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New Orleans Isaac Updates: Food stamps, PODs, Power Outages, Sanitation - NEW ORLEANS, LA — This afternoon, the City of New Orleans provided a status update on clean-up and recovery efforts following Hurricane Isaac. The City is still operating two emergency cooling shelters, and all six POD sites for commodity distribution remain open at this time. Also, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services also announced earlier this morning that Orleans Parish residents impacted by Hurricane Isaac may now be eligible for Disaster Food Stamps.
The City also urged residents to continue to exercise an abundance of caution as crews continue clearing debris from the streets and repairing traffic signals throughout the city. Residents are asked to treat intersections with non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop and use an abundance of caution while driving. The NOPD will be out in full force throughout the event to enforce the law., Louisiana

FEMA, SBA recovery centers open in St. Bernard, New Orleans - FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) opened Monday in  St. Bernard and Orleans parishes to assist homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their home or personal property as a result of Hurricane Isaac.

Specialists from the state of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors


Now surge-tested, levees around New Orleans get post-Isaac inspections

Louisiana officials and residents protected by a new 133-mile federal levee system sing its praises for withstanding a storm surge and flooding from hurricane Isaac. Coastal areas outside the system didn't fare so well.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos An air boat glides along the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco, La., about 30 miles upriver from New Orleans in May 2011. Since hurricane Katrina, Louisiana is protected by a new 133-mile federal levee system. Coastal areas outside the system didn't fare so well in hurricane Issac.

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Hurricane Isaac has come and gone. Floodwaters in southeastern Louisiana are receding. For Chris Gilmore, it's time to take initial stock of how his segment of a $14.5-billion, 133-mile defensive wall of earth, steel, and concrete preformed in the first real-world test of post-Katrina improvements in flood protection for New Orleans and portions of surrounding parishes.

Isaac was a minimal hurricane when it made landfall overnight Aug. 28-29. But its large size and excruciatingly slow motion – at one point stalling for hours over the southeastern part of the state – built a surge whose height here at St. Bernard Parish, estimated at between 14 and 15 feet, rivaled the height of the surge Katrina delivered.

The view from the levee top reveals large patches of dead-wood debris lying along the levee's base like so many casualties of a siege assault. Behind the levee and the new pair of massive steel floodgates that close across the four lanes and center median of Louisiana State Road 46, boats on trailers, RV trailers, and even trailers from 18-wheelers are parked along the highway shoulders. They belong to residents who live beyond the levee and who sought its protection for their hard-earned assets.

--By Pete Spotts, Staff writer, Christian Science Monitor

President Obama to survey New Orleans storm damage - On Monday, President Obama will get a firsthand look at the storm damage in New Orleans, visiting one of the hardest hit areas, St. John the Baptist parish.

The president has promised to help the people flooded out. Visiting the area Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano echoed the sentiment that the people pushed out of their homes by Issac, aren't in this alone.

Much of a finger-shaped parish southeast of New Orleans was still covered with floodwater Sunday and more than 200,000 people across Louisiana still didn't have any power, five days after Isaac ravaged the state. Thousands of evacuees remained at shelters or bunked with friends or relatives.

The latest power outage numbers in the vaious parishes in Louisiana, according to

New Orleans 34,048
Jefferson Parish 62,199
St. John the Baptist Parish 7,321
Tangipahoa 2,079
St. Charles Parish 3,090
St. Bernard Parish 2,015
Plaquemines 10,248

--By Brianne Carter, WJLA

UPDATE: Pres. Obama on Isaac: Recovery and Resilience - President Barack Obama landed in The Big Easy (err..Kenner) today, but his true destination was the storm torn St. John the Baptist Parish. For many Louisiana residents, Hurricane Isaac did a lot more than turn off the lights and break the A.C. Residents of St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines Parishes suffered severe damage, and large areas of Louisiana are still submerged. Speaking from LaPlace, Obama lauded the resilience of Louisiana residents and pledged on behalf of the federal government to work towards solving the Gulf Coast’s hurricane problems.

