Journal Entry

Friday, September 2, 2005

Katrina

So this is supposed to be my writing day, but I'm sitting here obsessively reading the news about Katrina -- the wiki, the craigslist board, the blog of a Marine-turned-ISP-emergency-planner who is running probably New Orleans' only functioning internet node from a high rise.

Worst of all are the rescue requests on nola.com.

Here's Charity Navigator's page of top-rated Katrina charities.

Megatokyo reports that Lowe's Home Improvement stores are matching all in-store contributions to the Red Cross dollar for dollar up to 1 Million dollars.

Wondering what else I could do. Maybe go give blood?

Like so many people, I guess, I wish there was something tangible and concrete I could do right now.

So I'm depressed today. I don't really want to manically engage in the whole big picture, how could disaster relief be organized differently, what is the environmental long view, how should New Orleans be rebuilt, Iraq war to blame, whatever, as I did last night on David Moles blog.

Just want to be sad.

Oh, poor ruined city!

Posted by benrosen at September 2, 2005 12:32 PM | Up to blog
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Glad to know I'm not the only one who can't do anything but listen compulsively to CNN and read the blogs.

Posted by: Anna Feruglio Dal Dan at September 2, 2005 02:19 PM

Word up, peoples.

My friend Randy has been called by Habitat for Humanity. Says he can frame a house faster than most people can do the dishes. I wish him every strangest kind of luck.

But I feel that wishing luck is all I can do. Donating money. Reading CNN.com obsessively and cruising the blogosphere.

Still, helpless as I feel, I can't even imagine being part of it.

A whole city, just doomed...

Posted by: matthulan at September 2, 2005 05:11 PM

Check out your local Red Cross chapter website for volunteering opportunities? I found mine to be somewhat more useful than the main redcross.org website.

Impotent empathy sucks. I'm just worried that all the work I've been distracted from this week will subsequently distract me from actually helping out in the next few weeks.

Does that "please choose one" selection actually help with comment spam?

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