Thursday, September 01, 2005

What is going on here?! These stories are outrageous!

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:30 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Leaving my own comment here ... previous comment was spam, and hence deleted.

My other comment is that I think we should start to call our representatives about how this situation is being handled.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous John said...

The news stories do make it sound like anarchy, but how complete is the picture?

I remember a scifi story about a flash riot in the future and who caused it. One of the points was the reporting chain is selective. The reporter reports the most interesting story and the editors select the most interesting stories from those submitted. Riots, shootings and rapes are more interesting (at least in the news media opinions) than stories about people getting by and not rioting.

I am not saying the situation isn’t desperate down there, just that the anarchy/rioting may be only part of the way people are acting. I have noticed that once one news outlet runs with a sexy story that all the others follow suit.

As for a Congressional investigation, that is a good idea, but not now. If Congress held hearings right now, they would taking people away from dealing with the crisis to answer their questions. About all Congress can do now is appropriate some more emergency money.

Afterwards, there is a place for Congress to act. Hearings, not to assign blame (I am sure blame can fall on all sides – I doubt US natural disaster policy has changed much regardless of the Administration in office) but see how we can help reduce the impact the next time. The issue you raised about how to evacuate people without cars comes to mind.

Should there be a bus pool available or mutual help organization like power companies have? After a disaster power companies can draw on linemen and equipment from around the country to restore service. Maybe as a condition for a city to get federal funds for mass transit they would have to pledge a portion of their bus fleet to help with evacuations and to take in relief workers and supplies – sort of like the STUFT concept.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thank you John. You points are well taken. And I agree, an analysis of the evacuation situation would be useful.

Christina

7:39 PM  
Anonymous xok said...

It just kills my guts to think of all those people left out in that putrid air and crazy-ass sun with dead bodies and disease and no food or water-- why the fuck are we so incompetent, is my question! Why did we not see this coming? Someone must have been smart enough to know that a mandatory evacuation is going to mean jack to someone who has no money and no family and no wheels and I'm disgusted that we didn't see that there would be a whole hell of a lot of people stuck in a city which seemed sort of destined to be destroyed because of its location--oh I'm just babbling because I'm so saddened by this. It just kills me.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hi xok. Not sure what to do either honestly and it's very distressing. As we know, the poor suffer the most in any tragedy, but this one does seems like folks could have known at least some of this ahead of time. Even if this is just a slice of what is happening in the region (and I'm sure that it is) it does seem to focus light on many of the biggest challenges and inequities we have going. And therefore I think is really deeply disturbing.

On another note: What a strange way to communicate with you all through this forum. Maybe not so strange if I didn't know you all, but since I do, it strikes me as slightly surreal.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous xok said...

I thought I was being oh so sly.

Yeah, weird to communicate this way. But it keeps us honest, yes?

John is not Dad/John, right? That would just wig me out.

Ok, I'll stop clogging your comment box-- it's just that that one article you linked to really, sincerely harshed my mellow.

btw: My friend sent a link to a company who will match anyone's donation (apparently)-- should I send to you? or is this a sketchy thing?
xok

10:37 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

hi xok. Yup, blew your cover there! But no, John is not who you know.

I don't think matched donations are inherently sketchy. But a good resource for checking charities before giving is Give.org.

If they don't list the place you are interested in sending to, you can write to them directly and ask. Apparently they will do the research and answer back. They have a clear criteria for judging groups. It's pretty helpful.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

ps. Only mostly honest. This post started with many exclamation points and a four-letter curse word that begins with "h" (for effect) because I was upset reading this too. I since decided that shouldn't be the tone for my postings and I edited it. In Blogger (unlike some other blog programs), you can't see the edits. So ... just a note.

10:54 PM  

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