September 6, 2005
-- by Thomas Leavitt
In case you haven't seen this: Gone with the Water
As the whirling maelstrom approached the coast, more than a million people evacuated to higher ground. Some 200,000 remained, however—the car-less, the homeless, the aged and infirm, and those die-hard New Orleanians who look for any excuse to throw a party. [...] As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it. [...] Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued.
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This was definitely no surprise. As a nation we have lost the ability to resolve problems. Any problems, from the most dire to the smallest. Everything's spin, photo ops, conflicting ideologies.
It's hardly as though this nation doesn't have serious problems to solve. Even rebuilding at the WTC site, less than a mile from where I'm writing this, has made virtually no progress in four years. In terms of physical security, we're obviously much less safe than we were four years ago.
I was impressed, as a new storm approached Pensacola, Florida this summer, by the fact that the debris from last summer's hurricane hadn't been cleared away yet. I assume we've been pouring money into FEMA. Where is it going?
Guess Nat Geo is another thing Bush doesn't read.
Posted by: The Heretik at September 7, 2005 6:45 AM
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