September 30, 2005
Were the flood walls on the 17th St. levee defective from Day One?
“A 1998 ruling by an administrative judge ... shows that the contractor ... told the Corps that the soil and the foundation for the walls were ‘not of sufficient strength, rigidity and stability’ to build on.”
September 28, 2005
Al Qaeda sells Iraqi Pot for pocket money
Well, that’s what World Tribune claims [cough], Al Qaeda gets bucks by feeding the habit of Saudi stoners with Iraqi dirtweed. Those aren’t insurgents crossing the border, they’re druggies.
With a nice backlog of fine photos like this
September 27, 2005
The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity
“Thus one finds the same percentage of stupid people whether one is considering very large groups or one is dealing with very small ones. No other set of observable phenomena offers such striking proof of the powers of Nature.”
September 26, 2005
“The Contents Of My Mom’s Life”
“It all fits on a small coffee table.” From the quite moving blog, Operation Eden
“We have lost control”
That’s what the French Finance Minister claims Alan Greenspan told him about the US budget, with this year’s deficit at $400 billion and growing.
September 23, 2005
Notes on Making Art
“Don’t hide your failures. If you are only willing to show those perfect pieces that you are aspiring towards, you’re never going to display / publish your work”
September 22, 2005
Dear Mother Nature
“let’s face the real issue here, sister — we all know you’re a bit of a diva”
September 21, 2005
Design Shortcomings Seen in New Orleans Flood Walls
As I mentioned the other day
, it wasn’t levees that failed, it was flood walls. And the design may have expected too much of them.
September 20, 2005
Americans lack confidence in Bush in three critical areas
67 percent disapprove his handling of Iraq, and 63 percent disapprove his handling of the economy, and 57 percent disapprove is handling of Katrina relief. After his speech. But then, the White House claims they ignore polls.
TextDrive Gives Urchin the Finger
“The response of the TextDrive community has been fascinating to watch. Rather than looking to Urchin’s competition for a solution, they’ve decided to become Urchin’s competition.”
September 19, 2005
“Reid said in an email: ‘I think we need to dump to blogosphere and initiate the assholosphere.’” It’s true. Chief Broom, Walt, Wally, etc. ... your special talents are needed. 24FC is already in da house
September 18, 2005
Building the Urchin Killer?
When you ignore some customers, they may decide to try and build you some competition.
September 17, 2005
NOPD officer who worked Convention Center describes the days after Katrina
“the people got together as a group and disseminated it amongst themselves, without any riots, any fights, anything. And then these people put together a box of food and water and brought it to us.”
September 16, 2005
After Blocking the Bridge, Gretna Circles the Wagons
Their mayor says “This wasn’t just one man’s decision. The whole community backs it.”
Leaving New Orleans
Hundreds of evacuees have landed in Atlanta. Three share their stories.
Urchin dead in the water?
“I know myself and three others whose decision to purchase Mint was directly influenced by Urchin’s neglect.” Amazing. A company too busy to take money from 5,000 customers (I’ve e-mailed them twice ... they’re a black hole). And it will soon be too late.
September 15, 2005
‘It Was as if All of Us Were Already Pronounced Dead’
Reporters are beginning to piece together details of the horror stories from the Convention Center in New Orleans
24FightingChickens: The Secret Order of the ^v^
Welcome back to the web, 24FC. Don’t be a chicken, be a man and turn on your comments. Make your own Usenet.
September 14, 2005
Embrace your bottom!
“The bottom of a page is the kiss at the end of the date - and we’re making sites that end without even a handshake”
Google launches Blog Search
Hey, Technorati ... this is what happens when you rest on your laurels. You finally fixed your Cosmos search, but only days before the 800 pound gorilla arrived.
NYTimes.com To Launch Premium Service Next Monday
Watch Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, David Brooks, Tom Friedman and others disappear from the web, along with most of the NY Times’ web-buzz from blog links
September 13, 2005
Gretna Police Chief Arthur S. Lawson, Jr.
