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September 2nd, 2005
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Feeling a little disappointed in the country
It's not just the administration... When 9/11 happened, health centers around the country scrambled their emergency burn units and search and rescue teams to the scene. I can only wonder what they're doing now -I have seen no reportage of a similarly big-hearted and speedy response by anyone except a few organizations for whom it is part of their purpose.

And the national gaurd, of course. Those poor young people. First we send half of them to Iraq, then we ask the other half to take up arms against their own people. Bless them, they signed up willingly for this duty.

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From:shsilver
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
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The response is happening, it just isn't being as widely reported.

I know of several fans and writers, for instance, who are going down to NO to help or are opening their homes to refugees. Several countries around the world have offered to send help (Canada, Russia, France, England, others), and received varying response from our governmetn (although that seems to be a case of "let us see what is needed").
From:sabinablue
Date:September 2nd, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
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Yes. I thought there would be a blood drive set up in my area, but I couldn't find an appointment until the end of September. I was saying to Surfal this morning that our current government seems to consistently miscalculate -- or simply ignore -- the issue of human nature. Sure, FEMA has been bringing truckloads of food and water in, but they didn't count on people -- many of whom live paycheck to paycheck -- panicking. You can't just throw people in a stadium and assume they'll "behave." They're petrified.
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From:vaxjedi
Date:September 2nd, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
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What I have been told is that you should wait a week to donate blood. The infrastructure isn't available to get blood to New Orleans right now and any blood we donate right now may not get anywhere before it's unusable. Of course, this is just all anecdotal.
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