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  •  They called it Pork? (4.00)
    Questions:
    1. Does anybody have factual evidence of the Republicans' calling Sen.  LANDRIEU's request for funds "pork"? (allegation heard on the radio Sunday).

    "They" might not believe a word WE say, but it would be nice to quote "them" back to themselves.

    2.  Was there any feedback from the conference of emergency planners who were meeting in New Orleans when they had to evacuate because of Hurricane Ivan (I think that's the one)? Mentioned elsewhere on Daily Kos that they were there. Ironic.
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    FYI, See excellent set of links:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predictions_of_hurricane_risk_for_New_Orleans

    Scientific American published an article by Mark Fischetti in October of 2001 called Drowning New Orleans. This article begins, "A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, and now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city… New Orleans is a disaster waiting to happen."

    http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&articleID=00060286-CB58-1315-8B5883414B7F0000& pageNumber=1&catID=2

    Read the article, plus the sidebar update:
    SIDEBAR
    August 31, 2005    
        Drowning New Orleans: Why Save a Sinking City?    
    By Mark Fischetti    

    The New Orleans area is home to more than two million people, and it fuels a unique part of America's national psyche.
    The Mississippi Delta is the poster child for problems threatening the world's deltas, coastal wetlands and cities on the sea.
    Southern Louisiana produces one third of the country's seafood, one fifth of its oil and one quarter of its natural gas.
    The state's coastline harbors 40 percent of the nation's coastal wetlands and provides wintering grounds for 70 percent of its migratory waterfowl.
    Facilities along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge constitute the nation's largest port.

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