People Get Ready

[ make levees, not war ]

Archive for the ‘2008 Elections’ Category

What would the world be like without New Orleans?

Posted by schroeder915 on February 23, 2007

amexneworleans400p.jpg

What would America the world be like without New Orleans?

There will be another opportunity to find out when WYES channel 12 re-broadcasts “New Orleans” on The American Experience, Saturday, at 10:30 p.m.

The program Web site features this interesting map of the city which traces the development of New Orleans neighborhoods along with improved drainage made possible by the Wood screw pump:

amexperience_neworleans_map.jpg

Related: New Orleans topography and flooding.

On an unrelated topic — I called the Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge to find out what New Orleans would be like without District Attorney Eddie Jordan. We’ll have an opportunity to find out in 2008 when we get to vote him out of office (if we don’t recall the SOB first). The D.A. serves a six-year term. Jordan was elected in 2002, and assumed office in 2003. The primary election is October 4th, 2008.

Posted in 2008 Elections, Eddie Jordan, Katrina Dissidents, New Orleans, Worst D.A. Ever | 1 Comment »

Anyone remember the last time monkey boy mentioned New Orleans?

Posted by schroeder915 on December 28, 2006

John Edwards in New Orleans East, announcing the launch of his campaign for President:

“The president should’ve said, ‘I want someone in my office every morning, telling me what was happening in New Orleans yesterday.'”

Posted in 2008 Elections, Failure is not an option, John Edwards, Katrina Dissidents, Worst President Ever | 4 Comments »

John Edwards: “People Get Ready!”

Posted by schroeder915 on December 27, 2006

The wording of the announcement is uncanny. From the John Edwards One America website, blogger philgoblue quoted John Edwards in spirit, if not verbatim: “People Get Ready!”

edwards_pgr.jpg

By announcing his candidacy for President in the 2008 election from the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, John Edwards is sending a powerful message to the rest of the nation, and the world, that New Orleans will no longer be neglected; that the rebuilding of New Orleans is a symbol of the kind of nation the United States of America should be, where the least among us is treated with dignity, where resources aren’t squandered on a rich minority, but invested in the infinite potential of the multitudes, where hope in a brighter future replaces fear exploited for partisan or personal gain, where one of the greatest cities on Earth is recognized for its cultural and economic contribution to the world.

jre_in_nola_with_volunteers.jpg

Thank God we finally have an intelligent, eloquent, respected spokesperson of national stature to keep New Orleans in the spotlight.

122706_edwards_02.jpg
Charles Dharapak / AP

I’ve said it many times before: As New Orleans goes, so goes the rest of the nation.

Posted in 2008 Elections, Category 5 Storm Protection, Coastal Restoration, Failure is not an option, Global Warming, John Edwards, Katrina Dissidents, Louisiana, Neighborhood Preservation, New Orleans, Rebuild New Orleans | 19 Comments »

John Edwards: “People Get Ready!”

Posted by schroeder915 on December 27, 2006

The wording of the announcement is uncanny. From the John Edwards One America website, blogger philgoblue quoted John Edwards in spirit, if not verbatim: “People Get Ready!”

edwards_pgr.jpg

By announcing his candidacy for President in the 2008 election from the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, John Edwards is sending a powerful message to the rest of the nation, and the world, that New Orleans will no longer be neglected; that the rebuilding of New Orleans is a symbol of the kind of nation the United States of America should be, where the least among us is treated with dignity, where resources aren’t squandered on a rich minority, but invested in the infinite potential of the multitudes, where hope in a brighter future replaces fear exploited for partisan or personal gain, where one of the greatest cities on Earth is recognized for its cultural and economic contribution to the world.

jre_in_nola_with_volunteers.jpg

Thank God we finally have an intelligent, eloquent, respected spokesperson of national stature to keep New Orleans in the spotlight.

122706_edwards_02.jpg
Charles Dharapak / AP

I’ve said it many times before: As New Orleans goes, so goes the rest of the nation.

Posted in 2008 Elections, Category 5 Storm Protection, Coastal Restoration, Failure is not an option, Global Warming, John Edwards, Katrina Dissidents, Louisiana, Neighborhood Preservation, New Orleans, Rebuild New Orleans | Leave a Comment »

As New Orleans goes, so goes the nation

Posted by schroeder915 on December 13, 2006

greenlandicesheet400px.jpg

Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center:

A new study of the mass of ice capping Greenland reveals that the giant ice sheet burying the island has rapidly lost mass in recent years due to melting and iceberg calving. Between 2003 and 2005, the island’s low coastal areas shed 155 gigatons (41 cubic miles) of ice per year, while snow accumulation in the interior of the ice sheet was only 54 gigatons per year. The amount of ice lost in two years is roughly the same as the amount of water that flows through the Colorado River in 12 years.

Sheila Grissett, The Times-Picayune:

[Peter] Shelley said he believes he saw the kind of destruction that awaits other communities in the United States and beyond if policymakers don’t address climate changes that are increasing coastal erosion and, some scientists posit, possibly increasing the ferocity and frequency of hurricanes. …

“Why have we not seen action commensurate of the threat? Why has the robust and compelling body of climate change science not had a greater impact on action, especially in the United States?” asked [Daniel] Abbassi, who is associate Dean for Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and who just published a new book, “Americans and Climate Change — Closing the Gap Between Science and Action.”

The bottom line, he said, is that science and the conservation and restoration community must learn to better explain — in everyday terms, to everyday people — that melting ice caps a world away are linked to the rising levels of water at the back doors of Louisiana and other coastal states.

The melting of the Greenland ice sheet is even more troubling than the melting of arctic ice because the Greenland ice sheet is on land, whereas arctic ice is floating and may already be displacing sea levels. Melting Greenland ice will positively contribute additional height to sea levels.

The terror seen in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina is coming to your town. Fifty-three percent of the U.S. population lives a coastal zone, but water management issues should also be on the agenda of people who live inland, such as in the Sacramento area.

us_population_2005_400px.jpg

What happens in New Orleans, South Louisiana, and the Gulf Coast should be on the agenda of the new Congress and 2008 presidential hopefuls, because as New Orleans goes, so goes the nation.

Posted in 2008 Elections, Category 5 Storm Protection, Coastal Restoration, Global Warming, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Protection, Katrina Dissidents, Louisiana, New Orleans, United States Congress | 6 Comments »