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Disaster blog to separate hurricane fact from fiction

Objectivity: Does it have a place in blogs? |


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August 30, 2005

Disaster blog to separate hurricane fact from fiction

Stephen Baker

David Parmet writes that Brian Oberkirch, resident of Slidell--currently evacuated in Dallas-- started a blog to collect news and separate fact from fiction about what's going on in the disaster zone. A good source to read, and for those in the know, to contribute to.

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The evening Business Week picked up Brian’s Slidell Hurricane Damage Blog this evening. CNN just covered the destruction and devastation in Slidell after reading about the town on Brian’s blog. Boing Boing mentioned the blog an... [Read More]

Tracked on August 30, 2005 10:57 PM

Our government at work after 4 years of Homeland Security preparedness

Its time for our National Leadership to speak out regarding the lack of timely response on behalf of our Federal Govt in the South. Many thousands of American lives will be lost in the next few days alone if the situation in the south is not brought under control immediately. Our Nation has had four years to prepare for such an event as Hurricane Katrina, and yet the response to the situation is woefully tardy, and woefully indequate. I call on all Americans to speak with one voice and demand the Federal Government triple more troops (30,000 is nowhere near enough) and resources to the area immediately. Minuites are precious, and our American brothers and sisters are dying needlessly of starvation and dehydration. Food and water should be being airdropped into unreachable areas, but they're not. Babies are dying of dehydration, while our government lumbers into action like a herd of snails.

"NEW ORLEANS - Thousands of desperate, stranded residents begged for help Thursday as conditions deteriorated here, with heavy rain compounding a tense situation that led to fights, fires and fears for the safety of emergency responders.

Officials said thousands more National Guardsmen were being sent to the city, and Congress planned a special session Thursday night to approve emergency aid. But across the city, residents complained that aid was not arriving and a local official blamed the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“This is a national disgrace,” said Terry Ebbert, head of New Orleans’ emergency operations. “FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control,” Ebbert said. “We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims but we can’t bail out the city of New Orleans."advertisement

"We have got a mayor who has been pushing and asking but we’re not getting supplies.”

He said the evacuation was almost entirely a Louisiana operation. “This is not a FEMA operation. I haven’t seen a single FEMA guy.”

“This is a desperate SOS,” Mayor Ray Nagin said in a statement made available to CNN. “Right now we are out of resources at the convention center and don’t anticipate enough buses. Currently the convention center is unsanitary and unsafe and we are running out of supplies for 15,000 to 25,000 people.”

As of thursday there were four helicopters conducting search and rescue in the entire city of New Orleans, and those are being shot at. This is truly a National Disgrace of tragic porportions, and the situation needs to be adressed NOW, before thousands more die needlessly.

The American people need to call Senators, Representatives, Governors, the White House, the Media, Celebrities, and demand that someone speak out, and take action. We have spent billions in Homeland Security preparedness, have tremendous resources, and yet are government is dispersing aid with an eye dropper, while people die. Many thousands more will die in the next few days if action is not taken.

Time to speak up America.

Posted by: gg at September 1, 2005 10:02 PM

BW writers constantly refer to Katrina victims as refugees, however, the legal definition is "a refugee is a person who has fled his/her country because of fear of persecution." I previously disagreed, however, after witnessing the Jim Crow, Jr. treatment of tax paying Americans in America, I am re-thinking it. If our infrastructure can absorb more than 20 million illegal immigrants, we can certainly save the lives of more than 100,000 people.

Posted by: Harriet Garner at September 4, 2005 11:37 PM

speak up against what? Our failure to think for ourselves. to be Americans, to know and defend each other as a People and the pillars upon which this country was built? Speak up against how we don't know what our constitution is anymore? or the crimes against the crown?

Does anyone really believe that there are INCOMPETENT millionaires? incompetent people in positions of great great power? Does anyone really think they get there because they are incompetent?

What good is any congressional hearing to investigate incompetents and approve 51 billion dollars to be managed by the same people? You want sincere accountability ...have an emergency meeting and give that money to the red cross out of the reach of ANY GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL to enrich them selves and the already rich. In one fell swoop that Mayor has gotten rid of the homeless, the poor, the criminals AND ANYONE IS THE WAY OF PLANS that are 2 years old. Halliburton already has the contracts for cleanup. While the victims cannot get through to fema on the phone.