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Once Obama acknowledged the “enormous devastation,” in St. John, Plaquemines, other parts of Louisiana, and Mississippi, he thanked local and federal officials for the work they did to preserve people’s lives, and reminded people of the his predecessor’s failures in that department.

“I want to particularly thank FEMA and the state and local authorities. Sometimes in the past, we haven’t seen the kind of coordination that’s necessary in response to these kinds of disasters,” said Obama.

--NoLa Defender (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Days after Isaac, thousands still in the dark
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Don Duplantier walks through his flooded home as water recedes from Hurricane Isaac in Braithwaite, La., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. In the foreground is a sign marking the waterline from Hurricane Katrina, but floodwater from Isaac went all the way up to the second floor. Gerald Herbert — AP Photo

Greater New Orleans Foundation announces grants to Isaac aid organizations - The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced Monday the availability of $250,000 to nonprofit organizations working to meet the most pressing needs of individuals and families suffering from Hurricane Isaac in the following parishes: Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany.

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Residents in St. John the Baptist Parish are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac still Monday, September 3, 2012. In the LaPlace Park subdivision Dave Royce drags an inflatable raft behind while Thomas Bradshaw and son David Royce, towing kayak, follow. The water is still in homes in the back of the neighborhood.

--Times-Picayune Staff, Photo: John McCusker, The Times-Picayune

Army Corps will model Isaac to see whether New Orleans levee improvements worsened flooding elsewhere - The Army Corps of Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosEngineers says it will run computer models to determine whether the New Orleans metropolitan area's new hurricane-protection system exacerbated flooding in areas outside the system that were inundated by Hurricane Isaac's storm surge. Officials in a number of those communities, including Lafitte and St. John the Baptist Parish, have said they believe the improved protection for the city and its inner suburbs helped push the water into areas outside the system ...

The statement, from corps spokesman, refers to the claims of exacerbated flooding in areas outside the system as "speculation" and notes that "the footprint of the new (Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System) is essentially the same as what was in place prior to Hurricane Katrina."

It also notes that the corps did "extensive modeling" of the surge barrier placed at the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the modeling "demonstrated that the structure caused insignificant unintended consequences."

--By Gordon Russell, The Times-Picayune,

Gallery: Hurricane Isaac aftermath Sunday September 2, 2012 (5 photos)

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos John Hyman celebrates his 73rd birthday will listening to music by Yvette Voelker and her sit in band at the Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street, Sunday September 2, 2012. The popular music club lost power on Tuesday and decided to reopen Friday with generator power. DAVID GRUNFELD / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE


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  •  While the Corps runs computer models, the people (12+ / 0-)

    in the flooded areas know for a fact that their areas were impacted more greatly due to reinforced levees elsewhere.

    •  maybe so--but point being? (5+ / 0-)

      your post has a 'Nero fiddled' aspect to it.

      Let me state it another way---seems like a huge population fared pretty well--death toll, while unfortunate--will be orders of magnitude lower than what happened in 2005.  So it seems to me that the levees did a lot of good.

      Computer models help these things get built, maintained,  and updated.  I'm a GIS person myself--so I believe in these things.

      What would you have done if given the authority that the Corps didn't do?  How would you have handled things differently?

    •  Yes, one woman interviewed on TV said Katrina gave (11+ / 0-)

      their areas 36 inches of water in their house.  Isaacs completely covered it, the only thing you could see was the chimney.  

      Apparently, they are just outside the levee system, which pushed the water into her area.

      PS -- I think I've developed diverticulitis again, so if I disappear for a while, it's not because I've lost interest.  Tomorrow morning I'm going to have to go to the ER, I think.    

      I've had it about six times before, Once it put me in the hospital for over a week about a decade ago.  But, I seem to respond well to antibiotics, so I'm hoping I don't need an operation.  About 15 years ago, the surgeon told me the rule at Beth Israel is "three strikes and your out?"  But, since I've moved around and on Medicare so I'm hoping the for profit hospitals down in central PA , where I'm visiting my Mom, and brothers, will want to give the antibiotics another try.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 09:22:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Matter is neither created nor destroyed (3+ / 0-)

      That strategic choice is made when a society decides to build a levee system.

