Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Uh oh . . .

This shows the predicted path turning farther north than the prediction yesterday. Of course we don't know what's going to happen and it still remains less than 50% that southeast Louisiana will take a major hit from this storm. But it might -- or from another one at any time in the next two months.

The reason I post this is because I am troubled that even after all that has transpired, the prevailing attitude is still one of denial. Not only will the jury-rigged Lake Ponchartrain levees fail again in even a violent thunderstorm, let alone a tropical storm, the storm levees south of New Orleans are all completely destroyed. Yet all the talk is about how people are starting to move back in and rebuild. It still seems not to have sunk in what has happened and what the situation is. I'm thinking the best we can hope for is a good, serious scare from this one that will finally break through the concrete between people's ears.

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