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GraceD

It's our fucking tsunami, that's what this is.

The rich people will go to:
Switzerland - pretty place, immoral politics, women did not have the right to vote until 1967
Cayman Islands - the money laundering capital of the planet
Italy - corruption and pasta
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Okay. Back to storm watch.

badgerbag

Did you notice how the mayor and the news articles earlier today kept saying, "Go to the superdome or one of the other shelters of last resort but now, actually, they're admitting that THERE AREN'T ANY OTHER SHELTERS. And the superdome was supposed to be only for people with special needs, and they're letting other people in, but they told 'em to bring at least a day and a half supply of drinking water. And taking all their cigarettes and lighters as well as their weapons and drugs. Because... a "tense situation" might develop! Oh, wow, good thing they have a whole 150-person strong crew of national guard in there, and no dialysis... No one even evacuated the hospitals... wtf! I read this guy's blog talking about his dad who works at the children's hospital, moving people up to the 2nd floor and general panic about electricity going.

So what that means is the city didn't have any sort of disaster plan. I mean - no shelters, no water, no nothing, and a crap evacuation plan for somewhere that obviously needs one. I think it took the authorities a ridiculously long time to figure out they should make the highways all go one direction. Duh! You know what, if I were there on the highway I would have gotten the fuck out of my car and persuaded everyone around me to jump the median and start directing traffic.

One thinks of the "homeland security" giant budget and wonders what happened to it. They're listening to our cell phones or whatever, but have heads up asses when even the most predictable disaster strikes.

err.. I'm upset!

garnet

It's pretty appalling, all right. This has been a known danger for decades.

This is the harbinger of some of what could result from global climate change. It is terrifying how ill-prepared we are.

Melissa Gira

Ack, the Katrina wikipedia page is goatsexed right now. (Was fine until it just got listed on boingboing. Dammit.)

Storm obsession runs thick with me, too. As morbid as it may be...

Rook

Dude. I totally did not say that people will just stay in their living rooms. I said that surely there are buildings other than the Superdome which will be safe. i.e. Concrete three-story buildings like libraries, university buildings, and so forth. They won't have power or tapwater, but they won't be washed out to sea or have to beat off alligators either. I mean, this is quite unlike the tsunami in that we have had a fair amount of warning.

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