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May 1, 2007

18 Missing Inches in New Orleans

Here’s a piece from Greg Palast concerning the release of the Trade Paperback version of “Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans.

As always I have snippets, and this one is a reminder of the truths of the Federal Flood and our demand for REPARATIONS:

“The White House had good reason, or at least political and financial reasons, to keep mum. A hurricane is an act of God, but catastrophic levee failure is an act of the Administration. Once the federal levees go, evacuation, rescue and those frightening words – responsibility and compensation – become Washington’s. Van Heerden knew that “not an act of God, but catastrophic failure of the levee system” would mean that, at least, “these people must be compensated.”

Not every flood victim in America gets the Katrina treatment. In 1992, storms wiped out 190 houses on the beach at West Hampton Dunes, home to film stars and celebrity speculators. The federal government paid to completely rebuild the houses, which, hauled in four million cubic feet of sand to restore the tony beaches, and guaranteed the home’s safety into the coming decades – after which the “victim’s” homes rose in value to an average $2 million each.”

Reparations to the victims of the Federal Flood!

1 Comment »

  1. Well caught GG!

    Word choice is very important. I think that the NOLA bloggers should make a concerted effort to alway use Katrina and flood together. And that reporters who say Katrina Hurricane should be corrected when talking about NO.

    A lot of people don’t know this, but in SF after the 1906 earthquake it was decided that the people would always refer to it as the ‘the earthquake and fire’. Why? Insurance. There was no earthquake insurance, but there was fire insurance.
    Things we can learn from history.

    Take care,
    Your fan

    Comment by spocko — May 2, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

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