“New Orleans is sinking and I don’t want to swim”

08.28.05

Residents of New Orleans are evacuating ahead of the expected devastation of Hurricane Katrina:

A statement from the National Weather Service in Slidell, near New Orleans, Louisiana, warned that much of the affected area “will be uninhabitable for weeks, perhaps longer.”

With highways out of the city jammed and people seeking refuge in the Superdome, things are certain to be a mess there for a while. I guess that’s what happens when you build a city below sea level. Here’s hoping that everyone stays safe.

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1 Tré 09.02.05 at 2:16 PM

Sari, did you know this song had been banned from some American airwaves until this mess is over?

Its becoming really difficult to watch the news reports and the pictures in the paper this morning are really disturbing. The front cover of LaPresse and the Financial Times both show a state police tactical unit, weapons drawn and pointed, driving down a crowded and litered street. What struck me most about it and the news reports is that all the suffering, hungry, crying and sick faces are those of black Americans. The Deep SOuth. I hope the delays and snafus in getting aid there have nothing to do with that fact.

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