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    Catte Nappe, Arken, chigh

    When we suggested the idea that the numbers didn't add up as to the "washed out to sea" part, we were initially met with a great deal of disbelief and actually accused of conspiracy theory. It's truly gratifying to know that the thinking people here on dkos recognize the potential here and have chosen to err on the side of piecing the bits we do have together, as opposed to dismissing it all as hooey.

    Thank you Arken and others for your great efforts to get the disparate news into one place.

    It took three years to reach a number of 1600 dead on Katrina, the last 85 having been buried finally right before Gustav. Ike's influence may not be fully realized for years on that score, but for the living and surviving, your blog here is a godsend. It keeps the information organized and the pressure on where it needs to be.

    When KO reported last night that there were some 500 truckers in Carvell? LA waiting for instructions from FEMA on supply distribution, my heart just sank. It was like Katrina all over again, and since I worked that one (to the expense of my own health) it just brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you again for keeping this in view.

    There is something universal here; not just something personal. Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty, 440.

    by LRLine on Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 04:53:05 PM PDT

    •  I had no idea that it was as high as 1600. (0+ / 0-)

      Yet another piece of news that went unreported by the MSM.

      •  1800 (0+ / 0-)

        Many, many more that are not included as there is not an "official" count.  Local doctor who was loosing patients did a comparison of obits over a five year period and there was a tremendous increase in the year after Katrina.  Columbia is studying this and I assume holding back until there is a new administration.  

        •  Most likely you're correct, chigh (0+ / 0-)

          I've felt it must have been higher too. The 1600 number did show up in a news article the other day, I should have saved the link...but also was from some peeps in the location where the last of the unclaimed dead were stored, awaiting either ID or next of kin. The whole thing just ties me in knots...one thing some part of the MSM did report on when I did an article search day before yesterday was the fact that the volunteer organizations, such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army are not equipped to handle disasters on a mass scale for larger cities. Couple that with the fact that many of their workers are unpaid volunteers (and some unpaid volunteers without regular jobs no less) and that these organizations are mostly out of supplies at the moment, and we have a really BAD situation on our hands should another natural disaster hit a large population center.

          The entire idea of having volunteer organizations working in conjunction with FEMA and state organizations may not have been a bad one initially but I can see the results of 8 years of attempting to get it to work. Basically, it hasn't. For whatever reason, whatever is put down on paper or in their planning meetings cannot be translated effectively on the ground. I'm not sure what can be done about this, but I think I would prefer our National Guard HERE to help, as opposed to overseas, and the monies spent on those wars directed toward making America energy independent and strengthening our disaster reserves.

          There is something universal here; not just something personal. Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty, 440.

          by LRLine on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 04:31:01 PM PDT

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