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August 28th, 2010

Bicycling into the heart of the flood:
A Hurricane Katrina remembrance

“Anyone you talk to in Bay St. Louis, you ask them what the No. 1 hindrance to things are now — is insurance,” Anderson says. “It’s astronomically high now. It’s created lots of anger and animosity.”
In Bay St. Louis you don’t hear complaints about the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the federal government so much as insurance companies. Many people had to wait a long time to receive just modest settlements. Many have anecdotes about clever arguments they say insurers used to limit payments, like insisting that it wasn’t the 125 mph winds but the 30-foot tall waves that smashed their house to smithereens. Who can tell in a hurricane?

Film review seemed unkind to N.O.
~Yes, New Orleanians continue to insist that Hurricane Katrina did not flood their city. They do this because it is the truth. Inadequate and failed levees flooded the city. The Army Corps of Engineers admitted its own culpability after independent engineering studies found damning evidence, and a federal judge has lambasted the Corps for its fecklessness and incompetence.

Harry Shearer vs. the Army Corps of Engineers~Mother Jones
~Editilla Crowtellas
Our Herolero Harry here is by far Not Alone
—Sinn Féin! Harry, Sandy Rosenthal, HJ Bosworth and Roy Arrigo at the unveiling of the first Louisiana State Marker dedicated to the Truth about Greatest Civil Engineering disaster in the history of the nation: the Corps of Engineers’ floodwall failures of Aug 29th 2005.Photo/Judi Bottoni

1 Day 2 Year 5:
A Photographic Journey

Five Years After Katrina, A Return To Bay St. Louis~NPR

Remembering ‘The Kingfish’: Questions about Huey Long’s death linger
~David Zinmen

BP to remove failed blowout preventer from oil well in Gulf of Mexico this weekend
~Jaquetta White
Additional federal waters opened in western Gulf~Sandy Davis

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