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hurricane katrina

(2006-09-08 09:46:35)
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   indeed,the death toll in louisiana,mississippi,and alabama,which could turn out to be 1000 or more,was sadly and promptly matched by this week's other tragedy,the death in a stampede of shia pilgrims in baghdad.
   katrina was unusual not so much for her strength than for the way that she endured and festered.
   rather than the  usual upbeat pictures of smiling americans helping each other board houses,there was distressing images of looters ransacking shops.rather than springing back on to its feet after the natural onslaught, a famous city seemed to have sunk beneath the waves.
   the federal government tampered with the mississippi, to help shipping and ironically prevent the floods.the city's system of levees,itself somehow undermaintained,was not able to cope.
   the justification of embarking on a huge,14 billion dollars programme to restore the everglades has certainly increased.but it caomes with several caveats: a similar federal-state restoration programme in the wetlands has been plauged by problems and was taken over by florida's governor,jeb bush.
   the links to this week's tragedy is tenuous.
   the other set of issues involves emergency preparedness.
   rumours remain of a plea to sak americans to conserve energy to avert panic buying.
   bush orders the release of oil from the federal petroleum reserves to help refiners affected by the hurricane.
  price hikes at the pumps may spark the panic buying and could scare the americans.
  as with the federal rescue effort ,this is a test of mr bush's leadership.he is welcome to persuade americanes to conserve energy; but be aware any talk from the president about the disaster somehow underlining his fraudulent campaign to boost america's energy secrity.
  if there are lessons this week to learn from the past,there will be lessons from this week to carry forward. new orleans is hardly the only example of america's admirable hubris. many of its greatest man-made miracles are bulit on precarious natural foudations.what gulf coast happened this week, will one day happen in a different way to silicon valley,miami.los angeles or any other places that triumpantly defy the topography in one way or another. there will always be more disasters,with luck they will not catch americans as unprepared as katrina did.
 
new words:
tragedy 悲剧 惨剧 灾难
deceptive 欺骗性的
play down 降低 减少 贬低
toll 通行税(费) 代价
promptly 敏捷地 迅速地
stampede 逃窜 惊跑 狂奔
pilgrim 圣地朝圣者 朝圣
savage a野蛮的,未开化的,凶残的
       vt 用暴力对付
       n 原始的人 粗鲁的人 
biltz 以闪电战攻击
heroic clean-up
notch 刻凹痕,切口,得分,赢得
endure 忍耐,忍受
fester vt使烦恼,使溃烂 vi溃烂,化脓
evacuation 撤退 走开
looter 掠夺者 抢劫者 强夺者
ransack 到处搜索 掠夺洗劫
swampland=marshland=everglade 沼泽
reckoning n 计算,结帐。估计,账单
tenuous 内容贫乏的,浅薄的 空洞的 纤细的
intensity 强度 剧烈 强烈
topography 地形学
preparedness n 有准备的,已准备的
tamper with 损害 影响 瞎搞 篡改 贿赂
levee 防洪堤 码头 大堤
cope (善于)应付,处理
justification 认为有理 理由 辩护 释罪
undermaintained 维护不足的
embark on 从事 着手
caveat 中止诉讼手续的申请,警告,告诫,防止误解的说明
restoration 复位 赔偿 修补 重建
plaugue n 瘟疫 麻烦 苦恼 灾祸
        vt 折磨 使苦恼 使得灾祸
immobile n 稳定 a 不能移动的
evict 驱逐 逐出(租户) 收回(租屋,租地)
plea 恳求,请求,辩解,借口
avert 转移 避免 防止
panic 惊慌 恐慌 没有理由的
convertion 条约 协议 契约 习俗 会议
compensate 偿还 补偿
scant 缺乏 不足的 将近的,欠缺的
hotelier 旅馆的经营者
hike v 提价 升价
fraudulent 欺诈的 欺骗性的=deceptive
campaign n (政治或商业)活动 战役
reliant 信赖的,依靠的
carry forward 发扬 结转
hubris 骄傲 傲慢(狂妄自大)
miracle 奇迹 事迹
precarious n 不稳定的 基于不稳定前提的 臆断的
triumphant 胜利的 成功的 样样得意的
defy vt 不服从 公然反抗 不可能做到,无法克服
      it defies descriptions.那无法形容
 
 

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