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"The Bush administration first overruled development regulations that were designed to protect the wetlands south of the city that for centuries worked to blunt the storm surge of these typhoons. Then it proceeded to cut the federal funding for dike repair and improvement on the levies that hold the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain out of the city, most of which is 10-20 feet below sea level. To make matters worse, the White House didn`t only divert dike funding to its Iraq War; it also diverted a third of Louisiana`s National Guard troops, as well as almost all their amphibious vehicles, which would have proved invaluable at getting into the flooded area to rescue victims quickly, to the Iraqi desert."
P.S. You can`t go anywhere to avoid danger, natural, or man-made.
Sorry for being off topic, but the whole comment about not going to California for fear of being shot is so naive I could not resist.
And yes, this thread is getting off topic.
LOOKOUT! I think an asteroid is heading your way!
I appologize for the long line with habitat for humanity. Please keep all of the victims in your prayers, even if you believe that you should not help those in a time of dire need, whileist you live comforably in your homes, while they are without food, water, shelter, or anything else needed.
World Vision: http://donate.wvus.org/OA_HTML/xxwvibeCC...
Convoy of Hopehttp://www.convoyofhope.org/
Corporation for National and Community Servicehttp://www.nationalservice.gov/about/donations/index.asp
oh an "iscare", this would be a BRICK building so take that fairy tale and shove it...
Death toll from this natural disaster remains to be seen.
And I understand that the flooding is the cause of the problems, but you can`t separate the flooding from the hurricane. One caused the other, simple as that.I`ve lived in LA all my life, all through school, we`ve been taught that NO is a bowl, the levees can`t withstand more than a Cat 3 storm, etc. These things, plus pumps going out (the only way to get water out of the city) made NO the way it is now.
But, honestly, I don`t care too much about wheter the blame the hurrican or the flooding or whatever. People need help, and I`ll be there. Thanks to everyone else who has helped in any way.
I`ll stop now, because my words can`t even begin to convey how serious this is. I just hope some of you can have a change of heart. Part of it is maturity, and part of maturity comes from living outside of your own little box. I really hope all of those "forget it" people out there can take just a few minutes to try to grasp the significance of events
I`m up at 4 am because I`ve been volunteering, as I`ve said, on my campus. People have DIED here, where I`ve gone to class everyday for the past 3 years.
No one will argure that NO is built in a pretty bad place, and that more preparation should have been made. Blame whomever you want. But not now. There`s too much to be done now. If pictures upset you, fine. Turn it off. In fact, never step foot outside your door again. Because, I promise you, unhappiness is everywhere. You can choose to ignore it, or you can suck it up and do your part to make a difference.
Tell those seven children, the oldest one 5 years, old, who were found abandoned on the interstate in NO, that they should just "forget about" the hurricane. Tell the elderly, the nursing home residents who had absolutely no way to leave the city, that they should forget it. Tell it to the 30% of the population who had no transportation (and don`t even try to tell me that they could just walk out of that city).
Perfectly_Me, you must not be so ignorant and try to understand what people there must have felt. Expose yourself to the reality of the world, and do something to help it.
As for Silvernano`s quote:
"So sad,but I think GOD is punishing Americans for what they did and are still doing in Iraq. It`s their turn to feel the pain that many Iraqis feel everyday.God bless us all."
Wow. Just wow. I have but to see a more naiive, disgraceful post.
I am stricken with grief for all affected by the Hurricane. I hope more help comes swiftly and in numbers. I am also saddened by how ignorant people can be.
"Katrina passed and went bye-bye. Don`t remind people about it all over.""Katryna is gone, and the images are horrible and all, but why post the pictures? It would be best to forget about it, and if people want to donate or whatever, then they can go ahead and do so. Reminding everyone about that makes many people not only annoyed, but depressed. Don`t make people depressed by posting this. What happened with katryna happened, and they`ll get help. If the people in new orleans were smart, they were insured for anything and everything special they owned. New orleans weren`t prepared for katryna, which they should have been. They should have told the people to stay inside, they should have had some safe place for people to go to, etc."
