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John Scalzi linked to this guy today, who says he'll send a buck to the Red Cross for every comment he gets on his entry. So go comment!
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I still find some things hard to fathom -- and I've been mystified by them all week. I'm trying to think about this stuff in an orderly fashion but I keep getting stuck on bits, like a scratch on a record:
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Yay! More good animal news. Southern zoos fared well!

A little confused about why the river otters would be the one casualty (would have thought they, more than any other creature, might be likely to make it!)... but am ok with the minimal losses. Big thumbs up for the zoo administrators and all the people who stayed to take care of the animals.

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Sep. 5th, 2005 06:43 pm
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Just because I am all about the good news today: Petfinder is coordinating pets being reunited with their owners. They were interviewed on CNN today and seemed on top of things.
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Wow, someone in the government is actually THINKING! I think whoever came up with this idea deserves an extra week's vacation. Honestly! Why should any of this stuff rot away in warehouses?
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OK, I can't even follow my own advice about stopping. It's a brand-new day and I'm back on the trail.

Whoo-hoo! This is an amazing letter.

I think this is my favorite bit: "Bienville built New Orleans where he built it for one main reason: It’s accessible. The city between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain was easy to reach in 1718.

How much easier it is to access in 2005 now that there are interstates and bridges, airports and helipads, cruise ships, barges, buses and diesel-powered trucks."
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I watch all week about the horrors in New Orleans. I troll news sites, blogs, mailing lists, anything from which I can get information. I am a news junkie this week and I believe very little has been getting by me. I've donated money and I've ranted endlessly with my friends about this whole situation. So why does this just slay me?

I can watch and read no more. My imagination is too vivid. Enough for now.
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I love live TV and living on the East Coast...may they get rid of the several second delay!

Heard about this at work today, didn't see it live. So awesome! Go Kanye! Some honesty on television...
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Whoo! Just on CNN: As the last buses carrying the last refugees pulled away from the Superdome, a large truck carrying porta-potties finally arrived.

Irony is fun. Go FEMA!
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So apparently the fire marshall at the Astrodome has declared it full. Sorry for the ridiculously long bus ride, but there's no room at the inn. Good luck now!

And Michael Brown has been added to my ever-increasing list of villains today, under a special category of "where the fuck have you been all week, pal?"

Unspeakable. Lying, stupid, clueless, thoughtless, and uncaring. That's who *I* want in charge of FEMA, yep! How come if everyone is focusing on saving lives so many lives are still being lost?!

No, it's much more important that we stop the property loss! Get those looters! How DARE they steal from supermarkets? Or steal clothing? FOR SHAME! Shoot 'em! Shoot 'em all! Quick!

ARRRRGH!

Sep. 1st, 2005 02:32 pm
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ARRRRRGH

Everything about this article sends my blood pressure into the stratosphere!

I was pissed off yesterday when Bush did a "flyover" in Air Force One, and we got to see pictures of W. with his widdle face pressed against the window. Why didn't he land? Why hasn't he been anywhere near there yet? Why is Condoleeza Rice off in NY watching Broadway shows and buying shoes? WHY AM I SURPRISED BY ANY OF THIS?!

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Could this be more absurd? HELLO?! THEY DON'T HAVE ANY ELECTRICITY to READ your WEBSITE! And probably DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER, even if they HAD ELECTRICITY, BECAUSE THEIR HOUSES ARE UNDERWATER!!

"To begin clean up, collect tools and cleaning equipment. Gather items such as buckets, rubber gloves and boots, eye goggles to protect eyes from splashes, paper towels, scrub brushes, rags, sponges, bleach, cleaners, trash bags, spray bottles, and fans for drying. "

.... pick through the bodies of your loved ones, pets, and the splintered remains of your home to find these things ....

I think I might be a little burnt-out...
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Three days of watching reports from New Orleans and Gulfport, and I'm starting to feel completely overwhelmed with the tragedy. I keep hearing about how this is our tsunami, but we're not a third world country! This didn't come upon us suddenly -- there was plenty of warning! Why did so many have to die?!

I heard a report on NPR about how New Orleans has always had a fatalistic side to it, knowing that it was only a matter of time before they'd end up underwater. And I had certainly heard that often enough before this whole storm. So if that was the case, why didn't they have a better evacuation plan in place? One that would have enough places for people to go, and would have ways for the housebound or infirm to actually GET to these places?

I tried to find a few local government websites on Gulfport and they're just...gone. Much like some sites were gone after 9/11. The local New Orleans paper is not producing actual printed copies, just online editions. They're moving all the Superdome people to the Astrodome (which makes for an interesting story to tell, but not something I'd want to be able to claim!) in Houston. It's all so sad.

Can someone please tell me why people leave their animals behind when they evacuate?!

And hey, thank god the president cut short his vacation by two whole days to take care of this. Those people should feel better already.

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