Five years ago: Why did you call me?

August 28, 2010

…..b/c the crime rate will go up-i see it already.
…..b/c I can’t call anyone else-landlines suck.
…..b/c a bad situation got worse.
…..b/c the gas is going up.
……b/c rent is going up.
….b/c I was told that, “Sometimes the little guy *GETS IT* – by a very nice part-time COP”
….b/c I see corruption.
….b/c I don’t like what I see.
….b/c nothing will ever be the same.
….b/c people are living under bridges.
….b/c the hospitals are ?
…..b/c public transportation is ?
….b/c there is green everywhere, but its not IN THE LEAVES. (military)

You really had to ask, why? Must you throw that question in my face? Are you for REAL?


What has changed in five years since Katrina?

August 27, 2010

People are still free to ask stupid questions. And they do. One Facebook rant included a list of stupid Katrina questions that I appreciated, recently. Stupid questions Katrina peeps endure-rant went something like this……”Why didn’t you evacuate?”, “Is New Orleans still under water?”. Stupid questions people ask, but none worse than,

“Why did you (See August 28th’s post)?” I’m still angry at that statement. This didn’t change.

There is a 2006 study of telecommunications failures published by Lafayette University that I revisited today on the net. It was interesting to re-read the problems that the State Patrol and others had during Katrina. I wonder if these issues were ever addressed. I wonder how many telecommunications businesses have been affected, closed up, created, bankrupt, or improved since Katrina? How many radio stations and tv stations are better prepared? Did anything change?

One change: I increased my personal debt by 3,200% and the US National debt increased, too.
http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/
The estimated population of the United States is 309,004,608 so each citizen’s share of this debt is $43,264.60.

It appears that the crime rate has gone up, particularly in 2006; as well as the unemployment rate and the price of everything else.

The media hype during Katrina and its immediate aftermath are superseded by media hype of the flaws in the various systems, organizations and entities established to deal with Katrina. That didn’t fix issues brought forth in the 2005 post Katrina media. It’s like the media covers what it wants to cover, but refuses to follow through to the end of the story…..to the resolution. The media stops mid swing more than enough times to sit on the bench. Katrina hype just snowballs into an oil vat. Maybe, these are bad analogies. The media didn’t change.

QUESTION: Do we need Congress to investigate baseball and steroid use? ANSWER: No.

So why are they wasting my time and money? Congress didn’t change.

One thing is certain. Laura Curtis. A self proclaimed, “New Orleanian” who authored, Go golfing, Mr. President got my attention with that piece. While I do not agree with everything she has written in the article, I have to cheer her on with the point she drove home on August 19th.

If you refuse to enact meaningful reform and continue to attack our economy, then on August 29th, go play some golf, Mr. President.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/Examiner-Opinion-Zone/Go-golfing-Mr-President-101081469.html#ixzz0xpkhBO85

It’s obvious to me that he just can’t play ball.

So what has changed in the five years since Katrina?

Nuthin’ Not one stinkin’, cotton pickin’ thing. Not one.


800 million N words?

August 21, 2010

5 years later, is STILL hate hurricane Katrina.
The fact the Louisiana has racial issues doesn’t account for the WHITE folks who aren’t home, either.
Go figure. That’s Louisiana. That’s NORMAL.

NORMAL

I fully plan to use the N word as often as possible between now and the elections coming up. I use it as a reminder of where this world is going and that we have the need to do something about it.NOVEMBER, NOVEMBER, NOVEMBER

Posted by 1GregM, 2010-08-20 22:54:24 – see The Week & The Root


Is the VOO program hiring commercial fisherman, first?

June 2, 2010

This story from Bayou, Le Batre, Ala. really started the day off.

“At issue, according to those there, is that recreational boat owners are being hired before those who make their livelihoods solely from fishing local waters.”

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Evidently, BP’s VOO program is in question, “We are adjusting the vessels of opportunity program to give priority to commercial vessels and fisherman.”

