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Coffee Shop Talk: An Impending Depression

Is New Orleans Headed Back into the Economic Depressions of the Past?



Each week, Joseph Santiago explores the issues of today over a cup of coffee. Check out his previous installments here

 

I’m having my coffee reading about a bomb being dropped and how Trump is serving the insurance companies by reducing benefits for the poor, making it harder to get insurance, and threatening to remove additionally protections if Democrats don’t see things his way. From my seat in the café, I listen to one person console another about recently becoming homeless. I interviewed two people last week who were opposed to the civil rights of the American people being infringed, and how greed has made its way into politics. I am having a difficult time shaking all this negativity off.


Tropical Outlook: Erika Disturbed, Not Depressed; Fred Forms


Erika was once a hurricane, but the downgrades continued as she stormed west. By Saturday (8.29), she was just depressed. Now the National Weather Service (NWS) says Erika is nothing more than a “disturbance.” Eyes have turned to the African coast where Tropical Storm Fred has already formed.


TS Danny Gets Depressed, Friends Follow


On Monday (8.24), the National Weather Service announced that Danny, once a Cat 3 hurricane was downgraded to a mere Tropical Depression. Unfortunately, misery loves company. Two additional Atlantic formations are following in Danny’s path. At least one of those two waves has the potential to become depressed as well.


Pipe Are Calling TS Danny


The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying. Danny’s tenure as a full fledged hurricane was brief. The National Weather Service (NWS) downgraded the weather formation to Tropical Storm today.


Writers' Progress?

A Look at the New Orleans City Guide



I was taught that travel is a chore. There were only two purposes for it: to drown yourself in history or to drown yourself in relatives (ideally both). This principle was propagated largely by my mother, but my father espoused it, too. He knew, as well as my sisters and me, that he would not be fed or clothed if he did not. Like attending mass each Sunday, it was compulsory.


Former Saint Eddie "Boo" Williams Talks Depression


Depression was taboo in America for generations. Perhaps no place more than a locker room is the disease regarded as a pariah. An article by Jim Trotter published today attempts to shed life on the issue amongst NFL players. At the center of the piece is former Saints tight end Eddie “Boo” Williams.


Gulf Weather Watch: Waves & Troughs


As we enter the final week of August, New Orleanians are double checking their bottled water, battery, and booze stashes. Nervous eyes are turning towards the Gulf. The National Weather Service (NWS) is churning out maps with yellow circles, but the current threats are not very threatening.


TS Update: Pressure Sets In, Erin Not Depressed


'Tis the Season. It's August in New Orleans, and once again, residents of the regions are looking seaward. Storm spotting has yielded two threats this week, the slow moving Tropical Storm Erin and a low pressure area entering the Gulf. Neither threats are immediate, but both are moving towards the continental US and merit some exploration.


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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