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What becomes obvious when a Katrina comes along is that for the many "born to lead," there is only a scant few "committed to serve."
Just happened across this on the nola.com website. Is it just going to slip under the radar screen? Sickening.
See also the "Shaka Sankofa" and the "English" sections in the Clajadep web http://clajadep.lahaine.org
As the White House launches its sociopathic defense of the FuckYou Government response to Huricain Katrina the latest from the dry ground in New Orleans is that even neighborhoods that did not flood, that are high and dry must be evacuated.
Now is the Time? Now is the Time! The Potential of the Gulf Coast Crisis: Points for Discussion and Intervention
"FEMA head Michael D Brown has defended the federal response, saying that his agency had prepared for the storm, but that the widespread flooding had hampered the operation."
For full article click here: http://www.weatherwars.info/Katrina.htm
The Tsunami that was Katrina
August 30, 2005
Ivan and Katrina
These are both very Russian sounding names. It has been established that the former Soviet Union (fSU) developed and boasted of weather modification technology during the 1960's and 70's with deployment against the United States coming in 1976 with the audible arrival of the woodpecker grid. These weather operations continue to this day.
I have posted this page FAR sooner than I would like to have. I would like to have had the post mortem of Katrina from the National Hurricane Center to work from as well as a little time/distance from the events of this week so that perspective can be maintained. I will continue to update and add to this page in the days ahead.
This nation has not faced an economic crisis like the one that Katrina will spark in the days and months ahead. But that is one of the reasons Katrina was guided along the path that we all watched. This path has resulted in maximum damage to the energy infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and to the psyche of those that are susceptible to further storms this year and in the years to follow. Oh New Orleans!
I fully expect one more 'event' this year to impact the United States. My gut feeling is that it will be an earthquake >7.7 in magnitude with insured losses to exceed $25 billion. That number should have been less but presently real estate is far overvalued.
Protect your family's wealth with precious metals as the cascading effects from this disaster and from poor government fiscal management, will have just begun to be felt.
My prayers go out to all who need a helping hand in the very difficult times ahead. The amount of social change that this storm has begun to unleash upon the fabric of American society has not yet been grasped by the media, but then what's new!
Some thoughts on the catastrophe in New Orleans
Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds...NO ONE DIED
Instead of sheltering them in 3 close-by, modern convention centers, work is mounting to restore closed school(s)
"Anarchy Disrupts US Storm Relief"claims the BBC. "Scenes of Anarchy in Super dome" declares CNN. "Anarchy in the streets". But what's really going on in New Orleans? Whether or not the hurricane itself is the result of human actions is questionable, but what is clear is that the chaos and death in the Big Easy are anything but the result of anarchy.
Michael Chertov was holding a press conference today and he chided a reporter for being "argumentative" for asking him to explain the excuse he had just repeated umpteen times that Homeland Security was caught off guard by being hit with two disasters at once - the hurricane and the levy breaking. He called the combination of those two events "not reasonably foreseeable" as an excuse for the five day delay of relief. He also kept harping on "Mother Nature" as the enemy. So we need to prepare for a new "War on Nature".
In contrast to the apathetic and half-hearted, militaristic response of the rich asshole neocon Bush administration, FEMA shadow government, the National Guard, etc. to the victims of the New Orleans hurricane, (which is remarkably similar to their approach to the victims of US invasions of foreign countries like Panama, Nicaragua, Afghanistan and Iraq), the people and govennments of dozens of countries around the world like Canada, Cuba, Venezuela and Iran have responded quickly and generously to the terrible plight of those currently trapped by a ring of brutal US troops, as well as by poverty, hunger, thirst, and sickness in the current madhouse of New Orleans. ("As a kid I used to have nightmares about the "Road Warrior" and being trapped and beaten by brutes. Those nightmares exist right now in New Orleans.")
Defending the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff argued Saturday that government planners did not predict such a disaster ever could occur.
Gulf states area shelters addresses and list of needed items: Also Gleaners of Clackamas County are sending a truck Wednesday: Links to sites with current info- grass roots!
Where to donate to organizations who are:
* Organizing at the grassroots level in New Orleans, Biloxi, Houston and other affected areas
* Providing immediate disaster relief to poor people and people of color
* Directed by, or accountable to, poor people and people of color
* Fostering the democratic inclusion of poor people and people of color in the rebuilding process
quote: The National Guard has the city surrounded and is not letting anyone in or out, except the buses being evacuated. The excuse that they cannot bring supplies into New Orleans because of the looting and gun fire is not a valid excuse—if they are too afraid to enter the streets of New Orleans, they need to be air dropping supplies into the city. ...
Our government is killing the people of New Orleans. By withholding supplies, they are ensuring more deaths, and I hold them complicit.
Please bring this matter to the attention of the people of the United States. They need to know that New Orleans is deliberately being denied food and water. Perhaps if the people there had food and water, they might not be shooting off guns."
The Pentagon's Secret Scream heads to New Orleans . . .
trial run for domestic martial law ["aid distribution" (see below)??!???? - naaaahhhh].
with all manner of politician's posturing in the aftermath of this
disaster, I am wondering if Karen Minnis has raised her voice to
inspire us Oregonians with her words of wisdom and shared with us
her insightful views of how Compassionate Conservatives would go
about undoing this horrific mess that George W. Bush has created?
You might have watched the Red Cross relief concert for hurricane Katrina last night on channel eight. I watched the washed out singers sing songs that no one has listened to since the late 80's. I watched actors preach about how there was still hope for the people of New Orleans and that all we had to do was give money. Face-lifts whose voice and spirit was nothing more than the words on the teleprompter someone else conveniently wrote for them, blurted words like prayer and hope.
I kept watching until I noticed this was a repeat, a repeat of the relief concert for 9/11. These actors and musicians did not come there to voice their opinions, they came reassure the public that Red Cross was helping as best as it could and all it would need is more money. And then, when I was about to change the channel, a brave voice told the story not covered by the media. Kanye West went off script to voice the real problem. He talked about the racism in New Orleans. He talked about how the police are murdering innocent families who are just trying to survive. He talked about how the busses never came for them. He talked about how black people are dying and not being supported as "best as they could" based on the color of their skin. The truth was finally being heard.
"This place is going to look like Little Somalia," Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard's Joint Task Force told Army Times Friday as hundreds of armed troops under his charge prepared to launch a massive citywide security mission
We aren't the only ones watching with dismay and anger...
September 1st, three of the worst looters appeared on CNN. President Bush himself along with two former presidents, Bush the father and Bill Clinton. The current Bush brought the two former one's in as fundraisers. What hypocrites these characters are.
This article is from Popular Mechanics Magazine on 9 /11 / 2001.
natural disaster or God, this is a wake-up call - Do not build shitty housing below sea-level. This is a call to not waste tax money in a really stupid reinvestment.
Hippies Load up a School Bus and
do it the old fashioned way--without government assistance
Malik Rahim is in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, which isn't
flooded. He welcomes help & gives way of contacting him at end of
Food not bombs is setting up meal sites where ever there are refugees being shelter. They are asking for $1 from each of us. They need supplies too.
I was searching for something on Yahoo just now and came across this news pages. WOW! Yahoo is collecting stories about the economic and energy collapse that is happening right now. Did you know that there are imposed energy blackout in California right now? Read these yahoo headlines.
president fidel castro reiterates medical care offer to the american people in his remarks during the tv round table.
Who will get prioritized? The old poor or the new poor? This is a serious dilemma. And my experience says that when middle class people lose things, everyone rushes to buy them replacement houses, cars, etc. But if you are poor, they are only gonna replace your poverty.
Who's Dick Cheney? Who's Dick Hertz? Is there a doctor in the House? Or even the Senate for that matter?
There are already organizations set up to help, but which should we back and what should people do if they want to *do* and not "donate?" Post ideas if you got'em. The Tucson FNB people have posted their intention to get food to New Orleans. See below.
Due to the blatant racism of the Katrina response, and the constant denials of this obvious racism by white people, I am running a Black Power Speech-A-Thon this Labor Day Weekend. From Sept. 3-5, 2005, I will be providing black power speeches for free downloads...
Vows reprisal against hurricane perpetrators
In the aftermath of one of the most ravaging storms ever to touch US shores, the people of New Orleans remain stranded. Even with several days to prepare, the federal government failed to render assistance, and the local government buckled under the strain. While people die in the streets, the Lousianna National Guard is unable to help, because they were all sent away to Iraq. Meanwhile, as poor people of color suffer in the South, oil companies profit from their misery, cops guard rich people's possessions, and wal mart bitches about "looting." This is occupied earth, in a microcosm.
The following are the Sept 3 posts on LiveJournal. If they don't get fuel soon, it looks like "the feed may be interrupted." Ah the logistics of disaster and willful mishandling by the criminals in power. http://www.livejournal.com/users/interdictor/
The catastrophe that is unfolding in New Orleans and on the Gulf coast of Mississippi has been transformed into a national humiliation without parallel in the history of the United States.
