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A slice of contemporary reality.
posted by semmi (10 comments total)

 
Another Katrina single-post news thingy?
Oy vey.
posted by Specklet at 10:45 AM on September 23, 2005


Another hurricane single-post thingy? Can't we put all the Katrina-Rita-JetBlue-911-Iraq-Avian flu-ozone layer stuff in one thread?
posted by 327.ca at 11:01 AM on September 23, 2005


I thought it was fascinating. Out-of-hand I would have dismissed these women as criminal for not fleeing and letting their patients die, but this is amazing. Most people died in the week after the hurricane. They did everything they could to save them. Truly amazing.

People, if you don't like it, don't read it. Honestly, there are so many with such better-than-thou attitudes around here.
posted by aacheson at 11:10 AM on September 23, 2005


We, as a society, have failed these people. Tragic.
posted by caddis at 11:16 AM on September 23, 2005


I didn't fail anyone.
posted by Witty at 11:17 AM on September 23, 2005


I respect the nuns and folks that did everything in their power to save those folks. I think society failed them long before the hurricane though. I’m opposed to nursing homes in their common modern incarnation. Those folks should not be set apart or aside. Granted if someone needs 24/7 medical care there is a need, but there are hospice programs, etc. And of course there are decent, even excellent, nursing homes, but again, they are apart from the younger folks. Age is something we just don’t want to see I guess.

I’m also uncomfortable with the prayer. I asked some folks what they were doing for the people stuck in NOLA and they said ‘praying’. Which is nice, but strikes me as polyannaish. I mean, wish in one hand spit in the other, see which fills first.

I don’t know that I would have asked for protection from the storm in prayer, but for the strength to go on. Faith can move mountains, but it seems kind of silly to think it should be able to do that without a human in the mix.
But to each his own. If it helps them help others so much the better.
posted by Smedleyman at 11:40 AM on September 23, 2005


Another tragedy cascading down from the original tragedy. These stories are hard to read but important to read nonetheless.
posted by fenriq at 12:00 PM on September 23, 2005


We, as a society, have failed these people.

Yeah...I didn't fail anyone, either. I hate these broad statements, with their self-important phrasing, about how "we" as a) Americans or b) society have done anything to anyone. Yes, I agree that those in power have made a massive cock-up of all this. But don't even think about blaming me -- I live in goddamn Glendale, for Christ's sake. I didn't cause the hurricane, I wasn't standing in the road blocking people from their escape route, and I didn't smash the levee with my Superman-like strength.

You know, there are definitely ways in which "We, as a society," have failed some people. But this ain't one of them. Ditch the false gravitas, and say it like it is: "The Bush Administration has failed these people." I didn't do shit.
posted by ford and the prefects at 1:24 PM on September 23, 2005


These stories are hard to read but important to read nonetheless.

And you can read them in any dang newspaper. Quit clutterin' up the front page!
posted by Faze at 1:24 PM on September 23, 2005


A slice of contemporary reality.

grrrrreat. more reality.
posted by onkelchrispy at 7:16 PM on September 23, 2005


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