Wednesday, August 30, 2006

What I Learned From Hurricane Katrina

Having been inundated by the surge of media coverage on the year since Katrina, I'm sure you're tired of it. But perhaps not. Here's my little commentary on What I Learned From Hurricane Katrina:

1. Don't live anywhere that is below sea level and in close proximity to the sea.

2. Don't live anywhere that is below sea level and in close proximity to the sea AND is prone to violent tropical storms.

3. If you ignore 1 & 2, be prepared to GTFO and fend for yourself.

4. Make sure your state and local authorities are not corrupt and incompetent.

5. If your state and local authorities are corrupt and incompetent, and you know it, don't expect them to become suddenly clean and efficient and save you in your hour of need. See #3 above.

6. If all else fails and you are stuck in a natural disaster that hits your home that is below sea level and in close proximity to the sea, and you had no plan to fend for yourself, and your famously corrupt and incompetent state and local authorities left you high and dry-- sorry, LOW AND DROWNED-- don't make the same mistakes over again.

And don't demand that the rest of the country bail you out indefinitely. Help you out, yes, and do everything we can to alleviate your suffering and get you back on your feet. But listen to you complain while you make the same mistakes over again? Sorry. No can do.

Sound harsh? Sorry, it probably is.

2 Comments:

Blogger Pia said...

I don't think it's harsh, but then if you read my post today, you'll understand why! We're seemingly thinking on the same path, although you're a bit more eloquent.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous AtomicSapperTom said...

I hope you don't mind the linkage: http://atomicsappertom.livejournal.com/2006/08/30/

You're post was too good not to share.

11:42 AM  

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