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Lower 9th Ward: March 2006

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    These are stills captured from video shot March 2006 in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans specifically the area between N. Claiborne, Florida Ave, Tupelo and Tennessee.

Lower 9th Ward: August 2006

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    These are photos and stills captured from video taken August 2006 of the Lower 9th Ward specifically the area between N. Claiborne, Florida Ave, Tupelo and Tennessee.

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April 25, 2008

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The Army Corps of Engineers sucks.

The 'Army' part of the title shields them from so much justifiable criticism it's disgusting. Only 2% or 650 of the roughly 36,250 ACoE employees are in the military. ACoE is a giant contracting pyramid that combines the worst aspects of military procurement with the worst aspects of pork spending, wraps it in a bow, and calls it world class engineering. Congress should strip out the tiny military component (that only serves as a fig leaf) and come up with a COMPETENT national infrastructure agency that includes waterways and levees. The CDC, NIH and NOAA all have respected world class technical expertise. Why does ACoE suck a duck?

If there was the Army Corps of Enron with Gen. Ken Lay going out with a chest full of stars to explain why everything was actually fine and dandy most people would have just shrugged at the loss of billions and accepted it. The difference is incompetent Ken Lay didn't get anybody killed at Enron and the incompetent tiny number of military managers at ACoE and their shell contractors ARE getting people killed with their slipshod work and laissez faire attitude.

OK, the repubs like the free market. So dumb question: what do the insurance companies say about the newspaper stuffing ?

Also, let's not forget that NOLA is one of the suspected entry points of the formosan termites (a particularly hungry bunch of insects).

And what happens to newspaper when it gets wet ?

They don't seem to have any problem with forcing people to move out...so let's just force relocate the ACE brass behind their own floodwall. That ought to set some hair on fire.

but post katrina ratings were teh AWESOME! now it can happen again!

Holy Crap!!!!!

(Hi Scout, long time no see. Hope you are well.)

I'm sure some landsharks have already started looking at this, but is this enough to show criminal negligence ?

I can see the courtroom now. Lawyer asks for a tub of water; lawyer drops a newspaper in said tub.....

ahrm hrm, i suddenly feel a fit of tourette's coming on... ahrm... ccchhhh**VIOLENTREVOLUTION**cccchhh ahrm hrm hrm......
rrrrrrrrr**BRINGBACKTHEGUILLOTINE**rrrrrrrrrr...cough cough.....

it's okay, i'm fine, it'll pass.......i'll take an extra pill today.........

For those of us who grew up in Lousiana, this sort of contractor "quality of service" is an old story.

Is isn't TL James, is it?

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So the next time New Orleans floods we can blame the media?

Who the hell was the contractor?

If the people of NOLA don't like how my tax money is spent then maybe they should move to higher ground.
It's not the governments job to protect people from stupidity If you live in a hole it will fill up when it rains The federal gov. should have said we will help rebuild NOLA 20 miles back and If you don't like it your on your own, The insurance co. should do the same
I live in Texas and the City says no building permits for flood zones
Problem solved

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