Friday, September 09, 2005

the Heart of the Beastess!

the Heart of the Beastess!, originally uploaded by freestone.

Uploaded by freestone on 29 Aug '05, 9.45am EDT.

The Heart of the beastess! Katrina!
You are looking, into its heart from 500 miles away. Tallahassee is about 500 miles northeast of the center of this storm, the photo is looking directly at her center, to the SW. Even so, with the mostly clear skies, there is still that rainband to the northeast, behind me! Off into those further rainbands Lurks the Serious Stuff!

I shuddered a bit, when i took this photo. Here was, what looks to the untrained eye, just a mass of high thin clouds, clouds that are at the edge of any low pressure system, but a system that i read, at noon, on Monday, the 29th, a storm that gave a meteorologist in Alabama, a 84 mph wind reading, over 100 miles from the storm center! So Gaze, folks, at the heart of this beastess, look upon the mystery of weather.

So Now on Friday the 9th, everyone has, by now, seen the destruction, the mess made of all of the lives. The ripple effects will go on and on and on, for years. there will be effects unrelated appearing, all across the country, like of Booms in small towns in distant states as the high price of heating oil drives young 62 year old retirees to move "early", and to move to inland Georgia!
The "cramp" will remain over new orleans for years, maybe for 50 years!
Even if a neighborhood is "saved", in New orleans, the depression will hang over it, like of the smell of mold and rot, for years and years. Katrina will be a Marker, like the 9/11 trade center is a Marker. Bush cannot "invade" *this* enemy's country!

I read how the survivors of the Asian Tsumini wave still have to cope, months and months later. many many people have seen ghosts roam the beaches, lost spirits of the dead: i imagine the Ghost hunters will find many here in new orleans, now.

I wonder what tropical heated water, full of rot, chemicals, will do to all those wood houses? Nothing will ever ever dry out, in 65 inches per year new orleans! Where oh where will they put all the trash, from all the rotting living rooms? Maybe no one should ever ever move back: save and restore only the french Quarter, surround it with Cement reinforced, on stilts, tourist hotels; leave the rest of the city to rest!

And how can one measure the sound of
500,000 babies crying, in overcrowded apartments all over the country, crying babies for years...

----from the tallahassee democrat

Posted on Fri, Sep. 09, 2005

Room for everyone

Storm-tossed family of 14 finds refuge in Florida A&M student's apartment

By TaMaryn Waters


It's been nearly two weeks since Jaimee McKenzie's family fled New Orleans.

They expected to leave last Tuesday, but their plans were interrupted by the loss of electricity, the mounting chaos infecting flooded streets and no word from authorities about coming back to the city they know as home.

In the meantime, a generation of 14 relatives - ranging from Jaimee's 88-year-old grandfather to her 7-year-old sister - must find comfort in her two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment that is now their temporary home.

By day, the living room is sparsely filled with a sofa, television and a few lawn chairs. By night, the living-room floor is crammed with relatives wrapped in blankets and one children's sleeping bag. All routine activities become a family chore, like taking turns using the bathroom and stretching donated rice, red beans and pasta to make daily meals.

Jaimee, who is a student at Florida A&M University, used to think of her apartment as a place for studying her criminal-law courses and curling up on her sofa to watch TV. Now, the junior is balancing a full course load, constantly monitoring news coverage and tending to the many needs of her guests. She worried Thursday about how to replenish the dwindling supply of blood-pressure medicine taken by both grandparents.

"It's hard to focus when you can't really do anything about your situation," said the 20-year-old. Family members keep their eyes on CNN for the latest news. They respect her study time by keeping conversations as quiet as possible.

Jaimee said New Orleans no longer reminds her of the city's popular crawfish parties, Family Day in the park or second-line funerals symbolizing a "home-going celebration" that look more like parties. "All that's gone now," she said.

"Sometimes you can't put it into words," said her aunt Lorraine McKenzie, referring to the devastation shown on the screen. McKenzie, 46, said she lived in the 12th Ward, near Tulane University, which was flooded. She fears her home has succumbed to the same fate.

The news coverage of Hurricane Katrina hits home, casting uncertainty and disbelief among this close-knit family. Jaimee's mother, Eunice McKenzie, discovered the Wal-Mart where she worked was left in shambles. Jaimee's godmother no longer could recognize her workplace because the office building was now a mismatched pile of lumber.

---I sense that this scene is repeated
thousands of places all across the land. This article says it all, i need not "summerize" Katrina any more, here, in this weblog!
----but i wonder...
If there are yet more of these disasters, coupled with a cold winter
and high fuel heat prices, MORE of us will have 14 people living with us, grandparents plus grandchildren, and for years and years to come!
"a private life", i read, is a modern
way of life, in most of the world *everyone* lives together, often in the very same room!
So this article says it all, for the
Impact for many, with Katrina!