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Big, Easy, and Wireless
by Lee

How do you lure a city full of looters to come home?  With free goodies.

Hurricane-stricken New Orleans is largely destroyed and abandoned, but city officials said on Tuesday it will soon have universal wireless Internet service.

A free, municipally-run Wi-Fi system has begun operation in the French Quarter and central business district and should cover the entire city within a year, Mayor Ray Nagin said in a statement.

“We are among the first cities to feature a city-wide wireless network and that’s especially important to the recovery of our community,” he said.

Much of the equipment for the system has been donated by private companies, including Intel Corp, Tropos Networks and Pronto Networks, the city said.

Considering the widespread looting, I think it’s fair to assume that every laptop in the city was looted.  So what they’re doing here is trying to bribe back the laptop looters with a promise that they’ll be able to sit in the French Quarter drinking Hurricanes and download porn on the city’s dime.  If they could only work out a deal with Nike and Microsoft to offer free shoes and Xbox consoles they’d be able to repopulate the city in about ten minutes.

Posted by Lee on 11/29/05 at 09:30 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by on 11/29/05 at 10:48 PM from United States

Seriously though, communications companies are busy rebuilding the more populated areas surrounding the utterly devastated new orleans.  Without this, communications may be difficult.  It sounds like they’re running into some legal problems though if what I read in the local paper is right.  Something about some state statute that limits the access speed of internet service provided by municipalties.

Posted by on 11/29/05 at 11:12 PM from United States

slightly ot - I was wondering since MS now tags your Windows operating system and since they now tend to call home(being redmond) I would think law enforce ment would get microsoft records and find out when the looted pc’s are.

Posted by on 11/29/05 at 11:20 PM from United States

What a joke “the city” is. There are huge chunks of it which should rightly revert to the sea. The President, having absolutely no leadership skills whatsoever, can’t find a way to say this.

Makes you wonder.

Posted by dakrat on 11/29/05 at 11:37 PM from United States

They didn’t have a wireless internet before?  Here in northern FL we have it and we didn’t even need a natural disaster.  It isn’t even just some dumb ass go to-insert stupid cafe or bookstore name here-but city-wide.

It seems absolutely backward that NO would get this only now.  It could also say something about the population of the city.  You know-being full of welfare cases who would never need such a thing.  Now maybe Nagin sees the advantages of attracting new things and new employment....new people to push out the welfare whores?? 

It’s just my uncompassionate observations though.

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Posted by InsipiD on 11/30/05 at 05:42 AM from United States

Nothing takes off the stress of impoverished welfare life like kicking up with free internet on a free laptop with a free Heineken.  Let the hentai begin.  Are they handing out the chicken choking device, too?  Does it work on a Mac?

Posted by on 11/30/05 at 08:50 AM from United States

Hope this post is in jest

Posted by on 11/30/05 at 11:40 PM from United States

Hey Lee let me straighten you out on this because I was here in New Orleans for the first week after Katrina. most of the looters were people trying to scrounge food and water to fucking survive, their homes and cars were ruined so there was nowhere to even keep shoes and dvds and shit. The Tv camers were all concentrated on Canal St. where all the tourist shops and malls are so those were the only looting images you saw, repeated ad nauseum… hey, I fucking looted too, and helped other people get the food and water they needed. All of the perishables would have rotted anyway. We are not a “city full of looters” and if you stupid fuckin tourists had ever left the French Quarter you would have discovered the coolest city in the country, full of artists musicians and the most real people Anywhere.
No one looted my laptop and I’m going to be working under a tree in Jackson Square tomorrow. Thanks Nagin. Fuckoff Lee.
PS-love the blog

Posted by on 11/30/05 at 11:48 PM from United States

And you SUVDRIVER..suck it you souless piece of shit. You probably live in some lilywhite suburb where people only dream of real life, well we live it here every day, wilder funkier and sexier than you’ll ever know..and we will be back. And your’e gonna pay for it too. Bitch.

Posted by Drumwaster on 12/01/05 at 12:01 AM from United States

and if you stupid fuckin tourists had ever left the French Quarter you would have discovered the coolest city in the country, full of artists musicians and the most real people Anywhere.

I have lived there and while it was a great place to visit, I wouldn’t want to live there. I can get the same level of dickheads, drug addicts, and welfare queens in South Central, but at least SC doesn’t pretend to be “quaint”.

If no one in that shithole of a town could be fucking bothered to stash away three days of food and water, after a WEEK of warning (costs less than $10 per person), despite having the Federal Government declare the whole region a Federal disaster area BEFORE the first raindrops fell, whose fucking fault is that? (I wonder what it says that many of those looters were police officers? They all deserve jail time.)

Better hope none of those crooked cops are reading this board (even though I am certain there are quite a few), because you have also freely admitted to a felony. I’m sure they would love to punish a few scapegoats. I don’t know what the law says in Lousy-anna, but anything more than $50 here in Cali gets you a felony - which means jail time. Better start watching your back, thief.

Posted by on 12/01/05 at 12:13 AM from United States

Bubba Rose - As long as you call your new city New Atlantis that’s fine with me. Good luck protecting your hole from the ocean. You need a maze of 30’ levees - good luck building that.

Posted by on 12/01/05 at 12:20 AM from United States

Drumwaster my name is Beau Ross and I live at 3126 Royal St New Orleans La,70117. there dickface. Any cops wanna come knockin let them come. I had supplies to last a week, I had a firearm, and later on I had a boat. Me and two other guys worked nonstop for a week saving people, mostly old people, and we got them the food and water they needed because the cops were nowhere to be found. so we looted water and food. I’ve even approached some of those business owners that have since returned and not one has had a bad thing to say about it because the fucking shit was GOING TO ROT ANYWAY!!so if that makes me a criminal then I’ll proudly wear that label for the rest of my life. And I guess that during your brief foray into our shithole of a town you did’nt bother visiting any of the museums, the universities, the endless restaurants, the endless music venues, the parks, the galleries, the second-line jazz funerals, the whole goddamn gorgeous display of human life that is unmatched anywhere in the world, because you were too busy hanging out with
“dickheads, drug addicts, and welfare queens”. I guess you really are like the company you keep. Asshole.

