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7 Principles for Rebuilding the Gulf Coast

October 5, 2005 - Darryl Malek-Wiley, a long-term New Orleans-based organizer with the Sierra Club (which down there works closely with labor and community groups), sends me this excellent platform for Gulf Coast reconstruction from his new base in Baton Rouge:

Bush loses another fight, this time with brother Jeb

By R. Neal
October 4, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal Since the first day of his administration, Bush has wanted to open up the Gulf Coast for offshore oil and natural gas drilling. And since the first day of his administration he has been at odds with his brother Jeb, the Governor of Florida, who doesn't want offshore drilling in his back yard.

Imminent Domain

By R. Neal
October 4, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal As part of the great Rural Electrification of the 1930s under FDR, the Tennessee Valley Authority was founded to control flooding, generate power, and improve the lives and welfare of the people in the valley.

Is it "Malaise" Time Yet?

October 4, 2005 - Georgia cancelled school for two days last week, ostensibly to "save energy," and Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (and one of my favorite columnists) doesn't think it's a very good idea:

25 Questions about the Murder of New Orleans

October 3, 2005 - If you haven't read it yet, definitely check out the piece by New Orleans architect Anthony Fontenot and author/scholar Mike Davis (who wrote this prescient article last year), penned after spending a week in New Orleans talking to locals, officials and surveying the hurricane aftermath.

Disaster Wars

October 3, 2005 - The Independent (London) reports on a leaked internal report from the Office of Secretary of Defense which finds that "endemic corruption, divisions within the military and troop shortages caused by the Iraq war" are to blame for the government's horrible respo


October 1, 2005 - The NY Times has a story for tomorrow (co-written by Eric Lipton, who with Ron Nixon brought you the story last Monday about where Katrina contracts are going), about the 91,000 tons of ice FEMA bought to cool food and help hurricane victims -- at a cost to

Goodbye, ESA

September 30, 2005 - Yesterday the House voted to strip down the Endangered Species Act, one of the landmark achievements of the 1970s environmental movement: