Right after starting Levees.org, founder Rosenthal was hammered with ugly comments from dozens of different online critics with a consistent message:
“Rosenthal is a liar. New Orleans was flooded due a monster storm and lazy local officials.”
In December 2008, Rosenthal discovered the comments were coming from computers at the Army Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans office.
Levees.org was one of the first victims of this technique where a squadron of foot soldiers employed by the military wage war against grassroots groups on social media.
How Rosenthal caught the Army Corps of Engineers red-handed in its heinous campaign starts in the video at 8:05.
The federal government spends millions trying to stop true grassroots groups like Levees.org. It is remarkable that Levees.org prevailed.
Two rocking chairs complement the mood at the Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden. Photo/Sandy Rosenthal
Despite the freeze, the Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden is still inviting and peaceful; a perfect opportunity to brush up on the worst civil engineering disaster in US history.
The museum-quality panels are set up like a museum. There’s no beginning or end. Just meander through finding and choosing what interests you.
After your educational experience, you can sit yourself down on one of the two rocking chairs recently donated by Ann and Joe LaGarde.
You can be sure to see all types of wildlife, including pelicans, whistling ducks, ibis, and of course, three kinds of egrets.
Civil engineer HJ Bosworth explains that given the Mississippi River is low the raw water intake was impacted last week which may have exacerbated the water pressure during the extraordinary cold spell.