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Saturday, September 03, 2005

  Katrina

No one really knows the extent of the disaster.

I run x86_64 linux, which doesn't have a lot of commercial support - so I can't see the multiple multi-media flash news presentations, nor view the damage with google maps, nor watch the video clips that are in windows media format. There hasn't been a professional news story yet that I could watch on the web, and that kind of bothers me. Nobody posts javascript + pictures anymore.

I don't have tv, so I can't see the ad ridden 3 minute condensation of the stories from the city.

I have read the publications of those that sit at their desks in nyc and find new ways to grind their axes...

I couldn't help but notice today that most of the ads in Auto-trader this month were for big, ugly gas guzzlers.

and I have listened to the anguished podcast of Mayor Ray Nagin: "You know the reason why the looters got out of control? Because we had most of our resources saving people, thousands of people that were stuck in attics, man, old ladies. ... You pull off the doggone ventilator vent and you look down there and they're standing in there in water up to their freaking necks."

And I add:

Send planes. Send trains. Send boats. Send the Navy. Send in the C5s. Send in the blackhawks. There's a million people displaced and tens of thousands starving.

I can't do much for New Orleans or the cities nearby also destroyed but I'm going to bike out of here in a minute to donate some blood.

Note to self Gotta remember to do that every other month. So should everybody.

I'm befuddled by the lack of new pumps for the pumping stations. NOBODY has any spares? Attn, world - got any spare pumps we can borrow for a few weeks?

And people may be starving, drowning, and without air conditioning in New Orleans... but at least help is coming, and they aren't in Darfur.
 
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