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OB New Orleans post

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I haven't posted on this before, 'cause everyone else was talking about it enough, really...

Last week I found an album of music from New Orleans and almost bought it, because there's not likely to be any music coming out of New Orleans for a while now.

I'm also still partly in denial. It's hard to believe that the pictures on the evening news of a flooded city, corpses floating in the water, are from a city which once housed half a million people, in the most powerful country in the world. The place is currently in a state where it is uninhabitable, and the former population are scattered in temporary shelter, including sports stadiums. Just about everything that could have gone wrong did. The mind boggles as to how America is going to house these people, many of whom have lost everything, and how long it will take to clean up and rebuild New Orleans, if that's indeed what they do...

Score one for global warming.

If even the US can't weather a disaster like this without thousands of casualties, what chance do the rest of us have when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball? If a comparable disaster hit Wellington or Auckland, I doubt the New Zealand would be able to recover (though in our case it's more likely to be an earthquake. Wellington has few routes in and could be easily cut off). But I digress.

We're less than five years into this century, and life has not been kind to the US. Here's hoping the next five are better. It's difficult to conceive of them being worse...

Posted September 12, 2005 8:40 PM

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