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Well, I looked back on the lounge section and noticed there were no Katrina posts. If there were, my fault. Anyway. What does everyone think about this horrible disaster that seems to be getting worse everyday? Does anyone here affected or know someone who was affected by storm? I think it's horrible that so many people had died when many of those deaths could've been prevented but I think no one realized how bad this was going to be. Your thoughts...
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Gas wouldn't be such a big deal if the news didn't make such a panic about it.. The only reason those states are running out of gas is because no one can get in there yet...that should change in th next few days...not counting NO...
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Well, I looked back on the lounge section and noticed there were no Katrina posts.  If there were, my fault.

Anyway.  What does everyone think about this horrible disaster that seems to be getting worse everyday?  Does anyone here affected or know someone who was affected by storm?

I think it's horrible that so many people had died when many of those deaths could've been prevented but I think no one realized how bad this was going to be.

Your thoughts...


I have too agree with you on that...

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Sadly, the worst it affects me is gas prices. I wish I knew someone who was so I would have to be so selfish by whining about gas... but I don't. Damn gas prices. I should have filled a few days ago when it was $2.55... Now it's $2.85 and rising.
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Filled up for just $2.79 a gallon today, which is cheaper than normal. Seems like CA isn't affected by Katrina.
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A middle-aged black man was on FOXNews a few days ago barely being able to tell the story of how his house was literally split open by the flood waters and he held on to his wife until the last second when she said, "Take care of the children" and was carried away. Somehow, gas prices stopped making a shit to me at that point. Also, I must say that I'm glad we're still spending millions a day in Iraq building an ungrateful nation schools, infrastructure, and services while our nation is crippled by a massive disaster. Thanks, Washington.
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My next door neighbors parents are in their 70's. They lived on the gulf coast of Alabama. Their house and all their belongings are gone, but they are alive and living with some of their kids. They fled the communists in Viet Nam, back in the 1970's and came to Alabama, which is now home. They will rebuild, because they can, and love this country and the state of Alabama. My neighbor got his fishing boat out of harms way (at the Alabama shore) before Katrina struck. He's going down this weekend to see if his family needs help.
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My brother lives in Bay St. Louis. I spoke with him on Sunday and he wasn't evacuating. I haven't heard from him since. Edited by tmp
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It's an extreme tragedy. One of the guys on my floor hasn't been able to get in contact with some of his friends from down there. Gas prices pale in comparison to the destruction in Louisiana and Mississippi. They're saying that bacteria from the deceased and flooded cemeteries may spawn illness outbreaks. 80% of the city is under water and most major bridges and freeways have been destroyed. The smell of the deceased is wafting throughout the city and people are literally starving in stuffy attics and on rooftops. Many are predicting this will be the worst natural disaster the US has ever faced. And echoing on Flybrian's comment, has any other country offered to help us or even sent us their condolences? I haven't heard of anything. When they are suffering, we are the first ones to lend a hand...but when the roles are reversed, they are nowhere to be found. It makes me sick.
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I had no power from 3:30 p.m. on Monday until 6:30 p.m. yesterday. However, I am back to normal now and went to work today. Gas lines are about 2 to 4 hours long. Many areas of my city still have no power. I am about 180 miles from the coast. We have a lot of tree limbs down. The Gulf Coast of Mississippi is completely destroyed; the situation is worse than Hurricane Camille in 1969. Residents of New Orleans may be unable to return for 2 or 3 months.
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And echoing on Flybrian's comment, has any other country offered to help us or even sent us their condolences? I haven't heard of anything. When they are suffering, we are the first ones to lend a hand...but when the roles are reversed, they are nowhere to be found. It makes me sick. [QUOTE]

Venezuela has

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200509/s1450652.htm

Of course we aren't supposed to "like" them.
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tmp, my heart and prayers go out to your brother, your family, and you right now. I have a buddy that lives in Mobile. I heard from him early Monday AM and I have not heard from him since. I am sure he is fine because they just had CAT 1 damage. Please keep us informed when you do get in touch with them. I dont care about the high gas prices. Most places in Europe still pay more. I can sell my Hemis and the truck. Most people dont even have homes anymore. It's like they never existed. Puts things in perspective. As for other countries not helping us. To me, that would be like a homeless man buying Bill Gates a cup of coffee at McDonalds after someone punched him in the gut. We are the richest country in the world. We should be self sufficient, especially as much as this country gets in everyone's business. Chief
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The pictures I've seen are just ... overwhelming.

Thoughts/prayers to all those affected by Katrina.


