Fred Clark over at the slacktivist puts together an ensemble of interesting remarks about the New Orleans disaster.
Billmon over at the whiskey bar offers some environmental insights to this catastrophe:
...But the bigger story [as opposed to the story of the lack of funds to sufficiently prepare the levees going to the Iraq war] behind the drowning of New Orleans is what it reveals about the longer-term consequences of America's lunatic environmental priorities. For nearly 160 years, private industry and governments alike have been chopping and channeling the Mississippi and its tributaries -- turning rivers into drainage ditches, riverbanks into Maginot Line-style fortifications, and wetlands into factory farms. This has created the same self-defeating spiral that doomed New Orleans -- the rivers rise, the riverbanks sink, forcing the levees higher and higher, until some of them are now as tall as four-story buildings.
But alas what is needed now is love:
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Catholic Charities USA
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United Methodist Committee on Relief
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