What would be different? Why would a hurricane or flood care what race it
chose for victims? While major media did play the race card facts pretty
much didn't support it...death counts certainly didn't .....in fact much of
the initial wildly exaggerated claims for 10,000 or more dead and many of
the horror stories from the shelters were all bullshit as well.... but when
honest accountability gets in the way of a dramatic story why wreck it? The
initial system failure was all local including the re-elected black mayor.
That some hospitals or nursing homes were not evacuated is certainly of
local responsibility. That thousands choose to ignore the warnings and did
not leave rests solely with the individual as well. Further since the city
had a black majority and white deaths were not proportionate to their
population one might claim some white discrimination.
The FEDs are not ever first responders, nor constitutionally can they be, at
least if it involves the military.
Best case scenario ....when a city of a half of million, has nearly 80%
housing stock flooded.... realistically what could anyone do logistically
that would have made much difference in that first week or so that wasn't
done?......It does beg the question of why anyone thinks a major disaster is
painless and a not inconvenient. Rod
Well, half or so of the Netherlands is below sea level. Yes it gives
problems, but that's why they have engineers. Most of the time it works
very well. Sometimes it doesn't (January 1953 was bad), and a new "plan"
is instituted. Somewhere there is a lesson or two in that experience for
Most of the Netherlands doesn't have a choice, there's nowhere else to
build. New Orleans does. It's moronic to rebuild somewhere that has
constant problems, as New Orleans always has, when you can build it
somewhere else without those problems.
New Orleans is manageable with the right funding and engineering
knowledge, being heavily populated by blacks doesn't help secure the
right funding though, if it were somewhere "paler" then you could
guarantee the money would be provided.
But just wait until the huge landslip occurs at Cumbre Vieja on La
Palma in the Canary Islands. Above sea level or not the entire
eastern seaboard will be under water much deeper (as in about half a
MILE deeper) than New Orleans ever was.
The only hope? Grab a surfboard, put Surfin' USA on your Ipod, kiss
your ass goodbye and ride that wave.
Oh puhleeze! The fact is that money was provided to the city of NOLA in
years past. Rampant corruption funneled a significant amount of that money
away from the levee projects that were to be reinforced.
This had nothing to do with race, this had to do with people who were
expecting the government to solve all of their problems and local
politicians who couldn't find their @#$ with both hands and a map.
Even MSNBC piles on:
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
> Oh puhleeze! The fact is that money was provided to the city of
> years past. Rampant corruption funneled a significant amount of that
> away from the levee projects that were to be reinforced.
Since long before Huey Long, Louisiana has been known for great food,
great music, and rampant corruption.
Fortunately, none of that has anything to do with the necessity of
saving human life in an emergency, a job which unfortunately fell to
FEMA, which had been systematically stripped of it's resources since 2000.
Lew Hodgett wrote:
| Fortunately, none of that has anything to do with the necessity of
| saving human life in an emergency, a job which unfortunately fell to
| FEMA, which had been systematically stripped of it's resources
| since 2000.
Before that, even. During the floods of '93 I spent several days as
the volunteer operator of the FEMA communications center in the Hoover
Federal Building in Des Moines. It was a particularly easy job since
there was zero traffic in and zero traffic out.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
What is with this steady race drumbeat?.......The state is only 1/3
minority...does this mean that the 2/3 white population is somehow deprived
racially as well?
Incidentally Louisiana earns a billion and half annually from Gulf
oil/natural gas royalties, maybe some of that windfall should be put to
proper use. Rod
I'm not sure how that relates.
The natural disaster of Katrina, turned the light of reality on blatant
racism as well as complete government indifference and incompetence at
all levels, especially federal; however, none of that relates to
alternate energy pursuits, IMHO.
Lew Hodgett wrote:
| Morris Dovey wrote:
|| That doesn't bode well. Consider the lessons of Katrina...
| I'm not sure how that relates.
| The natural disaster of Katrina, turned the light of reality on
| blatant racism as well as complete government indifference and
| incompetence at all levels, especially federal; however, none of
| that relates to alternate energy pursuits, IMHO.
Many people are delaying action in order to maximize a hoped-for
government payment (either an entitlement or a tax incentive), much as
many people lived in New Orleans staking their futures on hoped-for
government maintenance of the levee system.
The lesson: It would appear to be a mistake to make important
decisions based on expected behavior of government - regardless of
whether those expectations involve public safety or energy policy.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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