Dennis Mangan has posted an email from a reader that captures what more than a couple of people in this area of the blogosphere* have been thinking as flood waters from the Mississippi beat up on Iowa and are now breaching levees in northern Missouri--the scenes of devastation differ from those in New Orleans almost three years ago. The response in Cedar Rapids looks more like the response in Chalmette, not the response in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina.
What are the chances of surging Mississippi waters carrying all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, thus passing through New Orleans? How starkly naked an example of human biodiversity would that present?
The river is expected to approach flood stage in Vicksburg, Mississippi, about 170 miles or so north of New Orleans, by the end of this month. The South was hit by droughts, not floods, last summer, and this year has been dry so far as well. But more rain farther upriver could conceivably still cause problems.
* I'll call it the Sailersphere from now on. The perspicacious sites listed off to the right, in addition to many others that I visit regularly, just about all share an interest in Steve Sailer's work, so it captures the essence of what I'm trying to get at pretty well, even though it's a pretty vague description.