August 31st, 2005


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News links I collected over the last couple of days:

I took my Chevy to the levee and the levee was... uh, it was not dry.

Now everyone has to leave.

Communism breaks out on Canal Street:
On New Orleans' Canal Street, which actually resembled a canal, dozens of looters ripped open the steel gates on clothing and jewelry stores, some packing plastic garbage cans with loot to float down the street. One man, who had about 10 pairs of jeans draped over his left arm, was asked if he was salvaging things from his store.

"No," the man shouted, "that's EVERYBODY'S store!"
Different, updated version of that article.

And then it turns ugly. Guns were stolen from a Wal-mart (yeah, I bet you're glad you stock those now, you corporate asshats) and "gangs of armed men" are roaming the streets and, at one point, shooting at officers. There's a general amnesty on the looting of food, water, and medicines, however--it's not like anyone's around to sell them anyway.

"Minimum, hundreds [dead]. Likely, thousands."

Speaking of those levees, we all know the war in Iraq was way more worthwhile than finishing those:
"It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."

-- Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004.
Oh, and from what I'm hearing--if you are in Atlanta or thereabouts, fill up on gas NOW. Just--trust me on this. I know that people freaking out and buying up the gasoline elsewhere is driving up the prices, but--you can't overcharge for something you don't have, if you see what I'm saying.

Don't forget about Mississippi (scroll down).

ccaretta reports from Mobile.

Who should we donate money to, y'all? The Red Cross has the biggest and most immediate presence, but I've heard bad things from people (firsthand) about their overhead and their habit of charging for goods and services. Is there anyone else with that kind of presence? I'm thinking in terms of Mississippi and Alabama as well as New Orleans.

ETA: "A Concert for Hurricane Relief." (Thanks, elbiesee.)

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