||[Sep. 9th, 2005|03:48 pm]
2005 Hurricane Katrina--Help make a difference.
NEW ORLEANS - Alarming predictions of as many as 10,000 dead in New Orleans may have been greatly exaggerated, with authorities saying Friday that the first street-by-street sweep of the swamped city revealed far fewer corpses than feared.|
The only time there are far fewer deaths than feared is when there are way more deaths than expected.
September 11: Far fewer. When you think about it 2,876 or whatever was miraculously lo (and I think that's even including the 19 hijackers). Especially when tallies such as 10K-50K had been bandied about for days, and since the official toll had stood exactly double that for three weeks until they learned they'd duplicated every single person on some official list (by that time we'd all moved on, so no one thought that perplexable).
There's no way there'd be 10,000 in New Orleans alone. I am expecting 1,000 and even that is super high in my opinion.
It's sad when the media and limelight-seeking officials toss out wildly exaggerated numbers, because while it builds morbid interest for a few days or weeks, once people learn the actual number, there's a let-down, and they forget about it.
How about just focusing in how tens of thousands of people are now HOMELESS, possession-less, property-less, clothing-less, yardless. You can't just go to the store and buy a new home. I don't think I've personally been without food, water, or private shelter for longer than 12 hours in my whole life. Think about that.
They make us think that because not so many died, lots of things are okay. They're not. That would suck.