This is why any political type should buy the domain for their own name ... because if you don’t, somebody else will, and it won’t be pretty
September 12, 2005
History to Repeat Itself at Yosemite
“Word is spreading among photography buffs. Reid Stott, an Atlanta photographer ... said he would ‘give almost anything’ to be there Thursday.”
September 11, 2005
Lost at Tora Bora
“A mile below, at the base of the caves, some three dozen U.S. Special Forces troops fanned out. They were the only ground forces that senior American military leaders had committed to the Tora Bora campaign.”
The Steady Buildup to a City’s Chaos
An extensive look at a long trail of failures at all levels
Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy
Another extensive look at a long trail of failures at all levels
September 09, 2005
How Reliable Is Brown’s Resume?
I was once pre-med, so I think I’ll pad and massage my resume so I can get a job as a doctor. So what if I’m not qualified and people die?
September 08, 2005
“They began firing their weapons over our heads”
Imagine if on 9/11 the people trying to evacuate on foot over the Brooklyn Bridge had been turned back by police gunfire. It happened last week in New Orleans.
Rep. Bobby Jindall (R-La): “A sheriff in my district office reported being told that he would not get the resources his office needed to do its job unless he emailed a request. The parish was flooded and without electricity!”
“I just got back from a FEMA Detainment Camp”
It’s a whacko site, but the text appears to be some pretty incriminating first hand reporting from a church-going family in a “red” state. Complete with really bad photos (plus there’s this from Colorado
CBS Poll: Blame All Around
“Americans fault governments at all levels ... More than two-thirds of Americans say the Federal government did a poor job ... State and local governments fare just as poorly.”
September 07, 2005
Reason: Matt Welch: Did the rumor mill help kill Katrina victims?
“As we cast about for blame to lay, and lessons to learn for the next catastrophe, it’s worth asking whether our haste to confirm our suspicions by believing the worst prevented us from doing our best”
I now despise the federal government more than I despise Wal-Mart
“I want us to respond in a way appropriate to our size and the impact we can have.” It’s a pity FEMA didn’t have the same attitude and sense of urgency
September 06, 2005
“I’m going to pray for you”
“photographer Rick Wilking arrived in New Orleans two days before Hurricane Katrina hit and stayed in the greater New Orleans area for six days. The following is his personal account” (and more here
on the people he evacuated when he left)
TextDrive : Back Open for Business
TextDrive is again taking new clients, has a new VC offer, and “a substantial percentage of each sale will go directly to independent aid organisations working in the horrifying aftermath of Katrina” ... $12,350 in the past 32 hours
Chertoff’s Reading Habits
Chertoff: “I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, ‘New Orleans Dodged The Bullet.’” Wonkette: “We’re wondering what papers the Chertoff household gets, because these are the headlines that greeted most people Tuesday morning...”
New Orleans’s Hurricane Evacuation “Plan”
The “get out of town or you’re on your own” message was going to be delivered to the poor ... on a DVD! By September!
September 05, 2005
Time is running out for thousands of people awaiting rescue six days after Hurricane Katrina
“Officials say they do not have the manpower, the resources or enough time to save everyone.”
Katrina medical help held up by red tape
“There are entire hospitals that are contacting me, saying, ‘We need to take on patients,’ but they can’t get through the bureaucracy. The crime of this story is, you’ve got millions of dollars in assets and it’s not deployed. We mount a better response in a Third World country.”
September 04, 2005
“Katrina was the anti-9/11”
“On Sept. 11, Rudy Giuliani took control. The government response was quick and decisive. The rich and poor suffered alike. Americans had been hit, but felt united and strong. Public confidence in institutions surged.”
September 03, 2005
Who to Blame?
“Opinions are divided as to the cause of the crisis in New Orleans. Though regrettably incomplete, this handy guide might help those who aren’t yet sure who or what to blame”
September 01, 2005
A letter from the front
“We have commandered the world famous French Quarter Bar to turn into an makeshift clinic ... Our biggest adventure today was raiding the Walgreens on Canal under police escort”