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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Katrina - A Walking Clucks of Smurfs

It's time to move onto the next group who must share the blame for the smurf ups in New Orleans before and after katrina...

  • THE RESIDENTS OF NEW ORLEANS
  • POLITICIANS AND THE CORP OF ENGINEERS
  • THE MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS
  • THE GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA
  • THE RESCUE SERVICES OF NEW ORLEANS
  • THE NATIONAL GUARD
  • FEMA
  • THE PRESIDENT

So... How did the Politicians and the Corp of Engineers smurf up?

First let me make sure all of you are familiar with sovereign immunity . Basically, it basically states that no action by the government can be considered illegal, ergo the government cannot be sued or held liable.

So, for FORTY YEARS the army Corp of engineers have been constructing these levees... Yes, they took a job that could really have been done in a few years, easily, and managed to squeeze it into forty years... Oh, they haven't finished.

Now here's the crux... The walls of the levee are not and have NEVER been built to specification. They should go at least sixteen feet deep, but go only ten feet deep.

Now, how do we the people put up with that? Well... We can't sue the government. We can't have any member of government locked up for criminal negligence... Ergo, there is NO accountability...

it gets better... Katrina was down to a category ONE storm by the time she hit... And the water level NEVER went any higher than normal... At NO point in time did the water level rise above normal... Firemen caught videos of the the levees breaking at about 8:30 am.. A little more than the initial government report.

Those levees would have broke eventually... Even if Katrina had never hit...


I thought I'd spend a post on each one of these.

13 Comments:

Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

The levees were a sham. When Katrina happened, I posted a letter from a friend who went into detail on that very fact. Sometimes I don't understand how engineers operate; they devise things, put them into practice and they turn out to be worse than useless. I've seen it with roads, college campuses, you name it. What is it about the sketch to the model to the actual construction that somehow creates a game of telephone and the real message gets lost.

8:31 AM  
Blogger lauritajuanitasanchez said...

the levees were a shame. I wonder about the bridges we drive on every day.

8:49 AM  
Blogger doc-t said...

EOTR - Actually the design was good but the levee was never built as the engineer designed... the wall was supposed to go 16 feet deep into the earth, but it was nover constructed more than 10 feet deep...

I read that the engineers were KEPT from building to spec... the politicians and beuracrats relized it was cheaper to use low quality material and not go so deep...

THOSE are the bastards we the people need to get at.

laurita - yes it was a shame... both a sham and a shame... hopefully the bridges have been used long enough to prove they're trustworthy... but keeping a scuba tank of air in the car wouldnt be a bad idea...

9:50 AM  
Blogger velvet acid explosion said...

i had heard, in the stream of information and rhetoric that has come out after katrina, that the officials knew those levees were not built to appropriate standards.

sadly, this does not surprise me. so ... this is how far we go in the name of the almighty dollar? i wonder, do those same officials think it was worth it now? and ... why do people just sit back and let it happen?

and maybe this is a silly question but, where does the engineer's responsibility for implementation of his design end and where does the gov't begin?

i'm sort of thinking along the lines of 'following orders is never a valid excuse.' y'know what i mean? (one again with that personal responsibility thing again ;D)

12:19 PM  
Blogger Grant said...

Now do a post on the residents of New Orleans, bunch of whiny pussies.

10:34 AM  
Blogger doc-t said...

Grant - I mean to... although I'll be using a euphemism.... a bunch of whining smurfies....

3:52 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

A disaster so devastating, it's worth talking about twice. I understand.

The completion of the levees, if memory serves, was halted two years prior to Katrina for budgetary reasons on the federal level.

As much as I would like to blame everything I could on W., his actions before the storm were careless, but what do you expect from an administration that has always had difficulty forseeing consequences? This kind of damage was unprecedented in US history. People often have problems reckoning with things that have never happened but are possibilities.

His actions, FEMA's, and Blackwater (the private security firm hired in lieu of the National Guard, and unlike the NG went a-marauding) AFTER the crisis, however, was unconscionable. I don't think I could say the same for some of the others listed here.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Behind Blue Eyes said...

You know, I made a post a few days ago and it is not here. Maybe you are a beta blogger now. I will post under anonymous and see if it works out. I think that all of our infrastructure is just getting really old. I think that we are going to start seeing more things like this, though hopefully not to this magnitude. And yeah, its turned into a big cluster-fuck. As far as the victims went..I didn't know that many of them could have left. I will have to check out the movie you talked about. I was always under the impression that they couldn't. Or maybe that was our media trying to be 'diplomatic.'
I think that people really like to help other people...to a point. But they also like to see that the people that they helped are making some kind of effort as well. As our society is so intolerant toward this type of thing...whether your actually are a victim or not..it is pragmatic to give people the impression that you are trying to do something about it instead of wallowing in it. If you don't...people will very quickly lose their generous spirits. People don't like to feel manipulated and I think that if you come across this way..that that is exactly how they end up feeling, it makes them angry...and you quickly lose the sympathy that you were trying to gain. Whoops! I see that this blog does not allow anonymous comments. Well, I will try again.

3:30 AM  
Blogger kate said...

It is like with many things though. We all choose how much risk we are willing to assume to do the things we want to do.

I think of the people who live on cliffs in CA that have risk of mud slides... or coastal homes... in Hawaii near volcanos...homes on the Mississippi which, like in NOLA are below sea level in many areas....

I think that for YEARS people talked about the risk and understood that the 100 year storm would come (and was even overdue). I dont blame the government as much as the people who elected these officials over the years (terribly corrupt as I understand it).

I will probably get bashed here for my opinion, but I think that each and every person who lived in that area knew the risk. I visited NOLA the spring before Katrina. I toured and heard the stories about the levees... about having to change the cemeteries to alleviate the caskets floating up and making noise... the things they did just to be able to live in those conditions. I think that they knew and assumed the risk.

All that being said it is a terrible tragedy and I participated in Katrina relief (money and time). Just because I believe that they knew what they were getting into by living there doesnt mean that I think they 'deserved' any of it or that I dont feel for them and their situation. I especially feel for the children who really didnt have any choices.

Interesting post thanks!

4:34 AM  
Blogger schaumi said...

i don't know.....doc-t...
there's corruption in our government at all levels... plus in state and city governing bodies...and big companies that gain to make a buck...

another example...
the NYC emergency workers, policemen, firemen who after 911 are suffering all kinds of health problems and are not getting the coverage and compensation they need...

1:43 PM  
Blogger schaumi said...

it's depressing to think about...
but think about it we must.

1:44 PM  
Blogger artie said...

You're treading dangerous waters here, Doc. I suppose that's why you dove in.
I am not as nervous about the sharks as I am the toxic brew that has tainted our nation's leadership and national psyche. I think Winton Marsalis made an accurate observation when he said the world got a good look at America that week ...and it wasn't in a flattering light. Now that we can see what we've become perhaps we can make it right. I think its a very optimisitc observation.

9:51 AM  
Blogger NWJR said...

Ah, but the "Army Corps of Engineers" is not the US Army. It's been subcontracted out for years now.

The private sector is no more or less efficient than the guv'mint. They're all smurfed up clustersmurfs of smurfie-ness.

1:21 PM  

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