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September 2, 2005

I want to write about the KnitPicks yarn that arrived. But I can’t. Because I’m listening to NPR as I write, and damn. How hard is it to get some water and medicine to the coast? How hard is it to get enough busses down there to get people out? Why could 80% of New Orleans’ population leave in two days and it’s been a week and there are still poor people there? Oh, and why does Bush have the annoying habit of laughing to himself when he’s giving bad news?

Yesterday NPR seemed to have a better grasp on what was happening than the government. Go take a listen to Robert Siegel questioning Chertoff–and getting rather pissed off when Chertoff tells him his reporters are spreading “rumors.” (Just click on the “listen” button at the top of the page.)

And earlier this morning Diane Rehm, also on NPR, brought up a good point. After 9/11 there was an awful lot of talk about preparing for disasters. So, here’s the disaster, where’s the preparation?

And while we’re on the subject of news, God bless NPR. When I watch disaster coverage on TV I feel like every picture is contrived–like the cameras are using people’s pain as a backdrop. The stories seem much more real to me over the radio.

And of course, politics aside, there’s that feeling of helplessness. Because I could get in my car and be in Louisiana in less than 24 hours. But aside from sending money, there just isn’t much I can do. I’m praying that tomorrow the stories of people stranded in New Orleans will thin. Then there will be pictures of yarn again.

  1. September 2, 2005 8:50 pm


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  2. katie permalink
    September 2, 2005 11:52 pm

    Sorry about the delay in moderation, Dani. WordPress was a little concerned by all those links! It should show up now–thanks for the links.

  3. September 3, 2005 7:10 pm

    No prob, i totally understand =) Hope you were able to get thru on some of them!

  4. Lola Lee permalink
    September 5, 2005 8:30 am

    One word – logistics. What are you going to do when you’ve got debris on the interstates (trucks can only drive on these highways). And there’s the fact that the federal government cannot move in without getting official permission from the state. Go over to – this blogger has been involved with Florida disaster planning and he knows what it takes for the Army to move things around. It ain’t like waving a magic wand and getting supplies in after 24 hours. You have to get personnel called up from wherever they are, you got to have supplies loaded (some of these require manual labor), people need to rest – try lifting heavy bags for 14 hours straight.

    Much of the media people don’t really understand what goes on behind the scene, and some of them are just flapping their gums about stuff they don’t know.

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