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Sep. 2nd, 2005

04:16 pm - Other thoughts on the New Orleans disaster

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I see lots of trashing of the current administration for not doing more for the people who are in the stinking cesspool that was New Orleans. This is all comforting and everything. Bash the government and those evil Bushies that we don't like. But, how does it help the people there now?

Seems to me that now is the time to do something, or find people who are doing something and help them to do it. Not the time to sit around pointing fingers. It looks to me like finger-pointing as exactly why this mess is as bad as it is. Doing more of it right now isn't going to help matters.

Talking about public officials and their responsibilities is a fine (and very necessary) thing to do once the emergency is over. Take a page from the mayor of New Orleans. It's obvious in this audio interview (written transcript) that he doesn't care much about politics just now. He just wants someone to help the people in his city.

So, I don't think heading down to New Orleans to pitch in is the best use of my time and resources. Can anybody give me any better ideas?

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Date:September 3rd, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
Ideas include:
-monetary donation, several people on my INFJ list in New Orleans are have made organizational suggestions. United Way comes to mind.

-Find a distant friend or relative and invite them to move here, and stay with us until they get back on their feet.

No, trashing the administration right now won't fix things, but not trashing them will give them a chance to sweep it under the rug as they've done extremely effectively in the past. We've got to stop letting them do that. At some point, there must be accountability. There is absolutely nothing I can do for those people that I am not already doing (supportive e-mails is about it.) So my trashing of Bush takes nothing I can see away from them, and may help prevent another such debacle in the future.
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Date:September 3rd, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
It looks to me like finger-pointing [is] exactly why this mess is as bad as it is.

No, finger pointing isn't the reason this mess is as bad as it is. Doing nothing is why it's as bad as it is. Sitting around watching tens of thousands of people die is why this mess is as bad as it is. It's possible to finger-point and take action at the same time.

Doing more of it right now isn't going to help matters.

That I agree with wholeheartedly. Unfortunately I, like you, can't think of anything I can do, short of heading down there and renting a bus myself to haul people out of the disaster area. What they need is transportation, water, food, shelter — things I can't provide from here. I can try to provide them by proxy, but the Red Cross is banned from NOLA, so it seems my donations aren't going to be as much use as I'd hoped. I'm sure they'll be let in eventually, but that won't help people who will be dead by then. And I doubt a hypothetical fleet of buses driven by PNW geeks would be allowed in either.

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Date:September 4th, 2005 07:49 am (UTC)
-> SCAdians to New Orleans. Utter folly, or a good use of the hard-learned skill of camping in mud?
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Date:September 4th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)


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Date:September 4th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)

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I've been using this name online and on BBS's since 1987 or 1988.

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