Saturday, September 10, 2005

Katrina links

I decided to include links to s0me stories about Hurricane Katrina which are mentioned very often in the blogosphere. These stories are based on witness acounts, so they give a more alarming impression than do the stories told by officials or mainstream media. You can see many of the stories under this link "Heroes despite our government".

The most impressive story is based on the accounts of two emergency medical service workers that were in New Orleans during and after Hurrican Katrina. Read it here.
Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreens store at the corner of Royal and Iberville Streets in the city’s historic French Quarter remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing, and the milk, yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat.

The owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers and prescriptions, and fled the city. Outside Walgreens’ windows, residents and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry. The much-promised federal, state and local aid never materialized, and the windows at Walgreens gave way to the looters.

There was an alternative. The cops could have broken one small window and distributed the nuts, fruit juices and bottled water in an organized and systematic manner. But they did not. Instead, they spent hours playing cat and mouse, temporarily chasing away the looters.

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