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Monday, September 05, 2005

SPARKY: No Tears for Renquist; Plenty for the Victims of Katrina; New Hurricane forming in Atlantic; Perhaps the Puppet Boy King's Science Advisors are really wrong about the effects of Global Warming; But, hey it's only the poor that are suffering; K-12 start Tuesday and we can guess how many will be ‘left behind’ again; Should the Administration be fired for fucking with FEMA? - I say get rid of the whole lot — One last thing- if you donate to help the Katrina victims, use a site that “matches” your donation.

Enabler of the Bush Junta II Puppet Boy King's Coup d'Etat, Chief Justice of the United States, William Hubbs Rehnquist, dies at age 80

Chief Justice of the United States, William H. Rehnquist, has died at age 80 from thryoid cancer. His death leaves a second vacancy in the Supreme Court. (click for Full story).

Controversy over whether New Orleans Mayor failed to follow hurricane plan

September 4, 2005

Hurricane Katrina
Superdome refuge center

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Hundreds of buses sit damaged and unused. A high-resolution overhead shot of a full bus yard located in New Orleans from NOAA.

In the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, New Orlean's Mayor Ray Nagin did not use hundreds of buses that were sitting in bus yards, some less than a mile from the Superdome, to evacuate citizens who were too poor to make their way out of the city. After Katrina hit, the buses were flooded and satellite photos show those buses are now leaking oil or gas.

Critics of the Mayor and Gov. Blanco say, "the buses could have saved an estimated 20,000 people if they had been used for emergency evacuations which President Bush had declared two days before Katrina hit," according to All Headline News.

The 2000 edition of the southeast Louisiana evacuation plan states on page 13, paragraph 5:

"5. The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating."

The Superdome had been opened shortly before the storm as a shelter of last resort for those who had not evacuated. As FEMA observed at that time: "Most residents have evacuated the city and those left behind do not have transportation or have special needs."

Another 146 buses, less than a mile from the Superdome.
Enough to transport about 9,000 people,
According to WWLTV, during a news conference on Sunday, Mayor Nagin claimed he "could and would commandeer any property or vehicle it deemed necessary to provide safe shelter or transport for those in need", but hundreds of vehicles, including city and school district buses, went unused.

In a radio interview on WWL-AM shortly after the hurricane, Mayor Nagin said, "I need 500 buses, man."

On Saturday evening, Mayor Nagin also made remarks during an interview on CNN that the CIA will "wipe him out", in response for his criticisms of the Federal Government.


Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin slams Bush, federal government in radio interview

September 3, 2005

The mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, castigated the federal government for lack of response to Hurricane Katrina in a radio interview Friday. During a climatic point in the interview, Nagin stated

We authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq, lickity split. After 9/11, we gave the President unlimited powers, lickity split, to take care of New York and other places.
You mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming through, a place so unique that when you mention "New Orleans" anywhere around the world, everybody's eyes light up. You mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people who have died and thousands more are dying every day, we can't get figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need.
I mean, I'm not one of those drug addicts. I am thinking very clearly. And I don't know whose problem it is; I don't know if it's the governor's problem or if it's the President's problem, but somebody needs to get their ass on a plane and sit down the two of them and figure this thing out right now.

The mayor also called for a "moratorium on press conferences" and criticized the slow federal action:

There is nothing happening. And they're feeding the public a line of bull and they're spinning, and people are dying down here.

Mayor Nagin is being called a hero by some for ordering the evacuation as early as he did; although many pundits have been suggested possible improvments to city policies prior to the hurricane.

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Hurricane Maria forms in Atlantic
September 4, 2005

Hurricane Maria has intensified and become the season's fifth hurricane on Sunday, Sept. 4. The hurricane is currently growing stronger in warm waters in the open Atlantic Ocean.

