"It took the Mississippi River 6,000 years to build the Louisiana coast. It took man (and natural disasters) 75 years to destroy it. Experts agree we have 10 years to act before the problem is too big to solve." [Via First Draft.]
posted by homunculus
on Mar 5, 2007 -
""We only have to recall the colour of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi who are most devastated by Katrina to know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans."
- Former President Jimmy Carter.
Coretta Scott King
was laid to rest Tuesday
after a six-hour service attended by four presidents and 10,000 ordinary people who came to pay tribute to the first lady of the civil rights movement - and one of its last icons. But at an event designed to remember the lady who was as memorable as her late husband in fighting for civil rights, politics entered the fray with both former President Jimmy Carter and Rev Joseph Lowery taking swipes
at the Bush Administration. They say that there's a time and a place, and while this was clearly not the place, with thousands of Katrina victims
(mostly African-American) about to be evicted because of budget cuts
by the Bush administration, was it the time
posted by Effigy2000
on Feb 8, 2006 -
Katrina: The Gathering
is the latest great new collectible card game!
I almost don't know how to describe it. A brilliant, concise, very complete, and quite hilarious1
summary of the the political fallout. It just keeps going and going and going. I think I want to play a game of it.
1 - My options are laugh or cry, so.
posted by blacklite
on Sep 14, 2005 -
Vancouver's elite Urban SAR team has been and returned
, having helped out in New Orleans in the way they were trained. There's more help on the way from Canada, in the form of Operation Unison
; this includes a a Canadian Navy flotilla
consisting of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan
, the frigates HMCS Toronto
and HMCS Ville de Quebec
and the Canadian Coast Guard boat tender HMCS Sir William Alexander.
The flotilla carries around 1000 servicepeople, many of them medical and rescue specialists, in addition to engineering and construction crews. Additionally, forty Canadian navy clearance divers
will be accompanying the relief force. Despite recent diplomatic spats between our two nations (notably over Iraq, cattle and softwood lumber) we remain good neighbours. After U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci's departure
Canada was awaiting an even worse adversary in replacement Ambassador Wilkins.
And yet, despite Wilkin's lack of knowledge of things Canadian, he appears to have a significantly greater measure of humility
than dick-swinging Cellucci ever did. In any case, as "irrelevant and disappointing" as Canada is to the likes of Bill O'Reilly
, we're on our way to help our friends to the south.
posted by illiad
on Sep 8, 2005 -