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International Aid. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 2 September 2005 7:07am
Americans may be proud but if there were a time where we need help (and Bush should accept it) this is it!
I thought of this seeing Himalaya and reading the part about the Gurkha recruiting. I am serious. Something tells me the lawlessness would stop quickly if Gurkhas were let loose there. I hope Bush and Condi Rice allow this sort of aid. If we can be other places, well... Any aid would be good. The mess isn't going anywhere.

The Refugees Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 2 September 2005 7:12am
In 1980, Fidel Castro emptied his jails in what was known as the Mariel Boat Lift. At the risk of sounding as though the Apocolypse is around the corner, might some of this happen with some of these refugees?

Think about it. How many of these folks, already living hard lives have been pushed well past most peoples limits? How many of them now have all sorts of psychological problems? We may be seeing stuff for years.
More tomorrow...
Good night.... Be safe.
Re: Katrina by Ellerd on 2 September 2005 9:37am
CNN is now reporting Fats Domino has been rescued. [Link]http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/01/katrina.fats.domino/index.html[/Link]

Quick question: Why doesn't the US gov. commandeer a few Florida cruise-ships and sent them to evacuate people from NO?
International Aid. Re: Katrina by suzulu on 2 September 2005 11:56am
I heard on the BBC News that US troops, armed with a shoot-to-kill policy, are being sent to New Orleans to quell growing lawlessness. What a scary situation!

If help had come earlier, maybe this would not have happened. It seems that it is the poor people who are coming off worst, probably did not have cars to get out before the worst of the hurricane started.

Yes, Ellerd, I agree - good idea to send in a few Florida cruise ships!

International Aid. Re: Katrina by LynneD on 2 September 2005 12:05pm
The news coming from NO is terrifying. I can't believe people are going hungry and thirsty, and I sincerely hope the aid gets to them speedily - like now.

I also detest the lawlessness that is evading. I realise these people are desperate, but shooting and looting won't help their situation.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone caught up in this havoc.
Re: Katrina by peripatetically on 2 September 2005 12:41pm
I just want to add that some of the people trapped by the floods had no means to leave. A large sector of the city was very poor.
Re: Katrina by peripatetically on 2 September 2005 1:03pm
Just a few thoughts---

An expolsion just happened in downtown N.O., but the fumes are non-toxic. I would think many more unexpected incidences will occur before things stabilize.Things will get much worse before they get better, I'm sure.... disease, lack of medications for people already using them, and none for those who now and will need them. Starvation and dehydration, heat stroke, stress, etc. One woman is about to give birth in these abominalbe conditions.

There has been much talk about the cruise ships on the radio. Let's hope they are utilized even if only a small portion of the refugees are helped, It's better than none. Every life is precious.

I really can't see New Orleans EVER being close to what it was. Nothing new built can replace it's historic heritage.

Yesterday I wore a tee shirt bought in New Orleans at the Jazz Fest when I was there in 1992. I look at it so differently now. I'll REALLY cherish and remember the wonderful time and hospitality that town showed me.
International Aid. Re: Katrina by Helen on 2 September 2005 2:41pm
wow, isn't it just fab that President Extended Vacation waited so damn long to send aid to NO?

wonder what his excuse will be this time.

Transcript from Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer:

Sawyer: "But given the fact that everyone anticipated a hurricane five, a possible hurricane five hitting shore, are you satisfied with the pace at which this is arriving? And which it was planned to arrive?"

Bush: "Well, I fully understand people wanting things to have happened yesterday. I mean, I understand the anxiety of people on the ground. I can imagine -- I just can't imagine what it is like to be waving a sign saying 'come and get me now'. So there is frustration. But I want people to know there is a lot of help coming."

Let this speak LOUDLY for itself without my pissed off wiseass comments.

and get a load of THIS gem from gawker:

"What does surprise us: Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we’ve confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo’s Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, “How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!” Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman."

apparently, she was in NY to see SPAMALOT!
from whatreallyhappened.com:

"Eyewitness: Sec of State Condi Rice laughs it up at 'Spamalot' while Gulf Coast lays in tatters. Theater goers in New York City were shocked to see the President's former National Security Advisor at the Monty Python farce last night -- as the rest of the cabinet responds to Hurricane Katrina..."

hey Condi, aren't you supposed to be at work? Jeez, I'd get fired for doing something like this....

and hey, that cruise ship idea is a good one... well done... :)
International Aid. Re: Katrina by Helen on 2 September 2005 4:00pm
I am touched by the outpouring of compassion from those who donated and volunteered their time to help.

I am keeping them in my prayers.
International Aid. Re: Katrina by Noell on 2 September 2005 4:34pm
Totally agree with peripatetically - if you've ever been to New Orleans, then you know how poor it is. Don't blame these people who didn't evacuate for "not taking it seriously enough," as someone stated before. These people literally had nowhere to go. If you have no money before a disaster, you aren't magically going to have money during and after it to stay in a hotel in a safe area.
I live in Alabama, a state that was also devastated by Katrina (I live in the northern part, where we got bad storms but no hurricanes), and have relatives that were directly affected by these disasters. People are dying here - New Orleans is like a war zone. There are dead bodies and raw sewage in the flood water - the entire place will likely be declared a biohazard.
New Orleans children who were evacuated to Baton Rouge will have to start school there next week, and there is no room or supplies.
Please stop blaming people and send help. Our government is turning its back on us. When 9/11 happened, help and emergency response was incredible. Tsunami victims got help almost as soon as the event was over. Why can't our government help New Orleans?
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