Holy crapazoid. Rebirth is now free
. Which is totally cool. If you want to just dabble in playing around with making techno noises, this is one cool program to download.
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In other news, our government is apparently incompetent and/or not doing its job. If I, a mere layman, could have told you what a crapfest was going to result from Katrina, why couldn't the people we pay to pay attention to this type of shit? We knew that the position of New Orleans was perilous at best
(back in 2001 at least).
Where is the federal command and control? Why is FEMA so incompetent? Why aren't there THOUSANDS of troops on the ground right now? What the fuck is going on in this country? I'm not talking about the National Guard, a large number of whom are in Iraq, but I'm talking about the Army. This was not unforseen at all, no matter what Bush says. Anyone with half a brain could figure out that a city below sea level right by the sea, if hit by a large hurricane, could flood. Why was funding removed or not given
to the Army Corps of Engineers, for arguably necessary public safety infrastructure? What else is the purpose of government, other than public safety? If government cannot or will not provide public safety, haven't they abdicated their right to lead?
For that matter, why can't we open up all the closed military bases as refugee camps, instead of sending people to quickly overcrowded SPORTS FACILITIES, for god's sake?
As a country, we seem to be really dropping the ball here. There seems to be no one in command, no one taking charge of the situation. And that makes me sad. I can't stand seeing the talking heads from the government (I'm looking right at the FEMA spokesmen, mostly) congratulating themselves for all that they're doing, (or arguing that we shouldn't be 'playing the blame game,' when there CLEARLY is an awful lot of blame to go around) while people are dying, being raped, or worse. People are not 'frustrated' in New Orleans. They are dying. Dying.
I'm going to give blood on Saturday with some friends. It's the only thing I really know to do to help from here. And my wife and I gave some money (after seeing the telethon on 40/29
) to the Red Cross
. I'd encourage everyone to do the same, or something similar. If the politicians won't fix this situation, then I guess it's up to volunteers and such organizations. And individuals.
Rant mode off.