People Get Ready

[ make levees, not war ]

Archive for February, 2006

Happy Katrina Mardi Gras

Posted by schroeder915 on February 28, 2006

More to come.

Advertisements

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Happy Katrina Mardi Gras

Katrina’s Toxic Legacy map

Posted by schroeder915 on February 27, 2006

I guess if WWL can host a Dallas Morning News Shockwave file and require registration, I can host the same file, and not require any at all.

Here’s the “Katrina’s Toxic Legacy” Shockwave map published by the Dallas Morning News using EPA data (nice shiny glass beads to sophmom for the link). It’s a different version of the map produced by the National Resources Defense Council using (I presume) the same data.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Katrina’s Toxic Legacy map

Katrina’s Toxic Legacy map

Posted by schroeder915 on February 27, 2006

I guess if WWL can host a Dallas Morning News Shockwave file and require registration, I can host the same file, and not require any at all.

Here’s the “Katrina’s Toxic Legacy” Shockwave map published by the Dallas Morning News using EPA data (nice shiny glass beads to sophmom for the link). It’s a different version of the map produced by the National Resources Defense Council using (I presume) the same data.

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Parade photos

Posted by schroeder915 on February 25, 2006


Muses


Krewe d’Etat

I can’t think of anywhere else where the irreverent and the tragic are combined with such festivity — only in New Orleans!

These are the Mardi Gras parade photos I have to date. I’m just uploading them wholesale. Some of the bad ones are interesting to look at.

Once again, Muses rules! It’s the krewe that has the most fun, delivers the most fun, and has the best throws. Okay, I love Krewe du Vieux just as much, but it’s in its own category.

The Hermes floats this year were gorgeous. Unfortunately, I was saving film for Krewe d’Etat, so I can only refer you to other photos (nola.com for example).

The Mystic Knights of Chaos had some great political floats (no photos — I was on the parade route talking to people), but the best catch was a deck of cards that have a graphic of the floats on one side, and an explanation on the other.

Like Chaos, Krewe d’Etat had a bunch of great political floats. Pictures don’t do the floats justice — there’s just too much detail on them, and each float was led by a sign carrier with messages like “It’s your problem now Houston.”

One of the things I was happiest to see was the MAX marching band and dance majorettes. MAX is a post-Katrina combined group that includes St. Mary’s, St. Aug., and Xavier Prep. No parade is worth anything that doesn’t have a great high school marching band — and the St. Aug. marching 100 is the best — although I’m not sure there were 100 of them this year. Here’s a little video of them marching by.

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

2/25/2006 Community Gumbo

Posted by schroeder915 on February 25, 2006

2/25/2006 Community Gumbo:

  • Small steps for one resident of a hard-hit Gentilly neighborhood
  • Happy Katrina Mardi Gras: Post-Katrina sounds and perspectives

Highlighting residents who are missing from this year’s Mardi Gras, Julia Cass talks about the Gentilly neighborhood (among others) in today’s Washington Post.

Mile after mile of suburban homes along [New Orleans East] cul-de-sacs and man-made lakes as well as a similar neighborhood, Gentilly, are virtually empty.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Jazz funerals, costumes, parades

Posted by schroeder915 on February 24, 2006

I heard that Susan Cowsill is going to have a jazz funeral for Barry Cowsill on Sunday, 11 AM, starting at the Moon Walk. There’s a farewell to Barry Cowsill in Adventures in Life and Comedy.

Don’t forget, there’s also a jazz funeral for Clarence Gatemouth Brown Saturday at 1:00 from Jackson Square.

Parades, costume preparation, jazz funerals — so much to do, so little time.

I’m off to Krewe d’Etat and hopefully a serving of what sounds like the best homecooked crawfish etoufee I may ever sample.

Pictures will be posted as soon as I can.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Off to Muses!

Posted by schroeder915 on February 23, 2006

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Off to Muses!

Mitch declares!

Posted by schroeder915 on February 23, 2006

Mitch — good luck in your campaign for mayor!

First things first — where’s the web site Mitch? You can’t run a campaign these days without one.

