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  •  I am proud of a Democrat politician... (4.00)
    (besides Robert C. Byrd for his courageous stand on Iraq War) for the first time in a while.

    It is why I have always, unreservedly supported Al Gore for anything he ran for.  Its about the competence.  And the caring.  And using government, science, technology and medicine for the public good.

    Heres an idea- We should get Gore to head the commission that helps redesign the City of New Orleans to rise from the swamp- Amsterdam on the Mississippi behind its top quality levees and dikes.  He knows the environmental issues and science issues- especially toxins- and he is well respected by scientists and engineers.

    Let the river run,
    let all the dreamers
    wake the nation.
    Come, the New Jerusalem.

    "Let the city of New Orleans Rise Again"

    by murrayewv on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 04:08:46 AM PDT

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    •  gore, if anyone . . . (none)
      however, if i were to speculate, i would think he is likely to be of the school of thought that it was shortsighted and irresponsible to have built a city there in the first place. we've left a nasty legacy on the delta and the gulf.

      i loved NOLA. loved the culture; the people; the music. but, now that it's been evacuated, relocated, drown, and turned into what may very well justify being deemed a giant superfund site (we'll see how the lab tests come back - i hope), i question the wisdom in rebuilding it at all.

      is there room somewhere to erect a new new orleans somewhere above sea level?

      "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

      by Back in the Cave on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 06:57:49 AM PDT

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      •  Roughly Half Of The Netherlands (3.71)
        Lies below sea-level.  When a devastating storm caused a Katrina-like catastrophe in 1953, the Dutch sunk billions of dollars into an ultra-sophisticated system of outer sea barriers that has prevented another such disaster from happening in the half-century since then.  There was a report on this on the CBS Evening News last night.  I'm sure they'd be delighted to help us out on this score, if we'd be willing to admit that another nation can actually teach us something.

        "L'enfer, c'est les autres." - Jean Paul Sartre, Huis Clos

        "L'enfer, c'est le GOP!" - JJB, from an idea by oratorio

        by JJB on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 07:30:00 AM PDT

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      •  things have changed since NO was founded (none)
        The land has sunk putting more of it below sea level. You might have noticed most of the older parts of N'awlands are atill high and dry, French Quarter and Garden district.

        Importantly the barrier islands and marshlands were much more extensive, making the location more dangerous now than it was when the city was first built.

        Also the location at the bottom of the Mississippi near the gulf demanded a city to support shipping.

        SOCIAL SECURITY: Invented by Democrats yesterday, Protected by Democrats today

        by mollyd on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 09:17:38 AM PDT

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