Perfectly_Me, might I reiterate that Hurricane KATRINA will have a LASTING, if not, PERM
Also, the situations in locations around Louisiana are comparable to that of 3rd world countries, if not worse. As supplies become limited, all hell breaks loose. People die in SHELTERS due to sweltering heat, sickness, and lack of medicational supplies.
Perfectly_Me, you also bring up the point of insurance. Though you may not know this, INSURANCE COSTS MONEY. People in poverty cannot afford to buy insurance, and also have a hard time getting to shelters and supplies. This brings me to my next point.
11.5% of New Orlean`s Population is over 65, according to the 2000 US Census. Think of how hard it is for that elderly population to seek shelters, even if they DO leave, it would be hard for them to get the medication they need to live healthily for that time.
The many people in New Orleans that did not leave, as misguided as they were, are now in severe need of help. Now is not the time to ignore the problems, but to help.
The following people are cruel/naiive as shown by their lack of sympathy and knowledge:
...and countless more.
I am sure that choosing to drive in a car is far more dangerous than chosing to live in New Orleans. It would be ironic if they died in a car accident so all the people of New Orleans can say "you had it coming."
now come on, tim, im a liberal and I seriously think all the poor people should stop having kids!
New Orleans is pretty old. Yeah, the French built it there, but back then it wasn`t so low. Some scientist on Fox News said the place is sinking.
perfectly_me for example, is giggling whenever someone replies to her flame bait. Besides, if she really does mean stuff like "best just to forget about it," then she`s just reflecting her imaturity, and all the more reason to ignore it.
perfectly_me - people were looting stores for FOOD got it FÜCKING FOOD! THEY HAVE NOTHING TO EAT! People lined up for hours to get WATER HEAR THAT WATER!!!! YOU CAN LAST 3 DAYS WITHOUT WATER! they are also living in their own feces...that SH¡T DUMBASS! GET WITH THE PROGRAM, FORGETABOUT IT? OMFG THEY NEED ALL OF THE HELP THEY CAN GET! WHY DONT YOU LOOSE ABSOLUTELY (add emphasis beyond caps here plz ie. underline, bold, italics, all of the above) EVERYTHING ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING (end emphasis, thankyou) YOU OWN! wait, you are a minor still, you live with YOUR PARENTS THEY PAY FOR EVERYTHING FOR YOU! omfg, so ignorant.
lordjonathan - wow. just move. well, i can tell we can all get a job whenever we want, leave our hometown we have lived in all of our lives, abandon all of our friends and loved ones, all with next to no money.
people amaze me. we need to all do our part and
"It is easier to point a finger, than to offer a helping hand."
And the whole "God" thing, WHERE IS YOUR SOUL? (Though I don`t believe in "God" I would never say people were being punished. What could someone do so wrong to lose EVERYTHING they had?)
Reminding everyone about that makes many people not only annoyed, but depressed.
Don`t make people depressed by posting this. What happened with katryna happened, and they`ll get help. If the people in new orleans were smart, they were insured for anything and everything special they owned.
New orleans weren`t prepared for katryna, which they should have been. They should have told the people to stay inside, they should have had some safe place for people to go to, etc.
Please tell me you were being sarcastic.
Don`t remind people about it all over.
There will always be a good reason to be somewhere else when something terrible happens. No doubt the city you live in is not a safe place either all the time. Why don`t you tell us what your dwelling place is? I bet many US citizens will be able to provide you a detailed list of all possible threats that are patiently waiting to take you by surprise.
Like my daddy sez, "If you can`t stand the heat, stay outta the kitchen." It`s their own fault!
Just today I was talking to this woman and she said she moved here from florida because she didn`t want to risk the hurricanes.
I for one, having seen this slide show have just decided to donate $500 to the red cross. That`s all I can really afford right now, but it seems like a grotesquely small amount in light of the suffering and devistation.
They`re just like people who`ve eaten too much caviar and then complain of hearburn. Or like people who`ve drunk too much champagne then complain of their hangover. Actually, it`s like people who`ve chosen to go on a world cruise then cry when they get seasick.
Those under-privelaged people who`ve been born and raised in New Orleans were really just ASKING for it when you get right down to it.