The Interdictor — A Live Journal Report from a blogger in New Orleans, now mirrored by another blogger. These stories are going to get worse. I think blogging will be here to stay after these reports start to pile up.

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 dire straights.

Any attempt to flag down police results in being told to get away at gunpoint. Hour after hour they watch buses pass by filled with people from other areas. Tensions are very high, and there has been at least one murder and several fights. 8 or 9 dead people have been stored in a freezer in the area, and 2 of these dead people are kids.

The people are so desperate that they’re doing anything they can think of to impress the authorities enough to bring some buses. These things include standing in single file lines with the eldery in front, women and children next; sweeping up the area and cleaning the windows and anything else that would show the people are not barbarians.

The buses never stop.

Mirror here

More bad news

NEW ORLEANS, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Rotting bodies littered the flooded streets of New Orleans on Thursday and mounting violence threatened to turn into all-out anarchy as thousands of survivors of Hurricane Katrina pleaded to be evacuated, or even just fed.

The historic jazz city has fallen prey to armed looters since Katrina tore through and it now more closely resembles Haiti or another Third World trouble spot in a refugee crisis than one of America’s most popular vacation centers.

And this:

“She’s still out there. There are rats roaming around, and I wonder if no one knows who this woman is and where her family is,” Cooper said. He also saw a family of four — a man, woman and two children — who were drowned in their living room when their house was flooded.

“Their salt-and-pepper figurines that they had collected were sitting on the shelf untouched,” Cooper said.

Cooper, who this year covered the south Asian tsunami in Sri Lanka, said the destruction looked comparable.

“It’s amazingly similar, horrifyingly similar. The scenes of whole villages gone is very much the same,” Cooper said. “Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, Waveland — it could have been Galle, Sri Lanka. But what makes it different is that this is the U.S. seeing bloated corpses out on the streets for days.”

I can go on, but the question that needs to be asked is how can ever expect to deal with any sort of terrorism attack which comes with no warning if this is the way we deal with an attack (of sorts) that comes with plenty of warning. There was plenty of time to get ready and plenty of time to be prepared. It was NOT a surprise. This is gross State, Local and Federal incompetence and it is getting worse by the minute. I think you can expect real rioting shortly. There is nothing to stop it.

  1. Ima Fish says:

    Excuse my ignorance, but why aren’t these people simply WALKING away?! Is it because they’re surrounded by water? is it because there’s no place to walk to?

    In three days I easily could have walked 100 miles away, even if I had to carry my two young kids.

  2. Scott says:

    I was thinking exactly the same thing yesterday and was wondering if I was the only one. It seems as if we’ve learned nothing in the four years since 9/11. It’s frightening to think what would happen if something unexpected happened to our county i.e. an attack. Very sobering.

  3. Ed Campbell says:

    I grow more and more pleased I chose these guys [14-15 years ago] to keep my domain names, DNS, etc. sorted out. DirectNIC is sitting up in a what passes for a skyscraper in NOLA. They have enough battery power for at least 3 more weeks — and intend to survive.

    When the redirect on my own site went down, yesterday — I emailed them just as notification. I knew they were going nuts just surviving. They had me back up and running in a couple of hours.

    They deserve all the credit in the world. Just another reason why I would never think of going elsewhere.

  4. Just so you guys know, you loose 1-2 litters of water a day if you’re not exerting yourself. If you’re walking at night you might be able to put in 12 hours and only loose 3-4 litters of water. if you do that for two days with no water intake, your most probably going to dehydrate. When your dehydrated, you will become delusional and aggressive.

    Now if you’ve got water, you’ll be lucky to make 40 miles a day (thats walking 1 mile every 15 minutes for 10 hours straight over flat terrain). Most probably, you’ll make somewhere between 25 and 30. Since most of us Americans are not accustomed to walking all day. Now that would get you to 100 miles in 4 days, but with no water, you’re not going to make it that far. And if you’re traveling with any children or elderly, you’re going to move slower.

    You can’t expect these people to walk out of there (assuming there is someplace to walk to), that would be suicide for many of them.

    If you want to know where I learned so much about dehydration and what it does to you, I’ve seen it first hand. I’ve seen 20 to 25 year old men (and women) in the best shape of their lives get dehydrated when they had plenty of water available to them. The people in Katrina’s wake have little or no fresh water. They may or may not be in the best shape of their lives, and I’d muster a guess that most of them have never been in a survival situation with no water before. Many won’t make it out with out our help.

    I appologize if this seams to be bashing on “Ima Fish.” I didn’t really intend to do so.

  5. Jeff Findel says:

    “In three days I easily could have walked 100 miles away, even if I had to carry my two young kids.”

    Not without clean water you wouldn’t

  6. Imafish says:

    Thanks to both Jeffs for pointing out some of the errors in my thinking. The water situation was certainly a factor I didn’t consider.

    And to the first Jeff, you weren’t bashing, you were logically and reasonably pointing out my errors. And there’s nothing wrong with that! I was just thinking about being faced with a stadium filled with an armed angry mob versus hitting the road, my gut told me to hit the road.

  7. Roy G. Biv says:

    Seems to me there is water everywhere, they just need to boil it to make it clean enough to drink.

    1. Go to some restaurant.
    2. Get a big pot.
    3. Find some dry wood somewhere on 4th floor of building.
    4. Burn, boil.
    5. Drink

    What am I missing?

  8. site admin says:

    Roy, Yeah you’re missing your brain. No offense but are you a teenager or something? Besides bacteria, wastewater contains a lot of heavy metal, rat poison, gasoline, oil and all sorts of things you do not want to drink boiled or not. This is not to mention that salt water is involved here. Ever drink that pure? What are you thinking?

  9. Bob Freeman says:

    On a somewhat related note. It seems like the Amateur Radio Emergency nets are either getting no press or are no longer a valid system in the internet world. As a old HAM radio operator (with a licensed expired some 20+ years ago), the big push was to be available in times of need for communication. A google search for Amateur Radio New Orleans does not come back with any links I would care to follow!
    Your thoughts on this?

  10. AB CD says:

    Roy said to boil the water. That would kill the bacteria, and I think it desalinates it as well. It presumably would separate out other materials too.

  11. Lindsay says:

    AB CD – aren’t you a supporter of ID ? 🙂 Your science education is shining through.

    Boiling water *might* kill the bacteria. It certainly won’t desalinate, infact it would do the reverse ! evaporation would increase the salt content, as well as all those heavey metal salts etc from NO’s chemical industry.

    All it would do with the “other” materials – presumably the nice tasty human faeces is cook it, Mmmm …..

  12. site admin says:

    If people don’t have the most rudimentary understanding of science it’s hopeless to keep explaining it to them. They cannot fathom these concepts. I explained it once and that didn’t suffice,


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