The scenes of intense human suffering, hopelessness, squalor, and neglect amidst the wreckage of what was once New Orleans have exposed the rotten core of American capitalist society before the eyes of the entire world—and, most significantly, before those of its own stunned people.
I have not seen one person of color saying that the response to Katrina in New Orleans had "nothing to do with race." The mere fact that the ONLY people saying that are white says it all to me. Last night, I saw the Mayor of Houston whose name is ironically "Mr. White" pooh-poohing the race card...
Citizen media, journalism, & reports as it happened on Wednesday August 31st. Real time web dispatches from across the Gulf as the historic disaster unfolded, survivor accounts, photos, amateur video, links to TV station forums, and a sample of the best bloggers - discovered in a half-day scour using blog search engines. This story must be told, full documentation and a wide-eyed, open assessment must be adamantly sought, to insure better preparation in the future, and accountability for the slow, lame, immediate response which unnecessarily fomented greater tragedy upon the refugees above and beyond the devastating force of Mother natures pass through. Without further adieau, this info-share is a
webs-eye view on the lesson & legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Refugee's, keep your hopes alive, look for the silver-linings from those clouds, we can only feel deep empathy, as the 'unpredictable' weather affects & connects Us All, as the famous playwright noted, " One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
While New Orleans was reeling from the first deadly effects of "Hurricane Katrina," Neocon Jonah Goldberg mocked the idea of placing some of the city's refugees in the Superdome. This is the same warmonger who once wrote that the U.S. should "bomb Canada!" When France refused to go along with the Bush-Cheney Gang's scheme to invade Iraq, he smeared the French people as a nation of "liars," who were only interested in a "desire for oil."
With a million new homeless, and jobless it doesn't take Nostradamus to figure where these young men and woman will turn for employment.
The lack of help for Katrina victims is now being blamed on the lack of a "strong leader" on Fox, CNN, etc.
The response of the federal government has come under attack from all directions. In the attached audio clip, the Mayor of Slidell Louisiana, Ben Morris, had some choice words to say about Fema. I share them with you.
Radio interview link below of Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin describing the great failure of aid to New Orleans
Malik Rahim, a veteran of the Black Panther Party in New Orleans, for decades an organizer of public housing tenants both there and in San Francisco and a recent Green Party candidate for New Orleans City Council, lives in the Algiers neighborhood, the only part of New Orleans that is not flooded. They have no power, but the water is still good and the phones work. Their neighborhood could be sheltering and feeding at least 40,000 refugees, he says, but they are allowed to help no one. What he describes is nothing less than deliberate genocide against Black and poor people. - Ed.
Forget the isolated looters. The real villains of the New Orleans tragedy are the oil executives who have chosen this opportunity to gouge us all and put the nation's economy at risk in order to rake in the bucks while the getting's good.
just left New Orleans a couple hours ago
Thanks to all the loved ones and long-lost friends for your sweet
notes of concern, offers of housing and support, etc. Yes, I stayed
through the storm and aftermath. I'm fine - much better off than most
of my brother and sister hurricane survivors. Below is my attempt to
relay some of what I've seen these last few days.
Dear Mr. Bush:
Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.
Refugees? Try victims. Register these people to vote now!
Nearly 100 years ago, V.I. Lenin explained that under capitalism, life for the vast majority of humanity is "horror without end". Misery, degradation, squalor, hunger, lack of clean water, electricity, and housing - let alone access to jobs, health care, and education - is the wretched fate of literally billions of people on this planet. Until recently for most Americans, this grim reality existed only in places "far, far away, about which we know very little" - and in the American inner cities where the media's cameras never shine.
They're having to stack the dead bodies . . .
Trapped in New Orleans
I was seriously hoping that I would not have to write this article. But it has been too long now, and I have to say something. Regardless of whether the deaths en masse of poor black folks in New Orleans is due to neglect or maliciousness, the end result is constructively a genocide on poor blacks in America, right now, in 2005. The lack of aid to New Orleans at this late hour (7 pm, Sept. 1) is not explicable. I have only one explanation that I can muster up. And that explanation is classism and racism.
"The river rose all day,
The river rose all night.
Some people got lost in the flood,
Some people got away all right.
The river have busted through clear down to Plaquemine:
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline.
They're trying to wash us away,
They're trying to wash us away."
-- Randy Newman, Louisiana 1927
if this is how FEMA / Homeland Security / whatever is supposed to "prepare" for or "effectively respond" to a ****natural**** disaster -
heres a timeline that should open a few eyes