November 19th, 2009

Make Levees Not War

Judge: Feds liable in Federal Flooding of Greater New Orleans

"It has been proven in a court of law that the drowning of New Orleans
was not a natural disaster, but a preventable man-made travesty," the
attorneys said in a statement. "The government has always had a moral
obligation to rebuild New Orleans. This decision makes that obligation a matter of legal responsibility." -- CNN story

Here in Greater New Orleans, where people routinely talk about "the Federal Flood" and refer to the MRGO Canal as "the Hurricane Highway", the news isn't the facts of the case, but rather the judge finding legal liability.

If I understand the ruling correctly, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has legal immunity from being sued for damages from the failure of their mis-designed and mis-built levees, but not for the fact that the MRGO Canal channeled deep sea storm surge right into the heart of the city. This point alone is enough to make them culpable for the majority of the flooding of the Greater New Orleans area in 2005.

Times-Picayume story

On Bloomberg


For those interested in details of what happened and why concerning the great flood, I reccomend the book Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow. It also makes the point that rather than Greater New Orleans being unique in vulnerability, bad decisions by political and business interests have created no shortage of other engineering disasters waiting to happen.
YouTube video of one of the co-authors and members of at a reading/discussion at Octavia Books.

Festival of India & Ratha Yatra Parade SATURDAY!

WHAT: Festival of India & Ratha Yatra Parade
WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 10am to 5pm
WHERE: Jax Brewery Lot (500 block of Decatur St, FQ)
*parade starts at Decatur & Esplanade near the French Market - 10am
WHY: The purpose of the event is let the public experience the culture of India through a free and interactive festival atmosphere that is appropriate for all ages.

• Live performances by world famous artists
• Free vegetarian fest
• Interactive cultural program & yoga expo
• Parade & kirtan through the French Quarter

The purpose of the event is let the public experience the culture of India through a free and interactive festival atmosphere that is appropriate for all ages.

The Ratha Yatra parade is an age old tradition from India in which Deities of the Lord are placed on a hand pulled float and paraded through the city to pour their mercy upon the public. Chanting and dancing (kirtan) are joyfully performed on the streets during the procession and all are welcome to join in the festivities.

The parade ends at the festival grounds in which ongoing interactive activities will take place that portray the culture of India including live musical and dance performances by world famous artists including Aashish Khan, a yoga expo produced by Wild Lotus Yoga, an ayurveda stall, tarot readings, mehendi hand art, a free vegetarian feast for all and an onsite diorama (museum) of the history/culture of India.

Organized by: ISKCON of New Orleans.
Founder Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
2936 Esplanade Ave. New Orleans, LA 70119

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