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Gathering links for my own reference. Will be updated when I find more.

what pink elephant?:
National Geographic report on the the Louisiana bayous
Sidney Blumenthal - no one can say they didn't see it coming
on the southeast Louisiana urban flood control project
President Bush planned on dismantling FEMA altogether

nero and his lyre:
images by Vincent Laforet, a NYT photographer (check out the ones at the airport)
Mayor Nagin interview
Red Cross ordered by the department of homeland security not to enter New Orleans (commentary)
offer of help from Australian government also refused by current admin (scroll down to about the seventh comment)
Times-Picayune open letter to president
the head FEMA duck's background
the city of Louisiana
newsweek - how bush blew it

suppose the leashes weren't tight enough:
CNN report - the disconnect in New Orleans
rebellion of the talking heads

reality check:
being poor
six days and counting, and there are still people trapped
a third world country managed to evacuate 600,000 people before a typhoon
living paycheck to paycheck
people would rather look stubborn and angry than helpless and trapped
because this is about leadership
newsweek - the other america

on the ground:
we've been abandoned by our own country
denise moore's story
you could drive right in
Bradshaw & Slonsky's stories

but the show must go on!:
no work being done - just another photo-op for the president
German TV report of Bush's visit: it was all staged
plan z: shift all blame to local and state governments (rebuttal)
TPM: pick apart the White House's buck-passing, part I

aid:
charities to donate to and charities to avoid
Katrina relief community
Katrina help wiki

fallout:
politics after hurricane Katrina
neo-conservatism
myths about America (and the accompanying comments)
Bush's credibility, or rather lack of it
newsweek - why cheap gas is a bad habit


blogs:
daily kos
talking points memo
war and piece
making light
crooks and liars
body and soul
respectful of otters
the daily howler
interdictor (live from new orleans)
crooked timber
andrew sullivan


lj links:
j'accuse
nowhere to go
the consequences of policies
on ignorance and stupidity
about class and race
thinking outside the box
because bush doesn't care
more extreme than just negligence
in perspective
disjointed thoughts on the socioeconomics of disaster

and:
news links post from jmhm
lj links post from angry_biscuit

Date: 2005-09-03 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quixotic-sense.livejournal.com
War and Piece is also a good blog to add to your list of links, I think. I've been blog-hopping all day -- I should've bookmarked the posts that I found interesting.

Date: 2005-09-03 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
have been blog-hopping today too - hunting for news, trying to figure out how to parse this. thank you for the link!

Date: 2005-09-03 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quixotic-sense.livejournal.com
I've no idea if you'll want to add these links, but check out these two sets of photos at Flickr anyway.

Making Light has lots of links to various places, including these gut-punching posts: Being Poor, Why The Aid Wasn't There. Also, I think you'll like Jeanne d'Arc over at Body and Soul, if you aren't reading it already.

Everything's almost too much to take in.

Date: 2005-09-03 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
oh mannn, thanks for those links.

Date: 2005-09-03 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marej.livejournal.com
trying to figure out how to parse this.

any luck? because dude, i'm watching anime since last night.

part one (I, err, got rather long-winded)

Date: 2005-09-04 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
Um, see, the thing is. I wasn't very surprised by what the government did (or didn't do). I'm more surprised that people weren't expecting it. It's - how to put this? See, I work at a place where most of the people are white collar republicans (think vacation homes and trust funds and the like), and. I hate to sound extreme, but the fact is, if you replace despising blacks with despising the poor (and you won't even have to go that far in some cases - most blacks are poor, what's the difference?) they're little different than confederate leaders of old in their outlook, and that this outlook stems from ignorance rather than hatred doesn't matter in the end if they brandish that ignorance like a trophy, when this country's news media not only coddles them but encourages them to think that way: to wit, the poor are poor because they are lazy and stupid, and any government that takes money (taxes) from the rich to help them is not only lazy and stupid but also wasteful and must be gotten rid of. (And I'm not exaggerating in the slightest? I really wish I were. We were seeing the news reports and one of the guys in my office said all the people we see looting are black. what do you want to bet that they're democrats too? And, that's pretty much the sentiment of the majority of the people that I work with. The topic in the office on thursday: how evil and immoral the looters were.)

