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    What? Some of the volunteers are paid? The satisfaction that comes from all that wonderful Aussie "mateship" and "let's all pitch-in" attitude isn't enough compensation?
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    Talking about Katrina embarrasses and pisses me off at the same time. A major part of the problem was our Governor at the time didn’t ask for help in time. Then when FEMA did come in they tried to commandeer all our gas supplies and cut the wires to the police radio towers because they were the tallest effectively stopping our police force from communicating with each other. Our police chief had a standoff with them about the gas, he put SWAT by all the gas stations and communication towers and dared them to do anything. FEMA made it worse, ( read this ) Most of the repairs and recovery done was without any government intervention at all.

    The areas affected the most was the poorest communities of this state. A lot of the people evacuated were scum of the Earth. How many rich white people did you see evacuated? I was writing a story about it but there were too many Katrina stories already when I looked at the bookstore. A lot of people more proficient at writing then I am already released stories. If you are interested in an unedited version, some of it is HERE.

    Politics played a LARGE part of it too. Our governor wasn’t on the same political side as Bush, Mississippi’s governor was. Sounds like an excuse but politics did play a large part of getting help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoundEye View Post
    Talking about Katrina embarrasses and pisses me off at the same time. A major part of the problem was our Governor at the time didn’t ask for help in time. Then when FEMA did come in they tried to commandeer all our gas supplies and cut the wires to the police radio towers because they were the tallest effectively stopping our police force from communicating with each other. Our police chief had a standoff with them about the gas, he put SWAT by all the gas stations and communication towers and dared them to do anything. FEMA made it worse, ( read this ) Most of the repairs and recovery done was without any government intervention at all.

    The areas affected the most was the poorest communities of this state. A lot of the people evacuated were scum of the Earth. How many rich white people did you see evacuated? I was writing a story about it but there were too many Katrina stories already when I looked at the bookstore. A lot of people more proficient at writing then I am already released stories. If you are interested in an unedited version, some of it is HERE.

    Politics played a LARGE part of it too. Our governor wasn’t on the same political side as Bush, Mississippi’s governor was. Sounds like an excuse but politics did play a large part of getting help.
    Houston initially put the evacuees in the Astrodome. A well coordinated relief started happening with churches working with each other to staff the event and bring in supplies, prep moving evacuees out into the population. City and County Police protected the dome. Politicians kept their distance as it was an interfaith project. FEMA then appeared at the dome and wanted to take over. THe church leaders not only said no, but asked the cops to escort FEMA off of the site (Texas has unique territorial perks other states don't have). The feds then had no choice but to set up shop a couple of miles away to do their thing.

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    Well thank you Houston for taking our evacuee’s. Sorry you had to deal with some scum of the Earth. Believe me when I say a very small percentage of people from Louisiana are like that. Y’all unfortunately received a majority of them.

    At least you can see some of how FEMA and the federal government really screwed things up under Bush’s control. Let’s hope something like this never, ever happens again.
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    Sorry If I'm ressurecting a thread, but I'd like to chip in that San Antonio also helped out quite a bit as well with Katrina Evacuees. Sadly Dudester, and my condolences to houston, but most of the people we got from katrina were very hard working and honest folk. They set up a very profitable cajun cooking industry that is still burgeoning here. Heck, one of my high school chums was an evacuee and he was one of the coolest dudes I ever met. Very smart too. Now that I think about it, I think he had a part in convincing a close friend of mine to attend the University of New Orleans. (The valedictorian)

    Sooo... yeah. Sorry bout them crim'nals, dude.

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    At the present time, north-eastern Australia is experiencing a flood situation of biblical proportions.
    In all seriousness... I didn't know this was occurring. Has this been on American news? I don't watch much televised news (here and there I'll skim local news online). But I know local news has been advertising up coming coverage of the Packers going to Atlanta in their pursued path to the Superbowl. Awesome commercial, too, they say, "Well isn't that peachy!" In a sarcastic way. Making fun of Georgia.

