Open Buddha

Open Source Buddhism, Technology, and Geekery
Bay Area, California

Katrina

It is amazing how little people talk about Katrina and its aftereffects (or the city of New Orleans) over a year after the fact.

Maybe people assume that it has all been dealt with but the k-hole still exists. New Orleans has, I’ve heard, less than half of the population it had before the hole was ripped through the area. Infrastructure is still in dire straits and it doesn’t seem to be getting much better.

This could be your city if the right disaster came through. I live in one of the worst earthquake zones in the U.S. and this is something I think about: whether I and my friends and family are on our own in the case of the emergency on a vast scale.

I still cannot believe that the nation that managed the Berlin airlift during the Cold War couldn’t evacuate New Orleans or actively help the people stuck there afterwards. Of course, then there are the words of the Legendary K.O.:

I ain't saying he's a goldigger, but he ain't messing with no broke niggas I ain't saying he a goldigger, but he ain't messing with no broke niggas George Bush don't like black people George Bush don't like black people George Bush don't like black people George Bush don't like black people Hurricane came through, fucked us up round here Government acting like it's bad luck down here All I know is that you better bring some trucks round here Wonder why I got my middle finger up round here People lives on the line you declining to help Since you taking so much time we surviving ourself Just me and my pets, and my kids, and my spouse, trapped In my own house looking for a way out (pause) Five days in this motherfucking attic Can't use the cellphone I keep getting static Dying 'cause they lying instead of telling us the truth Other day the helicopters got my neighbors off the roof (off the roof) Screwed 'cause they say they coming back for us too That was three days ago, I don't see no rescue See a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do Since God made the path that I'm trying to walk through Swam to the store, tryin' to look for food Corner store's kinda flooded so I broke my way through I got what I could but before I got through News say the police shot a black man trying to loot