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Madonna

It f***ing kills me to say this, but I don't know (from what I have heard from my own sources) if there will be a Mardi Gras 2106 right now. That city could be in very, VERY bad shape.. Maybe too far gone.

It's still very heartbreaking to look at and think about, and there has been more than enough heartbreak over the last couple of months.

I hope I'm wrong, and that city has it's strength, life and spirit back faster than someone can flash themselves for beads.. But I'm worried, and honestly, it doesn't look good right now. :(

ken

The city is going to recover a lot more quickly than people are giving it credit for. After all, "New Orleans Quickly Recovers" isn't exactly as exciting a headline as "New Orleans And Everything In It Are Dead!"
And the areas that Mardi Gras parades traditionally go through will likely be the first to dry out as the old parts of town are also the highest parts of town.
Added bonus? This year, you probably won't have to worry about wandering into the wrong neighborhood and getting stabbed in the neck.

Madonna

Ken, I definitely agree the media is sensationalizing (and outright lying) about a great deal of the coverage in New Orleans. And, while I suspect they will eventually drain the city (provided another hurricane doesn't slam into there in the next few months), that isn't the reason I'm concerned...

New Orleans is sitting under a great deal of toxic waste. How much there is, and whether that could be cleaned up or removed, is what concerns me. New Orleans could be the "new Love Canal" (in fact, one local politician has already called it that), and may not be safe to live in for some time, regardless of how successfully they get the water out of there.

Worse yet, we have our "friends" at the EPA - the ones who lied and told the people of New York that the air was safe right after 9/11 when it sure was heck wasn't. I wouldn't put it past them to do the same here, then admit there was a "mistake" when thousands of people all wind up very sick...

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