or the mofo brought up some points that made me think:
funny thing about new mexico and the southwest for that matter is, they have their own separate daring mother nature issues...water. robbo works with a guy who used to live in vegas. vegas has lake mead (rocket fuel and all). it's the water supply for the whole southwest. i'm sure that there is other places that they get water from but lake mead is a big source. you have people in the southwest and california (who has to draw water from mead as well) who have lawns. kentucky bluegrass. do you know how much water you have to waste to keep kentucky bluegrass growing in the desert and/or dry steppe. i read a piece in the la times or the hollywood reporter and i cam across this bit about actress rene russo (there goes lethal weapon again). russo and her husband buy this place and have the garden redone in indigenous plants to the state of california. it cut her water bill down by one or two thirds. two thirds more so you can have grass like they have back east? what the hell are you thinking?
funny thing about the environmental movement. i came across this bit in the national review about the blame game on this. how environmentalists actually tried to blame the tsunami on global warming but tectonic shifts much to recovering heroin addict robert kennedy jr.'s chagrin, have nothing to do with global warming. there are similar rumblings with regard to katrina. global warming is contributing to stronger hurricanes. well according to the national weather service, the facts say otherwise. this is a natural phenomenon, and more of these storms struck land in the 1800's and the 1940's. so one can never really tell can we. on the other hand the bastard will no doubt eat his hat if we exceed 24 hurricanes strikes in this decade so, i'll have to get back to you on that in 2010. i'm sure you'll be waiting with baited breath.
and here's a wacky fact for you. this morning i heard on the news and the bastard wants to find out when the levees were built. you see, allthough only 92 category 3,4,5 hurricanes have made landfall since 1851 (not including this year's batch), new orleans' levees are only built to withstand category 3 hurricanes. i know that alot of opportunistic bush bashing has been going on since this happened and george did cut some funding to FEMA but, who the hell thought to build substandard levees? i would have built them to withstand category 10. ida know, maybe the technology didn't exist at the time but, it makes me wonder. my man jonny's world told me as he is taking FEMA course for the coast guard that storm surges develop into bigger thing in shallow water and the gulf is one big shallow pond. What are they thinking down there? I shouldn't presume but I have to wonder. And another thing, I'm sorry, I know this is a national tragedy but I can't get that bucking led zeppelin song out of my head. the worst part is, i'm not very familiar with the "song when the levee breaks" so the voices in my head inevitably go straight into "rhyming and stealing" by the beastie boys. it's like a hugely inappropriate curse i have on myself.
anyway, i don't know if we build these things (ie mofo's trade center example) to challenge mother nature or because engineers and city planners feel that these things are a testament to mankinds ability to live harmoniously with nature while polluting it but, there has to a time and a place for these city planners to occasionally take stock and improve. amsterdam did. they have a huge system for preventing floods. venice is building something to save venice. new orleans should have been thinking about this years ago instead of bringing in more riverboat casinos. ida know. the bastard's not there. the bastard can't understand it all. the bastard is glad his wife filled the gas tank before they raise the price of fuel this weekend. enjoy those SUVs, you suckers.