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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Most of mold in Louisiana is between the ears

Maybe this is one of the reason things did not go well in New Orleans. It also supports my earlier post that corruption in New Orleans was a contributing cause to the devastation.

From the LA Times.
Senior officials in Louisiana's emergency planning agency already were awaiting trial over allegations stemming from a federal investigation into waste, mismanagement and missing funds when Hurricane Katrina struck. And federal auditors are still trying to track as much as $60 million in unaccounted for funds that were funneled to the state from the Federal Emergency Management Agency dating back to 1998.
Maybe New Orleans could have used this $60 million to get those emergency generators out of the basements of public buildings that were below sea level. Move hospital emergency generators to the roof in a city below sea level. Move the police emergency communication center out to the basement of a building prone to flooding. As an trusted friend said, "most of the mold in Louisiana is between the leaders ears.?

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

And this about the feds from the Newspaper of Record: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/17/national/nationalspecial/17fema.html

And another eyewitness account: http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/091605/new_doctorordered001.shtml

And Bush continuing to try to benefit from the tragedy: http://www.alternet.org/katrina/25514/

Let me point out that switching federal monies to different functions happens all the time, and is a natural outgrowth of state's rights perspectives, so conservatives should take that one on their back. But also add in that money wouldn't have to be spent on what you allege to be education and similar expenditures if states taxed more or if the feds provided more assistance and one gets a rather different picture.

Further, Nagin, who ran largely as a pro-corporate candidate with a minority of the black vote, seems very similar to the Republican priorities: http://www.alternet.org/katrina/25277/

To be fair, here's something Louisiana is doing that's fairly terrifying: hiring mercs. http://www.alternet.org/katrina/25320/

Sat Sep 17, 09:53:00 AM PDT  

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