Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Orleans Brass Bands: "New Mayor, New Rules"

When out photographing brass bands in the French Quarter, a police officer came along and dispersed the crowd and the brass street band. When I asked what was going on he told me, "New Mayor, new rules."

I have lived in many places in the United States and one troubling trend I have seen in areas that are popular with the public is the sanitation or Disneying of the areas. New Orleans is renowned worldwide for its music, not only in the bars and paid venues, but on the streets. Raw, grass roots music from the streets. Street music for many young musicians, especially from the ghetto, is their way to raise themselves out of a culture of drugs, guns, and murder. Jobs are at a minimum in New Orleans, the trade schools are still closed, the murder rate for young black men between 15 and 30 high. The street brass bands ad ambiance and a joie de vie to the Quarter. There are other street minstrels that play on the streets of New Orleans who come from all over the country, just a few weeks ago I met a young man from Arkansas who was playing the banjo in the Maringy, his talent was phenomenal. He had come to the city of dreams, New Orleans.

I understand that there are complaints from the neighbors about the music playing. - the noise. I wonder how someone can choose to live in the French Quarter in New Orleans and expect a curfew of quiet - especially on a weekend night. I also have heard bar and restaurant owners who have venues of music complain that the tourist can listen to music for free on the streets - I fail to see how a street brass band will take away and not add to the tourists desire for more music at a sitting comfortably with a drink or food, at a table in a French Quarter bar/restaurant.

A friend of mine who is a tour guide shared this with me. "It is such a great experience to see the people who come in for the tours when the first arrive and hear the brass bands on the street. It adds to the ambiance of the New Orleans experience."

By the by - street artists and vendors are also being affected. One means is by not issuing any more street licences. New Orleans will it soon be Disney Jazz South?

Young Fellas Brass Band being dispersed by NOLA Police

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gulf Oil Cris Moratorium: In The Realm of the Unknown...PROCEED WITH CAUTION

A few Planetary Thoughts from New Orleans...

The Gulf Oil Disaster is a clear indication that as humans there is so much we have yet to overstand about the sea floor and deep sea drilling. We are in the early days of an environmental crisis which has no precedence. As such, the moratorium on deep sea drilling in the Gulf gives us the chance to observe what may happen next, learn from our mistakes, and then proceed with caution. We do not have this oil eruption under control, we do not know how stable the sea floor is under the platform, there are indications of tilting of the BOP... There are so many unknowns.

For instance, right before this environmental disaster there were a series of very serious earthquakes. I have been watching earthquake activity since... California, Indonesia, and today Canada. I am no scientist but my intuition tells me there may be a correlation between earthquake activity and this eruption of oil . Yes, this was a human based disaster - which coincidentally (?) happened to occur right after the most prolific earthquake activity we have seen in many years.  There are so many unknowns in this scenario. I believe until we are able to get this crisis under some sort of control - if this is possible - AND LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES - we should halt deep sea drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

One Love,
your Planetary Sister

Enviro groups stunned that govt ignoring 27K wells

"During this period, the oil could flow unchecked from the ruptured well into the sea for up to 14 days, Allen said."  -Storm threatens to disrupt BP oil-siphoning

Monday, June 21, 2010

It's an Oil Volcano - not a Leak

I have found eye opening news since a Queen and I were reasoning and she helped me to look at my wording - description of what is happening here in the Gulf. With an estimated 20,000 to 70,000 psi, this is not a "leak" of oil. It's nature and force is better understood in the terminology of Volcanic Gushing. I have found more options for information and overstandings on what is happening in the Gulf - by adding these search engine words - Oil Volcano.

One Love.
your Planetary Sister

Interesting reads:

BP's Deepwater Oil Spill

Deepwater Oil Spill - A Longer Term Problem

Oil spill containment efforts could be putting strain on damaged well

A Volcano of Oil Erupting

Oil Volcano Pressure Too Strong For Containment

Pure Energy Systems Wiki