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When did the press get balls?
I've been watching the news on and off, plus reading a lot online, following links in blog, etc... When Anderson Cooper is lashing out at the way things are being handled, and Soledad O'Brien, of all people, is jumping down the throat of the head of FEMA, I feel like I'm in Bizarro World. Especially when the head of FEMA says they didn't know about the Convention Center until Thursday morning and he learned about it watching news broadcasts - then blamed the local government for not telling them. It has been on the news for days, since Tuesday or so, that people were at the convention center and were being *directed* there. How could FEMA not know? *I* knew, and I haven't been camped in front of the news and it isn't my fucking job to know these things.

The mobilization to help the tsunami victims happened faster, and better, than this. We had troops on the ground and food drops within two days. I'm dumbfounded as to how it is taking so long to get trucks in to bring people out, or to bring food and water in. Why weren't the offers for aid from other countries accepted immediately? Why are the wasting time trying to stop 'looters' - who are mostly just trying to grab food, water, clothing, etc, the basic survival needs - when most of the stuff is destined for the trash heap anyway? I read one report that people at the Convention Center were forced out of the kitchen, which they had broken into to try to prepare food, at gunpoint. What the fuck? I would support the mob if they beat the cops/troops down to get in there and feed themselves! That's just so... stupid. This is basic survival, the niceties of society and 'employees only' are long gone. The hotels that KICKED OUT patrons for 'liability reasons' should be forcibly re-opened to allow people in. And I hope they get sued into the fucking dust over this. They're worried about insurance liability and people are dying? That's barbaric!

There is just so much stupidity it is galling. Some of the priorities are just completely backwards. Protect doomed store stockrooms, but let the people die. Avoid possible insurance problems, by kicking people into the streets to fend for themselves.

Fuck the stores. Fuck the insurance. Fuck everything - except the people. Get them out as fast as possible, and bring in supplies for those still remaining. Hell - truck load of food and supplies in, truck load of people out.

Now I know that the people on the ground, the soldiers and volunteers, are doing their best. I have friends in FEMA who are deployed down there. This is higher level, management and coordination.

It is nice to see the convoys winding through the streets today. But it is Friday. Why did it take so long? How could it take longer to supply our own cities than it did to supply tsunami victims half-way around the world?

There is going to be, at least their *should* be, a lot of fallout from this.

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I am: distressed distressed
Current Media: TV: CNN Headline News

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From: jehanna Date: September 2nd, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
What you said. And not only so good at lying, their power is so entrenched that when it's exposed, nothing whatsoever seems to happen.

That's why I've been feeling violent lately. I feel like I won't be satisfied until somebody blows the bastards up.
From: norikos_author Date: September 2nd, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

I think they've gone too far this time...

See this:


It's not _quite_ an outright accusation of lying, but...
malone From: malone Date: September 2nd, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Why did it take so long? How could it take longer to supply our own cities than it did to supply tsunami victims half-way around the world?

One thing that stuck out to me in the speech Dubbya just made, was that he kept calling it "This part of the world" and then in the next sentence he would say something to the fact of "My country" (or our country) ... so it almost seems to me that in his head, this is not his problem - that New Orleans is some other country. Not that he's that stupid (although ...) but almost as if it's not really sunk into him on how big a problem this really is ... ya know?
solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: September 2nd, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
FEMA doesn't know because a certain newish governmental agency decided they were totally going to be in charge of disasters everywhere, especially ones involving ridiculously vast amounts of destruction and possibly terrorism, and took over all the stuff FEMA used to do (well) with their own (new, untested, and politicized) methodology. After all-- they're the ones who are supposed to keep the Homeland Secure, right? Right.

Apparantly their new methodology works wicked good, too.

From: toebear Date: September 2nd, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ya know if I was religious I'd go Amen to you're spiel here.

Instead ya get a big 'Here! Here!'
pdelahanty From: pdelahanty Date: September 3rd, 2005 01:31 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
My hope is that in the end these red states will realize what a lot of people have known all along...the current administration is severely messed up.

...but I like the mayor of New Orleans. He seems like an okay guy.
cos From: cos Date: September 3rd, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Take a look at some of the links I posted on coslinks the past few days.
(the latest one is a survey of the press getting balls)
From: mysryael Date: September 7th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Now I know that the people on the ground, the soldiers and volunteers, are doing their best. I have friends in FEMA who are deployed down there. This is higher level, management and coordination.

Hey Zone, it's Camin.

The key to all of this, is the "Hand's Off" policies that have been put in place by the current political infrastructure.

FEMA, hasn't been allowed to responded appropriately PERIOD, no excuses, no explanations...it simply hasn't happened.

One of the things I heard concern expressed about when the proposed oversight agency agenda, policies and procedures book went out, was just this sort of event happening.

That proposed policy outlined that in the event of a Mass Casualty event, a consolidated chain of information and command would be duplicated for information going up the line one way, and solutions coming down the line the other.

It didn't work, and a good fifth of the agency heads immediately started setting up their own internal comm systems. I suspect that part of what happened here is "TOO MANY CHIEFS, AND NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION FOLLOW THROUGH"

FEMA knew long ago, based on emergency simulations modeled off three types of events, they did not have depth of resource needed to respond quickly and appropriately in the event of another twin towers, Force five Hurricane stomping over the Gulf Coast, or a 7 to 9 point Earthquake in California.

That doesn't mean they didn't ask for the resources, because they did, it means they didn't get them.

So yes FEMA bears some of this, but it goes a shitload higher. This could only have been prevented with major restructuring of the infrastructure providing support for those in need.

Homeland Security isn't working. It drains money and uses it inappropriately, and it hampers quick response by the very nature of the layers of infrastructure in place.

my two cents