Katrina and the waves

So it’s a total disaster in New Orleans. Three levees are breached, one of them has a hole over 150 meters across. 80% of the city is under water up to 6 meters deep. The entire city is without electrical power or water supply. It’s estimated that it will be 9–12 weeks before they can even get rid of the water, much less get the city habitable. Interstate 10 is broken chunks of floating concrete; there’s no route into the city for trucks and other major vehicles.

Well, that’s all right then

Citizens in Alabama are worried about federal government plans to dispose of nerve gas chemical agents by burning them in a nearby incinerator. To calm their fears, the government has generously offered to buy them all gas masks.

Nervous traveler

I’m a nervous traveler. I’ve been to Belgium, Canada, France, Germany (including the former East, just after the wall came down), Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, and of course various places in the USA. Including rural Alabama, which is pretty damn scary. I’ve survived it all, but nevertheless, I’m still a nervous traveler. It’s not the plane flight. Once I’m on the plane, I’m fine. I can relax, because everything is now someone else’s problem.

Quote of the day

As reported by MSN: “If God had wanted you to wear earrings, he’d have made you a girl.” —Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama I love the school’s suggested compromise: that the kid could be allowed to wear earrings for a few minutes a day, while eating lunch—so long as he’s kept out of sight in the principal’s office. Gotta make sure he doesn’t turn any of the other kids queer, after all.