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September 4, 2005

Why Nero burned Rome, How Bush Will Let the Vultures Descend Upon New Orleans

By Rob Kall

The famous line is that Nero Fiddled, while Rome burned. But historians believe that Nero wanted Rome to burn. The part that burned was where the poorest of the poor lived. And Nero wanted it to burn so he could expand his palace there.


Did Nero actually fiddle? We’ll never know for sure. But, off course, now, we have that famous photo of Bush playing a guitar, lobbying for the end of social security and estate taxes while thousands drowned. I’m going to say that Bush decided to kill these people and wipe out New Orleans. I am saying he is 100% responsible for the failures that led to the levee break and the failures to rescue the victims of the Levee Flood. I am saying that now that the disaster has occurred, Bush is the Number one Vulture.

New Orleans will be rebuilt, but it won’t be built the same as before. Maybe I’ve watched too much science fiction and read too many apocalyptic books like It Can’t Happen Here and the Librarian. But here’s what I see as New Orlean’s future.

Like the third world place it has become, a handful of wealthy people and a corrupt government will take over the entire New Orleans area. They will hand out contracts to Halliburton and whichever other big companies gave contributions to Bush.

Federal regulations will forbid small homes. The area that was flooded is prime real-estate, next to the French Quarter. It will be paved and covered with high-rise hotels, office buildings, golf courses, perhaps a shopping mall or two and a load of casinos. They’ll probably all be designed with flood resistant parking garages below flood level.

Developers—mostly transnationally owned hotel chains— will get to descend, like vultures, upon the remains of New Orleans. Red state rednecks from the rural sections of Louisiana and adjacent states will pick up the jobs.

Bottom line—the rip-off gas prices nation-wide are just the beginning. Bush cut his eyeteeth making his wealth off of government spending, starting with the sale of a baseball team. Bush will cash in on this disaster, as he’s done with Iraq and 9-11. These whore’s have no bottom, there is no low they cannot go lower than.

Perhaps they will through in some low income high rise instant tenements, like we see in section of NY city. They won’t be given the opportunity or insurance or federal aid to rebuild—unless they had expensive homes. Bush’s base—the upper 5% income people will get special federal aid and funds. They’ll get gorgeous condos or big settlements. The communities that existed will not be rebuilt.

Sadly, this approach will “make sense” at one level, since it will re-build New Orleans to be much more flood-proof, much safer than ever before.

The people who were shipped out of New Orleans to other states will be offered funds and support to stay in those states. Let’s call it disaster gerrymandering, except, in this case, the people, not the borders of the voting precincts have been moved. With tens of thousands of poor blacks, mostly democratic voters out of Louisiana, the balance will shift and the Republicans will steal the vote of another state. Too bad, but not surprising that the “refugees” weren’t moved to Florida or Ohio.

Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

more detailed bio: 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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