Originally Posted by ant
We are pretty amazed here, too. Today's headlines in the major papers say it all. Check out www.smh.com.au
for onesuch. Someone over there has dropped their bundle, big-time. It's anarchy in New Orleans, and who knows what's happening in other areas?
We offered to send experts over as soon as it happened, but apparently didn't get a reply to the offer. Meanwhile, we're giving you $10 million in aid money. Some of your states have bigger economies than our country, but oh well.
Yes, and I heard that the economy of this region is between 1 and 2% of the USA's economy. Not exactly huge, but not insignifigant either. The poverty in the region is terrible, and New Orleans is one of the poorest cities in the country (ahead of only El Paso according to NPR).
This whole thing has me shaking my head, up late hours of the night wondering what in the hell is going on, etc. My mind is rambling. When I saw people walking into the dome, I feared that this would happen. An every man for himself country herds a mass of people into a dome, and then controls their movements, effectively imprisoning that population. Why? Sickening. Why were they there in the first place. A direct hit could have dropped the roof and killed everybody in that facility.
One thing that I am sure of. We have taken the one man for himself notion way, way, too far in this country. Its gone beyond incentive to excel, its turned into a cult of insanity and selfishness. Its become an excuse to turn out heads on the poor. They are poor, so they must be lazy and stupid. Tough shit. They are sick, tough shit. They are stuck without a car after a huge storm. Tough shit.
At the same time, until you spend some time with people from the poor inner city, with new generations coming around every 15 years, parents that are children, children without parents, guidance, its tough to comprehend how tough it is to break this cycle. I've met many adults in my life who have never had a savings account! What can I do as an American? Nothing! What can America do? I don't know. Maybe its too late. Do we all really believe that the cycle of poverty is destined to repeat itself throughout time in our cities? I don't believe that. We are better than that. Europe tries to do better than that. We do nothing. We have given up on our poor, and they have given up on us. After watching Katrina coverage, who can really blame them?
Anger be damned, why aren't thieves shot on sight? Why do we live in a culture where a percentage of people have zero respect for the work of others? Its sickening.
I wonder why Bush refuses to sign Kyoto. I wonder why he refuses to do a godamn thing to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel. He softens every enviromental rule ever thrown his way in favor of pollution. WHY? Water temps in the gulf in the 90's. More CO2 in the atmosphere than ever, and ever increasing. Glaciers melting. We do nothing. Employee pricing! Lets all go buy a new truck, then bitch forever more about the price of gas, go to war to fight the oil dictators, spend countless billions protecting our oil interests. All in the name of avoiding those godamn pitiful 4 cylinder autos.
Why do Christians believe so strongly in god when no evidence exists for a god, but they refuse to believe that CO2 will warm the earth when evidence abounds.
I wonder why Bush vetoed the 2002 money requested by the Corps of Engineers for dike repair. They ended up with only 20% of the amount requested. Bush probably would prefer a grassroots effort. Maybe he thought all the poor people should get some shovels and build up the dikes themselves.
I wonder why the Coaliton to Restore Coastal Louisiana was ignored? http://www.crcl.org/
Why. Why. Why.
Its America, where scientists are regarded in the lowest esteem, and god, myth, a blind eye, and wishfull thinking are becoming the gold standard.
Maybe, doubtful, but maybe, with all the dead, the high gas prices, the outragously poor governmental response, the loss of America's status as a compassionant powerful nation, maybe people will see the light. Maybe folks will vote against myth and religion, and for the enviroment and progression.
But I doubt it.