Mostly just links, because I’m too depressed and horrified to do anything more.
Hell on Earth
- It’s really bad in the Superdome.
- Much worse than they dare show on TV (OK, how much spine do you expect them to grow in a week?)
- Life is even tough at the Ritz
The situation is so bad that the Press has grown a spine, however temporary:
- On NPR: Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff wasn’t aware there were people in the Superdome without food or water.
- I heard a similar thing on NBC-TV (which can be heard on the radio in Miami): First they summarized a Chertoff statement saying that the administration would be stepping up efforts to evacuate everyone from the Superdome, but these efforts were being hampered by more people turning up. It would be better, he said, if people would go to the many other areas in the city where food and water were being provided. Then NBC went to its man on the ground, who said, (1) that there were no communications in N.O. so that no one would get any of the messages from Chertoff or Bush or anyone else; (2) there were no public officials telling anyone anything; (3) he’d driven “all over town” and he hadn’t seen any sign of any attempt to communicate to the public what it should do, and (4) on those drives all day he had not seen any sign of a single of Chertoff’s supposed areas where people should go, nor of the food and water. If they were there — and it was pretty clear he didn’t believe a word of it — they were not visible to anyone.
- CNN has a spine — see the video in which Sen. Landrieu mouths platitudes and gets clobbered for it by a reporter who’s just seen reality.
- My brother has had a spine for some time, but it’s nice to see that recognized.
- FEMA web site suggests best place charity money should go is … Pat Robertson.
- FEMA brass not picked for what they knew, but rather who
- They were simply unprepared. And the diversion of resources to the Iraq war is a substantial part of the story.
Ugly talk by people who should know better
People who do know better
- Don’t shoot on sight
- Eric Muller
- A suggestion that we adopt the ‘Dunkirk Model’
- First thoughts on the economic costs: we’re poorer now (The actual broadcast version was better than this blogged version)
The root cause of the problem