September 5th, 2005

Eyecandy

Send help directly -- from local shelters in LA and MS

Please be sure to verify credentials of these orgs. The ones I've seen are legitimate, and posting their exact needs. For those uncomfortable with indirect support via large orgs like Red Cross and Salvation Army, these might provide a more direct method of helping:

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Was also pleased to see that the Dutch are coming to New Orleans *finally*. If anyone can get those waterways set, the Dutch are *it*:

2048. The Dutch are coming to help
by 1mamavan2, 9/5/05 10:10 ET
As a Dutchy whom celebrated her honeymoon in New Orleans I am devestated by the news on New Orleans and surrounding counties.
My government has sent several ships to the New Orleans area with food, water, medical supplies etc... Also trained medical staff. If asked for the Dutch Identification Team which started the identification work after the Tsunami will come over to help with the tremendous task ahead.

Also some of our best builders of the dykes along the canals and coast of my homecountry are trying to work out a safetyplan...

Blessings to all!Cath



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Eyecandy

Outrage

My words aren't working, but my emotion is strong. Uncle Al is in CA with his son, GaGa is in Virginia with hers, and most (but not all) of the friends I was still in touch with in Nola are out or on their way.

Someone local was arguing about how horrible society is today, and how Katrina and the aftermath proved that no longer can he believe in the basic goodness of human beings, of their ability to do good and be each others' allies/protection in time of crisis.

Arguments like this -- along with those about gas and politics and others -- infuriate me right now. The problem is not with *people* it is WITH THE SYSTEM! My rage is incoherent, and it's multidirectional. It's that people -- individual and corporate and group -- are trying to do what's right, they are trying to help, and THE SYTSTEM AND ITS LEADERS WILL NOT ALLOW IT. THEY PLAY POWER POLITICS AND CATER TO A MEDIA THAT SERVES UP WHAT OUR MODERN COLISEUM CULTURE DEMANDS, while those of us who live our lives in an ordinary world spend our time fighting the system to get the heroes help, to show their lights to the world, to encourage rather than to tear down the cities and towns that are beloved.

AAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGH!

(coherence perhaps later. I am collecting links and letting it marinate.)