PS3 Games Lineup

While no playable games were available at the Tokyo Game Show 2005 and the industry continues to debate possible prices for the PS3, Sony revealed strong support for the upcoming PS3 at the conference, by stating that 71 publishers are developing 102 games.


KillZone for the PS3



Gran Torismo 3 - PS3

A video demonstrating GT3 on the PS3...

(Wow... oh wowwy wow wow wow...)

It's a boat, right ?

Something every kid will want very soon :)

Funny foreign comedy video

Just really funny video. I'd tell you more, but I don't want to ruin it. REAL funny.

About 40 things to never do on a video

Various... painful things caught on video set to music... :)

Can this man save the world?

Everyone wants to cut car emissions. Sooner or later, someone will find a way to do it. Joe Williams hopes it's him.


The Daily World

The Daily World: "NEW ORLEANS - With the last weary refugees rescued from the Superdome and convention center, New Orleans turned its attention Sunday to gathering up and counting the dead across a ghastly landscape awash in perhaps thousands of corpses.

No one knows how many people were killed by Hurricane Katrina and how many more succumbed waiting to be rescued. But the bodies are everywhere: hidden in attics, floating in the ruined city, crumpled in wheelchairs, abandoned on highways.

'We need to prepare the country for what's coming,' Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on 'Fox News Sunday.' 'We are going to uncover people who died hiding in the houses, maybe got caught in floods. It is going to be as ugly a scene as you can imagine.'"

AP Wire | 09/04/2005 | Hurricane survivors must decide future

AP Wire | 09/04/2005 | Hurricane survivors must decide future: "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - He didn't choose to leave New Orleans; Katrina came through and wrecked Jerry Hymel's native city, driving him away. And now he does not know what to do. He is asking the same questions posed by thousands of others who fled the storm and its aftermath: Should he and his wife rebuild, a long and arduous process?

Or should the retired utility worker pick up stakes, making a fresh start in a new place at age 62?

'I can't answer that right now,' he said."

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Survivors reveal Superdome horror

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Survivors reveal Superdome horror: "Inside the Superdome, a National Guard soldier charged with keeping order confirmed the brutal reality of life after Katrina.

'We found a young girl raped and killed in the bathroom. Then the crowd got the man and they beat him to death.'"

(Personal note: This is one of the most vivid stories I've read and includes several accounts from inside the Superdome. Terrifying)

Top News Article | Reuters.com

Top News Article | Reuters.com: "NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans looked all but empty on Sunday after the final evacuation of battered survivors of Hurricane Katrina, while top Bush administration officials, stung by anger at their relief efforts, were fanning out across the afflicted region.

Rescuers in a vast eight-hour operation cleared New Orleans' Superdome football stadium and the convention center of thousands who had taken shelter there during the catastrophic storm only to fall prey to wretched conditions."

CNN.com - Survivors search for missing loved ones - Sep 3, 2005

CNN.com - Survivors search for missing loved ones - Sep 3, 2005: "OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi (AP) -- The only word 1-year-old Leah knew was 'Da-da.' She lay in a stranger's arms as her mother, Christi Scott, floated away in a hot tub.

'I thought, there's no way I'm going to find her,' said Scott, who drifted in her makeshift lifeboat atop Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters for 20 minutes before reaching land. 'She doesn't know her name. She can't say my name.'"

CNN.com - Clapton, Connick on King 'help' show - Sep 4, 2005

CNN.com - Clapton, Connick on King 'help' show - Sep 4, 2005: "(CNN) -- Before the end of his first stanza, Eric Clapton plied melody into the horror that victims of Hurricane Katrina faced.

See the water lie on the ground, from where the heavens opened

From his stool on the set of 'Larry King Live,' Clapton lent his talent Saturday night to King's celebrity-chocked fundraiser for people who survived the wrath of the Category 4 storm that strafed southern Florida and ravaged the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama."

CNN.com - Thousands of deaths predicted - Sep 4, 2005

CNN.com - Thousands of deaths predicted - Sep 4, 2005: "NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Authorities have not yet been able to calculate the number of people killed in Hurricane Katrina's rampage across the Gulf Coast, but Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt told CNN on Sunday it is 'evident it's in the thousands.'

Leavitt was the first federal official to give an estimate.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin predicted Sunday that there would be that many deaths in his city alone."

Another storm possible in hard-hit region

Nola.com: NewsFlash - Another storm possible in hard-hit region: "(AP) — Katrina may seem like the last word in hurricanes, but there is a very real possibility that another major hurricane may hit New Orleans or some other portion of the 200-mile coastline devastated by Katrina in the weeks to come.

'We're not out of the woods yet,' said Susan Cutter, director of the University of South Carolina Hazards Research Laboratory. 'We're not even in the height of hurricane season.'

A forecast released Friday by meteorologists at Colorado State University calls for six more hurricanes by the time the hurricane season ends on Nov. 30, three of them Category 3 or above. On average, about one major hurricane in three makes landfall in the United States.

'We expect that by the time the 2005 hurricane season is over, we will witness tropical cyclone activity at near record levels,' the Colorado State meteorologists wrote."

Nola.com: NewsFlash - Bush expresses sadness at Rehnquist death

Nola.com: NewsFlash - Bush expresses sadness at Rehnquist death: "WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said late Saturday the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist was 'a tremendous loss for our nation' and issued a statement of condolence on behalf of President Bush.

Bush was notified about Rehnquist's death shortly before 11 p.m. It will be up to the president to nominate Rehnquist's successor on the Supreme Court.

'President Bush and Mrs. Bush are deeply saddened by the news' of Rehnquist's death, White House counselor Dan Bartlett said. 'It's a tremendous loss for our nation.'"

(Personal note: Obviously off the katrina topic, but such a major loss, even during these trying times. Blessings and thoughts to his family and to our nation.)

Owens: Former Lowry AFB to house Katrina victims

9news.com | News | Owens: Former Lowry AFB to house Katrina victims: "DENVER - With shelters in Louisiana and neighboring states overflowing with people fleeing Hurricane Katrina's destruction, Gov. Owens on Saturday said up to 1,000 refugees will be housed in dorms at the former Lowry Air Force base.

Military and civilian planes were to begin arriving at Buckley Air Force Base with those displaced by the storm as soon as Sunday, Owens said at a news conference. News of the arrival came on the same day that 700 Colorado National Guardsmen left to the Gulf Coast to aid in the search and rescue efforts. "

240 blog posts in 50 hours

Well, It's been about 50 hours since I began logging all the katrina related URLs posted on the various #interdictor IRC channels and I stop to check. I've posted 241 posts in just over 50 hours. There were many more links which, after I checked them out, were either not related to Katrina or duplicates. What a 2 day run. That's about 5 blog entries an hour. Blogger challenged me 2 times in that time to insure I wasn't a spammer (which I thought was funny).

Anyway. Just taking stock.

In summary, things were REALLY bad this last week, but the last 24 hours have been nothing like the first 24 hours, so things are clearly getting better, relative to the absolute hell that has been going on.

I hope everyone reading these blog entries understand that well over 200 people contributed these links, I was just blogging them as quickly as I could see and verify they were 'on topic'.

I believe I can honestly call myself a blogger now. All you bloggers out there who call this old hat, my hat is off to you.

... Ok, back to work.

Amid chaos, a rare voice of strength

NOLA.com: Times-Picayune Breaking News Weblog: "In front of the Convention Center on Saturday, amid a crowd of refugees weeping and trading stories of raped children and dead babies in freezers, an elderly woman in a yellow shirt lay near death, tremors coursing through her limbs.

Afew minutes later, she stopped shaking. And yet, in that hell, Anita Roach raised her voice to the heavens, belting out the gospel standards that had comforted her since childhood: through homelessness, through friendlessness, through the death of her son and through the flood that nearly killed her and her husband in their Lower 9th Ward home.

'When the storm
Of life is raging,
Stand by me, stand by me...'"

local6.com - News - Caskets Washing Up On Shores Of Mississippi

local6.com - News - Caskets Washing Up On Shores Of Mississippi: "Dozens of caskets are washing up on the shores of Gulfport, Miss., providing another grim reminder of a storm that may have killed thousands in the state and in neighboring Louisiana, according to a Local 6 News report."

HurricaneCity Message Board: Katrina resources Posted by Fire3083 on 9/1/2005, 9:17 am

Compilation of Resources from Posters on HC and News Agencies

CNN.com - Chertoff: Katrina scenario did not exist - Sep 3, 2005

CNN.com - Chertoff: Katrina scenario did not exist - Sep 3, 2005: "Defending the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff argued Saturday that government planners did not predict such a disaster ever could occur.

But in fact, government officials, scientists and journalists have warned of such a scenario for years."

Maps - NOLA Intel Wiki

Maps - NOLA Intel Wiki: "Maps
From NOLA Intel Wiki

Intended primarily for dynamic (i.e. 'Google-style') maps and resources. DirectNIC coordinates: N29 56'57.32', W90 04'11.11' (punch into search on Google Earth)"

Maps: The Impact of Hurricane Katrina - New York Times

Maps: The Impact of Hurricane Katrina - New York Times

Live interview with Mike, The Interdictor

LIVE Interview with Donny tomorrow night on "The Animal House" show at 8:00 p.m. EST. Goto our website at http://www.thefuzionradio.com and save the site link. at 8:00 p.m. EST Sunday 9/4, click on Listen Live and your favorite player will open and the show will be on. It's a Talk Comedy Show and depending on when Donny says he will be able to call in, you'll hear our normal stuff. It's a show like Stern so be prepare

Help Rescue Officials Locate Survivors

As many
of you have likely observed, the national media outlets are suggesting
that hurricane relief is finally leading to vast improvements with each
hour that passes. Food and water are being delivered, power restored,
levees repaired, water drainage plans developed, and those still living
successfully evacuated. Many are reporting that the final areas are
being checked for survivors, as well as those who have passed at the
hands of Katrina (and more often, neglect). Unfortunately, this is not
the case. As demonstrated on nola.com's blog section, many individuals
know the exact locations and WORKING telephone numbers of family
members, most of whom are elderly, sickly, starving, and in serious
need of medical attention. When able to get through on emergency
telephone numbers, a feat not to be taken lightly, they are dismissed
or told that dispatch would be sent immediately, yet no one has come,
even though calls have been placed for days. Many do not require full
evacuation, but basic medical attention and/or supplies. Many are
completely immobile, and unable to access the limited relief sites or
food drops.

