Friday, September 30, 2005

Was the Real Catastrophe Media Coverage?

"I think 99 percent of it is bulls---," said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Lachney...
"Everything was embellished, everything was exaggerated," said Deputy Police Superintendent -

What are they talking about? The news reports that came out of New Orleans during Katrina. Apparently the people in the Superdome and Convention Center in New Orleans were not all killers and gang bangers!

Following days of internationally reported killings, rapes and gang violence inside the Dome, the doctor from FEMA - Beron doesn't remember his name - came prepared for a grisly scene: He brought a refrigerated 18-wheeler and three doctors to process bodies.

"I've got a report of 200 bodies in the Dome," Beron recalls the doctor saying.

The real total was six, Beron said.

Of those, four died of natural causes, one overdosed and another jumped to his death in an apparent suicide, said Beron, who personally oversaw the turning over of bodies from a Dome freezer, where they lay atop melting bags of ice. State health department officials in charge of body recovery put the official death count at the Dome at 10, but Beron said the other four bodies were found in the street near the Dome, not inside it. Both sources said no one had been killed inside. -

This great news to everyone except journalist, that now have the very hard task of regaining the trust of myself and the American people. And despite all of this the, often sited, BBC article suggest that Katrina saved US media
saying, "Amidst the horror, American broadcast journalism just might have grown its spine back, thanks to Katrina."
Sounds like the exact opposite to me. For the most part, American broadcast journalism was full of mostly false reports. Maybe media outlets should thing twice before tooting their own horn.

Friday, September 23, 2005

New Orleans vs. My Pants

So I was just watching news footage or New Orleans flooding again, I thought how lucky I was to be dry and how I didn’t deserve to be dry. My life is so good, I don’t deserve this, so I decided spill the full cup of water that was in my hand all over the left side of my body, my shirt, my upper thigh (yes it looks like I wet myself), my knee, and my shoe. No one bumped me, or said my name suddenly, or tried to scary me. I just dumped in on myself. Good times…

In other news, what kinda weirdness bites my neck twice close together and instead of leaving bite wounds leaves zits. Yeah, that's kinda odd. I'd show you a picture but my camera is very very dead. sigh...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

What's happening

Well I finally got my laptop set up right so I can do all of my homework on it instead of having to go to the lab. That's exciting. I've been using Google Talk alot and its awesome! As you might have noticed, taken down my home made music player and added a much fancier one, it will even pop-up in its own window so you can continue browsing while listening to fabulous music. I tried to put music on it that is pleasant to listen to while reading my blog or general web surfing. I hope you like it.

I was helping Kerry out when I signed up for an iPod shuffle offer. He now has his! It is possible.

hand, kerry said...

I wanted to let you know, I did indeed receive my free iPod shuffle, a week or two ago actually. I named it jaime and we are pretty much dating. You don't have to tell people that when you say you know someone who actually got a free one, that might not help them do a referral for you.

Earn your own free iPod Shuffle and help me out at the same time!

Friday, September 16, 2005

New Google Blog Search

Google has now joined the ranks of blog search engines. So the question is. Will I use it for searching though my blog entries? For now, I think I stick with but will just have to wait and see, in the mean time you can look at both of them and tell me which one you like better: Google IceRocket
New Google feature sorts through blogs / Test search engine likely to undercut smaller rival sites    

Earn a free iPod Shuffle

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

And Life is Good

I’m typing this from Microsoft Word on my new laptop connected to my wireless network at home while I install Half-Life 2. Oh yeah that’s awesome. I know, I know, I’m a geek…

Earn a free iPod Shuffle    

Friday, September 09, 2005

Perhaps I spoke too soon

It now seems that it was not as easy to get out of New Orleans as I had previously stated. Reports are now coming in that several of the local governments hindered people from leaving. In particular the main bridge west out of New Orleans was closed a day before Katrina hit. The local government seemed to not be very cooperative at all it turns out. Perhaps it was not so much the peoples fault that they stayed there as I had previously suggested. And afterwards the local government wouldn't allow aid to go to the SuperDome because they wanted to get people out of the city and bringing aid to the city would prolong that effort.

Earn a free iPod Shuffle

Friday, September 02, 2005

Super catastrophe

Has anybody else notice that the people at the Super Dome are all black? Look at the picture above? Do you see anybody but black people? For New Orleans:
The racial makeup of the city is 28.05% Caucasian, 67.25% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 3.06% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. - New Orleans
Where'd everybody else go? Only 67% of the population is black, that's a little over 2 to 1 ratio of blacks and whites. So were is everybody else? The answer is they left before the hurricane in the mandatory evacuation. Is it part of the black culture to not retreat or something?
I'm not a racist and I don't think I would have noticed at all if I hadn't seen a picture of one white soldier among several black people.
While the condition at the Super Dome are terrible,
A 2-year-old girl slept in a pool of urine. Crack vials littered a restroom. Blood stained the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers. - LA TIMES
People there are making it worse by panic. It seems like the only people down there that get plastered across TV are either thugs (looters, drug users, etc), handicapped (mentally and physical), or just plain stupid for not having left when they had a chance. I know its easy to draw conclusions from this statement and previous ones. I'm not sure if making those conclusions is fair or not, but I'll leave that up to you. If you have any ideas feel free to share them within reason (I will delete any blatantly racist comments).
Having too any desperate people in one place is never a good idea and as we have seen, can make disasters areas into war zones.

Commentators noted the victims of the hurricane were overwhelmingly African Americans, too poor to flee the region as the hurricane loomed unlike some of their white neighbors. - AP
They're poor because they're black?!? I hate media bias.


Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, along with members of the Black Leadership Forum, National Conference of State Legislators, National Urban League and the NAACP, held a news conference and charged that the response was slow because those most affected are poor.

Many also are black, but the lawmakers held off on charging racism. - Fox News

Many others are now noticing the same thing I have noticed.

I still need at least one person to sign up to earn a free iPod shuffle so I can get mine.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Words of Wisdom from Me

Your vision is not nearly as important as the out come.

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