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International Aid. Re: Katrina by Strewth on 14 September 2005 5:39am
Yep, mother nature sure is a ball-buster
International Aid. Re: Katrina by Strewth on 14 September 2005 5:41am
She's like Rambo on PMS.
The Clean-up. Re: Katrina by Ellerd on 14 September 2005 6:18am
Nice to see things seem to be looking up in the city of New Orleans. Watching the BBC this morning, it seems that some parts of the city are completely dry, the streets are slowly being cleaned, some parts of the city have power and will be accepting residents by next week, and most importantly authorities seem to have underestimated the death toll. Good to hear some positive news for once...
The Clean-up. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 14 September 2005 6:43am
LOL! George. They keep telling me practice makes perfect. Does that mean if a lawyer practices, he one day gets it right?

Strewth, yes it aint nice to mess with Mother Nature.

Ellerd, yes news is better than some thought. Time and U.S. News both had basically who is to blame. Like the episode of Fawlty Towers where O'Reilly messes up the hotel because Basil put Polly in charge but she fell asleep. So Basil cries, "Oh I see, so O'Reilly is my fault. Well I must be punished then, mustn't I? I'm a naughty boy!" If Fawlty Towers were true to life, there would be many out there like the Castle Anthrax in the Holy Grail crying "And spank me, and me..." We would have a national spanking...

Don't take my word for it. Read U.S. News and Time this week.

Evacuee Vs. Refugee. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 14 September 2005 6:47am
I decided (I know, who died and made me God) to go to my online Merriam Webster Dictionary and once and for all which word was proper for the people leaving New Orleans.
The word is evacuee. That is someone being removed from a danger situation. A refugee means specifically someone fleeing from one country to another to escape persecution.

After all, I am an author. I must auth and auth correctly. :-)
International Aid. Re: Katrina by Strewth on 14 September 2005 7:19am
International Aid. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 15 September 2005 3:23pm
The United States Spankout will commence on...(We gotta pick a date). We have to decide rules (do you spank yourself, others can you spank others of the opposite sex, is it like telephone where we line up coast to coast spanking the person next to us, etc).

I never thought we would need ground rules for such a thing. When I was a kid, my parents didn't think, they acted and I couldn't sit for a while.
The Big Easy by George on 15 September 2005 6:33pm
I'd like to amend my prediction that most of New Orleans would never be rebuilt. There seems to be a strong entrepreneurial spirit present. The rebuilding seems to be picking up speed.

Since many, if not most, of the evacuees are here in the Houston area, I've talked with many of them. Those who have long standing ties to New Orleans with try very hard to go back. But, if their business or job was wiped out, I don't see many of them going back.

Another big issue will be the insurance companies. Improving and enlarging the levees would have to be approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). This means disturbing the marshes and wetlands. The insurance companies may not issue policies on homes and businesses unless they can show they would be protected from another bad storm.
Re: The Big Easy by tucsonmike on 16 September 2005 12:30am
George, I agree with the amendment. Then again, New Orleans rebuilt could act as a futuristic environmentally sound laboratory. We will have to see.
International Aid. Re: Katrina by Strewth on 16 September 2005 12:44am
Mike, my mom'll still get out the belt if I act up. Hmmm....I've always hated rules...they're meant to be broken. So, I say, spank anyone you see.
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