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New Orleans Levees

In Praise of Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Harry Shearer | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Harry Shearer

As we wait to see what effect Isaac will have on the Army Corps of Engineers $10 billion-plus "hurricane risk reduction system" in New Orleans, I can't help thinking about last week's news from When government adopts efficiency as its top priority, decisions like the Corps' get made. And people die.

Insistent Appeals to Evacuate Did Not Warn That the Levees Could Break

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

Even the most insistent appeals from public officials to south Louisiana residents to evacuate did not warn that the levees could break and fail.

New in New Orleans: No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Karen Dalton-Beninato

"Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new li...

Before the Flood, More New Orleans Residents Had Flood Insurance Than the Rest of the Nation

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 06.10.2011 | Green
Sandy Rosenthal

In the weeks after the levee system failed in New Orleans, public officials scolded the vast majority of the city's residents for not having flood insurance. It turns up they were wrong.

Long Strange Trip: 10 New Orleans Posts From 2010

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Throwing my hat into the ring for the ubiquitous list article, it's not hard to find 10 stories I covered from New Orleans that stuck with me in 2010 either because they went viral or because they're simply still wedged into my head.

Recent Ruling Shows True Tragedy of Katrina was Federal Government's Creation of the Disaster Itself

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

The majority of Americans live in counties protected by levees, and the most important ones are built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose failure in Louisiana was presumably not an isolated event.

NRO and Mother Jones Get Hurricane Katrina Wrong

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John McQuaid

The Deepwater Horizon disaster has put a renewed media and political focus on the significant government failures of Hurricane Katrina. But for some reason, a selective amnesia still dominates on this topic.

Obama's Plate is Not Too Full After All

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

I found Obama's Olympics lobbying to be the ultimate rebuke to the people of New Orleans regarding his torpor when it comes to remedying the aftermath of the failure of the federal levees four years ago.

Forget the Yanks, Here Come the Dutch

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

New Orleans may be, according to the old slogan, "the city that care forgot", but, judging by this campaign, it's certainly the city America forgot.

Gorbachev Vows Revolution If New Orleans Levees Don't Improve

New Orleans Times Picayune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mikhail Gorbachev drew loud cheers in New Orleans Friday when he promised to lead a local revolution if the Army Corps of Engineers doesn't keep its p...