my small contribution
to Katrina reportage: Click on the video link here, then on the "Mayor" link in that window. Straight from the horse's mouth; not much for trainwreck images, if that's what you're looking for, but very good for information. Simply amazing. My favorite city I've never visited has been set back years, perhaps decades.

Early on, during a list of damage, the Mayor mentions that the twinspans, the huge bridges coming into New Orleans from the north, were damaged. Later, one of the newsguys asks him just how bad: "Totally destroyed. Totally. It's gone." Pause. More pause. Nobody knows what to say, it's just dead, shocked airtime for a good five seconds while everybody stares at the desk and tries to absorb that.

Disasters like this, bad as it is, always make me glad we live in a country like the US, with the resources we have. Most of the people evacuated before hand, and those that stayed have the full force of the US trying to save them, which is nothing to scoff at. Same goes for the rebuilding effort: large portions of New Orleans have just been wiped off the map, but that won't last for long. Beats the hell out of hiding in your plank hut in someplace like Haiti or Cuba. Sucks, no doubt, but at least we have the ability to limit the human toll of a catastrophie like this.

Ace has a list of ways to make a donation
, and some more news coverage.

And Michele has a growing list of positive stories out of New Orleans, as a reminder to the doom and gloomers out there. As Andrea Harris puts it: Man up, Nancy.


howdy, thanks for stopping by. what you're looking at is the intermittent ramblings of an iraqi vet, college student, goth-poseur, comic book reading, cheesy horror loving, punk listening, right-leaning, tech-obsessed, poorly typing, proudly self-proclaimed geek. occasionally, probably due to these odd combinations, i like to think i have some interesting things to say; this is where they wind up.

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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