People like them can't imagine what it might be like for the poor, the disenfranchised, and what's more, they don't want to. They've built up a myth about themselves and this country, and willfully turn a blind eye to anything that threatens it. It's only bleeding heart shrill liberals, after all, idealist idiots that don't know what's good for them. And it's people like that, except cannier, more religious, more smug, more ruthless and more powerful, who run the government. And if you look at the policies they've set, what they've put in motion, cutting federal funding for relief programs, aid to the poor, disaster efforts, the cronyism that's rampant, how facts are routinely neglected for their grand vision of the way things should be, how the media has allowed them, so far, to do all these things. That they did little when hurricane Katrina was about to strike, that they did little after to help its victims, didn't even notice them until they were forced to - is about as shocking, to me, as a house of cards falling is. The victims were the dregs of society, after all, lazy law-breaking looters who had the gall to shoot the police officers who were trying to help them. They deserved what they got, didn't they?

What the FEMA director said, what president Bush said, is the same line of bs that the administration has been spouting since it's come to office, the same combination of ignorance and arrogance and gall that the networks have gobbled up like candy in the past. The only thing I was surprised by is how surprised some of the network guys seemed to be; that they weren't still treating bush & co as messiahs. I'd rather thought they'd lost all sense of decency some time ago. Which makes me think, no, it wasn't that all of them were callous; some of them had just been stupid enough to eat their own BS, then one day woken up to that fact and started puking.

Re: part one (I, err, got rather long-winded)

Date: 2005-09-04 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marej.livejournal.com
The topic in the office on thursday: how evil and immoral the looters were.

ohhhh saiiii. I'm so so sorry. Now I'm actually impressed you haven't blown up earlier, and even when you did, you managed to do it in a cool and concise manner. I can't believe you had to put up with the kind of crap. There's having to bite your tongue, because we're adults in need of jobs and are, supposedly, mature enough to know yelling at people achieves nothing. And then there's putting up with homicidal rage inducing morons. UGH! For all my bitching about ze evil corp, they always do quite all right with matching donations and getting people to donate, getting the word out and all that good stuff. So yeah, man, accept my sincerest.

I hate to sound extreme, but the fact is, if you replace despising blacks with despising the poor (and you won't even have to go that far in some cases - most blacks are poor, what's the difference?) they're little different than confederate leaders of old in their outlook, and that this outlook stems from ignorance rather than hatred doesn't matter in the end if they brandish that ignorance like a trophy, when this country's news media not only coddles them but encourages them to think that way: to wit, the poor are poor because they are lazy and stupid, and any government that takes money (taxes) from the rich to help them is not only lazy and stupid but also wasteful and must be gotten rid of.

Yeah. Okay, point. Teflonning away blatant racism should be--I think--harder than discrimination against the poor. The point I was trying to make, though, (I'm not sure you've seen the comments to my entry, where we got a bit more into it) was that the assholes are already united in their obliviousness, their gall, their smugness and their ludicrous belief in their superiority and righteousness. The problem, as I see it, is that people who should identify with the victims of this bloody nightmare, don't, because they completely refuse to see that they are next, that this is personal to them too, that this government fails them with every decision it makes. It should be personal, dammit, because the admin fails them, ignores them, refuses to acknowledge their existence, let alone their needs. I'm not suggesting ignoring the issues, I'm suggesting playing it smarter, finding more universal language, the words that simply reach out to larger audience, that unite rather than separate. Of course, a lot of this is wishful thinking and reality is a whole different ballgame.

Re: part one (I, err, got rather long-winded)

Date: 2005-09-04 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
I'm so so sorry. Now I'm actually impressed you haven't blown up earlier, and even when you did, you managed to do it in a cool and concise manner. I can't believe you had to put up with the kind of crap.

umm. It's not that hard? ^^; Liking (or even respecting) coworkers has never been a requirement, for me, as long as they do the job they're supposed to, fulfill their responsibilities in that area (which, yes, they do). Not looking for friends there, see, and the way it's set up, each person mostly does their own thing, so it's rarely necessary to pay attention if I don't want to. I just find it useful, at times, because I'm pretty sure this is what a lot of the country feels, and especially the people in power, and I've always thought it was better to be aware of the situation than not.

And, I do agree with you! I think that you're exactly right, that it's better to address this as a class issue than a race one, for all the reasons that you listed, here & in your post & comments. (Just didn't reply to it because I was lazy *coughs* and you said it so much better than I could have.) What you said about the government not caring, about them not realizing that it's also failing them, is so, so true. That's the key, I think - how do you get people to face that?

part two

Date: 2005-09-04 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com

Look. Here's the thing. If the title of first-world nation can be used to describe a country with an ever-growing class divide, a country that doesn't provide adequate health care or education for all its citizens, that cannot even insure the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink and the food we eat and the drugs we take (not only that, but is actively taking measures against these things), one that can spend a billion dollars a week fighting for "freedom" in Iraq but balks at spending a fraction of that money to shore up levies in cities like New Orleans, one that slashes state and local funding for programs to help the poor (programs that in many cases were working) in favor of diverting this money to protecting oil-rich countries and corporations and its own rich, one that is at this very moment using hurricane Katrina as an excuse to get rid of EPA air quality protection standards, then, yes. I live in a first world country, and that it can't provide its citizens the protection and relief that even third world countries like India and China are able to provide before and after natural disasters is something that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Because what happened is the only thing that could have happened, the logical result of the mindset the conservatives have, the policies they were so eager to implement.

