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I'm collecting ridiculous New Orleans articles.

Here's one from the October 2004 National Geographic, which accurately predicts . . . well, everything. (via cinzazul)

Here's one that talks about the lack of federal funding to raise the levees. (via hammercock in scottbateman's journal)

Here's one that talks about how there was no plan to help the city's carless. (also via hammercock in scottbateman's journal)

Aaaaand here's what our totally awesome president had to say this morning (via scottbateman). Some gems, as pointed out by Scott, but which I would have noticed and hollered about anyway:

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."

"I think there ought to be zero tolerance of people breaking the law during an emergency such as this, whether it be looting, or price gouging at the gasoline pump, or taking advantage of charitable giving, or insurance fraud."

"If people need water and food, we're going to do everything we can to get them water and food."

Mr Bush dismissed criticism that he had been slow in responding to the unfolding disaster, and had not yet set foot on the ground.

"I hope people don't play politics during this period of time."

"There's no doubt in my mind as I sit here talking to you that New Orleans is going to rise up again as a great city."

Maybe it will, maybe it won't, but no doubt in your mind? You are a goddamned idiot. Not, you know, that that's news to me or anything.

And finally, an article that doesn't involve me hating President Bush, and just talks about the feasibility of getting everything cleaned up, Are we being realistic about New Orleans? via rjwhite.

Oh wait and also, the Times-Picayune Breaking News Weblog (via misterscarecrow).


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Sep. 1st, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
when i first started reading the National Geographic article, i forgot that you had mentioned it was from October of last year.

then when i hit the paragraph that said, "It hasn't happened -- yet," i remembered.

what a painfully prescient article.
Sep. 1st, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
I know, man, I did the same thing.
Sep. 1st, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
When they predicted a NOLA landfall for this hurricane, that article was all I could think of. I think I remember a picture in that issue of a typical New Orleans downtown street with, as I remember it, a guy houlding a twenty-or-so-foot pole so that the reader would really understand what would be underwater.
Sep. 1st, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
Nobody predicted it? This is how *every* NOLA resident predicted the city would go down.
Sep. 1st, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)

I think you might be interested in hearing Air America's Rachel Maddow's take on the situation (This week she's filling in for Al Franken in his time slot). In particular yesterday's show which was mostly about Katrina and the after effects. She brings up some very interesting points - in particular:

    There was no way to prevent Katrina doing what she did but there were plans on dealing with the floods that resulted. And how this administration helped subvert those plans by waging an unneccessary war (which in turn took away money, National Guard troops and equipment needed to deal with this), and cutting off money to those plans to help fund his goddamn tax breaks.

    In 2001 (pre 9/11 no less) FEMA predicted that the three most likely and catastrophic disasters in this country would be a terrorist attack in NYC, a mega earthquake in the San Francisco area and a hurricane/flood in NOLA.

    The frightening contrast between what happened to the poor and not-so-poor in this catastrophe.

    And how despite what will most likely be accusations from the right about how the left is politicizing this - we really need to talk about it and investigate what went wrong and where responsibilty lies in all this.

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