on 11-Sept ABC News broadcast a tape showing a masked man threatening attacks on Los Angeles & Melbourne. they think the man is Adam Yahiye Gadahn aka the american al-Qaeda. on 12-Sept at 1:00PM PDT power goes out in large parts of Los Angeles for several hours; outage attributed to a utility worker accidentally cutting a line.
keep in mind that in 2001 FEMA defined three potential catastrophes: Category 5 Hurricane in New Orleans, Terrorist Attack in New York & Earthquake in San Francisco. two of those events have already occurred.
just now read LA: dude where's my grid? at Mutato Nomine — this post is linked to this post Explosive Residue Found on Failed Levee Debris! [truth of fiction?]. a search for more information brought up the following:
collection of links & quotes concerning the "breaching" & "demolition" of levees (and other topics). includes a link to ...
Kathryn Cramer's New Orleans Levee Break(s) Before and After
warning: page extremely graphic heavy; tag-team reporting concerning NOLA levees before-and-after & identify the precise location of the "breeches". relevant quote:
Why do you see this attempt here and not on the CNN of MSNBC site? This isn't a disaster movie. It's real. People care about specific people in specific places. They want to understand precisely where the water is 20 ft. deep, where the water is coming in. Many, many people have very specific, individual relationships to this city. The specifics we are being given just don't cut it. If I can look this stuff up, why don't they?
comment to this post mentions a press conference ...
I WAS LISTENING TO FOX TV NETWORK YESTERDAY TO THE HEAD 0F FEMA, I FORGET HIS NAME, A REAL THIN, GAUNT LOOKING MAN WITH SCRUFFY SHORT GREY BEARD, SPEAKING ABOUT THE KATRINA AFERMATH SITUATION. AND HE SAID THERE WERE NUMEROUS, (SMALLER), BREACHES IN THE LEVY SYSTEM BUT THAT "THE DEMOLITION OF A 300 FOOT LEVY WAS WHAT HAD TURNED NEW ORLEANS INTO A LAKE". I HAD TO TAKE A DOUBLE TAKE, AND EXCLAIMED TO MYSELF, "WHAT DID HE JUST SAY?".... DEMOLITION WAS THE EXACT WORD HE USED! WAS THIS A POOR USE OF WORDS OR WAS IT A FREUDIAN SLIP? WHEN I THINK OF DEMOLITION, IT BRINGS TO MIND EXPLOSIVES USED TO BLOW SOMETHING UP (my emphasis).
Uh in this case um I- I will tell you that uh the way these catastrophes unfolded is unprecedented any- in anybody's experience. We had *two* catastrophes. We had a- a uh category four hurricane, that was followed the next day by the- really the collapse of a levee. Not merely a breach, though we had a number of breaches, but really the demolition of three hundred uh feet of the levee, which essentially turned uh New Orleans into a lake the day after the hurricane.
Language Log is commenting on "Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo comments: 'this is truly a parse for the ages'":
I too saw the Chertoff press conference Jon Cohn notes over at TPMCafe, or at least the part of it in which Chertoff trotted out what I guess is going to be the 'double-up justification' for the slow federal response to Katrina. As Jon wrote: "Chertoff says this was a unique, unpredictable one-two punch -- of a hurricane *and* a flood from a breached levee -- that nobody anticipated." I actually thought I heard him parse it into three events. But I was writing as I listened; and press reports bear out Jon's recollection. But in any case, same difference: this is truly a parse for the ages. The one snippet of the transcript I was able to find online has Chertoff saying: "We were prepared for one catastrophe. The second catastrophe, frankly, added a level of challenge that no one has seen before.” Clearly, clearly, the hurricane and the flood were part of the same natural disaster. This isn't like a tornado being followed up by an earthquake. The flooding is part of the hurricane. It's almost surreal to even have to argue this point it's so obvious. But there it is.
the rest of this comment (dated 03-Sept) anticipates Michael Brown leaving FEMA soon.
focus here isn't on demolition but the use of language. remember Suskind's article (metioned by k-punk):
The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'
while i've noticed the interesting use of language recently, i've never heard about linguistic parsing (i'm familiar with parsing used in computer programming (another form of language)); to parse something means "To break (a sentence) down into its component parts of speech with an explanation of the form, function, and syntactical relationship of each part. [Probably from Middle English pars, part of speech, from Latin pars (orationis), part (of speech).]" Liberman continues his comment ...
This is a slightly different spin on the modern notion of parsing as extremely careful examination . In the examples we looked at earlier, "parsing" sometimes involved overly precise or overly literal interpretations, calculated to mislead people ("We obfuscate when we parse the meaning of ‘is’ or ‘name’ to cover our actions rather than illuminate them"), and sometimes meant nothing more than careful analysis ("The blogs were quick out of the box this morning in parsing President Bush's choice of John Roberts to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement"). Instead, Marshall is using parse to mean "divide a phenomenon up into parts" (my emphasis).
Mutato Nomine notes we must be reaching some sort of end-point, which i agree with. so what's going on, hyperstitionally, in New Orleans?
my hyperstitional (slash metaphysical) analysis of NOLA & the bush administrations handling of the situation, points to the energy flux (created by a cat-5 hurricane) remaining ungrounded & moving in the middle of the country. since nobody is "capping" this one off i'll give it a go: it involves this "parse for the ages" noticed by Marshall & Liberman. what's being parsed (& what needs to be "studied")? B follows A (linear reality) has turned into B DOESN'T follow A (non-linear reality). building on the embedded Kataktrina aspects of this energy flux that no one is seriously taking the effort to master. (however, i must commend the military & their sense of duty — they must strictly adhere to their oaths, otherwise they could not serve their country with noble integrity).
all Ophelia has to do is step her delicate toe on the outer fringes for Kataktrina to start feeding (Ophelian Energy seems to represent strange timeless looping switchbacks involving troughs & whatnot; qabbalistically OPHELIAN ENERGY = EXCHANGE PARADIGM).
language is the provence of leadership & the bush administration does a phenomenal engineering job on reality. but ... what type of parsing pandora's paradox are they all leading us into?