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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Friday, September 02, 2005

Eye of the Storm - Katrina's Devastation

According to Eye of the Storm blogger this Biloxi, Mississippi woman - in the gray shirt - rode out the storm on her porch.

I came upon this blog today as I searched to see who had recently visited my blog. The site is staggering if only by virtue of the pictures this man has posted. The blog's name is Eye of the Storm [EOTS] - sort of a front lines report from someone experiencing it.

The levelled residence of a Vietnamese Shrimper

I am glad I happened upon it because it forces me to realize the amount of devastation has occurred in the wake of this hurricane.

A place in Biloxi called 'Pass Christian' - a residential neighborhood?

I believe this is the time for all of us to pool our resources and reach out to our brothers and sisters whose lives are in complete chaos.

Please do not remain complacent.
Now is the time to do something.
  • For those of you who can donate money - please do so.
  • For those of you who can donate your time and talents - please do so.
  • For those of you who can generate letters to Washington in order to effect a quicker response - please do so.
  • For those of you who feel you can do nothing please do not give up hope.
  • The power of prayer is immense.
  • For those of you who do not believe in prayer, you can still offer up your thoughts and keep those whose lives are in turmoil in your hearts.
All that remains of the Long Beach Yacht Club

Borrowing from the English Poet, John Donne, 'we are all part of the main,' let us abide in each other and let us help one another.

Thank you EOTS

12 Comments:

At Fri Sep 02, 10:22:00 AM MDT, Blogger UARIDI said...

I have been praying for the people of the USA GulfCoast because I am hampered by distance and lack of £ & $ to come to anyone's aid.

Thank you for reminding us of the need to pray and to remember all those who need our intercession.

 
At Fri Sep 02, 10:26:00 AM MDT, Blogger Luis Andrade said...

Just to share, a neat way to donate, that is secure and you know it will get where is needed, is to use Amazon.com link for Red Cross donations. Is fast and easy. I've used quite a few times.

Luis

 
At Fri Sep 02, 10:34:00 AM MDT, Blogger ipodmomma said...

thnaks for the heads up on bloggers... the last thing I need is more spam!

like your blog... will continue to pray, as that is truly the most powerful aid...

cheers!

ipodmomma

 
At Fri Sep 02, 10:38:00 AM MDT, Blogger Silly Adventures said...

thanx for the link. alhough on the other side of the atlantic, my thoughts are with the people in the affected areas. i hope thez get all the help they need. i have seen other areas devastated by war or natural desasters. and i am shocked by the slow and incompetent reaction of the bush adminstration. i hope that each and every one of us will contribute whatever s/he can to make sure the survivors will be assisted even if the state is letting the people down.

 
At Fri Sep 02, 12:23:00 PM MDT, Blogger Liquidplastic said...

If you want to read something scary click
here
below is a quote from this blog;

"The poorest 20% (you can argue with the number -- 10%? 18%? no one knows) of the city was left behind to drown. This was the plan. Forget the sanctimonious bullshit about the bullheaded people who wouldn't leave. The evacuation plan was strictly laissez-faire. It depended on privately owned vehicles, and on having ready cash to fund an evacuation. The planners knew full well that the poor, who in new orleans are overwhelmingly black, wouldn't be able to get out. The resources -- meaning, the political will -- weren't there to get them out.

White per capita income in Orleans parish, 2000 census: $31,971. Black per capita: $11,332. Median *household* income in B.W. Cooper (Calliope) Housing Projects, 2000: $13,263."

I don' think I need to add anything to it.

 
At Fri Sep 02, 12:41:00 PM MDT, Blogger Silly Adventures said...

call me naive. but i don't understand why there is not more solidarity between people in the us. if the government isn't able to provide transport for the people to get out, how about communities close to the areas hardest hit organizing convoys with their private cars and offering them shelter. i think it would be rather easy to make a big difference with very limited resources. and at the same time shaming the disgraceful handling of the state authorities.

 
At Fri Sep 02, 01:12:00 PM MDT, Blogger Liquidplastic said...

Silly there is only one way in and one way out of New Orleans. I know of a few tour bus services from Texas is trying, but it hard to to get into New Orleans. The water is so high and the road are invisible.

We live in America the land of hypocrisy ... we know we are not united, look at how most of us are treated. I am not shocked at the lack of solidarity considering that a large portion of the people hurt have very dark skin and is very poor. It's nothing new for America to forget that we are all equal since we are not treated as such even when there is no disaster.

I am not even shocked by the fact that I don't hear too much about the rich religious community not doing more ... this place is a Catholic paradise, where is the Pope. How come he hasn't sent any aid? You get my point.

Terrorist acts in America that can not be used by the Bush administration to slaughter innocent folks or steal another country national resources, well .. they don’t mean much to these rich and powerful folks. Dick Chaney Company can’t make 400 billions of New Orleans, Mississippi, or Alabama. After all, some think to this day, especially in the south … “the only good blacks are dead black” … so why bother to save them!

We live in a country that sells propaganda and lies to its people and uses fear when propaganda doesn’t work. We have to turn to Media outside of America to even get the real truth about what is happening right under our noses. Hell, I live in Texas and still can’t get the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Still … you have a good point and your question is valid, but I for one don’t have any answers except to look at history and how its always repeating itself.

 
At Fri Sep 02, 01:56:00 PM MDT, Blogger Silly Adventures said...

liquidplastic... thanx. i see your point. i have been flipping between german, british and us-american channels to and from. and accoring to the german channels, the roads north of new orleans are free and can be travelled on even with a normal non 4X4 car. they have shown pictures from the highway leading to baton rouge and it looked perfectly fine. thousands of people next to the tarmac, completely exhausted and still not a single car in site. just a helicopter every once in a while.
but dubya - and his hand-selected media crew - visiting biloxi (sorry, how do you spell that?). and in order to turn it into a great pr show loads of specialists' crews coinciding with his arrival. sickening.
would be interested to hear more form your side. talk to you soon.

 
At Fri Sep 02, 02:12:00 PM MDT, Blogger Silly Adventures said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4208986.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/katrina/0,16441,1560620,00.html

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/archives/2005/08/31/katrina_blogs.html

 
At Fri Sep 02, 02:34:00 PM MDT, Blogger Liquidplastic said...

Silly I went to the links you left and I have read and read and read ... and all I can do is cry. Oh my goodness ... all I can do is cry.

 
At Fri Sep 02, 02:47:00 PM MDT, Blogger The Voice said...

Folks,

I copied silly adventures links and set them up so that you all can directly liink them here ratgher than having to copy and paste the links.

Thank you silly advantures - I appreciate your input my friend.

Bush Admits Government's response to date is unacceptable

Amid the stench of death, poor bear the brunt

British perspectives on bloggers response to Katrina

 
At Fri Sep 02, 03:46:00 PM MDT, Blogger Legend In My Own Mind said...

It is such a sad thing to see that a country as rich in resources and everything else, as ours is, is still not responding like it should.

There is an organization asking for people to take in some of those who have lost their homes to this tragedy and my mother-in-law signed up. Unfortunately, we're soooo far away in Albuquerque, NM. But, if they do get some of the "refugees" this far SW, at least some will have a place to stay. I only wish I could do more. We donated $$, bags of clothes and we bought 20 cases of water yesterday and delivered them to the Red Cross. I guess any little bit helps. I wish I could do more. Keep praying I guess.

Also, I work for the City of Albuquerque. Our city gov't. is in the process of trying to hire bus drivers and others who lost their homes, jobs, etc. to this. They are even talking about finding housing for those that they hire. I hope it comes into fruition.

 

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