Now the only thing to see is if even this can be PRed away, brushed under the carpet; how pervasive and powerful the myth of living in a country that's a bastion of freedom and opportunity and tolerance is.

(And, yeah, there are people that call comments like this, thoughts like this, laying blame, saying that this is the time to come together!, and people like me who think this are disrupting the rescue process! But if someone drops a plate and it shatters, saying to that person, "hey, that plate shattered because you dropped it" seems more like common sense to me than anything else, and necessary common sense at that, in cases where the person is too stupid to follow a simple causal relationship, insisting that hey, it wasn't anything they did, what happened was because of natural forces they couldn't control like gravity. Disasters like hurricane Katrina are unavoidable. The government's response - or rather, lack of it - wasn't, and we should do everything we can to ensure it never, ever happens again.)

(also, err. none of this is directed to you? just wanted to say it, and you asked, however indirectly, giving me a good lead to say it, so. :D?)

Re: part two

Date: 2005-09-04 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marej.livejournal.com
yeah, there are people that call comments like this, thoughts like this, laying blame, saying that this is the time to come together

Oh this is the time to come together all right. Come together and scream bloody murder, that is. This is the only time when something can be shifted and people's eyes can be forced open. The media outcry--and yeah, my grand plan to stay away from the news faild miserably yesterday--has been quite impressive. Although right now, I'm seeing the return of the talking heads and, Jesus Christ, I hope not. I really really hope not.

(giving me a good lead to say it

And I'm very glad I did.

Also, you never ever have to couch things for me, ever. When you're directing something at me, mostly likely, I deserve to be smacked over the head. When you're not, I hope to be smart enough to see the diff. *mwah*)

Date: 2005-09-03 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] windsor.livejournal.com
Thank you for the links. I've been reading Crooks and Liars (http://www.crooksandliars.com), it's got a lot of video clips as well.

Date: 2005-09-04 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
ooh, forgot about that link! thank you! (I'm assuming that you watched the smith & rivera clip, which should be required watching for everyone, don't you think?)

Date: 2005-09-04 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] windsor.livejournal.com
Oh my god, yes! It gave me chills, especially considering the channel. Just, wow. The one bright spot in all of this is that the media is speaking out, at the very least. Anderson Cooper's interviews have made me love him.

Date: 2005-09-04 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morphaileffect.livejournal.com
thank you for the links... will be going through them as soon as online schedule allows.

you might also want to look through [livejournal.com profile] interdictor and [livejournal.com profile] mascguydc. the former is blogging live from new orleans, and the latter has compiled quite a few news articles and help links. has also compiled quite a few craigs list offers for help here.

Date: 2005-09-04 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
I'm a bit suspicious of [livejournal.com profile] interdictor, because of what [livejournal.com profile] mizu_gami said here. Will definitely look up [livejournal.com profile] mascguydc, though. Thanks for the link!

Date: 2005-09-04 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morphaileffect.livejournal.com
(scratches head) i don't really see anything in [livejournal.com profile] mizu_gami's post that would discredit him as a source. sure he's a machistic ass, but he's still an ass blogging from the remains of the big easy. at the moment, he's all the citizen reporting that we've got.

though perhaps i have missed something? i tend to do that more often than normal these days ^^;; would welcome correction...

Date: 2005-09-04 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
hmmm. you're right. just checked out his journal and he seems to be sticking pretty much to the facts. was afraid that there might be a whole boatload of propoganda to swallow along with that, which I have even less tolerance than usual for right now.

so, yeaah, not you missing something, me missing something. ^^;;

thanks again for the links. ^^

Date: 2005-09-04 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] one-if-by-land.livejournal.com
memorying this post; thanks. ♥

Date: 2005-09-04 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
dudee, bing, if you haven't already, read the national geographic article? it's so chilling. you think that they're talking about what just happened, because they have all the facts dead on, and then you look at the date, realize that it was written over a year ago.

Date: 2005-09-04 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] one-if-by-land.livejournal.com
YES. I KNOW. I READ THAT. MY DAD AND I RAGED OVER THE BREAKFAST TABLE. god, it makes me so pissed off.

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