Let's take a moment for New Orleans, folks. Better coverage elsewhere -- check out Boing Boing for links in the blogosphere. So here, you just get an observation: nature, abetted by dumb human decisionmaking, has killed that city.
In a lot of ways, New Orleans is -- maybe was -- a great place. Tremendous food and music. Like Las Vegas, it was a place where Americans kept their decadence, like a precious thing in a box. In Europe, every city and town blows up into a party Carnival; in the US, we keep our Carnivals going non-stop, 24/7, but they're geographically confined. Opinion