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Posted on 2005.09.24 at 00:11

Hmmmm... I've seen a few LJ friends talk about old boyfriends stalking them, and other life problems. I've seen so much trouble in my life, it's almost absurd how I'm now fairly insulated from it. But it really seems to be bubbling all around. And I am concerned. I just heard back from my LJ friend who is in the most trouble - and although that in itself does nothing to help her, maybe it might lead to something. I hope she will continue to keep in touch. I will respect the delicacy of her situation. Maybe that wasn't the right word. Volatility maybe.

So there are these thousands of Houstonites stranded in their cars in Lufkin, and other towns, who are going to get pelted. It's a little ironic that people fleeing the oil capital of the world are running out of gas. But it sucks to be them right now. I think I would rather be stuck in an emergency alone rather than be trapped with hundreds of people losing their tempers and so forth. I know how to survive, but I would be really bothered by a lot of other people who are new to the game. Anyway, it's really a tragedy going on down there, new to the American psyche, and I will be happy if there was minimal suffering. And I do hope Kat's parents will be alright, and that she is feeling calm and alright in College Station.

But I want to say a few things about the silliness of Americans. First of all, I read all these letters from people complaining that "liberals" should stop blaming Bush for Katrina, and should blame the democratic mayor, and so forth, because they failed to act. (Besides the fact that a case can be made that they DID attempt to act), I would advise them to watch what Bush has done during this emergency, and ask why it wasn't done in the previous one. Like stationing marine ships in the Gulf, sending in convoys of emergency relief trucks, of coordinating evacuation plans, and of taking precautionary action.

Next - I saw this newsman dork on TV pretending that he was losing his balance because of the winds pelting him - it was so obvious - I wanted to barf. But there was this newswoman - I forget her name - who is great - whom I thought was really going to get blown away - I thought it would look pretty cool - just, you know... woooosh!!!!

Now - I want to say - if I were the mayor of Galveston, or similar cities in this hurricane, I would completely evacuate the town, move everyone else to where there are emergency generators, and then turn the town's electricity off! I mean, how dumb do you have to be to figure that one out?

And I thought it was against the law to leave the American flag out in a storm where it will get ripped to shreads - just like letting it touch the ground, etc. - OR BURNING IT!!!

Oh - and the whole idea of rebuilding New Orleans - yes - it's very sweet and quaint and noble to want to do that. But when are we going to get a grip? If we don't put more $$$ into slowing global warming, we're all going to be trying to rebuild Miami, and Houston, and New Jersey, and Chicago, and every other city on the map by the end of the century. GET REAL you silly humans! I think they should make a big fun lake in the middle of New Orleans, and then all the rich people can go build their mansions around it, and just live and prosper there until God decides to unleash his wrath on them a few decades from now with a Class 7 hurricane, on accounta all their wicked and immoral ways.

Yeah - so - um - is Houston being punished for all IT'S disgusting heathens? hmmmm?

In a way... we all are.


You know that!
lilevilsashie at 2005-09-24 11:00 (UTC) (Lien)
I heard on the radio, after Katrina. That when cyclone Tracey hit Darwin in 1973 they evacuated people faster and better then what has happened over there in the year 2000 is rather sad. Yes I know Darwin is way smaller but we had hardly any notice, it actually went past then turned around and hit us smack bang so less notice was giving. I'm sorry if I sound stupid, I just think its all rather sad in this day and age.
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madman101 at 2005-09-24 12:18 (UTC) (Lien)
Aussies had their shit together and still do - I like to believe.

Back in 1846, despite lack of sophisticated communications, the large-scale transport and placement of desperate Irish was immediate and fully successful. Today we have a multi-billion dollar agendy called Homeland Security designed precisely to prevent emergencies and to coordinate large-scale emergency relief. That was at least the rhetoric they used to get it through Congress, in addition to the war on terrorism. It was completely useless during Katrina.
starlit_trail at 2005-09-24 11:24 (UTC) (Lien)
Is it really illegal to leave the American flag outside during a storm?

Urgh, those news people who try to sensationalise events bug me so much. I remember once this news guy wore a helmet and complete army gear while he was standing in a building three hours away from the fighting in Iraq. >.>

That's exactly what I thought when I heard it was heading towards Houston. I mean what are the crazy weirdos who think New Orleans suffered because of its 'sins' going to say about Texas, a fairly conservative state?
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madman101 at 2005-09-24 12:23 (UTC) (Lien)
Ha ha! Yes - and it's George Bush's conservative state!

Well - the helmut thing - there's a spoof of the Iraq War on Sundance or IFC, where all the reporters are wearing helmuts and fatigues. Ha ha! They based the whole thing on facts, so they must have seen your reporter too!

Flag - well - not really illegal - but maybe. I'm not really sure about flag laws, or etiquette, if they get enforced or anything. But I know they used to be a big deal. Deserves some looking into.
saraara at 2005-09-24 19:16 (UTC) (Lien)
sadly, this evacuation is just as pathetic as new orleans. i wouldn't go as far as to say that its any better at all.
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madman101 at 2005-09-24 19:19 (UTC) (Lien)


ARGH!!!!!!! I wish I had mentioned that in my post.
sugarplanet at 2005-09-24 19:56 (UTC) (Lien)
I'm sure the excuse for being prepared for this hurricane is going to be something like, "since we now know what's going to happen we are more adept at following through" - my fucking ass! I feel sorry for those states, because it's like florida was built to handle hurricanes, we have construction codes and contigency plans (that those states really ought to have a gander at before implimenting mass havoc) that are regulated by local law makers.

But you know what, you're right about New Orleans, I was saying the same thing to my sister yesterday, that they should leave it for rot, it's certainly better than wasting all that money fixing levees that may or may not hold up. Perhaps even make it a marshland reserve or something. Wildlife would flock.

erm, the flag can be flown during a storm, if it's an all weather flag. It's NOT illegal to burn the US flag and as a P.S. to that, when a flag has out lived it's life, it should be properly discarded, preferably by *ahem* burning! It's not illegal to let it touch the ground either, if it does touch the ground it should be hand-washed before it's next use. You know what is illegal or rather frowned upon, wearing the flag as clothing, using the image on an object that can be damaged i.e. stamps and credit cards, and you should not write or have any kind of markings on the flag. How do I know all this? two years ago a picture of W Bush signing a flag circulated the internet and I thought it was craziness so I did some research. heh, I'm a nerd.

pps. I think we saw the sane news cast, FOX news I think, right? she was wearing red shirt, beige trousers and a hat and you couldn't see her eyes? ya?
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madman101 at 2005-09-24 20:09 (UTC) (Lien)


Well - maybe that was her - her name was Tammy Kayne or something like that. She's really sharp. But frail. She was wearing a hat. I think that was her.

I knew about the flag stuff too - from grade school - when it was like - do this or you will go to hell. The flags I saw in the hurricane were all ripping to shreads. I just think anyone who flies a flag is prolly a patriot - and would think to bring it down. And you see patriots wearing the flag all the time. ::gag::

I would love to see some of New Orleans returned to delta marshland! But the mosquitoes!
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