Well, it has been a while since I have posted on this blog. Hurricane Katrina has been in the news lately, and here are some interesting articles I have noticed:
- “New Orleans Left to the Dead and Dying”, AP news on myway.com, 09/04/05 http://apnews.myway.com/article /20050904/D8CDDH7G0.html. A status report as of Sunday.
- “Hurrican Survivors Must Decide Future”, AP news on myway.com, 09/04/05. http://apnews.myway.com/article /20050904/D8CDG8H81.html. Summary: A lot of peole won’t be coming back to New Orleans even after it dries out. I am not too surprised.
- “Profile of New Orleans, Before Katrina”, Martha Mendoza, AP National writer, on news.yahoo.com, 09/03/05. http://news.yahoo.com/ news?tmpl=story&u=/ ap/20050903/ap_on_re_us /katrina_the_city_that_was_hk1_2. A brief history of New Orleans.
- “The Bursting Point”, David Brooks on the New York Times’ website, 09/04/05. http://www.nytimes.com /2005/09/04/opinion/04brooks.html ?ei=5090&en=37eeb8918dbb6e2e&ex =1283486400&partner=rssuserland &emc=rss&pagewanted=print. A very good article, about the fact that we (meaning the U.S.) may be about to go through a restructuring of our views on centralized authority (big government, big corporations) due to their many recent failures.
- “Will New Orleans Recover?”, Nicole Gelinas on City Journal’s website, 08/31/05. http://www.city-journal.org/ html/eon_08_31_05ng.html. New Orleans will have major problems recovering because too much of the economy is dependent on tourism and government handouts. Businesses and citizens have been fleeing for years.
- “Camille Paglia: Hurricane Katrina has demolished this administration’s mask of confidence”, Camille Paglia on the UK Independent’s Online Edition, 09/03/05. http://comment.independent.co.uk/ commentators/article309925.ece. First off, the title for this article is misleading. Paglia only talks about the Bush administration for maybe one or two paragraphs. Most of the article is a very interesting commentary on the role of nature in the American mythos and in current American life, and a very thorough trashing of the news media and their inability to grasp what nature can do. I often disagree with Paglia, but she does a very good job in trying to spot historical trends and in adding those to her discussion.