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Will Metro Govt Ditch Insight Communications?

December 19th, 2011 by jake · 8 Comments

Jerry Abramson says he is “surprised” by what Crit Luallen’s audit discovered about Bud Schardein… despite the entire community screaming about it since 2004. [C-J/AKN]

We may be rolling our eyes every other day at the “Occupy” “movement” but it’s cowardly for Greg Fischer not to renew their permit with tents. The Occupy folks plan to occupy Greg’s office this week and plan to set up outside his home, as well. [FOX41]

What’s next for the New Madrid Fault? People in Louisville are nervous but probably shouldn’t be. Metro Government may act like it’s 1820 sometimes but it’s really not. [H-L]

Gregory O’Bryan, the guy who allegedly killed Andrew Compton and who admits to dumping his body, apparently “won’t be ready” for trial in April. [WHAS11]

How can an organization like the Fairness Campaign that preaches fairness and equality – one that even stands against gay people who question its motives – write a letter to the editor about the now-dead bishop who enabled and ignored the sexual exploitation of hundreds (if not thousands) of young children without bothering to mention that massive problem? [Twitter]

At least EIGHT child abuse deaths are missing from Kentucky’s recently released list. What a farce. HEADS NEED TO ROLL. [Debby Yetter]

Congressman John Yarmuth is delivering holiday cards to the homeless at Wayside Christian Mission at 9:00 A.M. this morning. [Press Release]

Some crazy crap went on in Oldham County yesterday. Two dead, another wounded. [WAVE3]

The National Restaurant Association and some in Louisville expect a bump in holiday spending this season. Think it’ll come to fruition? [Business First]

With Metro Government’s contract ending today with Insight Communications, everybody is freaking completely out. Who expects anything to change? [WFPL]

First responders have flooded our inboxes for four days complaining about Greg Fischer and his lack of awareness of what’s going on in the city. [The 'Ville Voice]

The Metro Sewer District board is set to meet with Greg Fischer today to discuss the nightmare of an audit. [WLKY]

Tags: Bad Behavior · Business · Fairness · Greg Fischer · Insight Comm. · Jerry Abramson · John Yarmuth · MSD · Oops · Scandal · State Government

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jack // Dec 19, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Jerry is surprised? That’s the culture. They don’t see a problem getting wealthy at the public’s expense. Much like the GM taxpayer bailout. Executives were still entitled to huge bonuses and salaries.

  • 2 ace hat // Dec 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Typical Jerry….He should have just said,”I didn’t Want to see it”….and as long as I say I didn’t see it , I’m not responsible!

  • 3 TR SKEPTIC // Dec 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Jerry’s FIRST public press conference.
    New Metro Mayor works with Bud Schardein and MSD Board to pay 67 million dollars for storm water improvements.
    Folks Folks Folks Folks Folks Folks Folks
    “No Taxpayer Dollars” will be used for these countywide improvements.
    Mayor for life and County judge–Vote for me in 2007.

  • 4 Steve // Dec 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

    If Jerry was inept in his oversite of MSD, why would anyone think he can bring oversite / leadership to Kentucky government / programs?

  • 5 Mark H (Not Hebert) // Dec 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

    The New Madrid fault is a very real concern. Not to the magnitude of the 1811-1812 quakes, but we should absolutely plan to cope with the effects of a 6.0+ quake in that region. Given the relatively homogeneous and solid crust and thick unconsolidated sediments present throughout the region, especially along the Illinois Basin and alluvial Mississippi and Ohio River plains, the ground acceleration and ground effects are going to be exaggerated.

    The most likely significant impact of such an event would revolve around the disruption of petroleum pipelines running through the Illinois Basin from the refineries along the gulf, to the upper Midwest, the disruption of interstate traffic due to impassable bridges (just imagine if all of the downtown bridges were declared unsafe to use), and the impact to cities like Louisville from refuges flocking to the city to escape the lack of infrastructure serving the cities of St. Louis, East St. Louis, Paducah, and Memphis (not unlike Baton Rouge and Houston after Katrina).

    That said, there is no reason to stockpile months of food and water, but rather we need to have a contingency plan for a potential refugee influx, and way to educate the population to filter and clean drinking water, and maintain themselves over a period of time (2-weeks). There is no reason that this cannot be done through social media and radio. There should be a radio station that transmits basic sustainability skills, tips, and safety instructions 24/7. Frankly if there’s an event equaling the magnitude of the 1811-1812 quakes, there isn’t much if anything we can do to mitigate the damage.

  • 6 jake // Dec 19, 2011 at 11:53 am

    This is an interesting read about the New Madrid Fault and unnecessary panic.

  • 7 Mark H (Not Hebert) // Dec 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I don’t disagree with his article with respect to the use of the risk (however high or low) to grab government tax dollars and get people’s hearts fluttering. The devastation if a similar event were to occur today, would be unlike that which we have ever seen. The quake may not come from the New Madrid region, but rather the Wabash fault region that has seen increased activity.

    The truth is that our ability to predict these natural disasters is understandably very imprecise. Just last week, the hurricane prediction center at Colorado State finally admitted to what everyone who can count has known for years (to very little press coverage when compared to their annual predictions over the past 20 years) that they cannot predict hurricanes more than a few weeks out. That imprecision cuts both ways though.

    I don’t disagree with Mr. Sittenfeld’s article as Mr. Stein’s book may be absolutely correct, and the seismological data of recent seems to support that the risk is far less than was once thought. That said, it seems to me that a good middle ground to be taken to prevent absolutely getting caught off guard, is not to panic, spend billions on seismic retrofits, redundant government communication systems (see Louisville’s Motorola debacle), and stockpile for Armageddon, but rather have a plan to educate and inform the public to sustain themselves for a period of time needed to allow for a response. Almost every able-bodied person can sustain themselves from the items already in their home if taught what to do. It costs very little money and may keep 40-60% of the population from pulling from scare resources present in such an event.

    The government and special interests looking to profit from such anxieties tend to always look for a big government solution instead of empowering people to take care of themselves until organized help can arrive. What would have happened during Katrina if they had dropped just a few survival training specialists into the New Orleans convention center to organize the people there and stabilize the situation until the tucks could arrive to evacuate them?

  • 8 Mark Wilburn // Dec 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    How can a state, that refers to itself officially as a “commonwealth”, have such callous disregard for the most vulnerable of its citizens–ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN? (I don’t think I want to know the answer).

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