So what is part of the reason the levies broke in New Orleans? According to this article, $250 million of work were required to shore up the levees but that money was used for the war effort.
On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: “It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.”
I just wanted to add a new site with some information on the Hurricane. Integral Introspect has a post on the Hurricane and information for helping out a fellow blogger. While you're there, check out a post he has called Grimey Thoughts... If there ever was an angry man rant, this would be it.
What we haven't heard much in the news in the devastation in Mississippi. The hurricane caused major damage there as well.
My Point on looting: Personally, if I were in the situation it would be about survival. Damn a TV, radio or anything outside of food, water and medicine. Batteries and flashlight would be on my list as well. I do believe that every state should have a plan to evacuate every citizen in case of an emergency. Also note that the Bush Administration underfunded levee construction and sent that money to Iraq. I'll discuss more of this later.
There are some blogs with good information on Hurrican Katrina. I was listening to an interview with one survivor and he described how his house split into two pieces. His wife was trapped on one side and was swept away in the raging water. I can't even imagine something like that. We should keep them in our prayers.
It is suggested that if you want to help, donate money to the Red Cross or other organizations that are involved in the relief effort.
Aroung the Blog:
Cynthia has a very interesting post: The people left behind are Black...
On Thursday, August 25th the white hotel owners told their guests they should evacuate New Orleans because they were expecting that Hurricane Katrina would be catastrophic. Many of the black inhabitants of New Orleans were not told until Sunday, August 28th that they should evacuate.
Cobb Has family in New Orleans and has information and a post on the Media's slant on the chaos that is happening in the streets of New Orleans.
If somebody steals a crate of DVDs from WalMart in the wake of a hurricane, not only are they stupid but they are unambitious. If somebody steals a baker's rack of groceries, that's not stealing, that's forethought. If somebody steals a syringe of insulin, that's not stealing, that's self-reliance.
Dell Gines also ask the moral question of stealing (looting) during a crisis such as the one happening in New Orleans and in other states devastated by the hurricane.
would you participate in the looting of stores for food in the wake of the destruction of the hurricane or would you take the risk of starving…why or why not?
La Shawn Barber has numerous informative links that should interest many of you: