Friday, September 02, 2005

From a post:

Please pass on to everyone there that we are doing all we can to help. Help is comming. I work for a radio station in New York and we have organized 2 concerts as fund raisers for the Red Cross.
All the money raised will go to aiding the Gulf Coast residents.
You are not alone.
The country is outraged at the governments handeling of this disaster, and are yelling to officials to hurry up and get the aid to those that need it.


Blogger marko polo said...

The press coverage of this storm is amazaing. The Gulf Coast is the only part in the world that doesn't know what's going on! Up here in Milwaukee, the four major TV stations have all had 'telethon fundraisers." One of the stations has raised nearly one million dollars in two days, in a city that was just ranked the seventh poorest in the coutry! Local businesses are also contributing literaly millions, generators, and Miller Brewing has sent massive loads of water! The public population and corporations have stepped forward where the federal government has not!

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Thank you for your posts. Please see my blog for information and direct links to ways you can donate to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. DIYFundraising Blog

6:22 PM  
Blogger Josh Norman said...

Please tell Miller that we could also use some beer.

6:31 PM  
Blogger marko polo said...

I thought the same thing when i heard that they were donating!

6:41 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

The President and the entire Cabinet need to resign, or be indicted for gross and wanton dereliction of duty.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Echo Mouse said...

Not sure if it helps, but Canada is pretty pissed at Shrub too for how he bungled this disaster. A lot of Canadian relief workers were coordinated and trying to get in to help but they were either turned back at the border crossings, OR they got there but are now stuck in a room somewhere and not allowed to do anything.

I'm just glad you guys are managing to hang in. If I could ship beer by courier, and if I knew whether couriers were delivering to your area considering the devastation, I'd send some right away!!

8:27 PM  
Blogger wingssail said...

This disaster was totally predictable.

It was more than predictable; for days before it occurred it was a certainty.

So everyone could and should have seen it coming.

Yet New Orleans and Louisiana and the US officials and emergency departments seemed to be caught flat footed. Their response was shamefully and criminally slow and totally inadequate. For three or four days it seemed like our top government officials were in shock and didn’t know what to do.

George Bush stayed at his ranch for two days.

The governor of Louisiana called a press conference and cried.

This is unacceptable.

I have more to say on this subject at ttp://

9:00 PM  
Blogger Kirbish said...

God, this hurricane thing is sad. A week ago New Orleans was a thriving city (sorta..). Now its a toxic wasteland :(.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Bahareh said...

like your blog. merci

9:19 PM  
Blogger Bob Lewis said...

Thanks to Blogspot for highlighting your blog. Your pictures are incredible. No one will know the hell you have gone through and are going through. If I knew it was going to get there, I'd send you the good Seattle Red Hook Ales in my fridge!

10:37 PM  
Blogger Birgit said...

Just wanted to say, the disaster had great coverage here in Germany, and the German Government have offered help - I assume financial and technical - to the US. And so, if I can believe our news, have the rest of the European countries. Just wanted to let you know that Europe as well is trying to organise help as quickly as possible.

12:15 AM  
Blogger James Blackwell said...

The collection station in my town that was collecting water was run by a consortium of Radio stations.

It seems to me that many of the relief attempts for US disasters is handled by radio stations.

12:33 AM  
Blogger chuck55 said...

dont blame the government people i mean they did not do any thing wrong come on. i feel bad that these people are living like this but dont blame the government officals i mean my god

5:31 AM  
Blogger marko polo said...

I've heard that Bush is refusing international help, even though many countries have offered doctors and shelter and money. Whether this is true, or not, Any and all relief should be accepted by now!

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so relieved I found this blog. I recently learned of this site through a homework assignment. Now it's the only source I use for SUBSTANTIVE Katrina reporting. The television news, bless their hearts, simply aren't allowed to report like this. The format stifles human depth.

Thanks for showing me the real story, and the real emotion.

This, I can relate to.

6:37 AM  
Blogger gingerivers said...

For a world view, the BBC on Public Television has provided some of the best coverage seen to date on this tragedy. The US television media appears to have tunnel vision when reporting, seem highly nationalized. Fidel Castro offered to send doctors, and while I'm not weighing in on whether or not this should be accepted, I wonder if it's been reported here.

8:15 AM  
Blogger gingerivers said...

Katrina / self-employed and unemployment relief

The Department of Labor just announced a new initiative: If you are self-employed or you are a recent hire and you wouldn't ordinarily qualify for unemployment benefits, you now do. They have set up a disaster-relief fund and they are aggressively looking to sign up anyone affected by Katrina who needs the income help. Click on the link for the application form and phone number.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:30 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Subject: National Geographic Article

This prediction is amazingly dead-on.. from October 2004. I guess someone should have shown it to Bush.

