Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Le Screw-Up: Harry Shearer Charts the Flooding of New Orleans in The Big Uneasy -- The Projectionist

In praise of Shearer's quixotic attempts to highlight the real disaster behind Hurricane Katrina:
The thesis, glibly stated, is that the flooding of New Orleans was no-ho way-hay a natural disaster. The word “Katrina” barely comes up. Nor is there mention—in case you presumed this was yet another documentary about the Bush administration’s criminal incompetence—of FEMA, FEMA trailers, Heckuva-Job Brownie, or Barbara Bush Live at the Astrodome, all of whom have elicited acid commentaries on Shearer’s weekly radio hour, Le Show. The focus here is non-ideological and relatively narrow. Apart from a few interludes in which Shearer boisterously dispels cheap myths about the city in which he lives part-time, The Big Uneasy is a judicious analysis of inadequate levees, faulty pumps, eradicated wetlands, egregious shipping routes, catastrophic water funnels, and the agency that has gone to enormous lengths to conceal the tragic magnitude of its fuck-up: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.