Thursday, April 30, 2009

Brownie, Brownie, Brownie. Just zip it and go away for good.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:54 PM

I can't imagine why anyone in the world would solicit Michael "Heckuva Job" Brown's opinion on anything more weighty than "white or wheat?," but it seems that Neil Cavuto saw fit to give him airtime to pontificate on the current administration's response to swine flu:

I think there’s one thing they’re legitimately worried about, and that is this H1N1 is a new strain we haven’t seen before -- so we’re not sure how Tamiflu and everything will work against it. Here’s what I really think is going on: I think they want to raise this level because that gives them more attention, it gives them more, you know, more legitimacy, and allows them to get out there and say ‘Oh look at us, we’re in control, we've got this thing taken care of.’

Because God knows Brownie himself would never want to appear in control of a bad situation, much less get out ahead of it.

BROWNIE: SHUT UP. GO AWAY.

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eGreens

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:34 PM

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  • Ten high school and junior high school teams from across Louisiana participated in the Louisiana Envirothon at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Cade Farm. The teams competed for a chance to go to the North American Envirothon competition at the University of Carolina, Asheville in August. The Envirothon is a multidisciplinary and environmental problem-solving competition in the following categories: soils, forestry, current issue, wildlife and aquatics. First Place in the competition went to Audubon Zoo Team A; Comeaux High won second place and third place went to Beau Chene FFA.
  • Dr. John isn't the only one dishing it out to Shell, Jazz Fest's No. 1 sponsor. A group of Louisiana environmentalists launched www.shelljazzfest.com, a mock mirror site to www.nojazzfest.com, to blast the oil giant's various human rights and environmental crimes accusations.
  • Tulane University's environmental law program ranked No. 11 (of 1,200) on the U.S. News and World Report's latest list of the best graduate programs.
  • The Green Project is offering a DIY screenprinting workshop Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Avery Lawrence will show you how to make your own designs on shirts, bags, etc. An invaluable skill. Highly recommended.
  • And now L'Oreal, Brought to You by Manure. A Belgian plant will convert its operations to capture waste biomass (re: methane gas from cows) sometime this summer.
  • See below for a sweet lil' invention that'll make 'em say "Duh":

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    Week Two: Electric Boogaloo

    Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 9:24 PM

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    Every year, by the second week of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, you may find the best shows are often far from the festival grounds.

     

    For instance, last Friday, April 24, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Loren Murrell and Silent Cinema hosted a dreamy late-night folksplotion tucked into the Saturn Bar, to be followed by MyNameIsJohnMichael that Saturday, April 25, who ripped into Ernie K-Doe's "Here Come the Girls" with seriously heavy blue-eyed soul.

     

    Missed that? Well, the Fest is back for one last weekend, so look out for these post-Fest gigs of note:

     

     

    As for Sunday, May 3:

     

    • Noize Fest: Total ear obliteration from noon to midnight at 609 Lesseps St., courtesy of local noise rock pioneers Big Baby, Ray Bong and Rob Cambre. Also look for El Gordo, Star of Kaos, Fox Rocks On, Mikronaut, Lucas Davenport, Helen Gillet and most likely a dozen others.
    • True Jazz Fest: The reigning King and Queen of 9th Ward future funk, Quintron & Miss Pussycat (pictured above) headline with metal maestros Tirefire and current title holder for Best Name Ever, Psychedelic Horse****. 9 p.m. at Saturn Bar.

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    "Swine flu? Man, I'm too fast for that to catch ME!"

    Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 7:15 PM

    "I'm the healthiest 55-year-old you ever seen! Hey, I play golf every weekend!"

    The last time the world faced a swine flu pandemic (1976), it was successfully neutralized by these two amazing public service announcements that showed swine flu spares absolutely no one -- not nice elderly ladies on their porches, not hoops-shooting teenagers with righteous Afros, and not even healthy 55-year-old bankers who play golf every weekend (and bear a striking resemblance to Errol Laborde).

    The second PSA is even creepier: "Joe brought it home from the office ... and he gave it to his wife Betty ... and to one of his kids ... and to Betty's mother ..." Hey, Joe! Keep your swine flu to YOURSELF!

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    Don't Blame the Bacon

    Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    What’s in a name?

         A lot when it comes to…um swine flu. First, Israel’s Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, an Ultra-Orthodox Jew, declared in a press conference his country would refer to the newly discovered flu virus as “Mexican Flu,” because pigs are considered unclean and a prohibited food under Jewish dietary laws. The label, “swine flu,” could also be considered to be offensive to Muslims, who also forbid the eating of pork.

         Now it looks the World Health Organization is worried about the pigs. In order to avoid confusion over how the disease is transmitted, WHO officials from now on will refer to the virus by its scientific name, H1N1 Influenza A. Eating pork does not spread the disease, but yesterday, as a precautionary measure, Egypt began slaughtering the country’s approximate 300,000 pigs.