The Interdictor Blog

DirectNIC This is the blog that got (and kept) this whole thing going. 98% of my posts have been coming from information derived from Interdictor based IRC channels.

Thanks Mike, you are a true hero.

WorldNetDaily: New Orleans mayor fears CIA to take him out

WorldNetDaily: New Orleans mayor fears CIA to take him out: "New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said he's feeling better about his city, he feels confident he has gotten the attention of Gov. Kathleen Blanco and President Bush, but he said he fears the Central Intelligence Agency may take him out because he's been yelling at these officials.

He didn't say it once. He said it twice."

Log from Interdictor Digest IRC channel


Law Officers, Overwhelmed, Are Quitting the Force - New York Times

Law Officers, Overwhelmed, Are Quitting the Force - New York Times: "NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 3 - Reeling from the chaos of this overwhelmed city, at least 200 New Orleans police officers have walked away from their jobs and two have committed suicide, police officials said Saturday.

Some officers officially told their superiors they were leaving, police officials said. Others worked for a while and then stopped showing up. Still others, for reasons not always clear, never made it in after the storm."

Qatar donates 100 million dollars for US hurricane relief

Xinhua - English: "KUWAIT CITY, Sept. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Ben Khalifa Al Thani decided on Saturday to contribute 100 million US dollars to the victims of the Katrina hurricane in the United States.

The Qatar News Agency quoted a source at the Foreign Ministry assaying that the donation was made in the name of the government and people of Qatar.

The source expressed solidarity with the US government and people at the tragic circumstances and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

Qatar 'is following up with profound sorrow' the tragic results of the Katrina Hurricane, the source added. Enditem"

Hurricane Katrina Electrical outage numbers at 9:00 p.m.:

Entergy Corporate | Emergency Center: "Entergy’s workforce has restored electrical service to more than half a million customers after Hurricane Katrina, on Monday, August 29, left behind the largest number of power disruptions for a single event in the company’s history. Hurricane Katrina crippled Entergy’s electrical system within the City of New Orleans and extensively damaged the electrical system throughout Louisiana and Mississippi."

SURVIVEDKATRINA.net - Hurricane Katrina Connection - Growing online lists

SURVIVEDKATRINA.net - Hurricane Katrina Connection - Growing online lists

NOLA.com: Missing Persons Forum

List of missing people.

Texas takes 220,000 refugees but can't take much more

CBS News | Katrina Disaster Blog Sept. 3 | September 3, 2005 23:00:04: "HOUSTON (AP) The governor of Texas worries that his state may not be able to take many more evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Governor Rick Perry says Texas is committed to doing everything it can to help, but wants to be sure it can provide the services needed, including medical care and education.

Perry says local officials 'are beginning to notify us that they are quickly approaching capacity.' Louisiana and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been alerted. Texas has taken in over 220,000 evacuees, with more on the way."

WESH.com - News - Central Florida Raises More Than $1 Million

WESH.com - News - Central Florida Raises More Than $1 Million: "ORLANDO -- WESH-TV and Magic 107.7 FM in Orlando joined the American Red Cross Friday for a daylong fundraising telethon that featured reporters and anchors from WDSU-TV.

The final tally from the event was $1,060,287."

Left Turn: Notes from the Global Intifada

Left Turn: Notes from the Global Intifada: "In the refugee camp I just left, on the I-10 freeway near Causeway, thousands of people (at least 90% black and poor) stood and squatted in mud and trash behind metal barricades, under an unforgiving sun, with heavily armed soldiers standing guard over them. When a bus would come through, it would stop at a random spot, state police would open a gap in one of the barricades, and people would rush for the bus, with no information given about where the bus was going. Once inside (we were told) evacuees would be told where the bus was taking them - Baton Rouge, Houston, Arkansas, Dallas, or other locations. I was told that if you boarded a bus bound for Arkansas (for example), even people with family and a place to stay in Baton Rouge would not be allowed to get out of the bus as it passed through Baton Rouge.

You had no choice but to go to the shelter in Arkansas. If you had people willing to come to New Orleans to pick you up, they could not come within 17 miles of the camp.

Corps prepares to breach levees.pdf

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QAs on unwatering New Orleans.pdf (application/pdf Object)

QAs on unwatering New Orleans.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Poynter Online - Covering Katrina: About As Bad As Can Be

Poynter Online - Covering Katrina: About As Bad As Can Be: "Peter Kovacs, a managing editor of The Times-Picayune, doesn't know if his home survived Hurricane Katrina but fears it did not.

He doesn't know when he and his colleagues will be able to return to their newsroom in New Orleans, but figures it won't be soon.

He's also not sure what time the PDF version of Friday's paper will be posted to the Internet, but guesses it might be 'some time between the time I fall asleep and the time I wake up.'"

Fixing the leaks

Images detailing some of what needs to be done to fix the levees (LA Times)

Levees' Fate Sealed in Washington - Los Angeles Times

Levees' Fate Sealed in Washington - Los Angeles Times: "WASHINGTON -- For years, Washington had been warned that doom lurked just beyond the levee. And for years, the White House and Congress had dickered over how much money to put into shoring up century-old dikes and carrying out newer flood control projects to protect the city of New Orleans.

As recently as three months ago, the alarms were still sounding -- and still being brushed aside.

In late May, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers formally notified Washington that hurricane storm surges could knock out two of the big pumping stations that must operate night and day even in normal times to keep the city dry.

Also, the Corps said, several levees had 'settled' and would soon need to be raised. And they reminded Washington again that an ambitious flood-control study proposed four years before remained just that -- a written proposal never begun for lack of funding."

Guardsmen 'played cards' amid New Orleans chaos: police official - Yahoo! News

Guardsmen 'played cards' amid New Orleans chaos: police official - Yahoo! News: "NEW ORLEANS, United States (AFP) - A top New Orleans police officer said that National Guard troops sat around playing cards while people died in the stricken city after Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans deputy police commander W.S. Riley launched a bitter attack on the federal response to the disaster though he praised the way the evacuation was eventually handled.

His remarks fuelled controversy over the government's handling of events during five days when New Orleans succumbed to lawlessness after Katrina swamped the city's flood defenses.

The National Guard commander, Lieutenant General Steven Blum, said the reservist force was slow to move troops into New Orleans because it did not anticipate the collapse of the city's police force."

City must overcome disaster, mayor says

NOLA.com: Times-Picayune Breaking News Weblog: "Viewed from the windows of a low-flying Blackhawk helicopter, the scope of Hurricane Katrina's destruction becomes clearer. The Causeway is like a broken spine, large sections of roadway listing disconcertingly into the brown water of Lake Pontchartrain. The modest homes in the Lower 9th Ward have been uprooted and are crushed together in clots like bumper cars. Pyramid-shaped rooftops are all that can be seen of many suburban-style houses in the Lakeview neighborhood. And the expanses of small trees that line the coastal wetlands of eastern New Orleans have been bent to the ground and combed precisely in one direction that marks the path of last week's ferocious wind. Nothing is right. "

Media: News Releases > Fannie Mae Announces Mortgage Relief for Hurricane Katrina Victims in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida; Lenders Now

Media: News Releases > Fannie Mae Announces Mortgage Relief for Hurricane Katrina Victims in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida; Lenders Now Have More Flexibility to Handle Insurance Disbursements in Wake of Disasters: "'What matters most to hurricane victims in those first few days after a storm hits is basic safety and survival, not concerns about making their next mortgage payment,' said Pam Johnson, senior vice president and single family credit officer at Fannie Mae. 'Fannie Mae has made changes to its insurance requirements that will ease the process for lenders and, more importantly, provide homeowners with much-needed relief.' Johnson also said that she greatly appreciates the lenders who work with Fannie Mae and assist homeowners with payment issues in the aftermath of a disaster."

Troops Aid Evacuation Efforts

Troops Aid Evacuation Efforts

Evacuees forced to wait outside bus station

NOLA.com: Times-Picayune Breaking News Weblog: "Several dozen New Orleans residents seeking transportation out of Baton Rouge Saturday were denied entrance to the Greyhound bus station on Florida Street. Instead, the would-be travelers say they were forced to wait outside on the sidewalk for hours.
The travelers, many of them recent evacuees from New Orleans, waited for the chance to buy tickets to Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and northern Louisiana.
Several of them said they had been waiting at the station since the early afternoon and by 7 p.m. hadn’t been allowed to wait inside, use bathroom facilities or get water. Many of the travelers said they only wanted to purchase tickets or pick-up tickets that had already been purchased by family members."

Frustration Grows In Days Stranded On Interstate 10

Frustration Grows In Days Stranded On Interstate 10: "NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 2 -- Debbie Brooks has never been to Ethiopia, but after two interminable days spent atop a stretch of Interstate 10 here, she now knows what it means to be starving under a baking sun, watching family members deteriorate by the hour.

'I have lived that experience now,' she said Friday afternoon from the patch of concrete she, her father and aunt have called home since dawn Thursday. 'This is like the Third World.'"

Doubling Up in Baton Rouge

Doubling Up in Baton Rouge: "BATON ROUGE, La. -- Shortly after the power was restored on Thursday, my peacenik neighbor Jenny announced that she was going to buy a gun. She was going to buy a gun because she'd heard -- hadn't we all? -- that bands of desperate, sick, poor, hungry, hot, sweaty people were roving the streets of downtown Baton Rouge, not far from our own leafy green neighborhood, committing the kinds of crimes that bands of desperate, sick, poor, hungry, hot, sweaty people commit. Along with the rest of us, she'd also heard that gas, if you could obtain it, was now $5 a gallon, that fistfights were breaking out in grocery stores over the last of the sliced bread and that carjackings had become an everyday event. Eventually Jenny decided against the gun, but in her decision to go gunless she is in a tiny minority.

This is a city that's awash in rumor and armed to the teeth."

USFA Hurricane Katrina: USFA Request to Mobilize Fire Service Members

USFA Hurricane Katrina: USFA Request to Mobilize Fire Service Members: "Our Nation is faced with the most catastrophic natural disaster in modern times, and we are calling upon the Nation’s fire service, both career and volunteer, to aid the affected citizens and communities. This is the United States Fire Administration’s request to mobilize members of the fire service within Federal guidelines.

