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____________08.30.05



Due to Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans factory will be temporarily closed. Confederate Motor Company, however, remains.

Communication continues via email, and phone lines will be back online shortly. Development of the Wraith is moving at a fever pitch as the completion draws near. To all who've written in, thank you. To those who remain trapped within the city, in their homes and on their roofs, our hearts and prayers go out to them.
 

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Well, here's where the factory is on the outskirts of the Quarter in the warehouse district

http://tinyurl.com/ca8cg

Here's a picture of the flooding

http://tinyurl.com/7tnbk

So it looks like they were okay so far. The Quarter is on relatively high ground, as 200 years ago people were smart enough to only build above sea level. If they weren't looted or burned out they should be okay.
 

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Believe it or not, people are still smart enough to build above sea level. The thing is, after 200 years of building in Orleans Parish, there ain't no above sea level ground left, hasn't been any for over a hundred years. So, the city turned swamps into neighborhoods by building levies around the city. Worked out ok up to last week. They will fix, and improve the levies, pump out the water, and go back to business as usual.



The real story here, now that the rescue effort is ending, is that about 90 percent of the city is evacuated to areas spread out all over the country. Many will get jobs better than they had in N.O., not all that hard to do considering 30% of the population was living below the poverty level. Large segments of these evacuees will not be returning. When N.O. returns as a functioning city, the demographics will have changed dramatically. You may have noticed that Jessie Jackson as well as black leaders in South Louisiana are absolutely livid about N.O. residents being relocated outside the state. They know full well that the 67% majority they had before the storm in N.O. could become a minority when states with stronger economies find meaningful jobs for residents previously living in poverty in Orleans Parish. It is going to get very interesting watching black leaders dancing around trying to figure out how to attract N.O. residents back to a city that continues to offer nothing but poverty to those living at the margins of the N.O. economy.
 

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Re: How to Save New Orleans

The only way to save New Orleans is to fill it in with earth until the whole city is above sea level. There will always be the chance of a hurricane overwhelming the levees. Lake Pontchartrain is only about 14 feet deep but covers about 1,000 square miles. More than enough earth can be dredged from the bottom of the lake to fill the lower part of New Orleans to a level above the lake and the Mississippi River.
 

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Re: How to Save New Orleans

There is a proposal to diverte the Mighty Miss to west of town and do more or less what the Dutch did post their 1958 disaster.

But it will be real, real, real expensive. But then there is that 1 Trillion + dollars invested in infastructure from the mouth of the river to above "Red Stick" that needs/must be saved.

And then their is the Old River Control System mess...and then there is the cold fact that lower LA loses 50 sq miles a yr of marsh mostly cause the Might Miss is levvied from there to Minn.

Google around...it is a wildly complicated problem that has been anyalzed & studied for a good 50 yrs. Good starting point: John McPhee's "The Control of Nature"..still in print.
 

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Re: How to Save New Orleans

From my brief exposure to the situation via experts on the TeeVee, the lower portion of LA is composed of alluvial deposits which are sinking at a steady rate. Filling in NO makes no sense as the fill will just sink as well. The solution is to construct a mega structure of RC on pilings similiar to the New Town of Cumbernaud in Scotland (constructed in the sixties) . This will be a self-contained city of concrete and alloy on a grand scale impervious to mother nature. This won't be done of course and the looting will shift to looting the rebuilding funds with the town reconstructed with the current American home which is crap.
 

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Re: How to Save New Orleans

"impervious to mother nature"

...is it just me, or is this something you'd be likely to hear from military intelligence?
 

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Re: How to Save New Orleans

"This will be a self-contained city of concrete and alloy".

Granted I live in Baton Rouge, but your description does not sound like the "Big Easy" I have grown to love!
 

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Re: How to Save New Orleans

The only thing I remember about NO was that you could walk down the street with a drink in your hand and nobody messed with you. Is that why they called it the Big Easy?Oh yeah, that place that served those great pastry balls or whatever they were and the chicory coffee was great. Otherwise, bulldoze it.
 

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Re: How to Save New Orleans

Sorta like surgical airstrikes. If you watch the videos

you see the masonry or concrete structures standing and the rest reduced to a cosmic game of Pick-Up-Sticks. Somwhow one would think that this would ring a bell in peoples heads that a better way of building may be advisable. But then, the timber industry is a big contributor to the Republican Party.
 

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Re: How to Save New Orleans

Looks like you hit all the tourist high spots. Before they bulldoze it you should check out the Cabildo, Jazz fest, N.O. Museum of Art, Sanger Theater, Brenans, Jackson Square, and on and on and.........
 

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I understand you point about NO economy, but are you also happy at the prospect of NO evolving into a more racially balanced city? Since the city and state did a poor job of providing a future for the Black population, Black and poor are not welcome back to NO ? So lets kill two birds--balance things out and welcome back the great White middle classs, and get rid of those poor blacks, so Jesse and the Dems won't have a base come election time ?
 

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Re: How to Save New Orleans

New Orleans MUST be rebuilt, it's the best party town on earth, bar none.

NO memory #1...

3 am at Cafe du Mond, drunk on my arse eating begnets and drinking chickory coffee under a waxing moon

NO memory #2...

playing through the dry heaves and winning an MVP award at the Mardi Gras rugby tournament the next day
 

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I could care less if the city is racially balanced. I was simply pointing out that the city may be embarrassed if it's low income citizens fare better in other cities. The governor of La. and mayor of N.O. have made it clear everyone who has left is welcome back. I join with them in welcoming home anyone who has been relocated. My question is will they want to come back. I feel like if low income N.O citizens end up faring better in other parts of the country they may want to stay put and reap the economic benefit of their good fortune. I doubt the politicians who depend on their votes in south Louisiana will be as open minded about their loss. Now, this takes us full circle back to why Jessie Jackson and Cleo Fields are so upset that N.O. residents are being relocated outside the state. They know people can't return for 4 to 6 months, a period of time long enough for individuals to become established in their new homes. I saw an interview the other day with the governor of Massachusetts. He was asked how many N.O. residents have been relocated there. His reply was 4 thousand. He was asked how long they can stay. His reply was, as long as they want. Then he said they are in the process of setting up housing for them and find jobs for every single new resident. Hmmmm, se my point?
 
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