    •  Survivors are those who can begin to hold their (0+ / 0-)

      elected officials and local leaders accountable for resource allocation and local investment.  It's really wonderful that although so many homes were flooded almost nobody died.  

      Because people had plenty of warning, and many were rescued even after ignoring mandatory evacuation orders.  We now have a lot more survivors, who CAN complain about the problems of recourse allocation in Louisiana.  I sincerely hope they speak up and reject fuzzy math put forth by their elected officials and local leaders who profited from prior disaster relief.

  •  And speaking of News Digest (12+ / 0-)

    I was over at the political side of Reddit today and these people are strongly leaning Democrat.

    Very enthusiastic crowd they have there and some great links.

  •  Thanks for (11+ / 0-)

    tonights OND BentLiberal!

    Today and the rest of tonight, AMC TV:

    AMC playing Clint Eastwood movies on #EmptyChairDay



    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 09:10:49 PM PDT

  •  Damn You Walt Whitman! "Leaves Of Grass" My Ass! (10+ / 0-)
    "The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances — to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal... When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task; his single and unique task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden."

    -Viktor Frankl, from "Man's Search for Meaning"

    From the beginning of "Breaking Bad," the nature of Bryan Cranston's Walter White, and the choices made by Walter White have been debated. Was he a good man that made horrible choices in a horrible situation, and corrupted himself into "Heisenberg"? Or was the cancer and his financial situation just the impetus for revealing the true character that was always there lurking below the surface?

    Spoilers for the mid-season finale of "Breaking Bad" past this point.

    From Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix:

    In hindsight, "Gliding Over All" is the only way this half-season could have ended, I think. It takes us nearly a quarter of the way to Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday with a free Denny's breakfast and a machine gun, but more importantly it takes us on the first big step to that moment.

    There wasn't enough time left in these episodes to plausibly build to some apocalyptic showdown like we got at the end of Seasons 3 or 4. There was, on the other hand, enough time to plausibly show Walt achieving his ultimate victory — wealth, power, respect, love and even fear — right before a man in need of bathroom reading is about to snatch it all away from him.

    Suddenly, Walt's Icarus speech to Jesse seems to be inadvertently pointing right back at Mr. White, no? He flew close to the sun, got to bask in its warmth and light and majesty, and now he's gonna come crashing down to earth.

    Whatever issues I've had with pacing and plot logic at times this season, "Gliding Over All" was an absolutely gorgeous piece of work, in both the visual sense and the way it brought us to the next, final phase of Walter White's story.

    Some thoughts on the episode.....
    • Fly: The episode begins with Walt still in the aftermath of Mike's murder. He's sitting in a room fixated on a fly. This is a callback to season three's "Fly," in which a fly inside the superlab represents not only contamination, but also how a tiny, insignificant thing can interferes with the whole operation. In that episode, Walter ponders why he's cooking meth, and whether there is any meaningful "order" that would explain it all? Both those things occur in this episode too.
    • Chekhov's Ricin: The vial of Ricin appears again, with Lydia apparently saving herself from dying a horrible death by presenting her diversification plan to sell meth to the Czech Republic. As much as they've made a point of showing it both in the cigarette & the wall socket, eventually the Ricin has to eventually be used on somebody.
    • Repeated Dialogue: In the conversation between Walt & Lydia, each repeats lines made by different characters in previous episodes. Lydia tells Walt "We're gonna make a lot of money together." That same line is said by Tuco in the seventh episode of the first season. As Lydia keeps trying to repeat her case for how she can be valuable, Walt tells her "Learn to take yes for an answer." Mike tells Walter the same thing in the second episode of the fourth season before their fight in the bar.
    • Like Clockwork: Getting rid of the nine witnesses and Mike's turncoat lawyer is performed by Todd's Aryan Brotherhood relatives, in what might possibly one of the most gruesome sequences the show has ever produced. Also of note, the painting that Walt sees in the hotel room where the neo-Nazis are planning the hits, is indeed a painting he's seen before. The same painting appears in the second season. It's in Walt's hospital room after he suffers from his "fugue" state.

