So, you take the incompetence of officials who apparently can’t organize a rescue effort to save thousands of lives, and compound that with legions of sick, old, injured and sadly, way too naive, people, and what do you get? ‘Hell on earth’ seems conservative.
At first I thought these portrayals of marauding ‘looters’ were overblown, a pretext to contain and shoot mostly minority refugees. But it sure as hell looks like there are armed gangs raping and killing at will in the streets of New Orleans tonight. Chalk it up to a social fabric so threadbare that the moment the machine stops working, there are some who will seize the opportunity to turn their surroundings into a nightmare of unleashed egotism and rage.
That’s really what strikes me about all of this. You peel back the skin of our so-called society and what do you get? We’ve been taught to look so hard at the surfaces of things, to be so obsessed with our own trivial desires that we didn’t see the work of parasites, liars, murderers and corrupt criminals hollowing our civilization out from the inside. What’s left is a populace so atomised and alienated from any concept of community, so poisoned with a consumer ethos of entitlement and complacency, that they’ll take pot-shots at rescue vehicles who aren’t there for mememememe….
It’s reassuring to see they’ve found an angle: they’ve turned a humanitarian catastrophe, a shameful embarrassment for all the fascist fucksticks in homeland security and FEMA, into a Police Action, whereby law and order and the right to property can trump human lives.
I’m guessing most folks isolated in New Orleans have gone about two or three days with minimal or no water. At the best of times, humans shed about two to three liters a day from normal perspiration and respiration. Compound that that with stress, exercise, and high temperatures and you can imagine why virtually all the evacuees from the superdome were suffering symptoms of dehydration:
Dehydration symptoms generally become noticeable after 2% of one’s normal water volume has been lost. Initially, one experiences thirst and discomfort, possibly along with loss of appetite and dry skin. Athletes may suffer a loss of performance of up to 50%, and experience flushing, low endurance, rapid heart rates, elevated body temperatures, and rapid onset of fatigue.
The symptoms become increasingly severe with greater water loss. One’s heart and respiration rates will increase to compensate for decreased plasma volume and blood pressure, while body temperature may rise due to decreased sweating. Around 5% to 6% water loss, one may become groggy or sleepy, experience headaches or nausea, and may feel tingling in one’s limbs (paresthesia). With 10% to 15% fluid loss, muscles may become spastic, skin may shrivel and wrinkle, vision may dim, urination will be greatly reduced and may become painful, and delirium may begin. Losses of greater than 15% are usually fatal.
The rule of thumb is that three days without water leads to death. Meaning it’ll all be over one way or another pretty soon.
Last I’d heard the water levels had equalised with the lake, so the city is as flooded as it’s gonna get. I really have no idea how the fuck they can even talk about draining it with a straight face. I guess the insurance companies want to hear something like that. Have you ever seen wet drywall or plaster? There is nothing to go back to. If they actually manage to drain the place out, that’s when the real humanitarian disaster will start. Think about it.
Meanwhile, it looks like they’re doing a good job of clamping down information on the decimation of the gulf energy infrastructure. Already we’ve got fuel shortages and line ups, hints of unrest in isolated places, and this shoe hasn’t even started to drop yet. Fill up now, if you’re so inclined, but better to invest the money in water purifier and a bike.
So this is what we’ve come to, all so soon… It one thing to write about it, and predict it. It’s one thing to rant about how badly we’ve been led to the slaughter..
I hope for your sake, there’s someone looking out for you. Because it sure isn’t the ones we’ve been paying for.
At the end of the day, you’re well served to learn how to take back some control over your perceptions. To reclaim some personal authority. Because when the world cracks open under your feet, you’re really and truly on your own, and not just physically. New Orleans right now is not the place to be having a crisis of existential faith.
A prayer for the dying, if you will. and God help us all.