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I thought Spike Lee did a great job with When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in 4 Acts.
Yeah, I know my family's neighbors and relatives in Lafayette and Vermilion parishes etc. are stripping their floors and dry walls and fighting flooding and mold, but it's never too early to ask the important questions like "What will this mean for our CRAWFISH next season?" Bravo! That's a concerned food culture. "How Will Flooding Affect Crawfish Season?" by Johnny Morgan on theadvertiser.com
We have been living in a condo that we own in Springfield, VA since last summer. On March 24th our condo was flooded due to the person living upstairs (a tenant, not the owner) having turned on her kitchen faucet, plugged the sink, and left the unit to go to work. The damage to our unit was extensive. We had completely renovated it last May, so less than a year. Our relatively new hardwood floors are ruined and have to be completely replaced. Other work includes replacing the dry wall, the ceiling, it goes on and on. We will need to move out next Monday and the repairs will begin on Tuesday. We filed a claim with the culprit’s insurance company, Allstate. They have issued a check to cover the repairs and our initial hotel stay immediately after the flood – the disaster recovery team installed enormous fans and dehumidifiers that rendered the unit uninhabitable for 5 days post-flood. We are now faced with at minimum, an 18-day hotel stay and the removal of all of our belongings to temporary storage for the duration. We are getting push-back from Allstate. They claim that we can remain here for the duration of the repairs. I don’t know how you can remain in a place where ALL of the hardwood floors need to be replaced. This is a less than an 800-square foot condo. I just don’t know where you push the furniture. Not to mention how it would be living here while this work is done. In addition, this has disrupted our lives greatly. I am currently spending all of my time packing up our belongings, only to unpack them in about a month. We did not ask for this and yet the Allstate agent treats me like I am hassling him. I would greatly appreciate any advice you have to offer. Even if Allstate finally does pay all of our expenses, which I greatly doubt, what about the great inconvenience we are suffering. Is there any way to be compensated for that? Thanks for any advice you have!
A tired, hungry nucleus floated up to a group of cyanobacteria, and wearily asked: "You carry oats?" The leader of the gang moved forward, and replied, haughtily: "We're pros." (*) I'm reviewing a book ("Life" by Richard Fortey) that's discussing the time in our Earth's history when there was abundant life in the seas, but virtually none on land. The exact eon, era, period, epoch, or age isn't important, and you don't need to know anything about paleontology to answer; the basis for my question consists of two things: 1) nothing had yet crawled out of the seas, and 2) the greening of the earth had not yet occurred, so there was essentially no plant life on land. Okay, so picture the author going back in time, and standing on the seashore, where vast numbers of little squiggly things are swimming around, but behind him is a lifeless, barren, reddish-brown, mass of land with no sounds coming from it whatsoever - no birds chirping, no grass growing - just rock and soil that is completely devoid of life - for all practical purposes, not even bacteria was there, except incidental deposits from rainwater. This passage, on page 138, is what I have a question about (only the Bold part; the rest is there for context): "During the Cambrian, one-third of the world was devoid of life. The barren area was the land surface away from the sea. There may well have been bright stains of bacteria around springs, and covering such rocks as were washed regularly by showers. But the landscape would have been devoid of any softening tones of green. It would have seemed, to our eyes, naked and harsh. Nothing would have been there to consolidate loose soils, to absorb the worst of the weather, so that every rainstorm would have prompted a small flood, and stones and pebbles cascaded down slopes and tumbled freely into the choked beds of rivers." Why would there have been floods every time it rained? I understand that trees and grass and plants absorb rainwater, but why couldn't the rains just drop down to the water table? I don't think the Earth was a solid slab of stone; there must have been plenty of loose soil which is extremely permeable. That having been said, this author is very smart and detail-oriented (he's former President of the Geological Society of London!), so I doubt he's wrong: What am I missing? I wrote Professor Fortey and asked him, and with his permission, I'll pass along his response - in the meantime, if anyone could help, I'd appreciate it. Cheers, Rocks (*) As for McGuffins, you'll just have to read one of the Alfred Hitchcock threads.