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September 30, 2005


Email

The changeover to the new email address is complete. I've received not one piece of spam in half a day. The only email I've gotten is from people I've wanted to hear from. Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh. If you don't have the new...

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Zeke

On our walk this morning, Zeke was doing so well that he actually trotted down a short steep hill behind our house. That was a mistake on his part. The footing was uneven, and over he went. And he...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:38 PM

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Search String of the Day!

Whoever you are, you who came to Creek Running North by way of this search string: know that I love you....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:11 AM

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September 29, 2005


When coincidences conspire

I was asked this morning what first sparked my interest in Andino culture. Pondering that question, I happened on this story from BlondeSense (via Roxanne). And I thought "now there's convergence enough to justify an answer by way of audio."...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:57 PM

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The Anatomy of Bad News: as if things weren't bad enough already

We have a little inside joke among the staff at the Earth Island Journal. As production ramps up for each issue, we must read, over and over, each article covering the surprisingly bad news in which the Journal specializes. Writers...

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I have no words this morning....

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September 28, 2005


un poema

la vida es oscura, un sueńo hoy los pájaros te cantan memorias el sabor efímero de zanahorias y las hierbas dulces que quitan tu ceńo. en el fin grande del desempeńo, el pobre sol cansado rompe el mar; vuelve la...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:32 PM

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Spam overload

300-600 of the damn messages every single day. I give up. It's time to ditch the email address I've had for the last five years. When Faultline was operational, I needed a publicly available email address to allow people to...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:26 PM

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The news this morning

I found it interesting to read this story of a local family reacting to a loved one's death in Iraq. The story is horrifically sad, of course - young man with a family, his most recently scheduled leave postponed again...

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September 27, 2005


Speaking of the Mojave

I just found Mary Austin-Klein's website. Her desert paintings are fantastic....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:33 PM

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Heading to the Mojave again

Another trip looms to the greater Barstow-Vegas-Needles-Kingman-Tonopah-Wickenburg area, probably in the vicinity of October 20 or so, and lasting a few days. Eight years ago I quite my job at Terrain - too much bad news had brought me...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:37 PM

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Some good news

The Adequan injections seem, slowly, to be working. Zeke actually romped with his pal Tippy this morning. Play bow, prancing, spinning in tight little circles, the whole schtick... ...for a couple minutes, and then he was tired out. But this...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:11 AM

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September 26, 2005


The Anatomy of Bad News: toward a descriptive taxonomy

I am not proud of my first reaction to the news of the horrendous Boxing Day tsunami. To my mind, my response denotes a state of severe dysfunction, akin to running a temperature of 103F, or of flinching dramatically every...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:18 PM

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Prelude to an anatomy of bad news

I became editor of Terrain, a small-circulation monthly environmental newsletter, in May 1992. It was the first job I'd taken in the field of journalism. Today, 13 years and change later, I have work done with several other publications under...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:52 AM

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September 25, 2005


Harquahala, chapter four

Due to overwhelming popular demand from the three people who care, I've posted the next chapter of my Novel-In-Progress, Harquahala. If you haven't read it before, might I suggest you start with Chapter 1? And to those three people: I...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:31 PM

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September 24, 2005


The Democratic Party must be destroyed

On occasion over the last five years, as the Democratic Party implodes, I have pointed to my Representative George Miller as an example of a Democrat who does things right. I won't be doing that again. In the most recent...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:38 AM

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September 23, 2005


Brownback blowback

During the Roberts confirmation hearings, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback displayed a couple of Down Syndrome sufferers Jerry Lewis-style, as a way of bludgeoning home his point that he wanted Roe v. Wade revisited. In response, Michael Bérubé deftly rips Brownback...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:47 PM

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200,000

According to the little visit counter at lower left, Creek Running North is going to have its 200,000th visitor sometime this weekend. If that's you, let me know by commenting here, and I'll give you a copy of the Irascible...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:17 PM

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The year we lost the deserts

I've finally finished my Earth Island Journal article on the desert fires. I'm not going to make a habit of this - we need to sell the occasional subscription - but I thought since everyone's said such nice things the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:24 AM

