Thursday, October 20, 2005

More Good News from The City Below the Sea™

According to John Pardue, an environmental engineer who took water samples from Lake New Orleans after Katrina, the floodwaters were no more dangerous than the city's normal storm runoff. (Which is not to say "safe", just acceptable and normal).

Reporting in the Environmental Science and Technology journal, Mr. Pardue speculates that the slow rate of the flooding caused few ruptures of storage facilities holding toxic substances, and that the huge water volume diluted any that did occur.


Blogger Oroborous said...

For real ?!?

That seems pretty weak...

What is there to know, except "don't slobber" - which is actually advice that more guys should follow, the gals really dislike overly-wet kisses, and who can blame them ?

October 20, 2005 11:58 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

So, lemme see.

There was no rampaging gang violence at the Superdome.

There weren't 10,000 dead.

And it didn't take six months to pump NO dry.

I suppose all of this is Bush's fault, too.

October 21, 2005 1:58 PM  
Blogger Oroborous said...

The lesson that I see here, (beyond the obvious one that New New Orleans needs higher and better-constructed dikes), is that humans and human organizations are neither as good, nor as bad, as we hope/fear.

That's a fairly egocentric observation, since I'm not one to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, nor to fall into despair, but I also think that it's almost always valid, outside of the Balkans.

October 22, 2005 9:56 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

Skipper, doesn't it make you wanna cry? You can imagine all the disappointed Bush bashers and TV tragedy-addicts complaining "We were promised a disaster! Who is responsible for this disappointing series of set-forwards? Who held onto the ball? We demand an investigation!"

October 23, 2005 8:20 AM  

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