    • Floating Timeline: The Aryan Brotherhood scene also has a line which causes some problems for the whole idea that the events of the series have happened over the course of just a year or so. One of the neo-Nazis mentions the death of bin Laden, which conflicts with some of the other dates that have appeared.
    • Tagging Trees Is A Lot Better Than Chasing Monsters: I thought Hank's story to Walt about thinking of his days marking trees was a great contrast. Both Hank & Walt are obsessed with their different goals (for Hank finding Heisenberg, and for Walt building an empire). But after the prison murders, Hank has a moment of self-reflection where he can realize that there's more to life than his goal of nailing Heisenberg. The way Walt responds to Hank's story of tagging trees in college is with a cold & dismissive "I used to love to go camping."
    • Crystal Blue Persuasion: The second montage of the episode is done to the sound of "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James & The Shondells, showing Walt as the meth king of the southwest. And repeatedly during the montage we see Walt not enjoying the work. This montage also serves as a time jump of three months (or nine months from the events of flash-forward in the first episode of this season).
    • How Much Is Enough? How Big Does This Pile Have To Be?: According to the show's podcast, the stack of cash Walt & Skyler have in the storage locker is supposed to be around $80 million.

    • I Left Something For You: Walter finally pays Jesse his money. A couple things about the scene. I like the touch that Jesse still cares enough about what Walt thinks of him to hide the bong when Walter enters his home. Also, while I never really thought Jesse was in danger during the scene, both the music when Jesse opens the duffle bag full of money, and Jesse who had a gun ready to defend himself thought otherwise. It does make sense to be afraid, since Jesse is a loose end, and if Walt is stabbing & burning his way through loose ends...
    • I'm Out: But is he? Is Walter being honest when he says he's out? I doubt the drug business is one where you can just put in a two week notice, and be done with everything. But maybe Todd is going to continue cooking for the Czechs and the dudes out in Phoenix. Another elements that seems to hint at Walter's change of mind might be his cancer returning. While they never make it explicit, there are two shots inserted with no spoken dialogue. One is of Walt in the MRI, and the other is of Walt in the hospital bathroom. Walt sees the same paper towel dispenser he punched in the second season when he learned that his cancer was in remission. Did he punch it again, when he might of gotten bad news? Or is the hospital just too cheap to replace the dented dispenser?
    • Undone By Walt Whitman: The passage written by Gale in the copy of "Leaves of Grass" that Hank picks up reads:
      To my other favorite W.W.

      It's an honour working with you.


  •  As of tonight, there are "only" 41,319 (13+ / 0-)

    residents in the Greater New Orleans area without power.  This morning the number was close to 200,000.  You can see which areas are still affected by clicking on this link.

    While Entergy has made a lot of progress over the last couple of days in dealing with this mess, the natives are angry.  Yesterday and today the heat index was over 100 degrees, tonight the "feels like temp" is 92, and tomorrow the heat index will be 106 in the shade.  Questions abound as to why it took so long for the power company to do its job and get us reconnected.

    Entergy is still charging its customers a "tax" for Hurricanes Gustav and Katrina.  In addition, they receive federal funds to maintain and support the power grid in NOLA.  According to reports on local news and talk stations, linesmen from outside of our area are saying that the NOLA powergrid was in the worst shape they had ever seen.  Tree branches touching powerlines, rotted and termite infested poles holding the wires, were just some of the observations.

    Can a publicly traded energy company be trusted to do "good" by it's customers when at it's heart (according to Mitt), Entergy is just a person trying to make a buck?  Something to think about, but I need to get to bed so I can wake up and have my soaked, storm damaged carpets removed from my apartment.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 09:30:31 PM PDT

  •  Thanks BentLiberal. (6+ / 0-)

    Good stuff. How do you do the pictures? Do you use photo bucket or something similar?

