New Orleans Homeless Hole Up In Abandoned Buildings

Since so many have been pushed from their sleeping posts under bridges and overpasses, New Orleans’ homeless seek out blighted and abandoned buildings.

New Orleans Homeless Hole Up In Hurricane Katrina’s Abandoned Buildings.

The Character Assassination of Dr. Bob Bea

It’s a shame that those who choose to defend the truth are usually the victims of sharacter assassination. Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal speaks out on Huffpost about a New Orleans ‘hero’.

Sandy Rosenthal: The Character Assassination of Dr. Bob Bea.

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Are Seniors At Risk In Hurricane Season?

Are seniors at risk in hurricane season?.

2012 Hurricane Season Predicted To Be Almost Normal

NOAA has announced conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season,

For the entire six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says there’s a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher) and of those one to three will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5). Based on the period 1981-2010, an average season produces 12 named storms with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

Favoring storm development in 2012: the continuation of the overall conditions associated with the Atlantic high-activity era that began in 1995, in addition to near-average sea surface temperatures across much of the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, known as the Main Development Region. Two factors now in place that can limit storm development, if they persist, are: strong wind shear, which is hostile to hurricane formation in the Main Development Region, and cooler sea surface temperatures in the far eastern Atlantic.

“Another potentially competing climate factor would be El Niño if it develops by late summer to early fall. In that case, conditions could be less conducive for hurricane formation and intensification during the peak months (August-October) of the season, possibly shifting the activity toward the lower end of the predicted range,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

NOAA’s outlook for the Eastern Pacific basin is for a near-normal hurricane season and the Central Pacific basin is expected to have a below-normal season. NOAA will issue an updated seasonal outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season in early August, just prior to the historical peak of the season.

It’s Ludacris To Get Books For New Orleans Schools

Over 80% of schools in New Orleans were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In some areas, there’s reportedly one book for every 300 children.

If you like to read, and want to help New Orleans’ schoolchildren, then rap star Ludacris wants you. He’s teamed up with Better World Books for an “Epic Book Drive” on dosomething.org to have books donated or sold to raise funds for school libraries in the New Orleans Recovery School District.

But hurry – you must sign up by June 1st to start helping. Collect 150 or more boxes, and Better World Books will even pick them up from your school.

The school with the most books collected wins a $1000 donation to their school library, and a pizza party for the whole school. Also, they’re even having a photo contest where each of two people who submit outstanding photos by text will win a $500 college scholarship.

Here’s Luda to tell you all about it:

Britney Spears Helps Out

Our Louisiana homegirl helped out the St Bernard Project with a fundraiser on the coast last week. The event reportedly raised $200,000. Check out the ap raw video here:

Britney Spears Hosts Katrina Fundraiser

Census Statistics Show Rebuilding Struggles

Census Data Reveals Struggles To Rebuild – New Orleans News Story – WDSU New Orleans.

The American Housing Survey surveyed 60,000 people on housing conditions, repair costs and their rebuilding experience following Hurricane Katrina.

Judge: Barge did not cause Katrina flooding

Judge: Barge did not cause Katrina flooding.

A federal judge has ruled that the infamous barge that washed ashore atop several houses during the Katrins levee breaks was not the culprit and did not cause the floodwall break in the 9th ward.

As 2011 approaches, tourism rebounds in 2010

As 2011 approaches, tourism rebounds in 2010.

New Orleans – As the city welcomes thousands of visitors for New Year’s Eve as well as the Sugar Bowl, the tourism industry has something else to celebrate. 2010 has served up the best tourism business the city as seen since Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina Bridge Blockade Claims Thrown Out

Katrina Bridge Blockade Claims Thrown Out – WGNO.

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has thrown out the remaining claims in a lawsuit that said police violated people’s constitutional rights by firing warning shots to stop them from crossing a bridge to escape flooding from Hurricane Katrina.

Bush Burn – Kanye West Was Right

To put it mildly, I’m incensd. George W Bush (remember him?) has the nerves of a jackass gone wild. In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC, he says things that prove, in a not so subtle way, that Kanye West was on to something in his famous ‘black people’ rant.

Kanye just had to change the word ‘black’, and used either ‘poor’, ‘Louisiana’, or just said ‘people’. After all, let’s remember Bush had Condoleeza Rice & Colin Powell on his staff, so it wouldn’t be fair to say he cared less of blacks than others.

The EX-President – who so desperately told us about and went after ‘weapons of mass destruction’, and saw to it that his daddy’s arch-enemy was dead while our soldiers fought in a war we shouldn’t have been in, in the first place – says things that could make any true, caring American citizen shiver.

In the interview, Bush acknowledged the infamous picture of him sitting in Air Force One flying over New Orleans after Katrina was a “huge mistake”.

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But the most blatant, insulting, insensitive, comment of the whole interview was what he said next: “I should have touched down in Baton Rouge, met with the governor, walked out & said ‘I hear you, I mean, we, we..know, we understand, and then we’re gonna, you know, we’re gonna help the state, and help the locals..governments with as much resources as needed’, and, uh, and then got back on a flight up to Washington. I did not do that and I paid a price for it”, Bush says in the interview.

Why didn’t he do what any other human being in his position would have done, and what the Red Cross, and thousands of other caring volunteers did – touched down in New Orleans?

Bush goes on to talk about his “heck of a job” comment to then-FEMA Director Michael Brown, and also about what he felt from Kanye West saying he “doesn’t care about black people”, calling Kanye’s comment the “low point” in his entire presidency. Well, we all know one of his low points should have been in just watching the images of destruction & despair and the tears it brought to the eyes of people around the world. Or the war in Iraq.

In all of the ex-president’s persona, and certainly not in his words does he show the emotion of compassion or talk about his feelings for the people on the ground suffering, but how he felt himself, his feelings about himself, and what he should have done for himself.

Like they say, hindsight is 20-20, and woulda, coulda, shoulda, won’t cut it. We know he’s promoting his new book of memoirs, “Decision Points”, but the talk of the town is not about the book but the Matt Lauer interview.

So, maybe Kanye felt something and said something many, if not most of us in the New Orleans area began to feel back then – that Bush didn’t really care about poor people, and was – like Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” – out of touch with the reality of poverty.

After watching this, what do you think?