Wednesday, December 28, 2005

George Bush hates coypu... not black people

But do the coypu hate black people? That's the question. Jason Coleman has done the research on an overlooked possibility in the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

An individual nutria [aka coypu] will burrow a four foot diameter hole underneath the levee to make its den, they'll tunnel from 4 to 150 feet in before they carve it out. Multiply this by the thousands upon thousands of nutria living within the canal and levee system and you're left with levees that resemble swiss cheese more than they do the earthen dams they are intended to be. As I watch the investigations go forward into the levee breaches in New Orleans, I can't help but think that no one is really mentioning or considering the nutria and the damage they continually cause to the levee system. It's not like it's a secret that the nutria damage levees, the parishes and levee boards have been battling the critters for decades, but now they are mainly silent about them. I can only assume that the powers that be (mainly the media) is looking for anything they can find to blame the federal government (or man in general) and deflect attention from anything that may be considered natural causes or deficient local administration, management and animal control. I also think that because there's no direct evidence at the 17th St. and London Ave. canal breaches (hint hint: The burrows were washed away) that a policy of groupthink is setting in and people aren't seeing the forest for the trees.

Well a dam of swiss cheese is certainly no good, and it seems to me that this is the sort of obvious information that you'd expect the local government (mayor, city council) to be aware of. Jason points out the little, brown, fuzzy rodents were considered "vermin" in the area, putting them somewhere below ground hog but above New York sewer rat in the minds of the locals.

So George Bush began breeding coypu, put the in the levees 40 years ago, so that one day they'd erode the levees to a point where they'd colapse and kill lots of black people? I don't know. I doesn't seem to make sense. Maybe I ought to ask Kanye West to explain it to me...