It's raining now and I guess that's a relief from the heat. It's hot as hell down there in the sun. Crime is absolutely rampant: rapes, murders, rape-murder combinations.
I have really cut back answering IMs. Not enough time. I apologize people.
In case anyone in national security is reading this, get the word to President Bush that we need the military in here NOW. The Active Duty Armed Forces. Mr. President, we are losing this city. I don't care what you're hearing on the news. The city is being lost. It is the law of the jungle down here. The command and control structure here is barely functioning. I'm not sure it's anyone's fault -- I'm not sure it could be any other way at this point. We need the kind of logistical support and infrastructure only the Active Duty military can provide. The hospitals are in dire straights. The police barely have any capabilities at this point. The National Guard is doing their best, but the situation is not being contained. I'm here to help in anyway I can, but my capabilities are limited and dropping. Please get the military here to maintain order before this city is lost.
I still have yet to turn on the tv, to see any video of NOLA and Katrina. I've been very busy with work, and the most I can manage is a few moments here and there. But I have been keeping an eye on the blog that provided the above quote.
Important computers are sometimes stored in VERY secure locations. Bomb proof walls, generators, and massive stockpiles of diesel and food. This is the blog of a guy who is a network admin in such a facility on duty during Katrina. He's just decided to stay where he is, apparently for very very good cause.
I grew up in Miami. Saw hurricane Andrew in 1992 up-close and personal. Saw a pretty wussy one knock out power for 9 days here in Bethesda MD 2 years ago. I have a pretty good sense of what a hurricane is, and what the after effects are. But I've never lived below sea level, between a river, a lake, and the ocean during a class 5. With a govt who's elaborate plan ammounted to "we'll put them in the stadium". I pity these people.