Five things for January 20, 2022. That's it! That's the excerpt.
If you're eyeballing New Orleans, do so with the big picture in mind and think about the future. Their school system is a tangled mess of ill-conceived "reforms," and since I suspect you're going to love it there and some of you will end up living there and having kids, start paying attention now and look for ways to have a positive impact.
Interestingly, after a brief dip in activity, I'm finding myself rejuvenated on Twitter, partly driven by my increased activity on Google+ where engagement is much higher and more substantial. Twitter surfaces the interesting content, while Google+ offers a platform to have real conversations. Facebook, meanwhile, is about 3-6 months from being completely dead to me, regardless of who continues to use it.
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers My rating: 5 of 5 stars In ZEITOUN, Dave Eggers does an excellent job of weaving Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun's compelling backstories and Katrina experiences together, shaded by post-9/11 xenophobia, and delivers a powerful documentary of what will most likely be looked back upon by history as one of this country's … Continue reading Review: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Group creativity experiment: 1 - "Litanie des Saints," Dr. John I've always felt a personal connection to New Orleans. My mother's family lived in Baton Rouge for a long time, and I spent a few summers down there as a kid. I remember one summer coming back home with a slight accent that never fully … Continue reading Thinking About New Orleans #mojogce
What shows are you looking forward to in the new fall TV season? K-ville and, of course, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. K-Ville - FOX Trailer I caught the preview for K-ville on Jet Blue a couple of times last month and it looks really good; a gritty spin on the Miami Vice formula, set in post-Katrina … Continue reading QotD: The Fall TV Season
Council president lashes outAn outraged New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas blasted the city of Baton Rouge and other Louisiana communities for what he called refusing to take in refugees from the devastated city."They don't want them," Thomas said, after bursting into the press room at the Emergency Operations Center in Baton Rouge."They have … Continue reading "If we were lucky, we would have died."
From the transcript of WWL correspondent Garland Robinette's interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Thursday night. WWL: ...apparently there's a section of our citizenry out there that thinks because of a law that says the federal government can't come in unless requested by the proper people, that everything that's going on to this … Continue reading Mayor to feds: ‘Get off your asses’
New Orleans mayor lashes out at feds ...In the radio interview, [Mayor Ray] Nagin's frustration was palpable. "I've been out there man. I flew in these helicopters, been in the crowds talking to people crying, don't know where their relatives are. I've done it all man, and I'll tell you man, I keep hearing that … Continue reading "They are spinning and people are dying."
Buses and gas BATON ROUGE - State Rep. Karen Carter, D-New Orleans, made an urgent plea Friday morning for gasoline and buses to ferry victims to safety who have been stuck in New Orleans under deteriorating conditions since Hurricane Katrina struck the city four days ago. "If you want to save a life get a … Continue reading "Commandeer Greyhound."