The Lava Trolley: Where's the love???

The Lava Trolley

Or is it the lavatory???

...Either case, this little nook on blogasphere is the natural dumping ground for the sort of crap that erupts
when you find a wee Chink in the Britworks...

But hey, I promise you this is steamingly hot shit...which is probably why it's all looking a bit brown!


11 September 2005

Where's the love???


"After Hurricane Katrina, a new section of the American public is waking up to the wretchedness of the administration's policies and to the disasters that have hit Americans as a result. Today's Iraq is worse than yesterday's, and there are not enough helicopters to tackle the hurricane. Bush and his administration will be judged by history."
Helloooo??? People are dying here, in case you haven't noticed...Pointing fingers and standing around bickering ain't gonna save any lives.


Truth to tell, I am less disgusted by the US's response to the catastrophe than at the propensity of certain individuals to cast blame.

I'll admit, when news of the hurricane reached UK shores, I didn't follow it all that closely as I assumed the US would probably have it all in hand. It's not the first time such natural disasters have stormed all over US states, and the whole thing would probably blow over in no time because they must already have some sort of system in place to deal with it.


Although it has now become apparent that Bush and his government are struggling with the situation, it's hardly the time for criticism.

Don't you think a little more help pitching in, and less bitching would go a lot further?

"I just think our focus is different - not to find the bad in the situation, but solutions to help."
This young African-American lady has the right idea.

So the US has made mistakes (Hasn't everyone?), and maybe its administration policies need a little more work, but there's time enough to sort all that out after the current predicament has been dealt with.


"The dead are only beginning to be gathered up. In Aceh and Thailand's beach
resorts, those killed by the tsunami last December received the due respect
of swift recovery, followed by identification. New Orleans people will not
let Mr Bush forget this. "

How fond they are of comparing the Tsunami in Asia with Hurricane Katrina...

All nations and people are subject to low points at various stages of their existence...What makes us think that Super Powers are somehow exempt from such instances?

"New Orleans descends into anarchy, with reports of looting, shootings,
carjackings and rapes. The local police force is ordered to focus its efforts on
tackling lawlessness."
That's another similarity between both calamities. In Asia, they had to contend with gangs kidnapping young orphaned children and selling them into the sex trade. If you feel the need to find fault with something, here lies a more appropriate scrapegoat.

I'm not just deeply saddened by the loss of lives, homes and jobs in New Orleans but also by the devastation of its culture. The Big Easy is one of the few places I've always wanted to visit in the United States (well, apart from Disney Land in LA...and maybe Charleston)...Something about the French Quarter, the mix of Latin, African-Carribean, Creole, its architecture, food, art and all that Jazz...

Now it's all gone...Acres and acres of history (or rather 80% of it, according to sources) drowned in more than 20 feet of water.


You can celebrate Madi Gras anywhere, but it's just not the same unless it's in New Orleans. Image hosted by

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  • At 16/9/05 17:31, Anonymous Steven said…

    That is one thing I never understood ... everything should be focused on helping people out. The criticisms should come afterwards. Criticism won't do anything useful to anyone at the moment. As to the police, they should have forgotten about the looting. Who cares about property at a moment like this. All resources should have been on search and rescue. On a sidenote, the first image is funny. Chances are that only an unarmed person was inside.

  • At 16/9/05 18:36, Blogger Charme said…

    The priority should be saving lives, not possessions. However, when victims who have managed to escape with some stuff that they've manage to salvage, it's sick that there are people out there who would think nothing of stealing the only things they have left in the world, apart from their lives (and if fortunate, loved ones)...And then there's rape and kidnapping...

  • At 19/9/05 04:54, Anonymous eponine1971 said…

    As far as I know, there's been no reports of rape or kidnapping. I have mixed emotions on looting. I think there is something that happens to the human psychi in a time like that. I think when you're starving, the ramifacations of stealing bread just doesn't matter. But I also know that wasn't the only looting going on. I am touched by the way the people have responded. Two men broke into a home. Instead of putting a shot through their head, the owner asked them to stay along with the 15 other people he took in.

    I am also saddened how no one else in the world has offered any support. We sent aid for the tsunami and other such disasters. But no one seems to care about this disaster. What makes it so bad is there was a hurricane. That hurricane destroyed the levies. Those broken levies caused a flood in a city that is below sea level as it is. No one saw that comiing. No one predicted the destruction would be so severe, the loss of life so great. And yet, all of you over the pond sit there critisizing our efforts, laughing at our loss. Where are your hearts now?

  • At 21/9/05 16:41, Blogger Charme said…

    We've had reports of rape etc on the news over here. I wouldn't be surprised if they were true though.

    I wasn't referring to people who stole because they had to survive, but to gangs who were exploiting the situation.

    Another thing that pisses me off about all these criticisms are insensitive remarks about the hurricanes being the result of divine retribution. I mean, WTF???!!!!! People are suffering and that's your mealy-mouthed stance???? It's not like any of that BS is constructive...Heartless bastards! Besides, what has this got to do with religion??? What the hell is wrong with the world these days? What happened to prioritizing?

  • At 21/9/05 20:22, Anonymous eponine1971 said…

    Never heard of divine retribution here. What kind of journalism are you guys doing over there? Besides, I don't see god hurting innocent people for something their government did. If that were so, wouldn't we all be gone?

    ..... besides, He promised not to do the flood thing again.

  • At 22/9/05 02:57, Anonymous Steven said…

    rape is just stupid. For the most part, people will do whatever their heart desires when they think they can get away with it

  • At 23/9/05 14:31, Blogger Charme said…

    "Never heard of divine retribution here. What kind of journalism are you guys doing over there?"

    Check out the BBC links at the bottom of the post...They're supposed to be pretty objective (if such a thing is even possible!).

    I wasn't actually referring to any news article in particular (with regards to divine retribution)...just some comments people have been making...I think there was some debate going on at Neatvibe about how Americans deserve all this suffering because of Iraq, and that they are being punished for it! When I read that, I just thought it was fucking preposterous!!!


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