Sunday, August 20, 2006

Class, race, and disaster

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"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

Barbara Bush, September 5, 2005


The Rude Pundit has a wonderful photo essay of New Orleans one year after Katrina.

I find the difference in the response to the human tragedy of Katrina and the response to the September 11, 2001 attacks to be quite instructive about class and race in American society.

Lots of white-collar white folks die, and it turns the nation inside out and affects us in a grave way even five years on.

Nobody is even sure how many people died during Hurricane Katrina. It doesn't seem to be a national priority to find out either. We do know they were mostly poor and mostly black so that tells you a great deal.

Yes, I know one was an attack and the other was a natural disaster. I also watched the response to both of them unfold , and I can tell you that if a natural disaster had hit Manhattan or the neighborhoods of Long Island, the response would have been entirely different.


I have some thoughts on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, but I'm trying to figure out how to string them together. I think instead of one large post I will be posting about various aspects of the events from different points of reference such as conspiracy, history, and impact on our culture and foreign policy.

Stay tuned....

10 Comments:

Anonymous brian said...

That's right...Sept 11th is just around the corner. Time to keep the tv off. I don't want to hear any more whining. 5 years is enough.

For the people who truly lost someone that they love, I know that it will never go away. For everybody else..shut the hell up and get on with your life.

Anybody watch the Power of Nightmares series from BBC? You can watch it on Google video. It is a pretty good summary of what has been happening over the last few decades.

Sun Aug 20, 08:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Barnita said...

Hi guys - my condolences for your tragedies if you are still mourning. And if you're over it - good for you - we need to move ahead without forgetting.

Mon Aug 21, 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Speaking of 11 September, 2001, most of us likely recall the curiously "coincidental" war games, which so derailed any effective military response, as well as the amazing peculiarity that FEMA was *already* in place in New York City, well prepared for an equally "fortuitous" attack "simulation" scheduled the next day. But how many knew that, during a *prior* Bush-dominated presidency, such uncanny, "serendipitous" occurrences were ALSO amazingly commonplace in a disaster scenario?: The Attempted Coup D'Etat of March 30, 1991 [From: George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin] ==== ... In the midst of the Bush-Baker cabal's relentless drive to seize control over the Reagan administration, John Warnock Hinckley Jr. carried out his attempt to assassinate President Reagan on the afternoon of March 30, 1981. ... ==== Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's memoir of that afternoon reminds us of two highly relevant facts. The first is that a "NORAD [North American Air Defense Command] exercise with a simulated incoming missle attack had been planned for the next day." Weinberger agreed with General David Jones, the chiarman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that this exercise should be cancelled. [fn 12] ==== Weinberger also recalls that the group in the Situation Room was informed by James Baker that "there had been a FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Administration] exercise scheduled for the next day on presidential succession, with the general title 'Nine Lives.' By an immediate consensus, it was agreed that exercise should also be cancelled." [fn 13] ... ==== [And if you read the *entire* chapter, there's a LOT more "bizarre coincidence" where that came from! Anyone else detect a strangely familiar "pattern"?]

Mon Aug 21, 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Naturally, I comprehend Robert's point here entirely. In the case of the 11 September attacks, help was available immediately, seemingly PRE-arranged! But for the poor and black of the Gulf Coast, a YEAR is "not long enough". ==== Nero fiddled while Rome burned; Bush strummed his guitar as New Orleans submerged. Both appear to have had starkly ulterior motives for their inaction, notoriously arbitrary in the current case. ==== It's called "Fascism", folks. (Or, if you prefer,. "Oligarchical Collectivism", a la Emmanuel Goldstein.)

Mon Aug 21, 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

I often think of former CIA analyst Ray McGovern as a sort of intelligence "messiah" for truth these days. He holds ALL the requisite background and insights to know precisely what he relates, and rarely seems to pull any punches. The following is NO exception, in parts relaying what even we, who haven't drunk the Kool-Aid, may NOT know: Interview With Ray McGovern, Part 1, by Dahr Jamail ==== During the Veterans for Peace National Convention in Seattle, I conducted an interview with Ray McGovern. McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years and is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). ==== In this first installment of this short interview series for Truthout, I asked McGovern what he thought of the fact that Israel had been planning their attack on Lebanon for well over a year. ... ==== [Superb, and fairly frightening! But then, acceptance *is* the First Step.]

Mon Aug 21, 04:01:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

Hey guys;
I am off work until Monday. So I am going to spend lots of time on blogs and reading and watching documentaries.
I'm off work because I lost the use of my legs a few days ago. I thought it was going to be okey and it would disappear but the problem is still here. I am pissed off about that and I don't really want to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. I may go to surgery, I will keep you updated with that. Besides on Friday nite, I was drinking some beers but I forgot I was under painkillers and I passed out on the floor. The following day my wife woke me up and I thought I was in my bed, but no no, I had spent my whole nite on the carpet.

Lately I spend some time in a very interesting blog called palestinianpundit.blogspot.com, this is where I usually stay. I write serious stuffs in there. You know that usually I do not take anything serious. Life is unfortunately a big fucking joke.

I will also give you some links if you don't mind, I've been shooting documentaries, short documentaries and long documentaries as well. One of my documentary is a tribute to the singer "Alice in chains". I know her mom and she wanted to do something for her son.
And I have 3 other documentaries that have not been edited yet :) Shhh that is a surprize.