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Acts of Gawd

eRobin has a brilliant riff on an already brilliant idea by KathyF. It's faith-based meteorology! Next up, George Bush's Exodus 14:16-based plan for restoring New Orleans!...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:10 AM

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September 22, 2005


Odocoileus hemionus

There is a strip of land at the base of our hill. An empty bare-dirt lot the past three years, the city of Pinole is developing it as a park. A century-old farmhouse has been moved to the site. Every...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:38 PM

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Lurker Day: the wrapup

I hit that little "publish" button on my Lurker day post and thought "now wouldn't it be hilarious if no one replies to this?" I needn't have worried. I'm profoundly touched by the wonderful thoughtful things my (former) lurkers have...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:49 AM

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September 21, 2005


It's all about Zeke, isn't it?

Okay, I see how it is. I thought you folks were here to learn about me, but no. Oh, yeah, sure, thirty or forty of you mentioned my writing and politics and the desert and stuff, but the important...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:10 PM

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This is not the exciting sloth-related news of which I spoke

But it's a pretty damn good sloth-related item nonetheless. Via Lindsay Beyerstein, with yet another fine contender for the "best blog post title ever" competition....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:56 AM

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It's Lurker Day!

I happen to know, from seeing the site statistics for this here blog, that I have a number of regular readers who – to my knowledge, anyhow – have never made comments or otherwise gotten in touch. And that's fine....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:14 AM

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September 19, 2005


Jasper

A week ago I finally dusted off my old turntable and plugged it into the Mac. I have spent the last few evenings playing LPs, digitizing the music for more convenient listening. I have not listened to some of the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:07 PM

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September 18, 2005


The reader poll results are in

[I'm keeping this up top for a couple days, in the spirit of the annoying PBS pledge break. There is newer stuff below, which we'll scroll down to in just a few minutes. Can I interest you in a tote...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:24 PM

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What's owed to those who have gone before

We carved up the first of the kabochas from the garden last night. You can see it in the photo at left. Becky put wedges of it in a roasting pan with potatoes and carrots. She impaled a chicken...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:15 AM

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September 17, 2005


Down, girls

Via Ron; Male Veterinarian Appointed Acting Director of Women's Health Symbolic of the importance the Bush Administration places on women's health, a male veterinarian has been appointed[...] as acting director of the Office of Women's Health. Norris E. Alderson, PhD,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:53 AM

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September 16, 2005


Dinner

Meta-blogging again: Had a very nice dinner last night with Michael Bérubé, after Michael braved horrendous traffic caused by a beer truck catching fire on the Bay Bridge. Dinner consisted of a couple nice pieces fish at Enrico's in North...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:37 AM

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September 15, 2005


Were there justice

1. The bread was too cold, the gazpacho too warm. The service was too slow. He looked at his watch, again and again. "Damn incompetents! I've been waiting for my check for five minutes!" "It's OK, Steve. It's the lunch...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:47 PM

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Photoshopcrastination

Speaking of the cool kids, they're all playing with that President Bush bathroom note photo. Here's my version. Time to get back to work now....

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This probably means nothing

But I find it slightly interesting that someone at the State Department was sent a link to my blog resume in an email message. Do you think they're hiring?...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:53 AM

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Someone else's writing

Edward Abbey, High Country News - August 7, 1995 "Despite the best efforts of a small army of writers, painters, photographers, scientists, explorers, Indians, cowboys, and wilderness guides, the landscape of the Colorado Plateau lies still beyond the reach of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:30 AM

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September 14, 2005


It's the newest blog meme!

All the really cool kids are doing this one. It's very straightforward, with only two steps. Step number one: link to Roxanne's post entitled"My Dinner with Dr. Bérubé." Step number two: Have dinner with Dr. Bérubé. Will report after tomorrow...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:46 PM

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Twisty's Brain: an anxious world waits

Not even a week after I deposit a steaming load of fulsome praise on the elegant and talented Twisty Faster, Twisty reveals to the world that she has suffered a debilitating and possibly incurable psychosocial injury as a result of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:21 AM

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September 13, 2005


Sirvińaco

Fog rolls down over the shoulder of Tamalpais. The Richmond and Sonoma hills are backlit, pale behind the steelhead-colored bay. Jaime Torres sings from the little speakers in the truck. I believe the bailecito will always be my favorite style...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:07 PM

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Anniversaries in September

September 11 meant something before 2001. Before 2001, the eleventh of September stood for the US and its relationship to the rest of the world. On September 11, 1973, Salvador Allende - the popular, democratically elected, socialist president of Chile...