         In an USA Today article, scientists say they are not certain where the virus originated and to refer to it as “Mexican Flu,” would be misleading and stigmatizing.

         To date, there have been at least 120 confirmed cases of the disease and one death attributed t in the U.S.

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    Gambit and WWL-TV team up for Jazz Fest picks

    Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 5:23 AM

    WWL

    Once again this weekend, Gambit has teamed with our pals at WWL-TV to bring you a Best of the Fest list. Check out the choices from Gambit’s own Count Basin™, along with WWL’s Chad Bower, Bradley Handwerger, Michael Luke and reporter/mega-music fan Scott Satchfield. (Looks like we'll all be meeting up for Neil Young.)

    Check out WWL and Gambit’s picks in cube form here and with critical appraisals here.

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    Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    Make It Right Wins the Oscar

    Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 10:26 PM

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    Well, almost.

     

    Today, the foundation's fundraisers, activists and supporters presented their "thank you" to Make It Right founder Brad Pitt (sadly, not present), and presented their check of $150,000 raised to underwrite building a house in the state-of-the-art green neighborhood.

     

    Local artist Luis Colmenares (pictured, left) used "about 99 percent" reclaimed scrap from the 9th Ward (including a muffler from a chop shop and recycled roofing parts) to build Pitt's colorful "recovery Oscar," as well as a director's chair made from similar material.

     

    (Hit the jump for a photo of the chair.)

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    Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    eGreens

    Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:58 PM

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    Billes Architecture officially announced the final five winners of its Home Design Competition, which set out to find the best designs for sustainable housing in New Orleans. Among those winners were Thomas Colosino and David Lachin, who we featured in this month's Green Matters feature "Blue-Ribbon Green House."

    Billes provided a few links to stories featuring the local, national and international (thanks to Canada's McGill University) winning designers and also put the spotlight on New Orleans: Check out the stories in Metropolis, Azure and Cool Hunting.

    Even better, Metropolis put together a slideshow discussing each design, giving props to the Lakeview duo.

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    Give 'em hell, Harry

    Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Harry Shearer is one of the very few reasons to read the Huffington Post. Today's column was no exception. An excerpt:

    What has Barack Obama meant to the city almost destroyed by federal malfeasance in 2005? The best, and the worst, one can say is that he's lived up to his campaign promises. He promised health-care reform, energy reform, a doubling-down in Afghanistan -- we're getting all that (or at least a fight for all that). He made a vague assertion that he'd make real the promises President Bush uttered that eerie, floodlit night in an otherwise-darkened Jackson Square, and all the administration has offered to New Orleans so far has been a fact-finding trip by Janet Napolitano, who observed that "no levee can be built high enough to withstand a hurricane like Katrina." So, more facts need to be found, at least for the DHS Secretary.

    Here's one: there was not one dollar in the stimulus package, not one out of 700-billion-plus, to help the rebuilding of the tattered levee-floodwall system (despite the Corps of Engineers' statement, a few weeks ago, that, supposedly because of money shortfall, they would choose the "technically not superior" solution to the repair of one poorly-built floodwall; not one dollar out of 700-billion-plus to accelerate the restoration of the coastal wetlands that buffer New Orleans from stronger hurricanes, despite the fact that human activity, including Corps of Engineers-built canals and oil company pipelines, have caused most of the destruction of the wetlands. Not shovel ready? The only thing readier for a shovel is the hope that the new administration might really bring the nation's attention to the federal government's responsibility for the disaster, not just for the lackluster response, and might step up to its responsibility to do the job right this time.

    The comments under Harry's essay are appalling and nearly nola.com-worthy, which is sad but not surprising; having spent some time post-K in Progressiveville, I can tell you that no topic, none, brings out the Rush Limbaugh in self-proclaimed progressives than does New Orleans.

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    Worst. Game. Ever.

    Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 4:27 AM

    Jesus #$(*&#@!$! Christ

    121–63.

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    Just let that sink in for a moment.

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    This was, without a doubt, the worst professional basketball game played in the city of New Orleans by a team bearing the city's name. It was awful, horrendous, ugly and cringe inducing. Chris Paul called it a "whooping", David West labeled it "a systematic beating" and the crowd a New Orleans Arena was already pouring out before the third quarter ended.

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    "I never thought anybody could win by 58 points in the playoffs," Carmelo Anthony said after the game.

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    You'll have to excuse Anthony. The last time any team lost by this much was 53 years ago when the Minneapolis Lakers beat the St. Louis Hawks 133–75. Some other things that happened in 1956:

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    • Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected to a second term as President of the United States.
    • A young, hip-swerving kid from Memphis named Elvis Presley hit the music charts with the hit "Heartbreak Hotel."
    • Morocco declared its independence from France.
    • Bob Barker made his television debut on the show "Truth or Consequences".
    • Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other men arrived in Cuba.

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