The current need is for 1,000 two-person teams to serve as FEMA's community relations representatives in response to Hurricane Katrina. Each department may offer more than one two-person team. These people will be deployed as a team, and we prefer that they know one another prior to deployment."

United States of Shame - New York Times

United States of Shame - New York Times: "Stuff happens.

And when you combine limited government with incompetent government, lethal stuff happens.

America is once more plunged into a snake pit of anarchy, death, looting, raping, marauding thugs, suffering innocents, a shattered infrastructure, a gutted police force, insufficient troop levels and criminally negligent government planning. But this time it's happening in America."

Do You Know What It Means to Lose New Orleans? - New York Times

Do You Know What It Means to Lose New Orleans?

La Jolla, Calif.

WHAT do people really know about New Orleans?

Do they take away with them an awareness that it has always been not only a great white metropolis but also a great black city, a city where African-Americans have come together again and again to form the strongest African-American culture in the land?...

The Observer | International | 'They're not giving us what we need to survive'

Jamie Doward reports on the fury of New Orleans residents who say they were ignored and mistreated by the authorities

Only now, a week after Hurricane Katrina roared across the Deep South, leaving a trail of devastation across America's psyche, is the true story of the Battle of New Orleans emerging.

President George W. Bush stands with resident

President George W. Bush stands with resident Deborah Foster during his tour of the Hurricane Katrina damage in the Biloxi area, Mississippi, September 2, 2005. Bush, facing scathing criticism of the government response to Hurricane Katrina, acknowledged on Friday the results were unacceptable as he tour the ravaged Gulf Coast and flooded New Orleans. (Larry Downing/Reuters)"

Bloggers report first-hand on New Orleans chaos

Bloggers report first-hand on New Orleans chaos

The guys from directNIC report straight from a New Orleans high-rise

A NEW SPIN is being put on the horrors of the Katrina aftermath in New Orleans in a first hand account by the workers at directnic.com.

Coastal Resuscitation

An ambitious 30-year plan would pump new life into south Louisiana's beleaguered coast and wetlands. It may be the region's best hope for weathering major storms.

After decades of division over who and what are most responsible for Louisiana's dissolving coastline, state officials, environmentalists, business leaders and scientists have found common ground on what they think it will take to fix the problem.

BBSNews - Corps prepares to breach levees to help drain N.O. areas

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin levee breaching operations to breach levees to allow Hurricane Katrina floodwaters to drain from the Chalmette area. This area flooded because of failures along the Industrial Canal. Chalmette is a major suburb just downriver from New Orleans.

Chart of 1 month gas prices

1 Month Average Retail Price Chart - Regular Gasoline

Canada, Mississippi, and Vegas

Chicago Tribune | Daley 'shocked' at federal snub of offers to help

Frustration about the federal response to Hurricane Katrina has reached Chicago City Hall, as Mayor Richard Daley today noted a tepid response by federal officials to the city's offers of disaster aid.

The city is willing to send hundreds of personnel, including firefighters and police, and dozens of vehicles to assist on the storm-battered Gulf Coast, but so far the Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested only a single tank truck, Daley said.

'I was shocked,' he said.

Main Page - NOLA Intel Wiki

This wiki, a community-editable website, was setup to factor the tons of random bits of information flowing out of New Orleans in totally disorganized chunks, and being repeated around the internet in various forms. Blogs are not up to the task of distilling this info in a useful way, so we've setup this ad-hoc project at nola-intel.org to try and keep track of all of this. Please see About nola-intel.org for more details.

Just to give you a sense of just how badly FEMA has f*cked up. | WesPac | Securing America Community

This is beyond my comprehension and after spending two frustrating days trying to just get someone to let us help we've FINNALLY been told we can conduct 'renegade' boat rescues via the just concluded press conference that Gov. Blanco just held.

Why is this JUST NOW being allowed? Well let's start from the very beginning.

On Wednesday morning a group of approximately 1,000 citizens pulling 500 boats left the Acadiana Mall in Lafayette in the early morning and headed to New Orleans with a police escort from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department. The flotillia of trucks pulling boats stretched over FIVE miles. This citizen rescue group was organized by La. State Senator, Nick Gautreaux from Vermilion Parish. The group was comprised of experienced boaters, licensed fishermen and hunters, people who have spent their entire adult life and teenage years on the waterways of Louisiana.

The State Police waved the flotillia of trucks/boats through the barricades in LaPlace and we sped into New Orleans via I-10 until past the airport and near the Clearview exit. At that time we were stopped by agents of the FEMA controlled La. Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries. A young DWF agent strolled through the boats and told approximately half of the citizens that their boats were too large because the water had dropped during the night and that they should turn around and go home...

Fearing riots, Guard rejects food airdrops

ARLINGTON, Va. — Authorities are avoiding airdropping provisions into New Orleans — the traditional way of supplying disaster victims — out of fear of sparking riots, a state official said.

While the military has used helicopters to drop provisions to some stranded in New Orleans, authorities have not launched the massive supply airdrops seen in Afghanistan at the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom.

CNN.com - Evacuees wait as relief efforts build - Sep 3, 2005

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Thousands of people faced the prospect of spending another night outside of a New Orleans convention center, as a stream of buses worked to move out the 30,000 evacuees who have been stranded there for days amid mounds of trash and human waste.

Authorities with the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Saturday that 4,000 people had been bused from the Ernest Morial Convention Center.

Political Wire: Even More Think Government Isn't Helping Victims

Even More Think Government Isn't Helping Victims
The latest Survey USA tracking poll shows that 68% of Americans now think the government isn't doing enough to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. This is up dramatically from yesterday's tracking poll.

In addition, the majority (53%) do not approve of President Bush's response to the tradegy; only 40% approve.

NOLA.com: Landrieu slams FEMA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., Saturday accused the
Federal Emergency Management Agency of failing to accept offers that
would have eased post-hurricane problems in New Orleans -- including a plan
for the Forest Service to douse fires in the city with aircraft used to fight fire.

On Friday, Landrieu asked President Bush to appoint a cabinet-level official to oversee Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts. She reiterated that request on Saturday.

CNN - Katrina Help Center

As government officials coordinate the efforts to rescue people still trapped in the flooded city of New Orleans and evacuate thousands of displaced residents living in desperate conditions, here is a list of links where you can share information and send help.

Reuters AlertNet - CORRECTED - Rapes, killings hit Katrina refugees in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Sept 3 (Reuters) - People left homeless by Hurricane Katrina told horrific stories of rape, murder and trigger-happy guards in two New Orleans centers that were set up as shelters but became places of violence and terror.

Police and National Guard troops on Saturday closed down the two centers -- the Superdome arena and the city's convention center -- but then penned in the storm victims outside in sweltering heat to keep them from trying to walk out of the city.

FOXNews.com - On the Record w/ Greta - GretaWire - Facing the Horror

What is your opinion of the federal government's response to this crisis?

New Orleans left to the dead and dying

NEW ORLEANS — Thousands more bedraggled refugees were bused and airlifted to salvation Saturday, leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying, the elderly and frail stranded too many days without food, water or medical care.

WWLTV.com | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Katrina Aftermath

NEW ORLEANS — The last 300 refugees in the Superdome climbed aboard buses Saturday bound for new temporary shelter, leaving behind a darkened and stinking arena strewn with trash.

A man is hoisted to the safety of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter after being rescued from the Superdome, Saturday in New Orleans.

The sight of the last person - an elderly man wearing a Houston Rockets cap - prompted cheers from members of the Texas National Guard who were guarding the facility.

"I feel like I've been here 40 years," said Louis Dalmas Sr., one of the last people out of the arena. "Any bus going anywhere - that's all I want."

Criticism leads to Parker's ouster - The Clarion-Ledger

Criticism leads to Parker's ouster - The Clarion-Ledger: "The assistant secretary of the Army, Mississippi's former U.S. Rep. Mike Parker, was forced out Wednesday after he criticized the Bush administration's proposed spending cuts on Army Corps of Engineers' water projects, members of Congress said.

'Apparently he was asked to resign,' said U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a member of the House Appropriations Committee's energy and water development subcommittee that oversees the corps' budget."

In Katrina’s path: Reported safe

CNN.com has been posting the names of those who wish to let loved ones know they are alright after the storm. If you were in Katrina’s path and want to post your name here, please send an e-mail to the Hurricane Victims Desk. For each person you are reporting for the list, include first and last name, age, hometown, state and a brief message. You may also include a phone number or e-mail address where those on the list may be reached. The list will be updated regularly.

Katrina Survivor List

Katrina Survivor-Connector List

Just click on the ADD button and fill out the form, then click SAVE or enter the last name to search for.

WDSU Live Hurricane Coverage - WDSU

Watch live continuing coverage of Katrina's aftermath in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast.

Video Streams - NOLA Intel Wiki

Video Streams - NOLA Intel Wiki

DPS Data Center Tour

a cool floorplan of the directnic site (Home of Interdictor)


Hurricane Katrina & Louisiana Petroleum Resources

Great image showing the path of the hurricane and the oil refineries effected.

Waterfront on fire

Picture showing the fires on the waterfront, New Orleans.

Homeland Security won't let Red Cross deliver food

As the National Guard delivered food to the New Orleans convention center yesterday, American Red Cross officials said that federal emergency management authorities would not allow them to do the same.

Three Carnival cruise ships to aid Katrina relief - Sep. 3, 2005

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has chartered three luxury cruise liners -- Ecstasy, Sensation and Holiday -- for the next six months to provide temporary housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Carnival Cruise Lines said on Saturday.

Two of the ships, the Ecstasy and Sensation, have a maximum capacity of 2,606 each and will be based in Galveston, Texas, while the third boat, the Holiday, has a maximum capacity of 1,800 and will likely be docked in Mobile, Alabama, the Miami-based company said.

Oh! Speakup! : The Youngest Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Help in creating a network of people in support of the youngest victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The patients of the New Orleans Children’s Hospital have been evacuated to Houston in the aftermath one of the worst natural disasters in US history. Help raise money to assist these children and their families in this very difficult time.

Hastert Tries Damage Control After Remarks Hit a Nerve

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert began his day yesterday explaining that he really does not want to see New Orleans bulldozed, and he ended it defending his absence from the Capitol when Congress approved a $10.5 billion hurricane aid package. In between, a former president hinted he would like to throttle the Illinois Republican.