Posted by on 12/01/05 at 12:46 AM from United States

OK what the hey one more and then I’m going Uptown to catch some music and a martini...cuz thats all we do is drink and jazz here. SUVDRIVER, if the levees had been built to the specs that they were supposed to have been built, then most of the flooding would not have happened.  But the Army corps of Engineers took shortcuts, used shoddy materials, and ignored creeping problems for decades. This had nothing to do with local politics, this was federal oversight. The levees were supposed to withstand 11.5 feet surge and they buckled at just over ten feet. Like a house of cards. The Feds failed at this task and now--whether you soulless like it or not--they owe it to the people of this great city to rebuild, higher and better than before. Because the country needs us, the oil, the goods that flow through to the heartland, the food and yes the culture, we are a vital strategic and economic port. We may have been going through some hard times since the 80s but when you are a 300 year old city you have some ups and downs. Today I stood beneath the statue of Andrew Jackson and reminded myself of all the history that this city represents and vowed to stay and rebuild even though I just got a sweet job offer in florida. Maybe you can’t understand this kind of love for a place but it is patriotism at its most primal. If we can build a democracy in the shifting sands of the Mideast-which I support-then we can sure as shit re-build one of america’s oldest, greatest cities. Im done, sorry for the languadge, but I did just post my real name and address above, and we have a fine southern tradition of backing up our shit.

Posted by on 12/01/05 at 01:29 AM from United States

DRUMWASTER SEZ:
“if no one in that shithole of a town could be fucking bothered to stash away three days of food and water, after a WEEK of warning (costs less than $10 per person), despite having the Federal Government declare the whole region a Federal disaster area BEFORE the first raindrops fell, whose fucking fault is that?”

So you stock up on supplies, where do you stock them?..in your house. Then in a matter of minutes your house is under water. No more supplies. Boy you aint to bright are ya?

Posted by HARLEY on 12/01/05 at 05:09 AM from United States

new Orleans is still a unflsuhed toilet…

At lest you did your part in helping people, however if you read this site much you know most of us and LEE, had no problem with people looting food and water to survive.

Posted by Drumwaster on 12/01/05 at 08:21 AM from United States

Then in a matter of minutes your house is under water. No more supplies. Boy you aint to bright are ya?

It wasn’t like a fucking tidal wave. They had several minutes in which to react and make their escape, which they obviously did, seeing as how tens of thousands of you idjits didn’t drown like the media was warning.

(BTW, why weren’t there looting and the outright savagery you NOLArds displayed in Mississippi? They got hit harder than NOLA did...)

The levees didn’t break until AFTER the storm had ended. You could fit the necessary first aid and survival supplies for an entire family in a single plastic trash can, so you take the supplies with you to the “shelter of last resort” (seeing as how more than half the city was either too lazy or too stupid to actually listen to the 24/7 new coverage, with the talking heads unanimously saying “GET OUT!” for at least three days prior to the storm’s arrival).

But none of them actually bothered to think ahead farther than their next welfare check.

Boy, you’re just downright fucking stupid, aintcha?

Posted by Drumwaster on 12/01/05 at 08:33 AM from United States

SUVDRIVER, if the levees had been built to the specs that they were supposed to have been built, then most of the flooding would not have happened.  But the Army corps of Engineers took shortcuts, used shoddy materials, and ignored creeping problems for decades.

Look, cocksucker, the levee that had failed had just been completed a few months before, so you can stop with the bullshit, because we know the facts.

As I said, I lived there - in the French Quarter, no less, so I’ve seen your humanity, and I am not impressed. I’ve seen Louis Armstrong Park, which is supposed to be one of those tourist attractions you go on about. I’ve seen the little bastards who run up to you and bet you a dollar that they “know where you got yo’ shoes” and get pissy when you don’t want to play. (The answer, for those of you who are fortunate enough to have never had to thread your way between them and the frat boys puking in the gutters while the cops look him over to see if it would be worth it to roll him, is “you gotcho left shoe on yo’ lef’ foot and you gotcho right shoe on yo’ ri’ foot now gimme dolla, sucka!")

I’ve sat at the Cafe Du Monde and seen the parades, and all those things that you glory in are just pale shadows of the places and cities across the nation. I’ve seen those other cities, and I will be happy to point out that there are MUCH nicer places. You wouldn’t know that because you don’t know any better, “Bubba”.

So keep your ill-informed, provincial attitudes toyourself, and let the rest of the world remember NOLA just as she is - an unflushed toilet.

Posted by on 12/03/05 at 04:24 PM from United States

Drumwaster you did all the tourist shit and nothing more so its no wonder you did’nt appreciate the real city. Now pay for the fuckin’ levees you cocksucker.

Posted by Drumwaster on 12/03/05 at 04:36 PM from United States

I lived there for thirteen months, cumcatcher. In the French Quarter, no less. Got a good feel for all of it, not just the best - i.e., “tourist” - parts of it. (Or did you think that the tourists hang out in the 9th Ward? Given your obvious mental shortcomings, maybe you do.) More than long enough to get a good solid feel for the stench of that Shitty Little City Down In Da Bayoo, the place even the Mississippi River is trying to get away from…

Pay for them yourself, if you think they’re so worth it… Or just let the rest of country flush for once, and maybe we can start over fresh and make it actually worth something.

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