Friday, September 02, 2005
Most The News Is Wrong
Dingo says cousins from Texas have updated info on Boomr and are on their way to find him. Thank God for Texans, is all I can say.
49 was open into Gulfport, even though I have read two articles saying it wasn't. You can get there. They aren't stopping people coming in with supplies.
I have been reading news reports, and they just don't seem to be giving an accurate picture at all. The vast majority of people are doing incredible things and acting nobly. Even most of the looters are only trying to survive, although it was clear that there had been looting problems in Gulfport. It's a very small number of people who are desperate enough to try to harm people. Very small. I must have talked to over 50 people trying to get information, and they all tried to help me. Everyone is trying. And tons of people in areas even without power are trying to send in food, water and help to the worst-hit areas.
I think the situation in New Orleans is worse than is being reported. I heard multiple reports on the radio of lines of armed people blocking refugees from some parts of the city. Most of the reports of havoc were just of people trying to get out or get water and food. It sounded like Stalingrad. The police may be quitting, but I bet it's because they really don't agree with what they are having to do.
If the authorities had just marked the areas of high ground and concentrated trying to get food and water along those routes, the vast majority of people would have walked out. The problem is that they seem to have started out treating this as a crowd-control problem when it was not. If they had left these people to their own devices half of them would be out by now. This is what has made people so angry.
If you herd people together and prevent them from leaving when they have no food and water, of course they will be angry and desperate. One woman called in who had received a text message from her husband who works in a small hospital in New Orleans. They had been getting a small bottle of water and half a sandwich per day, but that had run out. He messaged her that the patients were dying.
I heard one interview about the levee efforts. They are blocking the two canals with levee breaches and trying to temporarily dam the breaches. Then they will build semipermanent plugs, and then they will figure out a permanent solution. It sounds like they are doing an incredible job. They did say they are chopping up streets to get plug material. I don't know whether the heavy lifting helicopters they are using would be better off getting food and water to the high areas, but I don't think there are enough communications to know.
SC&A - but more are coming to the Superdome all the time, now that they heard that people are getting out. That's according to the radio last night. They said they still had 20,000 in the convention center and 20,000 in the Superdome. That was according to city officials.
Dingo, I was trying to figure out how many buses were needed to move 40,000 people. I failed, but I did convince myself that I never ever want to live on the coast. I also started wondering how other coastal cities would fare if they had to evacuate everybody. Not well.
Not many people in NY have cars. They'd be worse off than New Orleans.
I wonder if part of the problem here isn't that we have adopted emergency communications systems that are much more vulnerable to disaster than the older ones.
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