Hastert was still reeling from reaction to his comments earlier this week about the storm-ravaged city. 'It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed,' he said in an interview with the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. Asked whether it made sense to spend billions of dollars rebuilding a city that lies below sea level, he told the paper, 'I don't know. That doesn't make sense to me.'



Army Times - News - More News

NEW ORLEANS — Combat operations are underway on the streets “to take this city back” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“This place is going to look like Little Somalia,” Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s Joint Task Force told Army Times Friday as hundreds of armed troops under his charge prepared to launch a massive citywide security mission from a staging area outside the Louisiana Superdome. “We’re going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control.”

Reuters AlertNet - Governments line up to help after Katrina

The State Department said offers of help had been received from: Australia, Austria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Greece, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.

International organisations also offered help ranging from medical teams to tents to cash donations. They include NATO, the Organisation of American States, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and the World Health Organization.

Survivors in New Orleans Search for Shelter

They came in groups, carrying babies, pushing shopping carts, enduring the searing heat-- a steady stream of refugees flowing across the greater New Orleans Bridge. They left the city the only way they could: They walked.

Five Days After Katrina, Refugees Waiting

Lt. Kevin Cowan of the state Office of Emergency Preparedness said the Superdome evacuations were stopped so that authorities could concentrate on getting an estimated 25,000 out of the New Orleans Convention Center.

'Their main mission now is the convention center,' Cowan said.

Jennifer Washington was among thousands of frustrated evacuees who spent another morning at the convention center waiting for buses to come.

'At first they said 6:30 this morning, then they said 9, but there are no buses. They promised us buses,' said Washington, 25, who has not been able to find her four children in the aftermath of the storm.

The Rebellion of the Talking Heads - Newscasters, sick of official lies and stonewalling, finally start snarling. By Jack Shafer

Last night, CNN's Anderson Cooper abandoned the old persona to throttle Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in a live interview.

LewRockwell.com Blog: Report From New Orleans

One man's story of how he got into and out of New Orleans to rescue people.

CNN.com - Fires burn along river; thousands wait to leave - Sep 3, 2005

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- While thousands of people waited to be evacuated from the squalor of flood-stricken New Orleans, two major fires raged along the waterfront on Saturday.

Without water, firefighters were helpless. They were forced to abandon efforts to fight a blaze that threatened to consume an upscale riverfront mall, where looters had been seen earlier.

Fifty-foot flames also engulfed an industrial district along the Mississippi River and threatened to spread from warehouse to warehouse

New Orleans - Before and After

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Wired News: A Disaster Map 'Wiki' Is Born

Of all of the websites tracking the Katrina disaster, surely one of the most remarkable is Scipionus.com.

Visitors swoop down over a map of the Gulf Coast that's awash in hundreds of red teardrops, each denoting information about specific geographical points in the area. That's pretty amazing in itself, but there's more: All of the information on the map has been provided by ordinary citizens, most of whom presumably have come to the site in search of information on the flood themselves.

Thousands of Refugees Continue to Await Help

NEW ORLEANS — Planes, trains and buses delivered refugees to safety on Saturday as the evacuation of this ruined city finally appeared to pick up steam.

Buses had evacuated most people from the frightening confines of the Superdome (search) by early morning. At the equally squalid convention center, thousands of people began pushing and dragging their belongings up the street to more than a dozen air-conditioned buses, the mood more numb than jubilant.

More than 50,000 people had been trapped for days at the two filthy, sweltering buildings, suffering from a lack of food, water or medical attention. Help came too late for a number of them — dead bodies were a common sight, in wheelchairs, wrapped in blankets or just abandoned.

Murder and mayhem in Superdome

Leroy Fouchea, 42, waited in the sweltering heat for an hour to get his ration - his first proper food since Monday - and immediately handed it over to a sickly friend.

He then offered to show reporters the dead bodies of a man in a wheelchair, a young man who he said he dragged inside just hours earlier, and the limp forms of two infants, one just four months old, the other six months old.


A National Guardsman refused entry.

'It doesn't need to be seen, it's a make-shift morgue in there,' he told a Reuters photographer. 'We're not letting anyone in there anymore. If you want to take pictures of dead bodies, go to Iraq.'

Some more Katrina resources

Some more Katrina resources

'I'll never leave Australia again,' says hurricane survivor. 03/09/2005. ABC News Online

I'll never leave Australia again,' says hurricane survivor. 03/09/2005. ABC News Online: "It was supposed to be a dream holiday, but Australian Karen Marks ended up stranded in a New Orleans nightmare.

'I don't think I'll ever leave Australia again,' the 25-year-old secretary from Melbourne said as she sat in the stench of the New Orleans Convention Centre, which shelters the city's destitute and others stranded by Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina - Top News of the Week!

Hurricane Katrina - Top News of the Week!

WWLTV.com | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Local News

They sat just yards from the high-tech football field. A shabby crowd in high-priced seats, huddled together, cold and miserable. Rather than a football team, they cheered the news they would get a hot meal, that blankets were on the way, that there was an area where they could smoke.

Salon.com News | The gravest job - NP

The corpses floating in the tepid waters that flooded New Orleans will be grotesquely decomposed and difficult to identify, say mass-fatality experts. The macabre process of finding and identifying the dead, which may not begin for three weeks, presents the experts with a challenge as daunting as the one in New York after 9/11 and Southeast Asia after the tsunami.

Live radio stream taking phone calls on Katrina

Live radio stream taking phone calls on Katrina

Salon.com News | Inside New Orleans - NP

Sneaking past the police lines, we find a surreal scene where tourists are sleeping on bridges, restaurateurs are eating high on the hog, and looters lurk on every corner.

frankenstien: Ream me in the rear! I'll take three!

...About six in the morning, the windows got ripped out of the hotel room we were in. After watching giant chuncks of tin get blown around the streets, Levi and I spent the rest of the morning sleeping in the bathroom. Window free, see. Smart. Ish.

Aftermath monday, we all chipped in. Got food and water around the neighbourhood, got the jukebox and cigarette machine hooked up to car batteries, and just handed out beer. The Quarter was only destroyed, not flooded, so we were sitting pretty.

It stopped being funny when the sun went down. It was pitch black on the streets, and you could hear gunfire, not far away. Rumours kept coming in of cops looting, people getting shot, armies of jumkies closing on the hospitals. It was a nervous night...

CNN.com - Drones to help rescuers - Sep 2, 2005

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) -- Unmanned remote-controlled airplanes used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars may be deployed to find people trapped in New Orleans' buildings by Hurricane Katrina's flood waters, a U.S. congressman said Friday.

Five Silver Fox 'unmanned aerial vehicles,' or UAVs, equipped with thermal imaging technology to detect the body heat of storm survivors, are en route to the crippled city, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Curt Weldon said.

Body of victim in New Orleans floodwaters, 9-2-05, by James Nielsen on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Body of victim in New Orleans floodwaters, 9-2-05, by James Nielsen on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

ABC13.com: New Orleans mail goes to Houston; Astrodome gets ZIP code

(9/02/05 - HOUSTON) — New Orleans mail has been diverted to Houston, and refugees nationwide can restart mail service from the post office nearest where they are staying, the U.S. Postal Service said Friday.

A general-delivery ZIP code -- 77230 -- has been set up for the more than 11,000 refugees at the Astrodome, and people elsewhere can resume their mail service by filling out a change-of-address form at a nearby post office, said Cliff Rucker, Houston district manager for the Postal Service

ABC13.com: How is Harris County handling all the evacuees

'This is just the beginning of what will be many months,' said Governor Rick Perry. 'It'll be a long effort, trying to help people rebuild their lives and bring a sense of normalcy, of safety during a very trying time.'

Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?

Acesss to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.

The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.

Bottled-Up River Prevents Ships From Reaching Gulf - Los Angeles Times

Hurricane Katrina has closed the door on the biggest passageway in American agriculture, the mighty Mississippi River, triggering shifts that will hurt farmers and cut exports even as they boost the fortunes of rival transportation systems.

As the first assessment of New Orleans' port conditions circulated Thursday, experts said it might be next year before cargo movement returned to normal there and upriver at the even bigger Port of South Louisiana.

Wall of Water Left the Rescuers in Need - Los Angeles Times

A historic Mississippi fishing town is in ruins. Police had to hack their way out of their station, and firefighters swam for their lives.

By John-Thor Dahlburg and P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writers

WAVELAND, Miss. — The firefighters trudged door to door, if there were doors left at all, searching for survivors in this isolated village on the Mississippi coast.

Too often, they could tell from the stench as they approached that they would find only victims.

Southland Schools Welcome Displaced Gulf Students - Los Angeles Times

Districts are granting conditional enrollment and temporary waivers on medical records.

As effects from the catastrophe in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast reach Southern California, local schools have begun enrolling the first children from displaced families.

School officials in Los Angeles and in Ventura and Orange counties said they had either registered children from the stricken region or expected to in the coming days.

The Message in Houston: 'Shelters Full' - Los Angeles Times

HOUSTON — With an estimated 100,000 evacuees, the city struggles to find enough space. Texas announces plans to accommodate thousands elsewhere.

As masses of refugees from Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed this city's effort to provide shelter Friday, busloads of the hungry, tired and desperate from New Orleans were diverted to other cities, and local officials pleaded with the public for help and understanding.

New Orleans Mayor Calm After Talk With Bush

NEW ORLEANS -- The cursing had stopped. The tears were gone. Mayor Ray Nagin returned from his meeting with President Bush a picture of calm.

CNN.com - Convoys bring relief to New Orleans - Sep 3, 2005

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Four days after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the northern Gulf Coast, tired and angry people stranded at the convention center in New Orleans have welcomed a supply convoy carrying food, water and medicine with cheers and tears of joy.

It was perhaps the biggest breakthrough in a day of progress in the ravaged city.

CBC Arts: Katrina relief telethons start

The first telethon to raise money for survivors of Hurricane Katrina was to be broadcast Friday night on NBC and its cable outlets in the United States.

Chaotic scene at convention center

After spending the morning shooting some chaotic scenes at the New Orleans Convention Center, NBC Photojournalist Tony Zumbado joined MSNBC's Alison Stewart to describe the scene.