There are 3 parties: republican, democrat and the INCUMBENTS. while we are pulled in to their blame game, they are all on the same page. NOTHING HAPPENS BY ACCIDENT. You screamed with outrage for the victims to be helped. Well now you won't complain when they save the day with 10 NO NO 40 NO NO 51 NO NO UP TO 150 BILLION DOLLARS for contractors already in place.

what makes more sense; incompetent powerfully rich people or powerfully rich people getting richer and brain-dead Americans so misguided they think they make a difference but changing the players every 4 years?

I am so pissed at what we as a nation have become while we turn the army on the People. who give a damn. toxic water was legalized by this administration and ecoli 10 times above the norm is pure next to 100 times the norm in our water supplies can die in Iraq but you will do nothing for people in an American city.

Re: the death water....KILLER WATER...(leave or be jailed for your own good...if it were not such a gross abuse of money and power, maybe it would be funny.)

This panic is not consistent with current practice and the legalization of pollution and health hazards under Bush. We can't say it was a past administration. We have got to think about these things and not let the government or media tell us what to think. Shouldn't we?

NOLA water is 10 times the norm for ecoli? We have legalized 100 times the norm ....Cities dump sewage into a city's water supply everyday and it was this administration. Isn't it kind of strange to cause this panic and get these people out with our own army now? happening with that City. The difference between that water they are swimming in and and other waterways, is that it is not treated to hide the smell and the color.,lede,description,text,subject,publishername,coverage,reporter&tv=bacteria+over+the+normal+level%2C+sewage&ss=1

When it rains, EPA would let waste pour. The Bush administration wants to make it easier for cities to release partially treated sewage during heavy rains and snowmelts, a policy shift that could boost levels of disease-causing pathogens in Lake Michigan and other waterways. Chicago Tribune, Illinois. 15 February 2004. [related stories]

In a 2003 report, she claimed swimmers in waterways containing blended sewage are 100 times more likely to develop cysts or diarrhea. A separate study last year in Milwaukee found E. coli levels were 100 times greater in diluted sewage.

Most sincerely


Posted by: Jeannie at September 8, 2005 09:04 PM

Maybe it's time to stop relying on the governemnt that claims they are in control of disaster planning... Anyone can find plans on the internet nowadays, and the media can help get the help to put it into action.

I have made a customized EMERGENCY type search engine that links only to crisis situation type websites (like relief aide, evacuation planning layouts, crisis management setup and others relating to disasters caused by terrorism, natural disasters, poverty, disease and man-made war), see ... This niche portal was made after the Katrina devastation and hopefully it will assist humanity in/during the next disasterous crisis...

Please add related crisis blogs and websites to the database, already 1,000 websites spidered for meta data (fetched meta tags for description, title and keywords, plus we then grab the text from page and cache it for further searchable data)...

Posted by: Ex-HomelessGuy at September 15, 2005 11:25 PM

I have mixed emotions about the situation in New Orleans. The deaths due to the flooding after the Hurricane are unnecessary in this day and age. If you consider the reaction by government and society after 9/11 the situation in New Orleans should have never happened. But then again, flooding is alot different than a building imploding. At least with 9/11 terrorist attacks people could get in and start the evacuation process. In New Orleans, help could not get in. I also think the victim's income levels have come into play. So many people in New Orleans had no means to leave the city and no where to go. I also have become very skeptical about information I hear from the government as I am not a Bush supporter. I seem to hear alot from him, but not see alot. I am glad to hear on the news this morning that people are going to go back into New Orleans starting next week.

Another concern I have is with completely rebuilding a city that is in a bowl and surrounded by water under sea level. It seems that they are just waiting for it to happen again. One can see a rise in weather activity in the last few years, I don't think I would buy property down there.

Posted by: Staci Hutchinson at September 16, 2005 10:44 PM

Replies to any postings Re hurricane Katrina. As a survivor of the largest natural disaster that in recorded history ever been inflicted on the north american continent. No if,s and buts about it the city of New Orleans was devasted and will will take many years to recover if ever. I am at the moment writing my personal experience and viewpoints along with others who have had to endure these tragic circumstances. Anyone who wishes to gain any insight into the real scenario from someone who is on the ground and running contact me I have have not at this moment have not had the time to establish a web site. Sorry about that. Also another point of contact phone# (504)891-6822 is available.

Posted by: robert cairns at June 1, 2006 01:53 AM

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