    So, what has this done to you all's kangaroo population?

    Americans just donít have that ďletís all pitch in now and help each otherĒ attitude that we do. They simply don't understand the concept of mateship.

    So whatís wrong with Americans?
    Dude... you know how homo that just sounded? I wouldn't go into prison talking about mateship. Sounds like conjugal love. If you've got a big pair of silicon tits you might be alright.

    But there's a thought for you. Why don't you Aussies get innovative... and all of you get big boob implants? Male or female you'll all will float through the storm on your backs instead of sinking.

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    What surprises me is that Americans are not currently leading the rescue, clean up and rebuilding operations in the under-developed, third-world country known as Australia. Here's an interesting piece from a UK news source...

    "The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits earthquake-battered Haiti to offer its unfortunate people her 'deep sympathy' and assure them that America is their 'friend, partner and supporter'.

    Words are cheap, but they're backed in this case by $100million in emergency aid as well as an aircraft carrier, a hospital ship, helicopters and 5,000 peacekeeping troops. More impressive, certainly, than the official response of Europe.

    The EU's High Representative, Baroness Ashton, read a prepared statement to journalists in Brussels conveying her 'condolences' to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and pledged three million euros - far less than has been raised by the British public.

    Why does 'Europe' often seem no more than a conspiracy of grocers, haggling to keep prices up but blind to larger human concerns? Some of its 27 nations are capable of great generosity, but the institution to which they belong is a lumbering, faceless bureaucratic monolith.
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    The actual estimate of American aid to Hati is $850 million according to wikipedia.

    As as far as Katrina is concerned, Joe is right (for once), you would have to live here to know the story. Most Deaths that occurred in New Orleans were due to the levies giving way and nothing could be done about that as it was happening (having preventing that is another story).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudester View Post
    In 2005, after Katrina, New Orleans citizens kept waiting for someone to rescue them. When President George W. Bush went to New Orleans after the storm, he was in a room with the leaders there. He asked who was in charge of the security in New Orleans. The Mayor of New Orleans and Governor of Louisiana pointed at each other. Then, he asked who was coordinating the response. Again, those two idiots pointed at each other. Then he told the Governor that he needed her okay to send in troops. She said she needed 24 hours to think about it.
    This story sounds like a complete fabrication - to put it nicely - the kind passed along through political internet channels. When you say he went to New Orleans after the storm - when was that? His first trip to the region was to Mobile, Alabama 5 days after Katrina struck, followed by Biloxi and then on to the airport in New Orleans where he made this statement...

    "Here's what I believe. I believe that the great city of New Orleans will rise again and be a greater city of New Orleans. (Applause.) I believe the town where I used to come from, Houston, Texas, to enjoy myself -- occasionally too much -- (laughter) -- will be that very same town, that it will be a better place to come to. That's what I believe. I believe the great state of Louisiana will get its feet back and become a vital contributor to the country."

    What a joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Writ-with-Hand View Post
    In all seriousness... I didn't know this was occurring. Has this been on American news? I don't watch much televised news (here and there I'll skim local news online). But I know local news has been advertising up coming coverage of the Packers going to Atlanta in their pursued path to the Superbowl. Awesome commercial, too, they say, "Well isn't that peachy!" In a sarcastic way. Making fun of Georgia.
    I've had a few US friends contact me about it, so I assume it's been covered in some way.

    75% of the state of Queensland (not my land, but the Ox's land) has been affected by floods. This is the equivalent size of Texas, or France and Germany together.
    A number of people have been confirmed dead and there are still quite a few missing. The number of homes affected is just tremendous.

    There was some flooding in rural Victoria (my land) yesterday, but our weather is clearing up now and there's no rain forecast for the next week or so.
    We just have to hope the same for up north.
    So, what has this done to you all's kangaroo population?
    There are some great pictures of people rescuing wildlife.







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