TONY ZUMBADO: I've gotta tell you, I thought I'd seen it all, but just when you think you've seen it all, you go into another situation and you see something horrific. I've never seen anything in my life like this. ... I can't put it into words the amount of destruction that is in this city and how these people are coping. They are just left behind. There is nothing offered to them. No water, no ice, no C-rations, nothing, for the last four days.

New Orleans "could be bulldozed"

WASHINGTON — It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's 7 feet under sea level, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said of federal assistance for hurricane-devastated New Orleans.

'It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed,' the Illinois Republican said

Official: Draining Big Easy to Take Months

After the drying out period, it will take another year to clear everything away, the diplomats were told. At that point, rebuilding would begin.

Craig said the evacuees would remain in housing arranged for by the government for three years at government expense until the rebuilding job in New Orleans is completed, according to the U.S. official.

Businesses, Residents Look For Ways To Save Power

MIAMI -- Americans are being asked to save energy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and in the face of rising gas prices.

People want to do something about the misery they see on TV, so they give to relief efforts and they say they are heeding calls to conserve.

DirecTV Launches Katrina Information Channel

DirecTV Inc. on Friday said it has launched a 24-hour Hurricane Katrina information channel that broadcasts a continuous stream of email messages from family and friends of hurricane victims.

Available on channel 100 of the satellite-TV service, the program also provide information on road closures throughout the Gulf region, which was heaviest hit in Monday's storm; the location and phone numbers of special needs shelters in Louisiana and shelter openings throughout the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane is expected to cause U-S jobless rate to surge

WASHINGTON With their city mostly underwater and needing a major cleanup, workers in the New Orleans area stand to take biggest hit from Hurricane Katrina.
The jobless rate in the now-ravaged Gulf Coast region is expected to jump 25 percent or higher in the wake of the storm.

A chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab says that 28 percent of the New Orleans area was already living under the poverty line, and that they will have the hardest time recovering.

Some economists say that many small businesses probably won't reopen -- especially when it will take 'gigantic' efforts just to restore utilities like electricity, water and sanitation.

Technology News: Security : Scammers Try to Capitalize on Disaster

While many are legitimate, others have proven to be scams. Other scams have come in the form of e-mails that contain a link to PayPal, but when SANS attempted to reach e-mail senders to request a physical address to mail a check, no response came.

AP Wire | 09/02/2005 | In remotest Miss., the forgotten wait

In remotest Miss., the forgotten wait

Associated Press

BOND, Miss. - This place isn't a town or a city, just a name on a green signpost along the highway that means little to people who don't live here.

But people do live here, back among the pines, in small houses and single-wide trailers. Most are black, and most are poor, and they have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

But they have been forgotten. They have no food, no water, no gasoline, no electricity, and little hope of getting any anytime soon.

Evacuees can get free post office boxes

HOUSTON The U-S Postal Service is gearing up to provide free post office boxes to those facing long-term evacuation because of Hurricane Katrina.
The announcement came this afternoon in Houston, where a temporary post office has been opened for evacuees.

American Red Cross Hurricane Relief

Amazon.com has waived all customary Honor System fees associated with your contributions to the Red Cross. Thanks in advance for your participation during this critical time

Total Collected: US $4,761,008.38 (3am est 9/3)

Katrina Information Map integrated with Google Maps (wow)

Katrina Information Map - This map is intended for the use of people affected by Hurricane Katrina who have or are trying to find information about the status of specific locations affected by the storm and its aftermath. If you have information about the status of an area that is not yet on the map, please contribute by following the instructions below so that others may get that much needed information.

A moment of levity in a sea of heartache

Still transfixed. Managed to have a wee smile, amidst it all today, thanks to [info]rbabe1 and a dachshund:

ABC News: Silicon Insider: Katrina and the Webs

Sept. 1, 2005 — In the midst of the mind-boggling disaster of Hurricane Katrina, we are also seeing an interesting — and unprecedented — technical phenomenon that may bode well for how we respond to these horrors in the future.

It has to do with the Internet, and what might be called 'virtual newsrooms.' And it can involve, as in the case over the last few days with Katrina, the most unlikely people. Their role suggests that in the future, the process of getting important information — and perhaps even warnings — out to the world may be more fluid and dynamic than we have ever imagined.

(personal comment of William Rawls: hehe... Yeah, guess that includes me...)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Home Page

Water is now flowing slowly out of New Orleans because water is seeking its own level -- that of Lake Pontchartrain

Police protecting looters from other looters

Our biggest adventure today was raiding the Walgreens on Canal under police escort. The pharmacy was dark and fulll of water. We basically scooped the entire drug sets into gargace bags and removed them. All under police excort. The looters had to be held back at gun point. After a dose of prophylactic Cipro I hope to be fine.

(Personal comment of William Rawls: Uh... Ok, so the police protected one set of looters from another set of looters... Geez...)

World stunned as US struggles with Katrina

LONDON (Reuters) - The world has watched amazed as the planet's only superpower struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with some saying the chaos has exposed flaws and deep divisions in American society.

World leaders and ordinary citizens have expressed sympathy with the people of the southern United States whose lives were devastated by the hurricane and the flooding that followed.

But many have also been shocked by the images of disorder beamed around the world -- looters roaming the debris-strewn streets and thousands of people gathered in New Orleans waiting for the authorities to provide food, water and other aid.

'Anarchy in the USA' declared Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun.

'Apocalypse Now' headlined Germany's Handelsblatt daily.

HoustonChronicle.com - Astrodome medical volunteers overwhelmed

The intensifying medical needs of storm evacuees are perilously close to overwhelming the system set up to serve them.

Doctors treating storm refugees in a make-shift clinic at the Astrodome are seeing 100 patients an hour, sometimes boarding arriving buses to save time and pulling off the sickest individuals for immediate medical attention.

At noon today, Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Kenneth Mattox said physicians had seen 3,000 patients since the clinic opened Thursday morning, and had sent at least 75 people to the hospital. Fifty medical personnel, including 20 doctors, are working each 12-hour shift.

HoustonChronicle.com - Astrodome at capacity, but buses with evacuees keep coming

Houston officials announced plans to open Reliant Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center to shelter hurricane evacuees after the Astrodome reached capacity.

Mayor Bill White announced today that Reliant Center will hold up to 11,000 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina.

Draining New Orleans could take 80 days- Army - Yahoo! News

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Engineers may need up to 80 days to remove Hurricane Katrina's flood waters from the swamped New Orleans, a senior U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said on Friday.

Work crews gained control over one of the breaches in the levee on Friday and expected to have another major gap closed on Saturday, Brig. Gen. Robert Crear told reporters at a briefing in Baton Rouge.

'We're looking at anywhere from 36 to 80 days to being done,' Crear said.

CBS News | Nations Step Up Aid Offers

(CBS/AP) In an accelerating drive to help the United States, more than three dozen countries have pledged assistance in the Katrina hurricane disaster.

Several international organizations including UNHCR, WHO, the European Commisssion and the Organization of American States have also offered aid, said CBS News State Dept. Reporter Charlie Wolfson.

The offers blur political lines. Cuba and Venezuela, for instance, have offered to help despite differences with Washington. Oil giant Saudi Arabia and tiny countries like Dominica, are among the nations making pledges.

CNN.com - The big disconnect on New Orleans - Sep 2, 2005

The official version; then there's the in-the-trenches version

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Diverging views of a crumbling New Orleans emerged Thursday, with statements by some federal officials in contradiction with grittier, more desperate views from the streets. By late Friday response to those stranded in the city was more visible.

USCongress -Hurricane Katrina Congressional Updates

The Senate and House are convening extraordinary special sessions prior to the Labor Day weekend to approve emergency funding to Gulf Coast states that have been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Senate late Thursday night cleared by unanimous consent a $10.5 billion supplemental spending bill to fund rescue and cleanup activities, and the House plans to follow suit when it convenes at noon today. More relief measures are expected in the coming weeks.

Hurricane Katrina - RRWiki

* NOPD's Wide Area EDACS ProVoice system is currently DOWN and NOT operational. The system survived the initial hurricane, but subsequent flooding has knocked out generators. Currently, NOPD is working off of NPSPAC-1 and NPSPAC-2, with 1 being dedicated to all east bank operations, and 2 being dedicated to west bank operations. NOFD and EMS operations are unknown at this time.

* St Tammany Parish's EDACS ProVoice system is currently DOWN and NOT operational. Units are using legacy VHF repeaters (Covington Fire?) for all communications.

* Most sites for the Lousisiana State Smartzone system are operational, however reports indicate that the North Shore Smartzone sites are currently down. Communications are occuring on the Smartzone system in the New Orleans Metro Area.
o The Bridge City Site is Down
o The LaPlace Site is UP
o Northshore Sites are Down

* Harrison County EDACS system is currently operational
* Gulfport - Unknown
* Biloxi - Unknown

* Mobile - Unknown

Army continues hurricane recovery efforts

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 1, 2005) -- The Army Corps of Engineers is battling to repair breaches in the 350 miles of hurricane-protection levees surrounding New Orleans, while the National Guard is helping to evacuate residents from flooded areas, and other troops scramble to stage relief supplies to help those stricken by Hurricane Katrina from Alabama to Mississippi.

Eyeballing Katrina Damage 01

Eyeballing Katrina Damage 01

Eyeballing Katrina Damage 02

Eyeballing Katrina Damage 02

Macleans.ca | Top Stories | Three Canadian navy ships, coast guard vessel heading to New Orleans

HALIFAX (CP) - Canada will send four ships and three Sea King helicopters to the hurricane-ravaged U.S. Gulf Coast next week to assist in the mammoth reconstruction and relief effort there.

Prisoners fell on barbed wire in bid to find water

New Orleans prison inmates desperate to get water fell out of cell windows onto razor wire where they hung for hours waiting to be rescued, according to a sheriff's deputy.

Luis Reyes, who guarded a prison during Hurricane Katrina and the days after, said that some detainees drowned in their cells as flood waters rose.

Image showing an evacuation

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SimCity 2000 - New Orleans under water

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RappCity - "Bye Bye Miss American Pie"

'Drove My Chevy to the Levee...'
Sometimes odd things happen and you just can't say why. I ended my blog last week by quoting Don McLean's song VINCENT ('They're not listening still..perhaps they never will'), and today, after Hurricane Katrina, the first words that came into my mind as I sat down to write, were once more from McLean. The only connection I can make, is that this guy has had his finger on the pulse of America for a long, long time.