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September 12, 2005


Today's silliness from the paranoid-schizophrenic right

Note to Michelle Malkin: if your neighbor's dog tells you to kill some parked teenagers, just say "No! Bad dog!" And to think they call us moonbats. On the upside, now we know what Barbara Bush was talking about when...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:13 AM

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September 11, 2005


Must be something in the Austin tap water

What the hell is it about that little town on the banks of the (other) Rio Colorado? They got a lot of blogging women there, you know I love to read me some. I mean, like it's not enough that...

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September 10, 2005


Speaking of FEMA and quakes

Fellow Californians, I have bad news. Karen Armes, FEMA Regional Director for Region IX (comprising Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, and our Pacific colonies) might be every bit as qualified as Michael Brown. Armes has been with FEMA since January...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:14 PM

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September 09, 2005


God, if he exists, is a fucking prick

Big-ass storm? Check. Cronyistic local government? Check. Corrupt, incompetent cops? Check. Twenty feet of toxic water throughout the city? Check. FEMA lets people die while extracting thumb from ass? Check. Racist thug suburban cops stationed on the only bridge out...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:33 PM

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Political party takes heat for lackluster response to disaster

WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 9 - As the grim body count climbs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and its consequent flooding, fingers are increasingly being pointed at a pattern of systemic negligience by representatives of an entire political party. And some...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:28 PM

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Bill of Rights, 1791-2005. RIP.

Washington Post: Court Rules U.S. Can Indefinitely Detain Citizens A federal appeals court ruled today that the president can indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in the absence of criminal charges, holding that such authority is vital...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:59 AM

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September 08, 2005


Becky's favorite Rehnquist Death-Related Headline

Sunday, Sept 6 Contra Costa Times: "A Rare Chance To Mold Judiciary"...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:17 PM

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Frequently Asked Questions

Twisty inadvertently reminded me this week that I've been meaning to put together a short FAQ for this here blog. Unlike some FAQs which should really be referred to as "Questions We Think You Ought To Ask If You Were...

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Zeke

I think Zeke's fans out there on the Interblogosphereical Highwaytopia could probably use a distraction. I know I could. We've had a bit of a veterinary roller coaster here the last couple of weeks. Zeke was on an antibiotic for...

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September 07, 2005


The Aristocrats

Cargoweasel has the most obscene version of the notorious joke I've ever heard of....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:18 PM

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Your Bush vote

The Bums alert us to FEMAs barring of news photographers from NOLA: From the "Where Have We Heard This Before" Department: The Federal Emergency Management Agency does not want the news media taking photographs of the dead in New Orleans....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:48 PM

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Heroes

Via Stephan, a report by tourists caught in NOLA during the "breakdown of society." Executive summary: neighbors banded together, going to extreme lengths to help one another and the few emergency responders in the city. Oh, and there were thugs...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:17 PM

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A little preview

I'm working on an article for the Earth Island Journal on this year's desert fires. (I start working on the flood article as soon as I'm done. It's just a basket of rose petals and happy goddamn kittens in my...

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Oh, how lovely!

If you know me at all, you know that I find an unhealthy enjoyment in reading - or even better, crafting - the occasional devastating smackdown. It's a bad habit. I would be better served by ignoring most of the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:39 AM

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September 06, 2005


A note for my Bay Area readers

Guess what? We're next. That report the Bush administration ignored, which said two of the three most likely disasters to strike the US were a terrorist attack on New York City and a hurricane hitting New Orleans? The third was...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:34 PM

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A proper attitude

Sometimes writing in this blog feels like shouting down a well. Especially this past week. I'm been reduced to alternating between impotent screams of rage and soul-destroying snark. Meanwhile, my friend Keith Knight - one of the most consistent cheerleaders...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:37 AM

