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Re: “A Big, Easy Solution

You want facts? Here are some facts: The New Orleans levees might never have been breached had the Bush administration not reversed Clinton administration policies prohibiting development of coastal wetlands that once buffered the impact of storms. The levees might have been buttressed and repaired had the administration responded to a 2001 FEMA study warning that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But instead of honoring the Army Corps of Engineers' request to strengthen and renovate levees and pumping stations, the Bush administration cut the flood control budget of the New Orleans Corps of Engineers by $71 million, 44 percent of its budget. They needed the money for the Iraq war and to give $130 billion a year of tax cuts to a tiny group of wealthy Americans. There are many other facts like this, including the fact that you are "governed" by the most incompetent government ever. They are sure good at one thing, manipulating public opinion and weak minds. But it looks like it's not going to last per the current polls.

Posted by David Pichevin on 09/09/2005 at 8:41 AM

Re: “A Big, Easy Solution

In response to previous commment: "where does it say in the Constitution that the federal government will rescue you from hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanos, etc?". That was the culmination point of a big load of dung coming out of a propaganda-filled brain. I have seen so many posts like this all over the net these past few days and so many people are ready to absolve the so-called government and BLAME THE VICTIMS. This attitude is the downfall of this country. It's not required that the government helps its people in need but it's alright to send them get killed for oil. When there's no clear "enemy" in sight you forget about all the flag-waving and "patriotism" and turn on your own. Look in the mirror when you're talking about hate and rage. ANYBODY else in charge that would have had a shred of compassion for their people (and responsibility towards them is part of their job) would have done a much better job at this. Anybody.

Posted by David Pichevin on 09/08/2005 at 9:55 AM


Paper burns, is easily destroyed (examples of old libraries or castles burning along with their extensive collections of writings, books, tapestries...) difficult and expensive to store, copy, take to different places, maintain and manage. What is going to happen to paper archives and books in New Orleans? CDs can be easily put into pockets and saved, online data can reside in multiple places and survive local catastrophies. Digital is a lot more flexible and cheap but has shortcomings as well. Storing sensitive archives on CDs or DVDs requires additional care. Periodical data checks and transfers/recopies to "clean" media. Backups have to be regularly tested to make sure they are valid. I have seen several examples of data loss in companies that could have been fixed if data archives had been verified properly. The problem of data formats seems to be more important than CD rot. Photographers wonder if those RAW files will be readable 10, 20, 30 years from now and are trying to push companies to use open instead of proprietary formats. As for computer-specific formats, thankfully we can emulate almost anything today!

Posted by David Pichevin on 08/31/2005 at 12:30 PM

Re: “1st Place (tie)

Congratulations on a great capture.

Posted by David Pichevin on 08/24/2005 at 11:26 AM

Re: “A Short Basque History

The largest population of Basques outside of Spain is in France, since the 3 French Basque provinces together count about 250 000 inhabitants, not counting the many people of Basque decent in other regions of the country.

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Posted by David Pichevin on 08/02/2005 at 11:43 AM

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