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The next door neighbors got some info from their relatives last night. Their parents got valuable papers and some other stuff into the boat before it was trailered to high ground. Their house is intact, but filled with about four feet of water and mud. Don't know if it can be saved. tmp - Hope your brothers OK. The situation's not good, but if there's any counrty in the world that can overcome this disaster, it's the USA.
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I heard from my brother via a ham radio operator. He and his wife are alive and safe. I'm very thankful. Thank you all for your concern. :)
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I'm just freaked out about the whole thing--the riots, the scenes, trying to even imagine my life altered in the way theirs were, well, it's just impossible. And how am I affected? It costs 50 bucks to fill up my Century now (when I still have a couple of gallons left), and it took 3 gas stations in Syosset to fill up. Syosset is a town in Long Island, where I grew up--I should rephrase... the three stations I went to after going to a friend's house, were OUT of gas completely. When I returned to Holbrook, where I live (about 40 minutes southeast of Syosset), I was able to get gas at the bargain of 3.499.
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I had no power from 3:30 p.m. on Monday until 6:30 p.m. yesterday.  However, I am back to normal now and went to work today.  Gas lines are about 2 to 4 hours long.  Many areas of my city still have no power.  I am about 180 miles from the coast.  We have a lot of tree limbs down. The Gulf Coast of Mississippi is completely destroyed; the situation is worse than Hurricane Camille in 1969.  Residents of New Orleans may be unable to return for 2 or 3 months.

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I'm glad you're okay-how far is Jackson from Biloxi? I saw that city on TV last week and it was horrible-I've been praying for those people though. Gas here is now like $3.39 average-I still remember my first day at my few-week stint gas station job-"we're going up to $1.98!"-that was May 2004-just yesterday or the day before the lowest prices were $2.99. Where my best friend Tim's 1998 Escort (SE Sport) sedan once cost $10-12 to fill the tank (powerful and with great gas mileage-4-speed OD automatic transmission), he put gas in for the week at the 1/4 mark-it only rose to halfway between 1/2 and a full tank, with $12. Neither one of us could imagine what turbulation Hummer buyers must be going through now. For all you other guys on here I'll pray for you too-I hope you all will be able to keep going-look to the Lord for comfort. Edited by Mule Bakersdozen LS
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I'm glad you're okay-how far is Jackson from Biloxi?


Jackson is about 180 miles away from Biloxi. Some areas of Jackson still have no power, more than a week since the hurricane, even though winds were only about 60 mph here.
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After going through this all for days, I want to keep reliving it. I haven't had cable, and much access to the news since I've been busy. I wish someone would make a collage of all the news and videos available so I could watch. The stories will go on forever and ever. I saw a man on the news today, Doug I beleive was his name, invited 50 guests into his 4-bed home. He is happy as the sky to be serving them in his home. Harry Conick Jr. stepped back into his hometown. He can't believe what's gone on there. Through it all we have to experience it and save those that need us most. My heart and thoughts are with those that are in need all the time, and my heart is also with this country of mine that is so resilient and even though we are complacent and go about doing our daily rituals, when something like this happens we all realize what we as people are here on earth for. Harry Conick said he couldn't even resond, he didn't know how to. He didn't need to, his work was enough and it is appreciated, and so is the work of every single individual who is there. And so is the love and the suffering of those that went through this tragedy.
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The reason you don't know about other nations contributions is because your national news agencies completely suck. They are more interested in angles for making news than building stories of support and what's being done to help. The focus on the negative aspect has only been to question every motive for how it was being handled. Sure, it could have been better; however, just as it was mentioned by the Red Cross, 'We aren't a search and rescue organization. We provide the necessary means for humanitarian and medical support.' They couldn't go in initially because the National Guard determined there was far too much risk due to the morons out there with guns. I mean, really, hospitals undergoing protective measures against snipers? What the hell reason would a sniper have to shoot at hospital evacuees?! People are so fucking stupid!

Anyway...here's some tidbits...

http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=014615&tid=001

The volunteers working in Community Services will provide support to the American Red Cross in managing 270 shelters and delivering some 500,000 hot meals each day. Staff Services volunteers help coordinate travel, accommodation, training and other details for the thousands of volunteers deployed to the region. Those people in Organizational Support will work in fundraising, marketing and communications.

“We are sending our most experienced and highly trained volunteers to support the largest relief operation in the American Red Cross’ history,” said Don Shropshire, National Director, Disaster Services, Canadian Red Cross. “In the coming weeks we will send at least 100 volunteers to the region, then more as required. It is the most effective way that we can help our counterparts in the US.”

http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/can-am/main/f.../katrina-en.asp

Government of Canada's Response

The Government of Canada has responded quickly to this natural disaster.Canada has deployed three Canadian Forces ships and one Canadian Coast Guard ship to the affected region to support relief efforts. The ships will work with the 2nd Fleet, U.S. Navy.

* Canada has deployed three Canadian Forces ships and one Canadian Coast Guard ship to the affected region to support relief efforts. The ships will work with the 2nd Fleet, U.S. Navy.
* The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Safety, Anne McLellan, has been in contact with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and advised him that Canada stands ready to provide assistance if needed.
* Canada's Air Force is sending two CH-146 Griffon helicopters to assist the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in covering the Boston Search and Rescue (SAR) area of responsibility.
* Canada is pledging its support through the International Energy Agency (IEA) in response to oil supply shortages in the U.S. Canada will contribute about 91,000 barrels of crude oil per day to the IEA's effort. Which is exactly why Canadian gas prices have gained up to 25% in some places.
* Public Health Agency of Canada officials have been in contact with their counterparts at Health and Human Services (HHS) in the United States to offer National Emergency Stockpile System (NESS) supplies to assist in the relief efforts.
* A Canadian Forces aircraft has been made available to transport Canadian Red Cross personnel to Texas. Edited by ShadowDog
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