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(Baton Rouge Advocate)   "In videos taken at the Pelican warehouse, several workers can be seen playing ice-skating rink with forklifts in the melting ice"   (theadvocate.com) divider line 2
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2012-12-07 09:21:42 AM
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NutWrench: I guess I can't muster any outrage here. It looks like the state was actually prepared for a long power outage. Sometimes when you prepare for a disaster, things don't get used and money gets wasted. "They let the ice MELT?" Dear God, why didn't they just box it up and send it back to the manufacturer? This is an outrage!


The back story here is that the state was still buying ice even days after the "emergency" was over and there was no more need for it. They tried to hide that fact, lied to the local media about it, have refused to hand over public documents (that are required to be provided via the Freedom of Information Act for something like 5 yrs now), and if I recall correctly - the owner of the ice company is very well politically connected.

Here's the deal, someone in the state used the hurricane as a cover to "over buy", thus basically "embezzling" money from the State and Federal coffers to transfer a couple of million $'s to some political crony. Who knows if Pelican Ice even delivered the contracted amount of ice in the first place? It would be highly doubtful given that much of claimed deliveries happened AFTER the demand for the ice no longer existed. A nearly perfect scam in that basically ALL evidence was simply allowed to melt away.

Let me put this another way - It's Louisiana (having lived there) practically everything that goes on in that state is tied to scams and corruption at some level.
2012-12-07 08:40:27 AM
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Isaac knocked out power to 903,000 customers, she said, but most of the state regained power in three to four days, meaning the need for ice was drastically reduced and shipped-in ice was left unused. She has said the state makes no apology for being over-prepared.

I guess I can't muster any outrage here. It looks like the state was actually prepared for a long power outage. Sometimes when you prepare for a disaster, things don't get used and money gets wasted. "They let the ice MELT?" Dear God, why didn't they just box it up and send it back to the manufacturer? This is an outrage!
 
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