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post Sep 3 2005, 07:47 PM
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I wanted to make another thread for this, because my point wasn't really relevant to the other one. My point is that this disaster has been so catastrophically mismanaged that so many people need to be fired (or possibly imprisoned, or shot) as a punishment for allowing it to happen that it's not even funny.

I've heard people say "this is an environmental disaster, it's not a political issue". It's political as hell. I'm gathering a little compendium of failures, idiocies, and horrific neglect. In no particular order:

The Red Cross is banned from entering New Orleans. Highly questionable.

The FEMA official in charge got his job through nepotism, has no relevant experience, and was in fact fired from his previous job overseeing horse shows. There's a guy you want looking after you.

The same lovely gentleman blames the people who didn't get out. Because absolutely everybody, no matter how poor they are, or how elderly or infirm, or whether they've got a car, everyone is perfectly capable of leaving their home for an indefinite amount of time.

But wait, these dispossessed folk could always get a Greyhound out of there, couldn't they? Well, sure, except that they closed the Greyhound station on Saturday. It's almost as if somebody didn't much care.

"In addition to Guard help, the federal government could have activated, but did not, a major air support plan under a pre-existing contract with airlines. The program, called Civilian Reserve Air Fleet, lets the government quickly put private cargo and passenger planes into service." No comment.

The IEM, the company to whom the job of protecting New Orleans from hurricanes was delegated, is suddenly trying to hide the fact that it ever had that job. What on Earth could they be trying to hide?

But in the face of all this, the President sees a ray of light. I'll quote:

The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)

What's that you say? You can't afford to just rebuild your house from scratch then invite the President over for tea? Huh. Sucks to be you, I guess.

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post Sep 8 2005, 07:41 PM
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A couple of days out of date, but it shows to what degree law and order broke down.

Police refusing to rescue people because they refused to flash their breasts? This on top of the desertions. The figures I have seen (no link, sorry) say that about 1/3 to 1/2 the police force didn't report to duty. There are probably deaths included in that unfortunately, but a lot deserted to help friends, family, and rescue property.

Now not showing up because you are helping family I can understand, and probably shouldn't be punished harshly (although there should be some repurcussions, people were counting on them) but not helping because you didn't flash them?

Inexcuseable. An abuse of power, willfully failing in your duty to the people, and extending the time needed to rescue those affected.

It's interesting how far even respected people slip into degeneration after a calamity. When the rules, regulations, and norms of society are swept aside like this people seems to revert to their baser instincts. On the otherhand you have FEMA stepping in and wrapping everything up in red tape and causing problems themselves. There's not really a point to this, just an observation. Seems you can't really win either way.

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