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Katrina and the Waves

Posted Sep 02, 2005 in Events, Miscellaneous, Politics, Weather.

No, not that Katrina. I am referring to Hurricane Katrina. I've been following coverage of the aftermath of the storm, and it has left me very sad. So many have lost their lives, and many more have been rendered homeless. The scale of the catastrophe is extraordinary.

Why do people live in places that are at threat from natural disaster? Why do so many live near active volcanoes, over fault lines, within flood plains, and on eroding cliff tops? As sad as I am that so many good people have lost their lives in the wake of Katrina, I fail to understand why it is necessary for people to live in such places. And why did so many choose to “ride out the storm”, ignoring warnings?

The levee system in New Orleans was stupid. For decades, officials have ignored repeated warnings from hurricane experts that say the system was inadequate to the task. Indeed, the levee system is the main reason why the flooding occured so quickly, catching people who might otherwise would've had time to escape.

Aid to the dead, dying, and displaced has been slow. President Bush made a complete fool of himself by actually grinning during a post-catastrophe speech, telling Americans that everything would be okay. Well fuckhead, everything is far from okay.

Why do so many news agencies continue to misspell levee? It is L-E-V-E-E, not L-E-V-Y (which means something else entirely).

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    Almost every large city on the world has the chance of being hit by some type of disaster, be it earthquakes, tornados, floods, hurricanes, landslides, etc., so it's virtually impossible to move somewhere that's totally safe.

    Also, the people of New Orleans are EXTREMELY poor, and relocating just isn't a realistic option for most of them.

    And yes, Bush is a complete idiot. I didn't see it myself, but someone told he actually said that relief was "pouring in" to New Orleans. Great language to use right after a flood, douche-bag!

    Posted by Graham on Sep 02, 2005.

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    I agree with you.

    Posted by web designer on Sep 03, 2005.

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    He used the language "pouring in" so automatically he's an idiot? Wow, the things people complain about when others are dying and suffering. Why don't you come down here and help us feed, house, and comfort these people?

    New Orleans was guaranteed at some point to flood completely. Galveston was the same way and it happened (the hurricane of 1900) and put the city completely under water.

    Posted by Stephan Segraves on Sep 03, 2005.

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    "He used the language "pouring in" so automatically he's an idiot?"

    No, he's an idiot for making light of the disaster in the initial instance. He utterly failed to grasp the situation, and it was left to the mayor of New Orleans (a good man) to point out the truth.

    "Why don't you come down here and help us feed, house, and comfort these people?"

    The media have said that volunteers have been turned away, and the American Red Cross have urged people to donate money instead. I've given as much as I can afford.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Sep 03, 2005.

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    I totally agree. SIX DAYS of LIP SERVICE AND INACTION.

    Meanwhile, when Bush's brother comes a calling after a hurricane. $$$,$$$,$$$ just comes pouring of George's ASSHOLE. What the F is up with that?

    People sit sanitized while babies DIE. In the next couple of weeks when all the real horror stories surface, then we'll see the true cost of Bush's NEGLIGENCE and CHRISTIAN values.

    George, just go back on vacation since that's ALL YOU'RE GOOD AT.

    By the way, he WAS ON VACATION when this happened. Obviously, his golf game was more important then his citizens.

    Posted by please HELP on Sep 04, 2005.

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    I am in Australia at the moment and the Hurricane, and what has gone on since, has been heavily reported here. The US has come out of this as an embarrassment.

    A grossly ill prepared City, a useless official response leaving hundreds of thousands with no food, clean drinking water etc for nearly a week already and then, to top it all off, gangs of scumbags stealing, raping and shooting their fellow 'victims'.

    The world is looking on in disgust.

    Posted by Tim on Sep 04, 2005.

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    I agree with you Simon, it is dreadful state of affairs and terrible mistakes are still being made even now...

    The poor, sick, infirmed, elderly and very young had no choice or the means to move before the hurricane hit and nothing was done to help them, why?

    Why on earth are people living in the French Quarter, which is no longer under water, being forced out when all they need is a little help to rebuild their lives?

    I feel disgusted at the sight of the bodies being left to rot in favour of sweeping up debris from the roads, where is the so called Christian humanity boasted of by Bush? Shame on him.

    Posted by Brenda Jessey on Sep 11, 2005.

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    "Why on earth are people living in the French Quarter, which is no longer under water, being forced out when all they need is a little help to rebuild their lives?"

    There is little or no power, running water, or food in New Orleans. Until everyone is evacuated, it is impossible to begin the enormous cleanup job.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Sep 11, 2005.

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    Solo buscaba un sitio para expresar mi solidaridad para con los afectados del Katrina y a la vez de mi deseo de que pronto conozcamos mejores tiempos para las gentes de Nueva Orleans.

    Posted by Almuñécar on Sep 12, 2005.