Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Can democracies have required reading?

If so, then every American ought to read this from John Barry, and then decide what to do about New Orleans. Here's a snip (HT to 3rd Battle):
More important, protecting New Orleans is the classic example of something we can't afford not to do. Those who believe New Orleans can survive as a smaller city and still serve the rest of the country as a port are mistaken. Louisiana continues to erode: the equivalent of roughly a football field melts into the sea every hour.

If nothing is done, the city will become a fragile walled island under constant assault. Nor can the port move to Baton Rouge. The port runs along almost 70 miles of river, much of which will be threatened.


Every time I have doubts, I stumble on to something like that, and then I feel confident again that we really are a World Class city--or at least we must be, if America is to remain a World Class nation.

14 comments:

berto said...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=oak

Click the Why Jeff George media file.

If you've got audio...

bigshot said...

great find, clio! Barry for Mayor!

jeffrey said...

Exactly the bit I would have snipped out. I hope it reaches a receptive audience

Anonymous said...

Fix the Levees Fix the Coast and send the LRA back to Baton Rouge. Give us our relief dollars. Help people to get back into their homes, and then .. fuck off.

Cade Roux said...

The alternative is to spend billions building a massive new port in the Gulf region AND protecting it. I don't see how Dubai can build artificial islands for people to live in and

Cade Roux said...

...we can't

chuck norris said...

Sir Paul McCartney told Chuck Norris 'to get back to where he once belonged.'

Chuck Norris used the Beatle's white matter as a drum and finished playing the song with Paul's brainstem for a flute.

upchuck said...

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He used Demi Moore's spleen as his running shoes.

more said...

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sports said...

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no said...

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ris said...

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chuck said...

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genes said...

Most people have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Chuck Norris has 72... and they're all poisonous.