Friday, April 29, 2011

Excitement builds for final launch of NASA Endeavour
~Named through a national competition involving students in elementary and secondary schools, it's the youngest of NASA's shuttles. Endeavour was named after a ship chartered to traverse the South Pacific in 1768 and captained by 18th century British explorer James Cook, an experienced seaman, navigator and amateur astronomer.
He commanded a crew of 93 men, including 11 scientists and artists. This will be Endeavour's 25th journey in 19 years. Launch: 3:47 p.m. EDT
~Update~Endeavor Launch Scrubbed Because Of Technical Issue

Dunned to death by the Corps of Engineers ~Times-Picayune
~Mr. Graves noted that the corps made the demand for upfront payment at about the same time that it decided to reprogram money from SELA to the West Bank levee projects. He called the timing "curious.'' The corps shifted $60 million in SELA money and $90 million assigned to hurricane work on the east bank. State and local officials, who objected at the time, said it would be better to ask Congress for more money than to raid other projects to make up for overruns.

Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to close at night beginning Monday for surge barrier gate construction

Discussion of dynamite and levees makes a New Orleanian shudder
~Jarvis DeBerry
~The conflict between the people in Cairo and their neighbors across the Mississippi is also a reminder that we did have a community that was unfairly sacrificed. Eighty-four years ago today, a group of New Orleans' most powerful men went through with their plan to flood St. Bernard Parish by dynamiting the levee at Caernavon.

Judge gives corps OK to break levee

Flood may top 1927 record
~Monroe News Star

Illinois, Kentuck fight Missouri over levee breach as Corps of Engineers pits State against State for their survival

Rising river could bring some water to western Terrebonne

100,000 Cheri Foytlins…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Oil'd short animation by Chris Harmon

Interview with Kevin Costner and Lee Dragna of Blue Planet~Humid Beings

Why Was New Orleans's Charity Hospital Allowed to Die?
~Roberta Brandes Gratz, The Nation

He “Kept Yelling In My Face” ~CenLamar

Cool new Ts from Shultzilla

The Gospel According to OffBeat ~Blackened Out

Kermit Ruffins in High Times
~Alex Woodward, Gambit

This Friday! Dirty Bourbon & MarchFourth Marching Band!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Work to begin this weekend on 2nd State Historic Plaque at Breach Site

Bonnet Carre Spillway likely to open as levee inspections intensify along Mississippi River~Mark Schleifstein

The lessons of Nathaniel Jones
~On the moonless night of Nov. 15, 2002, five young boys ran across a park, jumped a 61-year-old man, bound his wrists, duct-taped his mouth, and beat him with pipes until his heart stopped. All for his wallet.
That man was Nathaniel Jones, the grandfather of future NBA star Chris Paul.

Iberville developer eyes Lafitte Greenway linear park for obligatory off-site housing~The Lens

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Sunday's '60 Minutes'
~Also~New Orleans Mayor Landrieu Responds To Traffic Tickets, NOPD Controversy
NOPD Chief could lose his job amid allegations~Clancy Dubos, WWL

More traffic cam double dealing exposed. This time it is Landrieu crony/police chief Ronal Serpas ~Slabbed

N.O. Mayor Mitch Landrieu to deliver State of the City speech at 10 a.m.

University Medical Center financial projections may be reconsidered
~Bill Barrow

Can the Hornets become the Packers of the NBA?~Alejandro de los Rios

Massive tornado outbreak kills 202; 100-year flood coming on MS River
~Jeff Masters, Wunderblog

Satellite image of last night's storm at 8:15pm EDT. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.
~Also~TVA loses all power transmission lines in Alabama and Mississippi, Browns Ferry Nuclear plant forced into emergency shutdown

In making disaster plans, we have to imagine the worst case
~Robert R.M. Verchick

A check for $14.89... courtesy of the GCCF ~Disenfranchised Citizen

Chronic Exposure~ Facing South

WTFF? Get a load of

Scores flee gas well blowout
~Jason Brown

Kemp's Ridley Turtle Nesting Season Off To Good Start At Padre Island National Seashore

How did I get to the #STS134 NASA tweetup~Liprap's Lament

Ghost stories: Loyd Hall Plantation dinner theater features murder-mystery~Jody Belgard

Laura Bergerol Reviews Bury The Hatchet; The Film ~NOLAFemmes

Defend New Orleans store opening today! 11am-6pm

Crawfish Pie, Ella?~Blackened Out

Irvin Mayfield - A Love Letter To New Orleans tonight at Octavia Books
~an evening with Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Irvin Mayfield as he performs some music and discusses and signs his new book.