According to MSNBC News, at 5 a.m. EDT the hurricane had a maximum sustained wind of 75 mph., which barely makes it to hurricane status, and was centered at 256 miles Southeast of Bermuda. Currently it is moving North-northwest and has been predicted to turn Northward around late Sunday and early Monday. If the hurricane continues on its route as was predicted, hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart believes, "Maria should remain well to the east of Bermuda and only pose a threat to shipping interests.”

This hurricane does not seem to pose a threat to mount to anything comparable to the current major US disaster, Hurricane Katrina, since it plainly is not as powerful and is expected to soon land in cooler Atlantic waters, sapping much of it's remaining strength at that point.

Maria is the 13th named storm of the hurricane season this year, which is distantly surpassing a statistic from the hurricane center — only about 4 or 5 named storms as of this time of year — keeping in mind the season is from June 1 to Nov. 30.


Scientists debate whether Hurricane Katrina was aggravated by global warming

September 2, 2005

Both scientists and politicians are divided over the increase in hurricanes in the last 30 years. The years 1970 to 1994 saw far fewer hurricanes than 1995 to the present. The New York Times suggest this was due to cool water in the North Atlantic driving winds that disrupted potential hurricanes from forming. Some experts say this is part of a natural cycle, others claim that global warming increases both the destructive power and the frequency of hurricanes. The Times article also pointed out that during eight recent years the U.S. has been hit by about one-third fewer severe hurricanes than usual.

Britain's chief scientific adviser Sir David King: “We have known since 1987 the intensity of hurricanes is related to surface sea temperature and we know that, over the last 15 to 20 years, surface sea temperatures in these regions have increased by half a degree centigrade. So it is easy to conclude that the increased intensity of hurricanes is associated with global warming."

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Professor Kerry Emanuel also claimed that rising sea temperatures increased the destructive potential of hurricanes, but he claimed hurricane Katrina was part of a natural cycle. A recent paper by Emanuel which claimed that hurricanes have intensified since the 1970s was described by Dr. William Gray as “a terrible paper, one of the worst I've ever looked at.”

Jürgen Trittin, Germany's Minister of the Environment was sharply critical of the U.S. Government. He wrote in an editorial: “The US has, up until this point, had its eyes closed to this emergency.”

Carsten Voigt, from the German Foreign Ministry showed more solidarity to the victims of the disaster. He also said that while he believed that hurricanes were more powerful due to global warming, he did not believe that hurricane Katrina was the fault of America, or the Bush administration. “The main point though is that climate change is an issue that needs to be put on the table.”


It's not over, the horror is just starting; Trust Sparky on this — and we'll see the Red State Zombies either ignore the suffering and/or blame the victims ... and still be painfully slow in assisting them. - o&0
PS True Blue Sparky has donated to the Red Cross. The below is forwarded so you all can feel as good as possible about this tragedy ...

Our deepest condolences go to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, who lost their lives, their homes and their livelihoods. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.

While we are devastated by the enormity of this tragedy, our faith, tenacity and determination ensure that we will rebuild and we will endure. The American spirit of generosity will be evident in the days to come, as communities in the afflicted areas come together and our American family from coast to coast provides assistance. Click here to see how you can help.

All of our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.

Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to Leader Pelosi's call for a special session of Congress, and we are coming together to make sure government can meet its responsibility to its citizens. But this tragedy demands nothing less than each one of us helping as much as we can and then going the extra mile after that. Click here to see how you can help.


Rahm Emanuel, Chairman, DCCC

How to Help

Below is a list of phone numbers set up for cash donations and/or volunteer opportunities:

American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
1-800-257-7575 Spanish;

America's Second Harvest

Operation Blessing

Humane Society of the United States

UJA Federation of New York
212 836-1880

  • Donate Cash and/or Volunteer

Adventist Community Services

B'nai B'rith International

Catholic Charities, USA

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund
(202) 606-6718

Feed the Children

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mennonite Disaster Service

Nazarene Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

United Jewish Communities

Union for Reform Judaism

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Updated information about Hurricane Katrina

For updated information about the hurricane and relief efforts, please visit the FEMA and National Hurricane Center web sites.


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