HURRICANE KATRINA — A WAVE OF SORROW SWEPT THROUGH US
Before and After Katrina -
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President Bush Thanks Countries and All
That Helped with Hurricane, at UN Meeting in New York
President Bush addressed the United Nations General
Assembly Wednesday and thanked the countries that sent help in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina. “All together, more than 115 countries and nearly a
dozen international organizations have stepped forward with offers of
assistance,” Mr. Bush said. “To every nation, every province, and
every community across the world that is standing with the American people in
this hour of need, I offer the thanks of my nation,” he said. “We
have witnessed the awesome power of nature -- and the greater power of human
compassion. Americans have responded to their neighbors in need, and so have
many of the nations represented in this chamber,” Mr. Bush said.
SPECIAL THANKS TO
U.S. COAST GUARD FOR THE AMAZING JOB AND THEIR UNTIRING EFFORTS
How many drills a
year does FEMA have to keep in practice? Is it even applicable with
Also, the SPCA of New Orleans are now operating 14 hour
days trying to rescue as many animals as possible now that the vast majority of
people appear to have been rescued. Don't quote me on that, God hope that
there are not other people still out there hanging on by a thread but there may
be. Anyhow, nice to know that the people that work with animals are now
having the opportunity to search for stray pets. Pet Smart stores today
were taking donations from customers for the animal rescue efforts.
Update - September 12, 2005 - Over 760 million
in donations from the private sector (the people, the public) already given
for Katrina Victims to date. That is amazing and such a Godsend.
There are companies now online on the Internet that rate different charities.
An Internet search can locate this and I will locate some and post them here
in the near future. They basically inform people of what percentage of
each dollar given actually ends up on disaster victims tables and in their
Day Before the Storm: Bearing Down on New Orleans with talk of Storm of the Century.
5:00 am - downgraded to Category 4 -
little better but still bad.
Weather Satellite shot below was
taken at 11:00 pm central time Sunday. Courtesy of NOAA.
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Entire freight trains have derailed and lay scattered in the above
satellite image along 1-90.
Louis Armstrong Park - Special ZOOM
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This satellite image shows Louis
Armstrong Park, located northwest of the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Boats and yachts that were docked on Lake
Ponchartraine near the Lakefront Airport are scattered about.
Microsoft’s Virtual Earth image shows
a before shot of the Lakefront Airport runway and access roads.
How the runway and access roads have been cut off by the
flooding is depicted in the after image.
Lakefront Airport – Before
Lakefront Airport – After
Intersection of 10 and 47 (Paris
Many of the flooded roads and freeways
have hindered rescue workers from reaching those in greatest need of help.
Major News Networks Excessive Focus on
Looting in New Orleans Delayed
focus on the looting may have actually delayed the response by the nation.
When half the footage you see is sensationalistic clips of looters grabbing
TV's, it gives people the impression that "Hell, if they can be out there
stealing TV's it can't be too bad huh?" Think about it, the average
person in America is exposed to this repetitively in the hours and days after a
disaster of this nature, you might have more complacency on the part of those
who would try and help. I know that amazing images of crime capture
and titillate those watching but a disaster should not result in a ratings war
among the networks. Just the opposite, the best news organization is
one that facilitates the best coverage that results in being a complete
asset instead of a potential hindrance. ut I would rather pluck 10 people
off of their housetops and save them than try and chase down a few guys who
for some crazy reason think it is ok to wade through flaccid, disease
carrying water to steal a TV. By focusing too much emphasis on the
looting aspect of the story, it may have impacted peoples judgment adversely
and slowed the response times down, both government and the private sector.
Murders, Rapes and Killings among Hurricane Survivors in the Superdome and In
Baton Rouge STATUS: Unproven!
From the good people at
incidents have been confirmed as of today, Sept 13th, and lets hope that holds
Summary of the eRumor One of the more alarming stories to come out of New Orleans during the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was reports of rapes in the Superdome and two
children whose throats were cut, a 7-year old who was raped and killed, and
widespread reports in Baton Rouge of carjacking and other mayhem.
The Truth If you ever find yourself in the midst of a natural disaster or other
crisis that affects a large number of people, brace yourself for rumors.
