Then and now
in New Orleans as the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. This time it might not hurt to read the comments.
Every Upworthy video ever
in just over two minutes. (SLYT)
Six Flags New Orleans
closed on August 27, 2005 in preparation for Hurricane Katrina. The park never reopened. [more inside]
Three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf, London street artist Banksy travels to New Orleans to put up some commemorative pieces, saying the city's levee wall offered "the best painting surface in the state of Louisiana." Some of the pieces are statements on the clean up effort, and some are protests against Fred Radtke, New Orleans' Grey Ghost, who has been described as a street artist
and an anti-street art crusader
Like him or hate him, expect more of the same from Bansky: propaganda, magical realism, cartoon rats, a lot of technical finesse and a complete lack of subtlety. See the pictures on his site
with irreverent/poignant commentary and then go to the flickr pool
to see it from a few local perspectives.
Salvador and Mabel Mangano, the owners of St. Rita’s nursing home in St. Bernard Parish,
where 35 patients drowned in Hurricane Katrina’s flood waters, were found not guilty of negligent homicide and cruelty to the infirm charges tonight by a six-member jury. Read their story and decide for yourself if they're guilty.
A.D. (After The Deluge)
is a serialized webcomic about what it was like in the days leading up to, during & immediately after the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans. The story is true, all dialogue taken from direct quotes. An ongoing project with updates monthly (scheduled to run from Dec 06 - Dec 07), the most recent chapter takes place right at the end of the storm, prior to the collapse of the levees, but to get the full effect, read from the very beginning
. For those who want to know more about the project, there's an FAQ
"How do the tacos help gumbo?"
Hold the tacos, New Orleans says. In yet another pig-ignorant move in Post-Katrina New Orleans, local politicians have decided to destroy the booming taco-truck business
that is feeding the workers (and plenty of the locals
) who are rebuilding the city. Blame racism, blame taxes, blame immigration politics: A hundred years ago this line of reasoning would have banned the muffulettas and poor-boys that those invading hordes of Sicilians were using to corrupt our youth.
Stress building in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina anniversary could spark more problems
Like many other New Orleanians nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina, John McCusker was experiencing the overwhelming
stress of rebuilding his life
. McCusker, a photographer who was part of The Times-Picayune's 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning staff
(reg. required, but worth it. Trust me.), was seen driving wildly through the city Tuesday, attracting the attention of police. He eventually
, but not before he was subdued with a Taser and an officer fired twice at his vehicle. During the melee, he begged police to kill him
. For some, it's still Katrina every day
Before Katrina, Hispanics accounted for 3 percent of New Orleans’ population, with just 1,900 Mexicans showing up in the 2004 Census. No one knows for certain how many new ones have arrived, but estimates put the number between 10,000 and 50,000.
Mascots helping Mascots
High schools across America have witnessed the devastation brought about by several recent natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. An outpouring of sympathy and concern, and a desire to help, have come forth from high schools wanting to assist those in need. To enable schools to help other schools, the National Federation of State High School Associations has initiated a fundraising program called the Mascot Adoption Program.
Operation Photo Rescue
: In an effort to help the residents of Pass Christian, MS in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, photojournalist Becky Sell and photo editor Dave Ellis have embarked on a mission to recover the photos and memories that would be lost to the storm.
Read about it from Day 1
, or hear about the backstory
As has been widely reported
, tours of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina have begun. What motivates people to engage in "dark tourism
"? Is it harmful or helpful to the region? Is it just plain creepy?
When the levees broke,
he looked for was his camera and a boat. This Times-Picayune photographer tells his story of what happened next.
Why were American military sent almost instantly when Rita threatens Texas but we were told that they could not be sent to Louisiana till requested? What is the history behind Posse Comitatus? Does the president have the authority just on his say so to send troops into a "sovereign" state? Nice summary of history here.
Katrina Ushers in Return of Big Government
We have a larger govt now (people working for the govt) than we have ever had. We have now the Patriot Act, overseeing much of our activities. We have intelligence agencies doing lord knows what domestically, and security checks etc. Now we learn that Big govt is back? Where had it been before the storm?
I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we haven't asked for it," (Bush) said. "I do expect a lot of sympathy, and perhaps some will send cash dollars.
For a while there foreign countries were unsure
whether to send aid and the US was sending mixed signals
. Now of course, even Qatar
is coughing up "cash dollars" and other countries are lending a hand. But the question remains: why do we even need it? This guy
blames privatization, and I can't say I blame him
. (NYT link).
Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died. What is Cuban President Fidel Castro's secret? According to Dr. Nelson Valdes, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and specialist in Latin America, "the whole civil defense is embedded in the community to begin with. People know ahead of time where they are to go. Cuba's leaders go on TV and take charge," said Valdes... "Merely sticking people in a stadium is unthinkable.. Shelters all have medical personnel, from the neighborhood. They have family doctors in Cuba, who evacuate together with the neighborhood, and already know, for example, who needs insulin." They also evacuate animals and veterinarians, TV sets and refrigerators, "so that people aren't reluctant to leave because people might steal their stuff," Valdes observed.
The Two Americas
. See also A Nation's Castaways
, 'To Me, It Just Seems Like Black People Are Marked'
& White Man's Burden
Oh, the irony... The Bush administration, long critical of the
United Nations, has accepted a U.N. offer of help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and a U.N. team has gone to Washington to see how it can complement American efforts.
There has been much criticism, both in the US and world media, of the handling of rescue operations after Hurricane Katrina. However, the Washington Post ran a survey Friday evening (registration required - bugmenot
) and of American's citizens 46 percent -- approve of the way Bush has handled relief efforts while 47 percent disapprove, a result that might offer some cheer to beleaguered White House staffers who feared a stronger negative reaction.
Chrenkoff compiles the most egregious "hurricane exploitation" quotes
to come out of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. See also: the tsunami quotes
American Family Association
is at it again, from their Christian News Media Serivce, Agape Press...
"Rev. Bill Shanks, pastor of New Covenant Fellowship of New Orleans, also sees God's mercy in the aftermath of Katrina -- but in a different way. Shanks says the hurricane has wiped out much of the rampant sin common to the city.... “New Orleans now is abortion free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras free. New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion -- it's free of all of those things now," Shanks says. "God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there -- and now we're going to start over again."
Into the eye of Katrina:
an impressive Flickr set
taken from the NOAA-43
and NRL-P3 Hurricane Hunters
as they fly into the hurricane's eye
. The set owner
studies hurricane rainband intensity
using ELDORA radar
aboard the specially equipped
planes. It's a rough flight
, but once inside, the results are awe-inspiring