Get a beer. A lemonade. Lean back. I have a lot to say today. All I can really think about are the poor people in Louisiana andand Mississippi.

LifeStraw™ - MedGadget - www.medgadget.com

LifeStraw is a simple device, still in a prototype phase, designed for those unfortunate people in the third world who do not have access to clean drinking water. The pipe is composed of two textile filters, followed by a chamber with beads impregnated with iodine

Disjointed thoughts on the socio-economics of disaster

Look at the reporters who are 'incensed' by the rampant looting. Look at the smugness from those distant from the situation who chastise the dumb southerners for not evacuating when they had the chance. It blows their minds how many idiots stayed to wait it out. It makes them shake their heads and make 'tsk-tsk' noises into their shiny microphones.

Well, fuck the lot of them.

Halliburton hired for storm cleanup

The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

craigslist: new orleans

craigslist: new orleans with katrina resources

CNN.com - CNN - City of New Orleans Falling Deeper into Chaos and Desperation

CNN.com - Transcripts: "AMERICAN MORNING

City of New Orleans Falling Deeper into Chaos and Desperation"

NBC censors Kanye West

The corporate big wigs didn't take too kindly to West's tirade against President Bush earlier today on the Concert for Hurricane Relief, so they edited his remarks on the West Coast feed


10 minute video of a low flying helicopter over New Orleans.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Photo Gallery (Loot Loops)

Loot Loops

Claim: Photograph captions describe a black man 'looting' and a white couple 'finding' supplies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Status: True.

Examples: [AP and AFP, 2005]

JP's Maestri said FEMA didn't keep its word

Jefferson Parish Emergency Preparedness Director Walter Maestri said Friday night that the Federal Emergency Management Agency reneged on a promise to begin relieving county emergency preparedness staffers 48 hours after Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans metropolitan area

Salon.com News | "Looting" or "finding"? - NP

Two photographs of New Orleans residents wading through chest-deep water unleashed a wave of chatter among bloggers Wednesday about whether black people are being treated unfairly in media coverage of post-hurricane looting.

One of the images, shot by photographer Dave Martin for the Associated Press, shows a young black man wading through chest-deep waters after 'looting' a grocery store, according to the caption. The young man appears to have a case of Pepsi under one arm and a full garbage bag in tow. In the other, similar shot, taken by photographer Chris Graythen for AFP/Getty Images, a white man and a light-skinned woman are shown wading through chest-deep water after 'finding' goods including bread and soda, according to the caption, in a local grocery store.

Racial difference in reporting

Image depicting the difference between reporting white foragers and black looters.

Fucking white bastards...

The Blog | Randall Robinson: New Orleans | The Huffington Post

It is reported that black hurricane victims in New Orleans have begun eating corpses to survive. Four days after the storm, thousands of blacks in New Orleans are dying like dogs. No-one has come to help them.

I am a sixty-four year old African-American.
New Orleans marks the end of the America I strove for.

‘Major oil spill’ seen on Mississippi River - Hurricane Katrina - MSNBC.com

A “major oil spill” has been spotted near two storage tanks southeast of New Orleans, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Friday.

The spill was first spotted Thursday during a flyover, department spokeswoman Jean Kelly told MSNBC.com, “but we still don’t have access to the area.”

The spill was just north of Venice, a town in the Mississippi River Delta, and 65 miles southeast of New Orleans.


Tribe.net to Donate $1 for every new FREE member

The Tribe.net Community is saddened by the disaster in the Gulf Coast and would like to help. Tribe.net will donate $1 to the Red Cross for every new member that joins and becomes an FREE active Tribe.net member in September (through this link only)

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Tribe.net to Donate $1 for every new FREE member

The Tribe.net Community is saddened by the disaster in the Gulf Coast and would like to help. Tribe.net will donate $1 for every new member that joins and becomes an active* Tribe.net member in September (through this link only). Remember, Tribe.net is free.

So PLEASE, even if you don't use the account, PLEASE go sign up anyway, then tell everyone you know to do the same.

Field Hospital set up at New Orleans Airport (video)

CNN Video: Field Hospital set up at the new orleans airport

New Orleans to enjoy free Wi-Fi access | The Register

While we're not entirely convinced that the company has actually been watching the TV footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - and let's be honest, swimming to the nearest Starbucks to enjoy a double mocha chocka latte decaf while, ahem, surfing the web as the Louisiana National Guard battle gamely to protect the store's blueberry muffins from looters - the company can at least be applauded for the gesture.

Daily Kos: US won't let Canada help Katrina victims

Planes are ready to load with food and medical supplies and a system called 'DART' which can provide fresh water and medical supplies is standing by. Department of Homeland Security as well as other U.S. agencies were contacted by the Canadian government requesting permission to provide help. Despite this contact, Canada has not been allowed to fly supplies and personnel to the areas hit by Katrina

Stalag '99 - Outpost Crystal (Interdictor)

Stalag '99 - Outpost Crystal starting to show up in web cartoons

Live WebCam from inside New Orleans

This is a mirror of the live web cam (the only one I believe) from inside New Orleans, thanks to Interdictor.

New Orleans Hurricane Impact Study Area

The LSU CSPHIH is focusing research on greater New Orleans and outlying suburbs,
an area of approximately 1.1 million residents (the city of New Orleans itself has approximately 450,000 residents). Upwards of ten percent of residents in the study area (around 110,000) are estimated to have special needs. These may include the elderly, those with physical or mental disabilities, or persons dependant on technolgical intervention or other specialized medical care to sustain life...

Hurricane Katrina: Extreme Video

Unbeleivabley brave (stupid?) extreme weather dudes filling ON THE COAST of Missisippi as the 20 foot surge hits.

Heroic New Orleans hosting outfit battles on | The Register

We're obliged to reader Paul Hatch to alerting us to the heroic struggle of web hosting outfit directNIC.com - owned by Intercosmos Media Group - which is currently continuing to operate from a 10th-floor datacenter in New Orleans' Business district.

Louisiana's Wetlands @ National Geographic Magazine

Yet another story, this time National Geographic, fortelling what happened.

CANOLA - Citizens Assist New Orleans, La.

Q. What is CANOLA?

A. CANOLA is 'Citizens Assist New Orleans, LouisiAna,' a FEMA-sanction group of volunteers traveling to NOLA to collaborate in the rebuilding of a communications network in the CBD and beyond. CANOLA is a division of the not-for-profit GreenMonkeys foundation.

Hurricanes & Tropical Storms on Yahoo! News Photos

A toxic film spreads over the water near a flooded home in a lakeside area in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nola.com: NewsFlash - Major oil spill spotted on Mississippi River

State officials said Friday they have spotted a huge oil spill near two storage tanks at the town of Venice, on the Mississippi River downstream from New Orleans.

A flyover by the Department of Environmental Quality revealed what was described as a major oil spill.

'Two tanks with the capacity of holding 2 million barrels appear to be leaking,' the statement said.

No further details were given.

Daily News Reporter in New Orleans: Scope of Destruction Much Worse Than 9/11

We go to New Orleans to speak with New York Daily News reporter Tamer El-Ghobashy. He reports from outside one of the main refugee centers in New Orleans - the Super Dome, where as many as 30,000 people sought shelter.

Troposphere - The Weather Blog

Troposphere - The Weather Blog

CNN.com - Town nearly wiped off the map - Sep 1, 2005

Hurricane Katrina seemed to take a particular vengeance out on Waveland, Mississippi.

The storm virtually took out Waveland, prompting state officials to say it took a harder hit from the wind and water than any other town along the coast.

Rescue workers there Wednesday found shell-shocked survivors scavenging what they could from homes and businesses that were completely washed away.

The Questions Unasked

The Questions Unasked

CNN.com - Convoy brings relief supplies to New Orleans - Sep 2, 2005

CNN.com - Convoy brings relief supplies to New Orleans - Sep 2, 2005: "A convoy of military vehicles plowed through the flooded streets of New Orleans on Friday bringing food, water and medicine to the thousands of people trapped at a downtown convention center."

In central New Orleans, a Web firm pushes on

Even as its employees sleep on the office floor, breathing diesel fumes from a generator and watching looters from their windows, a Web company in New Orleans vows it won't let the hurricane shut it down.

HoustonChronicle.com - HOW TO HELP/ INFORMATION

HoustonChronicle.com - HOW TO HELP INFORMATION

Aid Offers Will Be Accepted From Countries

Aid Offers Will Be Accepted From Countries: "WASHINGTON -- In a turnabout, the United States is now on the receiving end of help from around the world as some two dozen countries offer post-hurricane assistance.

Venezuela, a target of frequent criticism by the Bush administration, offered humanitarian aid and fuel. Venezuela's Citgo Petroleum Corp. pledged a $1 million donation for hurricane aid."

MSNBC video inside Wal-Mart looting... including police

Police looters - countdown-looting-in-walmart.wmv @ ZippyVideos.com - Free Video Webhosting

Disclaimer: I support what they are doing there. I mean come on. They need it. Not the guys taking guns, TV's, VCRs and other stuff that won't do them any good right now, but I'm totally OK with them taking clothes, shoes, water, food, and whatever else will help them LIVE through the next few days and weeks.

Don't call them looters, call them SURVIVERS who are hunting and gathering the only way they can.

New Orleans and AstroDome audio and video feed listing

Links to audio and video feeds regarding the current situation in New Orleans and the Astrodome

Network for Good :: Hurricane Relief Efforts and Preparedness

Network for Good :: Hurricane Relief Efforts and Preparedness: "Much of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama is obliterated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and floodwaters continue to rise in the overwhelmed city of New Orleans. Millions of people are suffering from the devastation and desperately need water, food, shelter and medical care today, as well as help coping with what promises to be a massive long-term recovery effort.

Help meet this enormous need now with your donation. "

DigitalGlobe | Hurricane Katrina Media Gallery

DigitalGlobe | Hurricane Katrina Media Gallery

Katrina Information

Katrina Information

CNN.com - Mayor to feds: 'Get off your asses' - Sep 2, 2005

CNN.com - Mayor to feds: 'Get off your asses' - Sep 2, 2005: "(CNN) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin blasted the slow pace of federal and state relief efforts in an expletive-laced interview with local radio station WWL-AM.

