Listen: Mississippi River, Tony Horwitz, Fillet River discussed on Slate's Political Gabfest
"She wrote the year of wonder and the book March which won a Pulitzer. I also left out Tony's Pulitzer from this hodgepodge of a set of memories. Anyway, so I also thank him for supporting Jearl dean's work, because it has given me just enormous pleasure. So terribly sad passing of Tony Horwitz much hotter is a double chatter today. First of all, I commend the documentary knocked down the house. If you haven't had a chance to see it, it's Netflix documentary about the primary campaigns of four women in two thousand eighteen running as progressive Democrats, against less progress. Democrats. The main subject of it. However, is Alexandria. Caccia cortez. Of course, we've heard so much about her since she's been elected. But this is catching her at the very beginning of her primary campaign, and then through the primary campaign. She launched this quixotic and truly like seemed doomed campaign to unseat an incredibly powerful queens democratic machine politician, Joe Crowley, and it's a fantastic documentary. And she is a magnetic. I mean, we've course learned that from watching her office, but she is utterly compelling fascinating appealing person. And I think even people who may be skeptical of her. We'll we'll come away thinking what a remarkable. What a remarkable woman she is. So I and I absolutely urge you to stay to the end, if you even if you don't like it skip ahead to the last ten minutes because of the final couple of scenes her victory party. And then what happens afterwards are just really worth the whole movie. So checkout neck knock down the house. And then a second chatter just I discover something today, which I'd never heard about, which is absolutely fascinating and terrifying, which is that there's this possibility that the entire river, commerce of the United States, all of the Mississippi River commerce and everything that's attached to it is endanger and danger right now, because of something called the Echief, Eliah river. The basic principle is that the Mississippi River currently flows through the Mississippi River, down to Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and to the ports in Louisiana, and there's a huge amount of commerce on those ports, but the Mississippi River does not want to flow where it flows. Mitch Avia river wants to flow down a different channel, which is the fillet river and the US governments has spent billions and billions of dollars keeping the Mississippi from jumping it's track and getting into the Liat, and if it does get into the Alaya, the misset water levels in Mississippi River will drop precipitously the towns down. Stream from from where this jump happens. We'll be flooded. There's very likely lots of natural gas oil pipelines, electrical wires will be destroyed and wiped out, and it could paralyze the internal river highway of the United States for months years, and maybe even totally unfixable. It's all maintained right now by very precarious set of US army corps of engineers facilities, and there's a bunch of writing that's been done about it. And frankly terrifying. It's like because it's it's one of these things which nature just wants to happen. And we are fighting nature from from letting it happen. So learn about the Echief Eliah basin, which could be the disaster that, that crushes the American economy and in this year or next year in five years, also dear ones, we have listened chatter from you. You guys keep sending us great Chatters every week, the things that you're talking about your cocktail parties. You are tweeting them to us at slate vest, or posting them on our."