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Sunday, September 04, 2005



It's not a battle against Mother Nature. (A term which I don't like, because it's what makes people teach Intelligent Design in schools, but that's my own personal rant.) It's just life. Sh*t happens, you deal with it.

Wind, tides, storms are all things of awesome power, and sometimes awesome destructive power. But that doesn't mean we should give up and hide and say "Oh, can't win, better not play." (Not that's it's good to bash your head against the a rock, either, just because you don't want to walk away.)

If we rebuild the levees in New Orleans, and they break again in a 100 years, so what? We had another 100 years of the French Quarter.


If you know me at all, you know I'm the last person on earth who would be promoting intelligent design.

What I'm saying is that at some point, we DO need to give up. This may or may not be that point, for New Orleans. (I tend to think that it is probably not.) The city is sinking and the delta is disappearing. Are we just going to keep bringing in fill and making the levees higher and higher? I don't think that manipulating the environment that drastically does anyone any favors -- look at how many problems efforts at controlling floodplains have caused. (In fact, I expect that our efforts to control the Mississippi have directly contributed to some of the problems facing New Orleans.)

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