Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Apocalypse NOLA

I hadn't been keeping up with Hurricane Katrina that much and I knew the levees broke in a couple of places. But when I got home from dinner and fired up, I was just flabbergasted. All the images and videos and stories - to call them heartbreaking would be a gross understatement.

What makes it so tough to watch is that it's going to get worse for a long time before it gets better. The flood water isn't getting cleaner and any food that's left in stores aren't being refrigerated. "Apocalyptic" is no hyperbole.

And it's going to get ugly, as in worst-side-of-humanity ugly. And if this is any indication, the post-Katrina group hug is going to be much briefer than the one we had in September, 2001.

Though honestly, that's not such a bad thing. If this tragedy rammed images of how the other half lives to American TV viewers, well, that's one silver lining. Eventually, the poor, disenfranchised, those who had very little to lose to begin with, will realize they really have nothing to lose, and we're getting close to that point.

Anyhow, I'm going to shut the fuck up, but here's stuff that I've been reading:
  • Bomani More on Me and the Hurricane
  • Times-Picayune Breaking News Weblog
  • NOLA View weblog
  • Wikipedia: Effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans
  • Hurricane Photos
  • Hurricane Katrina Evacuation
  • Cole Slaw Blog: We're all New Orleansians now
  • Nightly News with Brian Williams - Daily Nightly
  • Boing Boing: Economics of disaster

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