Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Computer Still Broken

So a couple of quick points (with fewer documenting links than I'd like) from a public computer.

I don't know why the people of New Orleans put up with this kind of bull****:
Director of Public Works Robert Mendoza did not dispute that the city has not submitted a full list to FEMA. But Mendoza said his department's work on documenting locations of street damage has been hampered by a thin staff and by a number of other high priorities, ranging from replacing destroyed streetlights and street signs to cleaning storm drains. Such needs have been addressed by the thousands this year, according to city releases.

Mendoza said the work on the storm-damaged streets list is about to ramp up and that he expects a preliminary list of all the damaged areas to be compiled by July 31. In recent days the city hired an engineering firm, HNTB, to help assemble information needed now by federal officials and to provide more long-range technical assistance for the repair program, Mendoza said.

I'm sure that Mendoza is totally correct about the difficulties in dealing with FEMA that he describes in the rest of the article, but why do the people of this city put up with that "hampered by a thin staff" crap? Zero-based budgeting may have gone out of style during the Carter administration, but there's never been any effort on the part of city government to determine how much of the city budget is needed to make the city livable for residents who have returned and how the rest could be best be spent for recovery. Unless automated garbage pickup and across-the-board raises that seem analogous to regressive taxation are the best possible way to spend money on the recovery.

I'm also sure that spending more money and taking longer to hire outside contractors than it would have taken to rehire key city employees is all done in the interest of recovery.

In an unrelated matter, it does seem like somebody should ask David Vitter to explain this seemingly self-explanatory statement:
I think Katrina has been a wake up call,” said Senator David Vitter when asked about the cost of corruption allegations. “I think Katrina proved to us the real cost of corruption.

So is he saying that corruption was the cause of the poorly designed flood walls? Was it corruption that led FEMA to pay a company to ship ice all around the country while people were dying from dehydration in New Orleans? Yep, Katrina taught us quite a bit about corruption.

Finally, can't play this to be sure if it's what I was looking for. If not, this is was I referring to in a recent comment at Oyster's.

"Finally, can't play this to be sure if it's what I was looking for. If not, this is was I referring to in a recent comment at Oyster's."

Your first "this" WAS playing the song corresponding to your recent comment at erster's. I hope your computer troubles end very soon.
Thanks for the reference link. I'm embarrassed to admit that I needed it.
And belated apologies for letting you down on the post. I haven't seen everything.
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