Strawberry Fields Forever - Nothing is real

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I told you before, you can't do that!

Yes, I am reverting to yet another bad habit of mine... replying to comments on a blog post by a main post. (it makes me look more active than I am!)

I think you should be full and blunt on your blog. It is your site, your world. And besides, 30 years from now when you look back you'll regret not writing out all those "personal" things because you won't remember them.

May I suggest creating an anonymous blog where you do go all out and blunt?

I'm as blunt as I feel comfortable being.

A good rule of thumb when blogging is to assume the person you would least like to read your blog is indeed reading your blog.

You also need to assume that even if you are in theory anonymous, that you can be found out (which is why I don't post to my more anonymous blog).

You further should assume that anything you write can come back to haunt you in the future.

That's correct, my ill-informed rants and plethora of typos will stay with me until the end of the internet (or longer).

Beyond protecting myself, I don't want to involve people in my life without them asking to be. I decided to start up this blog, and post under my own name. I decided to open up to the “unwashed masses” (thankfully there aren't many as the site logs indicate). Family and friends of mine did not decide to. It's beyond unfair for me to have my decision impact them. (of course, it may, but I would prefer it not to)

Also, I'd like you to elaborate on why our government sucks so much in the New Orleans situation. I realize the military took 4-5 days to get in, but they had to mobilize. I'm sure they didn't take so long to spite the poor N.O. folks.

This was a huge disaster and fixing it right away is almost impossible when it was a surprise.

Others have documented the catastrophe of the governmental response to Katrina far better than I have or could have. My problems involve inadequately slow respones, poor planning, poor execution, a decimation of FEMA, redirecting funds away from projects which MIGHT have been able to prevent or mitigate such a catastrophe, and when the pressure comes on, the greatest effort from the Federal government seems to be one to shift blame away.

Note: Local officials and local government also seriously messed up here too. I focus on the feds because A) dealing with this disaster is frankly beyond the ability of state and more local government and B) because Louisiana and Mississippi officials don't purport to represent me, and I have no real influence over them – the federal government however, IS my government. In addition a President whose primary argument for election in 2004 was one of safety and security failed pretty miserably at providing either.

Katrina was not really a surprise. We knew it was going to hit days in advance. FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security knew. Shoot, even George W. Bush knew (he declared a state of emergency on the day before it hit) about Katrina. We effectively had no warning for 9/11, but we did have a heads up for Katrina. I am not a military expert, but I do know that there was no good reason why it took 4-5 days to get a federal presence into New Orleans. People died because of this. That is beyond unacceptable.

For the record, I don't believe that there was a plan to decimate the poor (largely black) population of New Orleans (despite what a quote from the Representative of Baton Rouge may suggest). There clearly was neglect, but it was not malicious per se. (at least not on the federal level) I think Senator Obama sums it up perfectly:

"Whoever was in charge of planning was so detached from the realities of inner city life in New Orleans ... that they couldn't conceive of the notion that they couldn't load up their SUV's, put $100 worth of gas in there, put some sparkling water and drive off to a hotel and check in with a credit card.... There seemed to be a sense that this other America was somehow not on people's radar screen. And that, I think, does have to do with historic indifference on the part of government to the plight of those who are disproportionately African-American... passive indifference is as bad as active malice."

Though I will generally disagree about passive indifference being as bad as active malice, though clearly the effects can be largely the same.

And personally, I think great things will come of this disaster. I believe New Orleans, a few years from now, will be the most sophisticated city in the world.

True lives were lost, but thats life. Dying is part of life.

I know this may be digressing, but I recall reading Thomas Jefferson saying that big change requires blood and death. "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants."

I believe this is analogous in any big, great change. I mean, what motivates change more than a great disaster? Disaster = blood.

No this doesn't mean go to war. In the bigger picture, it means change itself requires some loss. What was lost was a city.

Such is life.

That may all be true, but that doesn't excuse the catastrophe of governmental response. Those who died, and even those who lived through that hell (or are still doing so), never were asked if they were willing to sacrifice for this. The people who died did not die to make a political point. Of course New Orleans was lost, and even IF the flood control efforts had been fully funded, New Orleans may still have been largely lost. Many people did not have to be lost though. Of course, we owe it to their memory to make things better. We must do that, but even if we do, what happened is still deeply shameful.

Also, what is there to despise about going to the gym? It is a means to be physically healthy without having to buy all your own equipment or run outside.

Is that really your own opinion? Or, did you read that somewhere? Who are your influences?

I like to form my own opinions. I wouldn't put too much thought into what some loser had to say about going to the gym and despising it.

If anyone were to look at gym's objectively, they'd see it as a great thing.

This is a problem when I post a bi or tri-polar post. While I was serious throughout most of it, I was not as much during that part.

The entire issue of despising going to the gym was an attempt at humor.

I may think some (myself included) may go overboard on “going to to the gym”, and others may do so for largely narcissistic reasons or to “show off”, but in general gyms are OF COURSE a positive. It is still very unusual given how little I used to exercise to become one who goes regularly. I find great humor in that I now regularly go to the gym when only months ago I would recoil in mock horror when friends would tell me that they had spent x amount of time at the gym.

So was my aversion to the gym an opinion I formed on my own? Not really - it was an attempt at a joke I formed on my own. (a failed attempt apparently)

Maybe I should take a cue from the Department of Homeland Security and color-code my posts warning to the degree of bad attempts at humor. (note: this post would be beige)


“I think I saw you in an ice cream parlour /
drinking milkshakes cold and long /
smiling and waving and looking so fine /
don't think you knew you were in this song”


  • Yeah I had a feeling your gym statement is a joke, but I wasn't sure haha.

    Also, true. We are not totally anonymous. My IP is registered on Google's logs along with MAC address or whatever probably. Google will hopefully keep that private. You see, people may accuse you of having an anonymous blog, but then you could give those people a guilt trip of spying on someone's privacy, deny all accusations, and say that this is a waste of time.

    Unless you keep a blog centered around hate and violence, the media should respect your blog and all other anonymous material. And if they don't, you could guilt trip them and make the media look like they are infringing on someone's anonymitity and privacy. I think things are in your favor.

    Also if you change names up, no one can prove shit. Its your anonymous word against theres. Just say "I don't know who you are, nor do you know me. Get away from me you crazy loon"

    Its hard to imagine The government sitting on their asses while a disaster struck. There must have been some glitch inside.

    This is why I hate bureaucracy. Its not the government's fault for being slow like molasses. Its the fact that they are a government and have no real boss. I don't even know why all bureaucracy is completely shit.

    I believe if private organizations replaced lots of the bureaucracy, things would move much more efficiently.

    Doesn't mean people would lose their bureaucratic jobs, it just means new and better management.

    I hear things like they'll buy staplers for $100 a piece while one could order them for $1. This is your money, your time, and YOUR LIFE.

    I think its horrible workings of those bureaucracys that ended those lives in N.O., but Bush. It would have happened like that with Kerry/Edwards and even Ralph Nadar

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 PM  

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