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September 05, 2005


"I'm gonna shoot at anything that moves and that is black"

So said a National Guardsman arriving in Detroit in 1967, charged with quelling the riots that year. As Digby points out, that attitude is nothing new, nor did it somehow evaporate after the 1960s: Ever since 1791, there have been...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:06 PM

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FEMA's Accomplishments

From DavidNYC at Daily Kos, a list in progress of FEMA-related headlines . All of them are for real. None are satirical. FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations FEMA turns away experienced firefighters FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:29 PM

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Heroes

From CNN: Another man was floating on a tire, and actually swimming in the water. He refused to come on board, saying that he didn't have to and that he wouldn't, because he had two dogs that he simply wasn't...

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Well, that explains it.

Turns out the hurricane just hit a week too soon....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:49 PM

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A progressive response to the New Orleans Disaster

(Via Dave and Beth. Please give this wide distribution.) PLEASE FORWARD EVERYWHERE Displaced New Orleans Community Demands Action, Accountability and Initiates A People's Hurricane Fund Not until the fifth day of the federal government's inept and inadequate emergency response to...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:04 AM

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September 04, 2005


Nothing to say right now

And if I had had something to say, this would have made it superfluous....

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September 03, 2005


Hope is on the way, but stuck in traffic behind a motorcade

NOLA.com: Three tons of food ready for delivery by air to refugees in St. Bernard Parish and on Algiers Point sat on the Crescent City Connection bridge Friday afternoon as air traffic was halted because of President Bush's visit to...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:11 PM

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Here's somebody who deserves a medal

I just hope he doesn't get arrested instead. An extreme act of looting...

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Bellatrys is pissed too

You need to read this....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:28 AM

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September 02, 2005


Photos

I've put a few more images up on the photo site. They have nothing to do with disasters or politics - except the good kind of politics....

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Veston R. Sadler in Ponchatoula, LA

I'm getting a fair amount of traffic these days, what with Technorati searches on Katrina, looting, levees and New Orleans and Louisiana, and now that I've seeded this post with those same keywords, I'm going to take advantage of it...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:39 PM

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They just don't care what we think

Halliburton hired for storm cleanup...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:31 PM

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Black and white text

Interesting, this AP photo, captioned by the BBC "A woman calls for someone to help the elderly lady she cares for." It's a moving, compelling photo, and yet unremarkable in the avalanche of such images I've seen over the last...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:32 PM

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DIY

If you want something done right, don't let the Bush administration dither over it for a week first. Possibly frightened at reports of Big Scary Armed Negroes, the Army Corps of Engineers made little attempt to fix the NOLA floodwalls....

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Bush must resign

Bush must go. As soon as the last live person in NOLA is accounted for and given adequate medical treatment, shelter, and food. He didn't aim Hurricane Katrina, I know. I'll even, just this once, give him a pass for...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:58 AM

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Roy Nagin is pissed

Listen to this interview....

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September 01, 2005


Give to the fucking Red Cross anyway, damnit.

Becky went to donate blood tonight. I didn't go: It's still less than a year since my rabies shots. Turns out they don't want Becky's blood either. I was sexually assaulted in 1982. Because of that assault, the Red Cross...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:12 PM

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Bush gives up, gets a couple of real presidents

Bush Taps Father, Clinton for Relief Help...

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I just dropped a hundred bucks...

... on the Red Cross. It feels like such a small amount. I'll see if I can squeeze a little more out of the budget. Go thou and do likewise. It doesn't have to be a hundred. Five bucks is...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:47 PM

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Fats Domino, 1928-2005(?)

UPDATE: The below is wrong, thankfully. Fats is alive. An object lesson in the importance of rumor control. The news services have this now, but - Hat tip to Phil G. - Wikipedia has the best bio: In the 1980s,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:15 PM

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Yer damn tootin I blame Bush for the flood

Will Bunch at Editor and Publisher: Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen? 'Times-Picayune' Had Repeatedly Raised Federal Spending Issues The Bush Tax Cut already had a body count. But now it's on the evening news. (via Michael Bérubé.)...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:50 PM

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