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 09:42:15 PM PDT

    •  Photobucket (0+ / 0-)

      Just because I've used it for a long time - I think it could be better.

      I upload photos using a firefox extension.

      Then I copy the code from that too -- but it gives it to me with an img tag  wrapped inside a link tag -- so I just pull out the img tag and use that.

  •  BREAKING - Whistleblower reports: (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, palantir, maggiejean, BentLiberal

    The shit worked.

  •  hi and thanks and (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    I only really trust La flood plan assessors who acknowledge the long stupid disaster assisting engineering misstakes so often omitted from discussion and current and future policy making. And it makes me crazy that post hurricane carnage, including vicious cops and housing bigotry and class war on poor and color manipulations have not been slapped down nor counteracted to be put right.  
    And, next to that, we could stop propping up the elite gangster thug rulers of Haiti and let those marvelous people have a chance
    And there's a lot of Native American damages still threatening and hurting and killing; which could and should much better be addressed
    And fixing these evil compounded assaults on humanity could provide models for job creation, sparkling intelligent infrastructure which would ripple out for a century of economic boom and perpetuation
    And some real fair trade with regular human beings instead of more corporate rigged cartel skimming that continues to choke much of the undefended world..

    You can hold an opinion, or a grudge, or a stock, or a picket sign. But the time really to be at your best Is when you hold the hand of a trusting child.

    by renzo capetti on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 10:36:49 PM PDT

  •  DNC speaker schedule Tuesday (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    The demographics race we’re losing badly.. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term. ~ Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.)

    by anyname on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 12:05:59 AM PDT

  •  live 12:35 pm ET (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    The demographics race we’re losing badly.. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term. ~ Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.)

    by anyname on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 12:42:40 AM PDT

  •  two way television (0+ / 0-)

    A comprehensive description of the two-way television system now being
    demonstrated between the American Telephone and Telegraph Company
    building, and the B ell Telephone Laboratories, in New York City, has been
    published eleewlwre.1 Part Yof that accoumë gives the essential features of the
    optical arrangements whereby the users of the apparatus are appropriately
    lighted1 and are assured against visual discomfort from the scanning opera-
    tion. Sìnce the apparatus was first installed, however, some important
    changes have been made in the çlìstinctively optical features, _whereby the
    performance of the system has been notably improved, and its operation
    considerably simpliñed. These changes deserve description, and the pres-
    ent account is mainly concerned with them, although for the sake of com-
    pleteness some details previously described are included.


    "Two-way Television and a Pictorial Account of Its Background", developed by Bell Telephone Laboratories (with AT&T), published in April 1930, describing earlier events and achievements.

    Covers the Bell labs April 7, 1927 television demonstration, two-way picture phone demonstration and most interestingly, the demonstration of mechanical color television in June 1929.

    The demographics race we’re losing badly.. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term. ~ Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.)

    by anyname on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 07:28:26 AM PDT

    •  television watching you (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      Two way television communication inaugurated: New York State Fair September 27th, New York Daily News BUilding

      Sight and sound are simultaneous each way.
      A two-way television system, in combination with a telephone circuit, has been developed and demonstrated and is now in use between the Bell Telephone Laboratories, at 463 West Street, and the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 195 Broadway. With this system two people can both see and talk to each other. It consists in principle of two television systems of the sort described to the Institute in 1927. Scanning is by the beam method, using disks containing 72 holes, in place of 50 as heretofore. Blue light, to which the photoelectric cells are quite sensitive, is used for scanning, with a resultant minimizing of glare to the eyes. Water-cooled neon lamps are employed to give an image bright enough to be seen without interference from the scanning beam. A frequency band of 40,000 cycles width is required for each of the two television circuits. Synchronization is effected by transmission of a 1275-cycle alternating current controlling special synchronous motors rotating 18 times per second. Speech transmission is by microphone and loud speaker concealed in the television booth so that no telephone instrument interferes with the view of the face.

      The demographics race we’re losing badly.. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term. ~ Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.)

      by anyname on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 07:33:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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