There’s nothing quite like having your life threatened by Mother Nature. Been there, done that. The news folk say the worry is flooding. They should be worried about destroyed oil wells and destroyed nervous systems. Cities can be rebuilt, but the petroleum pollution and the PTSD will still be doing damage long after the rest of us have forgotten Katrina.

UPDATE: Just for the record—I was obviously WRONG to minimize the worries about flooding in New Orleans. I plead ignorance about the precariousness of its hydrological situation and naïveté about the US government’s ability to respond to such an emergency. We are not likely to forget Katrina either. I can only hope that the environmental and psychological damage are matched by the political damage to the neoconservative cause.