"The Old Man and the Storm"

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-01-03 12:14:17 -0500. -- GH

Last night, 1-02-009, on the PBS News Hour they held a discussion with "Frontline" correspondent and filmmaker June Cross who describes her documentary "The Old Man and the Storm" which will air on PBS's "Frontline" on Jan. 6th, New Orleans: Three Years After Katrina.

This is a timely documentary more than three years after Katrina and especially as to the way the Government has been handling that compared to the extremely quick bailouts of the financial institutions in the present economic collapse and at other times when the corporate elite demanded their political friends come to their aid. There are three short video's at the 'Frontline' site that I'm embedding below, the third one touches on just that, especially as to the promises made by the President bush and other Government Officials and to the rapidly failing 'free market' 'trickle down' economic policy of the GOP.


Remembering Katrina -- and help keep the Mothership recommended on DailyKos

Live Television from New Orleans Channel Six

Gustav now a Category 3.

THREE years, has it been THREE YEARS? I remember the anxiety I felt watching Katrina unfold... Here's a link to the Millwx's latest updates on Gustav's progress Hurricane Gustav's Progress and another link to DarkSyde's What Will They Do?diary.

    The helplessness I felt and the increasing frustration of those of us who didn't know what to do.

Millions sent money to the Red Cross in good faith, much of that money is still unaccounted for.

Many sent money to an individual who said they were going to help...like me...I tried, I really, really tried to make a difference down in Louisana...for those that assisted me personally and BELIEVED IN ME, I have tried to PAY IT FORWARD over the past three years as well. [PLEASE FOLLOW ME AFTER THE FOLD]

Katrina, McCain and Bush: "McSame" (h/t DailyKos)

You can find it on the ePluribus Media Katrina Timeline handily enough -- perform a search where "summary" contains "McCain" and see what record pops up. When I tried it, the record found provides a brief summary and links back to the source article on the White House website: a wonderful photo essay of John McCain and George Bush, celebrating a birthday and having a party...just where you'd expect the Commander in Chief to be, instead of paying attention to one of the biggest natural disasters to strike our nation in years.

What does Mr McCain have to say about it? Well, he appears torn on the issue.

McCain, in New Orleans today:


"I want to assure the people of the Ninth Ward, the people of New Orleans, the people of this country: Never again, never again will a disaster of this nature be handled in the terrible and disgraceful way it was handled. Never again."

McCain, during the immediate aftermath of Katrina, when the government failed to respond and people were drowning:

McCain and Bush responding to the Katrina disater

Two dKos links where this was brought up today and inspired this post, in case the link above to the White House website happens to stop working:

Blue Intrigue and BarbinMD

J. Sydney "Let Them Eat Cake" McCain: this man wants to be president in mold of George W. Bush. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

God Pulled the Handle

Robert Kaplan/theAtlantic: WATERWORLD [sub. req'd]
Atop the Bay of Bengal, the numberless braids of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers have formed the world’s largest, youngest estuarine delta and one of its most dynamic. It is, in effect, the world’s biggest flush toilet. Once a year, over the space of four months, God yanks the handle.

Just because humans occupy a space for a short period of time doesn't mean they "own" it. Few more cyclones there, and hurricanes here, and low-lying Gulf Coast areas will become ocean. Build a floating city, or move to higher ground are the obvious choices. Therefore people will do neither.

[USGS/NASA: Earth As Art]
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Reference Tool: Martha Legace/HBS: Mapping Polluters, Encouraging Protectors. Wow.
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