Touch Base: Open Thread…Posted: August 30, 2012
It is one of those days, you know the ones, that are sad and melancholy with a touch of annoyance.
Dakinikat is still without power, and it looks like Boston Boomer is in the dark as well. (That is the annoying part of today.)
The sadness comes from loss, as Kat’s Karma has passed. I send sympathies and love to Kat today…she has lost a companion that touched so many lives…it seems so ironic that today is Mitt Romney’s big day, as Kat quietly spends the day thinking about a dog who showed such compassion and love and connected with so many people on a level that many humans fail to do.
We will try and live blog the RNC tonight. I will have a post going up in a few hours, but I just wanted to touch base with all of you. Here are a few links that I found this afternoon:
17TH STREET CANAL
When Katrina hit, it was a Category 3 hurricane, which can do plenty of damage on its own. But when the levees built to protect New Orleans failed, water poured in and submerged the city. Since then, the federal government poured $14 billion of repairs and improvements and the Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday that the flood protection system was holding up so far as Hurricane Isaac storms blew through the area. A pumping station at the 17th Street canal in New Orleans — which was built at the site of a levee that breached during Hurricane Katrina — briefly went down early Wednesday, but operators were able to manually get it working again.
On a New Orleans street corner, neighbors buried the body of 65-year-old Vera Smith in a crude grave with dirt they got from a nearby park. Smith had been dead for days, killed by a car. Her body was left to decompose in the sun, along with other bloated corpses during the days after Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005. Thousands were stranded without relief and Smith’s body left on the corner without anyone seeming to care became of a symbol of the scale of the humanitarian catastrophe after the storm. On Wednesday, the shrine was still up.
Hurricane Isaac forced evacuations affecting tens of thousands of people in Louisiana and Mississippi on Thursday, even as relieved New Orleans residents said its destruction was nothing like that seen after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
A slow-moving Category 1 hurricane when it hit the region on Tuesday, Isaac was expected to weaken into a tropical depression on Thursday. Only one fatality linked to the cyclone has been confirmed so far.
But Isaac left a soggy mess across a widespread area along the U.S. Gulf Coast and could still bring heavy rain and flooding as it moves over the central United States – where rain is badly needed – in the next few days.
More than 1 million residents of Louisiana and Mississippi were without power due to the storm on Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Fears about a possible imminent failure of the Lake Tangipahoa Dam in Mississippi prompted authorities to order the immediate evacuation of 60,000 residents in nearby communities in both Louisiana and thousands of others in Mississippi.
And just one more sad link…Human Rights Watch: Syria: Government Attacking Bread Lines
– Syrian government forces have dropped bombs and fired artillery at or near at least 10 bakeries in Aleppo province over the past three weeks, killing and maiming scores of civilians who were waiting for bread. The attacks are at least recklessly indiscriminate and the pattern and number of attacks suggest that government forces have been targeting civilians, Human Rights Watch said. Both reckless indiscriminate attacks and deliberately targeting civilians are war crimes.
It puts the RNC and the GOP’s f’d up agenda/platform in its place doesn’t it? Giving perspective to a horrible political belief system that champions selfishness and an uncompassionate way of living.