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  •  Smart bombs (none)
    A few B52s with dummy smart bombs lazer guided would do the trick.Wouldn't if be great to see all that technology used for something to save a city instead of destroying one?

    by ctkeith on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 06:18:00 PM PDT

    •  How about a tactical nuke... (none)
      the Army Corps of Engineers always wanted to use this technology for rerouting rivers and whatnot back in the 1950's, why not now?

      People in Eurasia on the brink of oppression: I hope it's gonna be alright... Pet Shop Boys: Introspective

      by rgilly on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 06:23:49 PM PDT

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      •  Back in the 50s (none)
        they set off dirty A-bombs into the atmosphere and people gathered to watch.  They marched my dad right up to ground zero of one of them, in 1955, until he made a counter hiss.  They papered over what happened to people at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  

        Something tells me that, these days, using a nuke to reroute water in Lousiana would be . . . ill received.

        "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." --President Eisenhower

        by rhubarb on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:08:19 PM PDT

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        •  Not to mention whole city <sea level (none)
          What, you're going to reroute the ocean?  The whole city is below sea level.  
          •  uhh (none)
            this may be an insensitive or otherwise stupid question, but why would you build a city below sea level, right next to the sea, that is so precarious that it requires an intricate network of pumps and levees to stay above water?

            This just sounds so bizarre to me...

            •  from wiki: (none)
              The site was selected because it was a rare bit of natural high ground along the flood-prone banks of the lower Mississippi, and was adjacent to a Native American trading route and portage between the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain via Bayou St. John (known to the natives as Bayou Choupique). A community of French fur trappers and traders had existed along the bayou (in what is now the middle of New Orleans) for at least a decade before the official founding of the city.

              we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

              by Tirge Caps on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:00:42 PM PDT

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            •  Someday (none)
              When this is over, they'll compare measures the Netherlands have taken (seeing that Global warming is happening and they too will be inundated if they don't do something) with what NOLA has been able to do.

              The Netherlands has begun preparing for such a flood (partly by building houses on stilts), recognizing that there will come a time when the dykes will not hold.

              NOLA tried to prepare best as they could. And had their funds taken away to Iraq.

              This is the way democracy ends Not with a bomb But with a gavel -Max Baucus

              by emptywheel on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:03:48 PM PDT

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    •  unfair (4.00)
      I heard we just saved the shit out of Husaybah.

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