9/2: Morning Communique

CITY PAGES BLOGS

Peter S. Scholtes has New Orleans pictures and links at Complicated Fun.

Paul Demko has your weekend iternerary, that is, if you live in Columbus, Ohio, or State College, Pennsylvania at Live Nude Weblog.

THESE DAYS

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the chimpanzee and found that humans are 96 percent similar to the great ape species.

MoveOn.org has started Hurricane Housing to match up hurricane refugees with people opening their homes. Craigslist has housing opportunities for victims as well.

A parasitic worm that makes the grasshopper it invades jump into water and commit suicide does so by chemically influencing its brain, a study of the insects' proteins reveal. The worm also makes the grasshopper believe Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

She dry-cleans her underwear in Bulgaria and almost kills people with flooring at IKEA. She's BoinkityBoink and she blogs at Life of Minou.

TIME WASTERS

Netflix has an exclusive, albeit so-so, sneak-peak at the new Family Guy movie coming in September.

Reasons to Fear Canada

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"This is mass chaos. To tell you the truth, I'd rather be in Iraq."

-- Sgt. Jason Defess, 27, a National Guard military policeman and Iraqi war veteran who had been stationed on a ramp outside the Superdome since Monday


"People are going into survivor mode. They are calling it looting and I'm saying it's surviving. What's a store with food in it if you don't have food? What's a store with fresh water if you don't have water? What are you supposed to do?"

-- St. Louis Rams running back and New Orleans resident Marshall Faulk


"I gotta tell you something, we got five or six hundred letters before the show actually went on the air, and no one - no one - is saying the government is doing a good job in handling one of the most atrocious and embarrassing and far-reaching and calamatous things that has come along in this country in my lifetime. I'm 62. I remember the riots in Watts, I remember the earthquake in San Francisco, I remember a lot of things. I have never, ever, seen anything as bungled and as poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans. Where the hell is the water for these people? Why can't sandwiches be dropped to those people in the Superdome. What is going on? This is Thursday! This storm happened 5 days ago. This is a disgrace. And don't think the world isn't watching. This is the government that the taxpayers are paying for, and it's fallen right flat on its face as far as I can see, in the way it's handled this thing."

-- CNN's resident ball-buster Jack Cafferty, on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina [via Atrios]

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