Whether they start because of sincere misinformation or because of intentional
misinformation, they can spread like wildfire, especially during a time when
other types of communication are not working. These stories about the
hurricane survivors were reported through several media including being
repeated by survivors interviewed on television. Most of them believed
the stories and repeated them as truth. The story about rapes, killings,
and the slitting of two children's throats was also reported in an article in
the Guardian of London on September 5. They quoted witnesses as saying,
"During this time, they said, girls and boys were raped in the dark and had
their throats cut and bodies were stuffed in the kitchens while looters and
madmen exchanged fire with weapons they had looted." TruthOrFiction.com has checked with New Orleans police. They say
they've not been able to confirm the story of the babies with the throats cut
or even any rapes from among those who took refuge in the Superdome. If those events did happen, nobody has come forward to report them or
substantiate them. One rumor that spread through the refugees was
that a 7-year-old-girl had been raped and killed, but there has not been any
evidence found so far of that murder. The London Guardian ran a story on September 6 saying that they, too, have not
been able to confirm any of the rape and killing stories or the stories of
bodies stacked in the kitchen at the Superdome. The Guardian said it had
not been able to find any substantiation of any dead bodies at the Superdome
at all, much more the bodies of children.
SS-Author: On TV I did see two bodies next to
an exit door inside the Superdome, one in a wheel chair and the other wrapped
in a sheet on the ground beside the wheel chair. Those were likely
natural deaths but I am not sure. These images were shown multiple times
on CNN News, and I even saw footage of singer Harry Connick Jr. praying next
to those 2 souls.
STUNNING RELATED DEVELOPMENT—New Orleans Chief of Police Resigns
Katrina Fallout Claims Top Cop Geoff Elliott, Washington correspondent September 29, 2005
THE New Orleans police chief at
the centre of the Hurricane Katrina response, who made
sensational claims about carnage in the devastated city that
have turned out to be false, resigned yesterday.
Eddie Compass's departure came during a day of hurricane
fallout in Washington when a combative Mike Brown, the
former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who
resigned in disgrace after a botched federal response to
Katrina, hit back before a congressional committee.
Mr. Brown blamed local authorities in Louisiana for the
mistakes made, saying they were "dysfunctional".
"I very strongly, personally regret that I was unable to
persuade Governor (Kathleen) Blanco and Mayor (Ray) Nagin to
sit down, get over their differences and work together," he
His "biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday (two
days before the storm hit) that Louisiana was
Mr. Brown also defended his agency and himself against
what he called "false, defamatory statements" spread by the
media about the agency's capabilities after the hurricane.
Spokespeople for both the Governor and Mayor rejected Mr.
Brown's characterization. Mr. Nagin's spokeswoman said: "The
Mayor and the Governor were totally on the same page."
The politicians' scorching treatment of Mr. Brown, in a
hearing stretching over six hours, underscored how he has
become an emblem of the deaths, lingering floods and
stranded survivors after the August 29 storm.
Mr. Brown resigned on September 12 after being relieved
of his onsite command of FEMA's response effort three days
But it was Mr. Compass's resignation that created the
most stir yesterday, after the police chief's high-profile
role in the days after the New Orleans floods. At one stage
he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show to claim babies had
been raped in the infamous Convention Centre, where about
20,000 people were sheltering.
He later admitted there was no evidence for his
"I served this department for 26 years and have taken it
through some of the toughest times of its history," Mr.
Compass said at a press conference.
"Every man in a leadership position must know when it's
time to hand over the reins. I'll be going on in another
direction that God has for me."
But neither Mr. Compass nor Mr. Nagin would say why the
police commissioner had decided to quit. "It's a sad day in
the city of New Orleans when a hero makes a decision like
this," the Mayor said. "He leaves the department in pretty
But his departure comes ahead of fresh inquiries into why
about 250 police officers, or about 15 per cent of the New
Orleans police force, quit their posts without permission
after the hurricane slammed into the city.
The Times Picayune newspaper in New Orleans this week
criticized Mr. Compass's and Mr. Nagin's leadership during
the first few days of the disaster and for their exaggerated
public statements. "It's understandable that in the tense
and fractured days after Katrina, frightened people reported
rumor as fact, and soldiers, police and even elected
officials believed what they heard and passed it on," its
editorial said. "In the hell that descended after Katrina,
almost anything, no matter how horrific, seemed possible.
But now that we know better, it's essential that people like
Mayor Nagin and Superintendent Compass set the record
straight, just as forcefully.
"That might mean saying 'I spoke too soon' or even 'I
President George W. Bush yesterday made his seventh trip
to the Gulf Coast, spending the day meeting emergency
officials and flying over devastated areas of Texas and
Fake Katrina Photos on Internet
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FLOOD by Jars of Clay Remix
Another Appropriate Song - Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
From the Tsunami Relief Special
(To learn more about the 2004 Tsunami and how it happened, click here)