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  •  Hmmm... (none)
    So why did we bother rebuilding Washington after the British burned it in 1814?  It could very easily be burned down again.

    A voice of objective reason in the partisan din of the U.S. National Security community.

    by mustang dvs on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:16:25 PM PDT

    •  Or the Florida coast, or tornado alley, or (4.00)
      the fire ravaged mountains of the West Coast? Why not just roll over and wait for the rapture?

      The whole administration is in first class on the Titanic!

      Most Americans are a lot dumber than we give them credit for- George Carlin 2004

      by maggiemae on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:24:04 PM PDT

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      •  Or the 1776 foot tall "Freedom Tower" (none)
        The terrists are just gonna bomb it again.

        Incidentally, has 11Sept really been renamed "Patriot Day." Doesn't Massachusetts already have a Patriot Day?

        "Can we all get along?"

        by hotspur on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:32:51 PM PDT

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      •  Bullshit analogies... (none)
        The real analogy would be rebuilding San Francisco or Los Angeles with no earthquake protection.  The city is below sea level and below the level of a lake that's right next to it.  Natural disasters can afflict any city, but New Orleans is completely susceptible because it is built in a location that doesn't make any sense.  In LA you can add earth quake proofing to buildings and other structures, in New Orleans you can move the city (trucking in millions of tons of earth is simply not practical).  

        In Britain they admit to having royalty. In the United States we pretend we don't have any, and then we elect them president.

        by Asak on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 04:42:34 PM PDT

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        •  Large sections of Boston (none)
          are built on fill dirt.

          A large part of lower Manhattan is built on fill.

          The Back Bay area of Boston was built on fill brought in by railroad about 140 years ago.

          •  But that was done piecemeal (none)
            over decades.  New Orleans would have to be filled all at once to be rebuilt effectively.  And then you'd still have to deal with the problems caused by restricting the floodplains of the Mississippi Delta.

            "Don't want to be an American idiot..." -- Green Day

            by Black Maned Pensator on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 06:28:25 PM PDT

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            •  Much of the SOMA area of San Francisco (none)
              is built on debris from the San Francisco earthquake. All debris from the cities devastation was dumped into the Bay, and even today if you walk near 3rd and Townsend Street, a jagged bronze line with plaque marking the original shore line is visible. Everything south is fill.

              Most Americans are a lot dumber than we give them credit for- George Carlin 2004

              by maggiemae on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 10:56:26 PM PDT

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