Tonight's Ogden After Hours: -Preservation Hall Hot 5

The 2nd Annual Threadhead Thursday at City Park

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Harry Shearer adds "What you can do" page to website for The Big Uneasy!
~Editilla Crowtellas~ Scroll to the bottom to find "Click here to demand the 8/29 Investigation Act." Get Down, you say! Get Back Up Again, say I! Our friends at have become the Little Grassroots Group That Could.
And they called it Stormy Monday
~POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - Relentless, driving rain is pounding southern Missouri, leaving levees ready to burst and sending residents to higher ground — and the rain isn't expected to stop for days.
~Missouri tries to block plan to breach Mississippi River levee
Update~Corps puts off decision on whether to intentionally breach Mo. levee, but preps for it
~Levee protecting Mo. town breaches downriver
~Missouri reports 434 road closures due to flooding
~Cairo flood wall holds as Ohio River rises
~Cairo mayor asks residents to leave as Ohio River rises, defends levee breach plan
~USGS River Flood Gauge Readings:
New Orleans,LA, Bonnet Carre Spillway, LA, Cairo, IL, Cape Girardeau, MO, St Louis,MO, Hannibal,MO, Grafton IL

~Bonnet Carré Spillway 2008, on appx the 4th of 31 days, 160 bays opened
~High river forecast prompts latest spillway concern
~Mississippi River nears highest level since '37

2nd Flood Memorial Plaque Approved by State Historic Preservation Office

Families due millions from Levee Board, but lawyers seeing most of the cash ~WWL

Search continues for missing boys

A Louisiana lawmaker introduces the country's most extreme anti-abortion measure~Kate Sheppard

New Resource for Parents, Schools & Community~Humid Beings

The things Bobby Jindal doesn't want to talk about~Library Chronicles

Uptown's state senator rebuts Jindal speech in real-time~Uptown Messenger
~Also~Lawmakers: Jindal's address sounded more like campaign speech

Slabbed takes a look at the Trout Point business venture: Let’s start at the end and work back.

Who do you trust?~American Zombie

For the New Orleans Assassin, it’s all about family…
~Disenfranchised Citizen

Chinese drywall distributor in New Orleans agrees to settlement

Control of Blaine Kern Artists is now in son's hands

NOFS presents Louisiana films at the CAC tonight

Going down The Garden Path
~Red Cotton, Gambit

home.~CheekyCherry, NOLAFemmes

Hungry Thursday~Blackened Out

Don’t be That Guy (or Girl): Bad Customers~He Said/She Said NOLA

Great Eats – Cowbell ~Invade Nola

RIP Phoebe Snow

Where The Tuba Lives: 5 New Orleans Songs Featuring The Fat Horn

Galactic + funky Meters = SUPERFUNKJAM~Friday, May 6th at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre n in New Orleans - In addition to full shows by each group, all members of Galactic and the funky Meters will join together onstage for the first time ever to form the planet's funkiest band for a one time only 'SUPERFUNKJAM'. This will be a once in a funky lifetime occurrence for Planet Earth (similar to a comet passing a solar eclipse) so don't miss out!

~Hat Tweet @dirtycoast~ Another right on party situation, Jazz Fest edition! A Midnight Affair w/ DJ Soul Sister and Nicholas Payton XXX....

New jewelry and accessories artists to discover in the Jazz Fest crafts

~Celebrating and remembering are the heart of New Orleans’ culture. Our unique gift to the future is delivering and renewing our past. This year’s Congo Square proves that reclamation is its own reward.
The immortal Matthew “Fats” Houston, the most iconic grand marshal ever to strut a New Orleans street, graced the 1976 Jazz Fest poster – a poster distinguished as the most valued of any before or since its publication 35 years ago. And while releasing this year’s marvelous retake celebrates the 35th anniversary of that glorious slice of time and place, it also lovingly memorializes the great man’s passing 30 years ago.

Going back to Congo Square
~Jarvis DeBerry

~Check out Sonny smoking this number live in Lafayette Square!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Floods force evacuations in Ohio Valley, Missouri
~Gov. Nixon activates Missouri National Guard for flood assistance
~Table Rock Floodgates Opened; Bull Creek Evacuated
Mayor Mitch Landrieu outlines his agenda for his second year in office

TfNOLA Notes from RTA Convention Center Street Expansion Meeting

In this episode of Magnum JD: Bull Durham comes to town and appears on the Toolman ~Slabbed

La. lawmakers face $1.6 billion shortfall

Louisiana agriculture looks strong as commodity prices surge

Sen. David Vitter…”Let them eat empty rhetoric”~Disenfranchised Citizen

Details Revealed on BP's Funds for Continued Oil Spill Research

More Questions Than Answers on Dispersants a Year After Gulf Spill
~Paul Quinlan, NYT

High river in New Orleans could prompt May opening of Bonnet Carre Spillway~Mark Schleifstein

Levee failure imminent in southeastern Missouri town, police say
~Hat Tweet @

Miniaturist of Massive Catastrophe
~Jennifer Schuessle, Slate
Jim Shepard's short stories deal expertly with disaster.

Dakinikat's Monday Reads
~Sky Dancing

All things considered, we probably should have seen this coming
~Alejandro de los Rios

Measures target makeup of state’s top school board

Defend New Orleans is opening Apr. 28

New Orleans lawyer travels the world to save disaster-struck pets

Owen Courrèges: The mysterious persecution of "Mystery Street"
~Uptown Messenger

Mo' Jazz Fest Grub~Blackened Out

Congo Square naming is on agenda for New Orleans City Council

Big Easy Music Awards~Gambit

This has become one of my absolute fav things!

~Hat Tweet @nolamaven