I've been working on this little project as well, since Robert talked about Katrina events, it's called DiSASTER READINESS.
Here is the link: http://www.evital.com/dp/
It's not 100% finished but at least I hope you will like it :) Same thing here, I wanted to do a good deeds for this world, honoring people, that was a major motivation and lots of work.

Thu Aug 24, 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Die for the Elite said...

Looks like old Rocco is inciting some domestic terrorism again. What a hypocritical scumbag.

Thu Aug 24, 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Politiques,

Hey bro. I'm sorry to hear about what' going on with you health-wise. Is this still part of the phantom infection you had awhole back?

Keep in touch mon ami.

Thu Aug 24, 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

No that is another issue. My dentist did a wrong diagnostic and he wanted to make as much money as possible that he disregarded where the infection was coming from. A few months ago, he wanted to build me a crown while I was telling him it was too soon to do that and I had to be sure first the infection should disappear completely. It turned out the infection came back like 3 weeks ago: pneumonia was on its way, optical nerve of the right eye going all wacko, headaches with lots of tossing and turning in bed at nitetime, and the consistant feeling of fatigue that does not want to go away from the body. Yesterday I went to check back with my dentist and it turned out that the infection now would come from my only left wisdom tooth. I wonder if they really know what they are doing after 2 root canals. But hold on. My dentist does not perform oral surgery. He wanted to send me to a specialist to remove the wisdom tooth. So basically since I was limpy yesterday I took me 30 minutes instead of 10 to get back to the car . I called then the oral surgeon that did not accept my insurance card. Not only he wanted $25 upfront but doing X-rays that I had already done, and to top it off, he wanted to charge over $400 for a ridiculous extraction. The anger inside of me, accumulated with my back pains exploded. I went back to my general dentist, banged the counter with my fists and asked them "who do you think you are? You screwed up and you have to fix your mistakes". Then finally a dentist showed up and told me he would perform the extraction :)

That's good news. The medical system in the US is very injust: because of a tooth surgery, dentists do not want to perform this benign operation, they prefer instead to refer us to someone else so that they can make some little bonuses at the end of the month, far from the eyes of the IRS. He did not want to perform a wisdom tooth extraction but his office did want to built me a crown instead. It's all about the money in this country, with a 2 speeds society, with the ones that can afford to take care of their health and the ones who can't and have to deal with students in medicine and taking the risk of dying on the surgery table.
Today my crooked dentist even called me to know how I was feelings. There is no feeling in a business communication, it is all about the money, that is their main motivation beyond anything else. Like always people talk about good words, but there is always something else inside their mind stronger than humanist words and it's called money and doing business.

My back problem is a new health problem. I don't know what the heck happened to it. I was laying down in bed and suddenly when I tried to turn around I heard like a pop and that was it. The following day, I called my boss to let him know that I was in bad shape, but he did not beleived me; so i showed up at work with a stick, yes a horrible stick, walking like an 80 years old man, all hunched and barely walking on my feet, just little steps after another one. Then my boss saw how bad my shape was and he said "oh I beleived you". I went to the HR, asked them a day off, then went back home. The following day I was feeling much better, so I went back to work but the pain was still there and last time was one of these horrible moment because I could not toss and turn around or finding the best position to releive the pain. You know generally women sleep on their shoulders because their shoulders is 10 times more sensitive than men's shoulders. Men usually sleep in any position. Imagine that I could not find a position at all and could not even toss and turn. So the following day, I called my boss and told him I had to be rushed to the emergencies. Same thing here, they made you want hours before you can see a doctor, and usually they tell you to see a doctor to get you an appropriate treatement. Well this time they gave me 2 shots in the rear, one is cortison I think and the other one is for muscles spasms. After taking all these drugs pills, because they are against people that smoke weed when they are in pain, I still can feel the back pain. And I can tell you that I feel completely drugged up with their stuffs.
Tomorrow I will go do some X-ray and we'll see from that point, but I don't think it looks good. I think that one of my discs is either herniated or it slipped from my spine. If it is hearniated then it's not that bad because it can heal with some time though but it does heal. Otherwise if the disc slipped, and I do think it slipped because I was forcing on it, then it is going to be back surgery because I am not able to walk at all today. I was on my knees all day long. From the computer to the bedroom, by making some stops at the kitchen for food and the pain did not go away at all.
So that sucks.

Thu Aug 24, 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

In the "Truly Tasteless Entertainment" category, it appears the Corporate media is now preparing to break ALL-NEW ground in its rapid descent towards total cultural "bottom-feeding" -- at that, within an *astoundingly* seedy genre which has *already* broken numerous records for all-time lows in Western "civilization"! It's perfectly ON-topic here, I'm sorry to say. But while one contestant cautiously dubbed this a "gutsy" idea, I'd say it more resembles a *Nazi* idea, considering the racist climate of Fascist Amerika today: Reality TV turns to race 'tribes' to survive ratings war [The Guardian] ==== In its latest contribution to society, the CBS reality show Survivor has announced that in its upcoming season the competing teams will be chosen according to race, much to the concern of US minority rights organisations. ==== The four teams, or "tribes", of five contestants will be made up of people from the black, Hispanic, Asian and white communities, and will take each other on at a variety of challenges on the palm-fringed sands of the Cook Islands. ... ==== [Presumably, those "tribes" will be provided with "Separate but Equal" accommodations.] >8^[

Fri Aug 25, 10:41:00 PM  

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