections racket~Library Chronicles

The Meaning of Life~NOLA Notes

The Broken Record
~Chris Rose, Gambit

Law & (Sustainable) Order
~Alex Woodward, Gambit

~Since the federal floods of 2005, New Orleans has built momentum for building cleaner and greener, better — most visibly on a national level with Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation, and also through nonprofits, in schools, in community gardens, and, more recently, in government, where recycling initiatives at City Hall have sparked new conversations about restoring citywide recycling and overhauling waste management.
"It's time for New Orleans to move into the big leagues," says Kathleen Lunn, a sustainability consultant with the Alchemy Group, which helped organize the inaugural Green Matters Legal Conference, a three-day event designed to get law firms, as well as businesses, nonprofits and developers, in the same room — and on the same page — not only to learn about the latest green legal strides, but also to take advantage of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's recovery projects.

The Big Uneasy to play at this year's hot New Orleans Film Festival!
~ New Orleans Film Festival program is out in the Gambit this week. Pick one up. See some movies.
~Editilla Notellas~Let's not forget our own Zeitgeist!

America Betrayed Normally $24.95 – Only $22.49 At Amazon!

Measuring number of dead ducks caused by oil spill proves difficulty
~Bob Marshall

Deepwater Horizon rescuer wins top international mariner honor

Take Four: Coast Guard’s oil spill hearings resume today~Fuel Fix
~Hat Tweet~WhoDat35

Evidence Refutes BP's and Fed's Deceptions~truthout

Contractor says BP interfered with critical efforts

Homestead exemptions no longer automatic in St. Tammany
~Christine Harvey


Freddy Is Tripping~Central La Politics

Rainwater to push to expand fund for survivors of soldiers
~Michelle Millhollon

Publishers Crash BP Spill Books

5 Companies Win Inaugural Environmental Protection Product Awards~Environmental Protection,, announced the winners of its 2010 New Product of the Year Award at the annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference in New Orleans.

FEMA begins 18-month decertification process for hurricane barrier
~The Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun the process of decertifying the New Bedford hurricane barrier, a move that could have financial repercussions for homeowners within the structure's protected area.

Hillbilly BBQ~Blackened Out

Checking in with Bayou Salvage

Ned Sublette Talk at UNO today 4:30