Ron Forman ought to know. He let a surrogate web site that looks official to run links to sites like People Get Ready, authored by a ranting freak named Schroeder who’s making claims that Forman has monkey skulls hidden in the closet.

By the way, is that a monkey skull hidden in the clouds?

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mitch declares!

Map: New Orleans sediment contamination

Posted by schroeder915 on February 23, 2006

A recent GNOCDC Numbers Talk newsletter provided links to some great National Resource Defense Council sediment contamination maps. The NRDC analysis and maps were based on Louisiana DEQ samples.

The NRDC analysis overview:

The floodwaters from hurricanes Katrina and Rita swept a mixture of soil, mud from Lake Pontchartrain, and debris into the greater New Orleans area. When the water receded, it left behind a caked layer of muck on streets, yards, porches and playgrounds across the region – sediment that was likely contaminated with heavy metals and toxic chemicals swept up from industrial areas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collected hundreds of samples of this sediment throughout the New Orleans region from September 10, 2005 to January 15, 2006, and released the data – absent any analysis – to the public on its website (http://oaspub.epa.gov/storetkp/dw_home) in January 2006.

NRDC has now analyzed the EPA’s sediment data, and the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center has created maps to demonstrate patterns of contamination in the sediment. Although the EPA tested for a variety of contaminants, this analysis focuses on four toxic contaminants that are most widespread in the sediment samples: arsenic, lead, diesel fuel and benzo(a)pyrene. All of these contaminants were detected in sediment throughout the greater New Orleans area, often in concentrations in excess of EPA and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) cleanup guidelines for soil in residential areas.

Our analysis of EPA data shows that most districts in New Orleans contain concentrations of arsenic, lead, diesel fuel or cancer-causing benzo(a)pyrene above levels that would normally trigger investigation and possible soil cleanup in the state of Louisiana. Some hot spots in residential neighborhoods have levels of contamination that are ten times, or even more than a hundred times normal soil cleanup levels. For example, a location in Gert Town, Mid-City has arsenic in the soil at a level 6.5 times the Louisiana cleanup level for residential soil, and 200 times the federal health-based level of concern for soil in residential neighborhoods. The Lake Terrace neighborhood in Gentilly has lead in the soil at a level three times the Louisiana cleanup level. Locations in Chalmette and in the St. Roch neighborhood have diesel fuel contamination more than 200 times the Louisiana soil screening cleanup level. A hot spot for benzo(a)pyrene contamination is in Bywater, at the Agricultural Street Landfill, where the levels exceed Louisiana soil cleanup levels by more than fiftyfold. The EPA did not sample unflooded areas, such as the East Bank and West Bank neighborhoods; soil conditions in these areas are unknown.

People returning to New Orleans should take precautions to limit their exposure to the sediment (see Health Advisory, pg. 20). Young children should not play in any areas where there is still sediment on the ground, and it would be best to keep children out of the city until cleanup has occurred. Government agencies must clean up contaminated sediment, and must provide assistance – including information and protective equipment – to people who are trying to clean up their own property. As schools reopen in previously flooded areas, the playgrounds and school yards should be tested to ensure that they have been adequately cleaned before children come back to school.

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Mexico in charge of immigration?

Posted by schroeder915 on February 23, 2006

Jay Leno’s monologue on Tuesday:

Welcome to the tonight show. I guess you heard today was the big White House President’s Day clearing sale. All our ports must go. No offer refused. No enemy turned down. Crazy George is insane. Come on down!

This is the most unbelievable story to me. I don’t understand it. Do you know about this? The White House has given permission for a company owned by the government of Dubai to run six U.S. ports, including the Port of New York.

Now, Dubai was accused of helping fund the September 11 attacks, and was one of only three countries to support the Taliban. Now they’re going to run the Port of New York. What’s next? We’re going to put Mexico in charge of immigration? We’re gonna do that? How about Dick Cheney in charge of gun safety? Courtney Love doing Olympic broadcasts?

Not included in the video archive, Leno’s monologue continued, mocking the White House for not finding Osama bin Laden because he’s hiding in the White House basement.

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »