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01 September 2005 @ 10:35 pm
So sad but also horribly angry  
When Katrina was only a tropical storm and even when it was a cat 1 hurricane I was amused to have it named after my normal handle. I even sent a message to a friend in Florida as it went over kidding about it but now I'm so sad at all the damage it has done. I have never visited New Orleans but it is the only place that I have always wanted to go and now it is so horribly wounded.

I'm also so angry that we as a country have worked out all kinds of stupid scenarios on how to deal with smallpox and how fast we can get the vaccination out or how to deal with a nuke in a city but now we can't even get water to people who are dying. We are more interested in arresting mothers trying to get food, water and diapers from stores where the stuff will never be salvaged anyway. Someone was ask if people stealing food and water that they needed would be arrest, he said yes they could give their reasons to a judge. My God wouldn't he steal food to feed his family. Has he no heart. I have heard reports that sound as if people who are sent in to stop the "looters" ending up helping them get stuff.

I saw reporters who normally try to be nice to the people they are interviewing getting down right angry over why there was no aid in the areas where they were. How can we not be dropping food in for these people?

Many of these people live hand to mouth anyway they had no resources at the end of the month to just up and leave. Those who live on welfare, SSI, Veterans benefits or SS now have no way to get their checks. How are they going to survive. How are they going to find homes for all of these people, so many who barely made it now have nothing. I guess I should thank God we have big sports centers but instead I'm angry we don't have decent plans for dealing with disasters.

Why, why, why with all we have we can't get some of it to them. This isn't a third world country, this is one of the richest countries in the world and we aren't even helping our own.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the people who have lost so much. I wish I could hug all of them all.

PS Omg I have just heard they closed the Astro dome at 11,000 people and reports say there are over 70,000 or more needing a place.
 
 
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rickdarkrick on September 2nd, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
I wasn't really shocked with the storm itself more so the people.
Granted they have to fight each over to even survive for the time being but I was rather shocked to hear that people were shooting at aid choppers and firefighters who were TRYING to help save what little they have left.

Personally I think more damage has been done by the people than the storm. And lack of action (not any more at least) from the American government didn't do much to help the situation either.

I feel sorry for the people of New Orleans but in a way I don't.
There are people really suffering in the region and there are idiots killing each other and those trying to help.
Really makes me wonder sometimes.

"Only in america..."

almost sounds like a good line to prefix before that.
Katrynaladykatryna on September 2nd, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Don't believe everything you hear on the news it is only part of the story. No reports of people shooting until 4 days into nothing being done or totally stupid stuff. Read this story not on the news but a report from someone in the middle of it.
http://www.livejournal.com/users/interdictor/42309.html

Or this story about what happened to some people who did find a way to get out only to have it screwed up for him.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/09/01/katrina.trapped.tourists.ap/index.html

Now tell me if these things were happening you might not decide to start shooting.

*hugs* I'm not after you personally I'm just angry at the lack of good responses by my own country.
rickdarkrick on September 2nd, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that thing 'bout the buses got to Aussie aswell.
The other one is just blah. It's all bits of pieces of it around the place but half of it got air'd here on one of the networks, iirc :s

*shrug*