11:15 AM  
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11:34 AM  
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11:38 AM  
Blogger euskir said...

I think you're doing a good job. I've got something to add:

Reuniendo a las víctimas del huracán Katrina / Reuniting the Katrina hurricane victims

Un grupo de buena gente ha lanzado un sitio de internet dedicado a reunir a las víctimas del huracán. Pueden ir a Help Us Find Them

En este momento es algo muy importante, como la comida y el agua.

A bunch of good people released a website dedicated to reunite the victims of the hurricane. You can go to Help Us Find Them

Right now is something very important, like food and water.

Por favor difundir este mensaje entre todos tus contactos en los Estados Unidos.

Please forward this message between all your contacts in the US.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Nancy in IL said...

Oh, please don't blame the government for this mishandling. There was no one in their local hierarchy who could get a grip and organize, starting with the governor on down. Besides that, New Orleans has been sinking for many years. The city was a tragedy waiting to happen. Let's quit blaming and just be happy that the outpouring of help is incredible. It puts a lump in my throat to see the way those people are being rescued. It's amazing the determination of those who have survived this long with NOTHING. Let's all celebrate what's happening right now---the best of the human spirit! God bless them all!

12:04 PM  
Blogger FyrByrd said...

Wow. Glad to have found this. I've been consumed searching for info about Gulfport. I lived there briefly in the 80s (Adrian Apts. on the beach). The destruction is overwhelming. Prayers for the victims of this disaster. Your fellow Americans are doing whatever we can to help.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. How powerful. Our prayers are with you!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I am sick and tired of what seems a few people are blaming Bush for it all. If Bush was that powerful, I would really watch what you say. He might just send another Hurrican. Oh get real people. First of all, the blame should fall into the Mayor's/ Governors lap. They was fully aware that the it was heading there way. yet did they really prepare for it? I think NOT. Where was the Red Cross? Why was they not at the center's to help the people during the time of crisis? Why was the all the centers not stocked with at least water for the people?

Governor know that New Orleans could not take a cat 5 Hurrican. There was a research report that told that 60% of the people could not or would not leave there houses. They was fully aware that 1 out of 5 people owned a car. So how was the other 4 people going to get out anyway? Where was the buses to help those people? They could have gotten most of the city out of the way, even before it hit. I ask why?

I think the Governor waited til it was too late to do anything for those poor stranded people. It is up to the Governor to ask the White House for help. To get the Military's involvement. When the Governor got of it A$$, tempers was rising. Do you blame them? I do not. I must have been horrible not knowing what is going on. WOndering if they have been forgotten.

But something keeps bothering me. We had film coverage right down to inside the Convention Center. Did the reporters help calm the people, but letting them they know what was happen out there. What was being done to help them. If the reporters could come in and out, why did they not bring some Red Cross people with them, docters ect. Or was they going for a sad interview?

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which Hollywood celebraties are donating to this tragedy? They're the ones that earn such unrealistic salaries. I think Jennifer Lopez especially needs to dig in her pockets when she wastes money like she does. She reportedly bought herself a $4 MILLION ring when there are people in her own country living in poverty. The wastage of money in this country instead of helping the less fortunate continues to disgust me.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

Michael, your an idiot. Blame bush for your toe nail too! Its FEMA who is responsible for national disatsers. They answer to no one, not even Mr. Bush!! Get your fact straight and your emotions in check!!

4:57 PM  
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10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for a radio station in Ontario.. we just held a fundraising weekend with all funds going towards the red cross' relief effort in the aftermath of the hurricane. We are close to $20,000 @ 7:30pm on Sunday Sept 4th.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Red Rover said...

To Marko Polo,
I understand your thoughts that we should accept all of the relief that is being given us but it is not always possible. When relief is given in the form of supplies rather than money there is not enough staging area for it in the damaged areas. If we accepted the supplies and put them elsewhere where there is room for them but not need, what would the point be in accepting it in the first place. I am sure Bush and the government appreciate the help that is offered but can't always use it.

To other's who have commentated on the Goverment's responsibility

I believe that we shouldn't have to count on the government for all charity and relief effort. That is best handled by individual charities and communities. Also local government is in charge of local problems not federal government. It is a mayor's responsibility firstly to take care of their individual city's problems and to anticipate their city's needs. Bush's job is to take care of the nations needs as a whole. There is a reason why we have our goverment set up the way we do and to fully understand the current situation one must fully understand the workings of the government. Of course it is easier to just blame everything on Bush than to actually take the effort to understand how things work. Plus mankind just loves to try to find someone to blame for a tragedy.

11:26 AM  
Blogger im da queen of da world said...

im glad there are people like you who really want to help to donate to the people im overwhelm that unity is seen during this time!

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