Thursday, September 29, 2005

More barge tales

More on the loose barge from a reader of Progressive Review Undernews (scroll down):

"One of the Industrial Canal breaches likely was caused by a loose barge that broke through it. Suhayda said that his inspection of the debris from the 17th Street Canal breach suggests the wall simply gave way. 'It looks to have been laterally pushed, not scoured in back with dirt being removed in pieces,' he said. 'You can see levee material, some distance pushed inside the floodwall area, like a bulldozer pushed it.' Locals from Lakeview subdivision of New Orleans report that after Katrina passed a loose barge struck levee causing breach that flooded city. Wayne Madsen Report has been informed by evacuees in Baton Rouge from Lakeview, a well-to-do New Orleans neighborhood, that the flooding of the city was caused by a loose barge striking the levee on the 17th Street Canal. The breach was not caused by rising flood waters as reported by FEMA and other agencies. Lakeview is some 1.5 miles down Veterans Boulevard from the 17th St. Canal breach. Distraught evacuees want to know why the Coast Guard or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not secure the barge. The evacuees who witnessed the barge striking the levee also want to know why the major media is not covering this story. It is not known what company owns the barge but if it is a major campaign contributor to the GOP, the answer is self-evident."

People seem to be more concerned about silliness like weather control and whether the shape of the hurricane on satellite photos means the Flying Spaghetti Monster is angry with the crackers (I certainly hope so!), than with the actual causes of the damage. I don't know whether it is intentional, but there appears to be a dangerous confusion of damage done to the Industrial Canal, which is the issue here, and damage done to the 17th Street Canal, which is a red herring. It would be just like the conspirators to throw this confusion into the mix so they can later say the whole story is nonsense, and thus get the owner of the negligently unsecured barge off the hook.