There’s a post in the Louisiana Sportsman forum stating that boat captains could be paid $35/hr just to drive the boat. I wonder what that’s all about.


He said that?

June 2, 2010

I’d like my life back.” ?
Another WTF?! moment.

Oil spill begins soaking birds in delicate Louisiana marshes.

Swampland, TIME, CNN


What does a fishing community look like?

June 2, 2010

Fishing Communities Facts

Many communities in the Gulf of Mexico were
originally founded to exploit the rich marine resources.

Some communities in the Gulf of Mexico, for example,
Empire and Venice in Louisiana, are below sea level
and protected by levies.

In many coastal communities, fishermen can no
longer afford to live near the water because
increasing development and redevelopment of these
areas has raised the cost of living beyond their means.

Seafood processing and sales

In 2006, there were 174 fish processing plants and
255 wholesale businesses located in the Gulf region
that together employed 10,841 workers.

Louisiana had the most wholesaler plants in 2006
(126) that together employed 661 workers, while
Texas had the second highest number (77) that
together employed 825 workers.

Shrimp fishery

The combination of long term increases in expenses
including marine diesel fuel, combined with the
dramatic increase in the amount of relatively cheap
imported farm raised shrimp, is making it very
difficult for many Gulf fishermen to make a living in
commercial fishing. Over 90% of the Nation’s shrimp
supply is now imported.

Vietnamese fishermen are now an important part of
the shrimp fishery in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Recreational fishing

Florida had the most saltwater recreational fishermen
in the United States in 2006: 3.7 million, and another
2.9 million saltwater anglers from other states
reported saltwater fishing trips to Florida in that year.
These recreational fishermen released just over 44%
of their catch in 2006.

Historical context

Coastal dwelling American Indians relied on the Gulf
of Mexico’s inshore marine resources for part of their
subsistence for thousands of years before Europeans
began arriving in the 16th century.

Some of the first scientific studies of the Gulf’s fishery
resources were begun in 1884 by the U.S.
Commission of Fish and Fisheries. They eventually
included surveys of the oyster beds in areas near
Apalachicola, Florida, and inshore waters of Alabama
as well as other areas.
[Source: Gulf Summary Communities]

“Overall, 30 fishing communities in Alabama, 99 in Louisiana, 14 in Mississippi, 68 in Texas, and 119 in West Florida have been profiled by NMFS social scientists because of the nature of their links with commercial and/or recreation fishing. In 2006, 14 United States’ top fifty ports by landings revenue were located in the Gulf region. They were: Bayou La Batre, Alabama; Dulac-Chauvin, Empire-Venice, Golden Meadow-Leeville, Intracoastal City. Lafitte-Barataria. Louisiana: Brownwsville-Port Isabel. Port Arthur, Galveston and Palacios, Texas; and Apalachicola, Fort Myers, Key West, Tampa Bay- st. Petersburg, Florida. On average, the Gulf of Mexico accounted for 21% of U.S. annual landing revenue from 1997-2006.

The Gulf’s top fishing communities were typically smaller towns and villages with populations below 20,000 persons. However, on major metropolitan center approaching 2 million (Houston, Texas), and a few larger coastal cities also have significant fisheries involvement (Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida; Mobile, Alabama; and Brownsville, Texas) Louisiana’s and Alabama’s top fishing communities are most likely to have populations below 5,000.Nine of Louisiana’s top ten fishing communities and seven of Alabama’s top ten fishing communities fall in this group.”

[Source: NOAA Fisheries Service – Southeast Region – Publications,
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/socialsci/socialsci.htm, Accessed: June 2, 2010. No date cited. See also: Identifying Communities Associated with the Fishing Industry in Louisiana]


What is a human text message?

June 2, 2010

Matt Perterson: Never Again! Gulf Coast
Matt Pertsen: Never Again! Gulf Coast
Matt Petersen: Never AGain! Gulf Coast
From URL