The following is a transcript of WWL correspondent Garland Robinette's interview with Nagin on Thursday night. Robinette asked the mayor about his conversation with President Bush:"

Click2Houston.com - News - Angry New Orleans Mayor Says Feds Don't Have A Clue

Click2Houston.com - News - Angry New Orleans Mayor Says Feds Don't Have A Clue: "The once-glorious city of New Orleans is in ruins and its people in chaos from Hurricane Katrina.

For those who sought refuge in the New Orleans convention center, it became just another part of the nightmare. There are reports of rapes, beatings and fights in the convention center, where at least 15,000 people have sought safety."

Louisiana officials accused of blocking rescue volunteers : NOLA Indymedia

Louisiana officials accused of blocking rescue volunteers : NOLA Indymedia: "State Police in Lafayette, Louisiana, have been accussed of hindering attempts by private citizens to rescue people trapped by floodwaters in New Orleans. The accusations were contained in an unconfirmed report received via email by Jason Robideaux, an attorney from Lafayette.

The email was written by a person who claimed to be part of 'a group of approximately 1,000 citizens pulling 500 boats' heading into New Orleans to rescue people still stranded in places such as hospitals. The email claimed that the members of the flotilla were '.. experienced boaters, licensed fishermen and hunters, people who have spent their entire adult life and teenage years on the waterways of Louisiana.'

The email reports that a Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries (DWF) agent ordered them to turn around and go home. "

Basically, here's the situation (Cartoon joke)

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World Tribune.com -- Kuwaiti: 'The terrorist Katrina' is a soldier of Allah'

World Tribune.com -- Kuwaiti: 'The terrorist Katrina' is a soldier of Allah'

Hurricanes & Tropical Storms on Yahoo! News Photos

Hurricanes & Tropical Storms on Yahoo! News Photos: "An aerial view of flooded school buses in a lot, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005, in New Orleans, LA. The flood is a result of Hurricane Katrina that passed through the area last Monday.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)"

New Orleans Independent Media Center

New Orleans Independent Media Center: "Sep 02 5:54AM CDT: An explosion in New Orleans jolted residents awake early this morning, illuminating the pre-dawn sky with red and orange flames over the city where corpses rotted along flooded sidewalks and bands of armed thugs thwarted fitful rescue efforts. Reports say the cause of the blasts was linked to gas problems in the Bywater.

Sep 02 2:43AM CDT: Louisiana officials accused of blocking rescue volunteers"



CNN.com - Sniper fire halts hospital evacuation - Sep 1, 2005

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- The evacuation of patients from Charity Hospital was halted Thursday after the facility came under sniper fire twice.

'Help us, please' - After the Disaster, Chaos and Lawlessness rule the streets

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British Columbia rescue team describes chaos in Louisiana

A Canadian search and rescue team in Louisiana says conditions on the ground are so dangerous, it has to wait for order to restore before they can get to work in the devastated hurricane region.

British Columbia's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) left for Lafayette, La. Wednesday night after being asked by state officials for assistance.

On Thursday, the team was in Kenner, La. -- a small city of about 75,000 on the Mississippi River's East Bank -- where police described the violence and looting as 'out of control.'

USAR is working with Louisiana State Troopers, as well as the National Guard.

'It's far too dangerous for even the state troopers and police to wander out,' said USAR member Brian Inglis in a statement Thursday on his team website, vancouver.ca/usar.

'It's absolutely crazy, the devastation is unreal -- the gunfire, the shooting, the looting is like something you see in a movie.

Police Codes and Abbreviations:

For those listening in on the scanner frequencies:


To find out what frequency your local police departments are using, search the database at PolCodes. Then, see the APCO site for the 36 or so most basic tencodes (easy to memorize).

Katrina Survivor List

Katrina Survivor List: "Katrina Survivor-Connector List

Just click on the ADD button and fill out the form, then click SAVE."

Funding for hurricane preparedness of New Orleans

The adequacy of funding for hurricane preparedness of New Orleans has been questioned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since 2001, many U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requests for hurricane protection projects have been cut back or delayed. Critics charge that these cutbacks were a direct result of funding for the Iraq war and the Bush Administration's tax cuts. Others argue that it is common for projects like these to be underfunded and even had the remaining 25% of funding requests been filled, it would not have helped New Orleans withstand a category 4 hurricane. Ironically, Haley Barbour, governor of heavily affected Mississippi, was head of the Republican National Committee at the time funds for FEMA and Flood control were being cut, as well as Louisiana National Guard being sent to Iraq.

Looter with a shotgun on a bicycle in a Wal-Mart

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Warning to looters: Looters will be shot

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Planning, Response Are Faulted

Tens of thousands of people remain stranded on the streets of New Orleans in desperate conditions because officials failed to plan for a serious levee breach and the federal response to Hurricane Katrina was slow, according to disaster experts and Louisiana government officials.

Though experts had long predicted that the city -- which sits mostly below sea level and is surrounded by water -- would face unprecedented devastation after an immense hurricane, they said problems were worsened by a late evacuation order and insufficient emergency shelter for as many as 100,000 people.

OILNERGY: gasoline price


Big Image - the right hand side is Keesler AB.. to the Left.. biloxi. which is devestated

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direcNIC.com and Mass Exodus... no visible looting from here today

My name is Sigmund Solares, I am the CEO of Intercosmos Media Group, Inc., dba directNIC.com. For the past few days my team and I have worked tirelessly to keep our data center and our customers online and our business in operation. Thanks for all the well wishers and support provided by so many individuals.

Michael Barnett (Interdictor) told me that I should annotate these pictures that I took today. Up to this point I have focused only on doing and not on providing commentary. I have left all the commentary to my able best friend Michael Barnett. Most of the below pictures were taken while we were waiting to coordinate diesel fueling, which was delayed until tomorrow (hopefully).


A caravan will be leaving Baltimore Maryland tonight (September 1st) and heading to New Orleans packed with water, food, and basic supplies to take down to the people who need it the most in New Orleans.

If you would like to join the caravan to New Orleans do the following...

Scientific American.com: Drowning New Orleans

Science & Technology at Scientific American.com:
Drowning New Orleans -- [ CIVIL ENGINEERING ] -- A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, and now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city

October 2001 issue

WWLTV.com | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Local News

Updates as they come in on Katrina

The Australian: Forgotten Biloxi belts out the blues

THE sign says 'Welcome to Mississippi: Feels like home!' A few metres behind it lies a black Ford Explorer on its roof, with its wheels spinning in the breeze.

Next to the car is a roadside billboard, its message hanging in shreds from a twisted metal frame. Those foolish enough to drive on soon come across a yacht, moored on the hard shoulder of Interstate 10.

The nearest beach is about 30km south.

Doc: 6 Murders, 12 Rapes Inside Superdome

Doc: 6 Murders, 12 Rapes Inside Superdome: "Doc: 6 Murders, 12 Rapes Inside Superdome

A doctor who's been tending to the sick and wounded inside the New Orleans Superdome for the last two days described a horrific scene Thursday night. "

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Angry at Lack of Action - BitTorrent

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Angry at Lack of Action Recorded on the afternoon (4:45PM CST) of September 1st.

Interview with the radio station WWL-AM, probably the first frank and HONEST report from a politician that will likely be forever remembered in the narratives of our own time as a voice for the frustration and lack of action for the dead, dying, and homeless. One of the first glimpses of the real lack of internal organization of the Hurrican Katrina rescue mission.

BBC NEWS | New Orleans rocked by huge blasts

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | New Orleans rocked by huge blasts

The New Orleans riverfront has been hit by a series of massive blasts, and fires are raging in the area.

But the blast is believed to have involved a chemical factory and police have sent a team to see if toxic fumes have been released.

White House Backpedals On Flood Control Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON -- The White House scrambled Thursday to defend itself against criticism that it has consistently proposed cutting the budget for Army Corps of Engineers water and flood control projects -- including several that could have mitigated the disaster in New Orleans.

Radio interview - 'Where is the aid'

Radio interview talking about 'where is the aid we need now'.

Interdictor IRC logs

IRC chat logs from the various Interdictor channels (including the scanner transcriptions) updated every 5 minutes.

New Orleans after Katrina - Interactive Map

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This satellite imate was taken at approx. 10 am Aug 31st. Navigate by using the zoom and move controls or click on the image to zoom. Click and drag your cursor to move the map.

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another photo of Chalmette, east of New orleans: new_orleans_chalmette_aug31_2005_dg.jpg (JPEG Image, 6486x3883 pixels)

Joan's Photo Gallery :: Katrina

Photos of Katrina's damage to St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. More information is available at the NOLA forum (http://www.nola.com/forums/stbtownhall/index.ssf) and the St. Bernard Official Website (http://www.st-bernard.la.us/). Link summary at http://www.atypical.net/

Evacuees and Refugees

Photo Gallery - Evacuees and Refugees

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Crackdown in fearful New Orleans

US troops, armed with a shoot-to-kill policy, are being sent to New Orleans to quell growing lawlessness, four days after Hurricane Katrina hit.

Local Officials Criticize Federal Government Over Response - New York Times

Despair, privation and violent lawlessness grew so extreme in New Orleans on Thursday that the flooded city's mayor issued a 'desperate S O S' and other local officials, describing the security situation as horrific, lambasted the federal government as responding too slowly to the disaster.

CNN.com - The disaster response: 'Magnificent' or 'embarrassment'? - Sep 2, 2005

CNN.com - The disaster response: 'Magnificent' or 'embarrassment'? - Sep 2, 2005: "NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- When it comes to assessing the effectiveness of the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, two divergent -- and incongruous -- views have emerged over more than three long days of misery.

In the hurricane-ravaged city, where people are thirsty and hungry, living in squalid conditions and in fear of armed bands of marauding looters, the response is seen as confused, ineffective and puzzlingly slow."

Daily Kos: FEMA Dir. Mike Brown fired from prior job at Horse Assoc.

FEMA Dir. Mike Brown fired from prior job at Horse Assoc.
by Goldy at HorsesAss
Fri Sep 2nd, 2005 at 00:46:22 PDT
[editor's note, by Goldy at HorsesAss] Revised title

'An unmitigated, total fucking disaster.' That's not a quote from Mike Brown, but rather, a quote describing him."

