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i hate that so much of it was preventable. i hate that even after 9/11 people take possible doomsday and worst-case scenarios so lightly because the events are so unlikely.

we just keep reassuring ourselves that it won't happen this time. it won't happen to us.

people say i'm a pessimist and that it's a bad thing, but i find it leaves me pleasantly surprised when things go right and comfortably assured in my contingency plans when they don't.

it upsets me that people think they victims are not getting help because they're poor. that is the issue, but not in the way that the outcry is swinging. rich and powerful people know they'd never get away with just leaving a bunch of poor people for dead. the problem is, rich and powerful people just don't see or comprehend the issues that the poor were/are facing.

they didn't think about people living paycheck to paycheck (or off government stipends(?)) depleting their funds at the end of the month. or about how people had more family members than seats in a car (if they even owned a car) and state troopers were punishing people for seat belt violations, etc. they didn't think about people who couldn't afford bus tickets and hotel rooms to get out before the storm hit. (they say people refused to leave, when, in reality, they simply didn't have the means!)

there should have been a mandatory, free and complete evacuation because katrina was coming in at category 5 and those levees were built for a category 3 and had only gotten weaker as lake levels rose over the years.

i mean... i know hindsight is 20/20. but a year ago someone predicted this and they still didn't have a plan in place. a week ago they thought it was going to be as bad as they come, but they didn't get the people out.

it makes me so sick. so sad.

amd, really, who's idea was it to center a million-plus metropolitan area in a bowl below sea level, sandwiched between a big ass lake, the mississippi river and the freaking gulf of mexico?! yeah, i get that it's a port and there's oil in the gulf and there's history and culture, but it seems so stupid to heavily populate such a hazard-prone area in an age of men where we don't need to be so closely tied, physically speaking, to our means of industry.

i'm sorry i'm ranting.



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Sep. 3rd, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
I am with you, on this totally.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
"Bush doesn't like black people." - Kanye West on CNN
Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
I overheard a conversation the other day that I just had to interrupt...

"I mean, how stupid is it to know that the hurricane is coming and not leave?"
"Yeah, totally."

People really think that, and they don't understand that not everyone in America has a car or even knows someone who has a car. And then I see these Hummers with the W '04 stickers driving around and it absolutely infuriates me. They could have evacuated people with those things... what do they have, room for 9?
Sep. 4th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
you're pissed at the republicans with hummers for not evacuating new orleans? how many people did you evacuate?
Sep. 4th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
i didn't, but i did hear about a woman who spent $1000 on a limo ride from NO to Chicago. and my point (albeit poorly made) was more about the misappropriation of resources than the actual evacuation capacity of hummers. and i'm pissed at the ignorance of people who cling to the belief that those who stayed there did so on purpose, rather than the fact that many of them had no choice.

(i guess i shouldn't have commented, i didn't have much to add. amanda said it well enough.)
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