Transcription signup list - NOLA-Intel Katrina Wiki

Transcription signup list - NOLA-Intel Katrina Wiki: "Transcription signup list
From NOLA-Intel Katrina Wiki

Please leave your nick, and when you are available. Just a reminder, please avoid transcribing telephone numbers or other private data.

* I will take over in the morn, 10AM EST, sign me up
* I can go till 2am PDT.

<[EPC]Starblazer> Yaknow, I've been bugging the ops for awhile but they do not respond. I'm willing to take over the left till 0600CST"

Wired News: Flood Waters Can't Sink Net Link

Wired News: Flood Waters Can't Sink Net Link: "Despite the loss of most public utilities, at least one hosting company in hurricane-battered New Orleans is still online, fighting against time and the odds to keep part of the internet humming.


CGI:IRC Login: "Access to all #interdictor channels is now available. Choose from #interdictor-chat (for talking), #interdictor-digest (news digest), #interdictor (the original, for breaking news), #interdictor-scanner (for scanner transcriptions), #interdictor-tech (for tech discussions), #interdictor-relief (for relief effort chat)."

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Texas Agrees to Take 50,000 More Refugees
Posted: Friday, Sep 02, 2005 - 03:05:12 am EDT

AUSTIN, Texas - The state of Texas agreed Thursday to take in three times more refugees from Hurricane Katrina than officials initially expected, bringing the total number of evacuees to nearly 75,000.

NoLa Rescue Effort

This Wiki is designed to facilite coordination of rescue operation volunteers. If you have experience with SAR, EMT, Fire/Rescue, Expedition travel, logistics, we need your help.

NOTE: Official FEMA authorization will be secured shortly.

craigslist | Katrina 2005

craigslist | Katrina 2005: "craigslist resources for Katrina Survivors

Looking for missing family and/or friends?

* lost and found

Can you provide temporary shelter for hurricane victims?

* temporary housing / shares / apartments

Volunteer opportunities

* volunteer listings

General community notices and updates

* all community listings"

ARRLWeb: Hurricane Katrina Volunteer Signup Database Now Open

ARRLWeb: Hurricane Katrina Volunteer Signup Database Now Open: "NEWINGTON, CT, Aug 31, 2005--The Hurricane Katrina Disaster Communications Volunteer Registration & Message Traffic Database now is open. Site Administrator Joe Tomasone, AB2M, set up the database, and South Texas ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator Jerry Reimer, KK5CA, is handling volunteer coordination. This site is intended for Amateur Radio volunteers to sign up for communication support duty on behalf of Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi."

Salon.com | "No one can say they didn't see it coming" - NP

Salon.com | "No one can say they didn't see it coming" - NP: "'No one can say they didn't see it coming'
In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war."

Taking refuge in the Astrodome - NEWSCHANNEL 5

Taking refuge in the Astrodome - NEWSCHANNEL 5: "HOUSTON -- Thousands of refugees of Hurricane Katrina were transported to the Astrodome in Houston this week. In an extreme act of looting, one group actually stole a bus to escape ravaged areas in Louisiana.

About 100 people packed into the stolen bus. They were the first to enter the Houston Astrodome, but they weren't exactly welcomed."

It's been 3 days, and the buses have yet to appear.

The Interdictor: "Thursday, September 1st, 2005
10:46 pm
The Real News
The following is the result of an interview I just conducted via cell phone with a New Orleans citizen stranded at the Convention Center. I don't know what you're hearing in the mainstream media or in the press conferences from the city and state officials, but here is the truth:

'Bigfoot' is a bar manager and DJ on Bourbon Street, and is a local personality and icon in the city. He is a lifelong resident of the city, born and raised. He rode out the storm itself in the Iberville Projects because he knew he would be above any flood waters. Here is his story as told to me moments ago. I took notes while he talked and then I asked some questions:

Three days ago, police and national guard troops told citizens to head toward the Crescent City Connection Bridge to await transportation out of the area. The citizens trekked over to the Convention Center and waited for the buses which they were told would take them to Houston or Alabama or somewhere else, out of this area.

It's been 3 days, and the buses have yet to appear.

Although obviously he has no exact count, he estimates more than 10,000 people are packed into and around and outside the convention center still waiting for the buses. They had no food, no water, and no medicine for the last three days, until today, when the National Guard drove over the bridge above them, and tossed out supplies over the side crashing down to the ground below. Much of the supplies were destroyed from the drop. Many people tried to catch the supplies to protect them before they hit the ground. Some offered to walk all the way around up the bridge and bring the supplies down, but any attempt to approach the police or national guard resulted in weapons being aimed at them.

There are many infants and elderly people among them, as well as many people who were injured jumping out of windows to escape flood water and the like -- all of them in"

Radio Info - NOLA-Intel Katrina Wiki

Radio Info - NOLA-Intel Katrina Wiki: "There are several people providing streaming audio feeds of Louisiana and area radio scanners. There are currently 2 known main feeds:

* Stream 1: feed out of Northern Louisiana monitoring the Louisiana State Police Smartzone System
* Stream 2: David Hitchner is providing a dual stereo stream of the LSP System. The Left Channel is in Search mode providing all of Baton Rouge's State system site talkgroups. The other channel is providing Troop A and Troop B rebroadcast (New Orleans and BTR troops)."

EO Newsroom: New Images - Flooding in New Orleans

Before and after pictures from orbit of New Orleans

View topic - Live Streaming Stations - Thursday Overnight - MANY UPDATES! - wwltv.com Forums

View topic - Live Streaming Stations - Thursday Overnight - MANY UPDATES! - wwltv.com Forums: "Live Streaming Stations - Thursday Overnight - MANY UPDATES!
Goto page 1, 2, 3 Next

Post new topic Reply to topic wwltv.com Forum Index -> Hurricane Katrina
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Who is providing the best coverage?
WWL-TV New Orleans
86% [ 39 ]
WDSU-TV New Orleans
6% [ 3 ]
WPMI-TV Mobile
0% [ 0 ]
WKRG-TV Mobile
2% [ 1 ]
WTOK-TV Meridian
0% [ 0 ]
WJTV-TV Jackson
0% [ 0 ]
Gulf Coast Storm Network (radio)
0% [ 0 ]
WWL-AM Storm Network (radio)
4% [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 45"

Americans Aiding Americans

$45,306,000 AND COUNTING
By Michelle Malkin · August 31, 2005 09:39 PM

That's the estimated amount that private American individuals, groups and companies have already donated to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Chuck Simmins is keeping track.

No waiting for the feds. No waiting for the celebs. No waiting for the U.N. and the "international community."

Blogs - KatrinaHelp

A great list of Blogs on Katrina

Interdictor IRC - LIVEr than CNN


This channel is for news and information submission only.

The place for chat.

General information / FAQ

Live text translations of many of the scanner channels in the area.

Tech talk

Media members, please send a message to a Channel Operator

Latest Interdictor webcam pics.

Audo feed 1 (use something like WinAmp to listen)

feed 2 (use something like WinAmp to listen)

WDSU Live Hurricane Coverage - WDSU

More videos.

Katrina Information

Great list of resources on Katrina information.

Video Player

Great raw video footage from a New Orleans TV station.

WWLTV.com | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Katrina Aftermath

WWLTV.com | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Katrina Aftermath: "NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday as corpses lay abandoned in street medians, fights and fires broke out, cops turned in their badges and the governor declared war on looters who have made the city a menacing landscape of disorder and fear."

www.GovExec.com - Ex-Army Corps officials say budget cuts imperiled flood mitigation efforts (9/1/05)

www.GovExec.com - Ex-Army Corps officials say budget cuts imperiled flood mitigation efforts (9/1/05): "As levees burst and floods continued to spread across areas hit by Hurricane Katrina yesterday, a former chief of the Army Corps of Engineers disparaged senior White House officials for 'not understanding' that key elements of the region's infrastructure needed repair and rebuilding."

New Orleans in Anarchy With Fights, Rapes - Yahoo! News

CNN rebuttal of the politians thanking each other while people die.

Trapped Tourists Lose Chartered Buses

Trapped Tourists Lose Chartered Buses: "Five days after Susan Dewey arrived in New Orleans to celebrate her birthday, she was so desperate to get out that she banded with hundreds of other tourists to hire 10 buses for $25,000 to rescue them.

After waiting hours, they learned government officials had commandeered their buses to evacuate others."

HurricaneHelp - Find survivors of Hurricane Katrina

HurricaneHelp - Find survivors of Hurricane Katrina: "This is a service to help connect Hurricane Katrina victims with their friends and family. Please respect those affected by this traged and only submit accurate, relevant information. This is not an official information site. If you can‘t find your loved one here, try the sites listed below."

New Orleans in Anarchy With Fights, Rapes - Yahoo! News

New Orleans in Anarchy With Fights, Rapes - Yahoo! News: "NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday as corpses lay abandoned in street medians, fights and fires broke out, cops turned in their badges and the governor declared war on looters who have made the city a menacing landscape of disorder and fear."

Levee repairs to be finished soon

Levee repairs to be finished soon: "BATON ROUGE, La.-- Military helicopters on Thursday dropped sandbags into the levee breach that sent floodwaters from Lake Pontchartrain pouring into New Orleans, the state's top transportation official said."

Main Page - #norescue wiki

Main Page - #norescue wiki

CBC News: Some U.S. gas stations run dry

CBC News: Some U.S. gas stations run dry

Florida's gas supplies in 'fairly good shape' - OrlandoSentinel.com: Business

Florida's gas supplies in 'fairly good shape' - OrlandoSentinel.com: Business

Crooks and Liars

Crooks and Liars

New Orleans / 2005 Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans / 2005 Hurricane Katrina

Daily Kos: Heard at the armory today

Daily Kos: Heard at the armory today

FOXNews.com - Politics - Rice: All Foreign Aid Offers Will Be Accepted

FOXNews.com - Politics - Rice: All Foreign Aid Offers Will Be Accepted

The Interdictor

The Interdictor

Main Page - NOLA-Intel Katrina Wiki

Main Page - NOLA-Intel Katrina Wiki



New Orleans Intel Distribution Wiki

New Orleans Intel Distribution Wiki

interdictor: Latest from Outpost Crystal

interdictor: Latest from Outpost Crystal

Katrina's La. Refugees Arrive in Houston

Katrina's La. Refugees Arrive in Houston

USATODAY.com - World reaction ranges from scolding to sympathy

USATODAY.com - World reaction ranges from scolding to sympathy