KATRINA RECEDES -- more
jerry-VA@speakeasy removethistext dot net
Rev 12Sept05; 22Aug06
Two photos of from St. Bernard Parish ca 9 Sept. (left) Dog at
curb cannot go with corpse.
Corpse removal at entrance to City Part and Bayou Saint John, Saturday,
Most bodies were not retrieved until the following week, when waters
Photography of body retrieval will be forbidden.
Some died at the Superdome, other bodies littered Interstate 10, and
the stairwells of hospitals whose lower-floor mortuaries were flooded.
saw people seizing because of total electrolyte imbalance from nothing
to drink, nothing to eat and being out in the hot sun. ... The
sadness of some of the stuff we have seen here is overwhelming.
You see these people with little children, barefoot and holding all the
tings they own folded over in a sheet, people who have no idea where
they're going or what their future is.... [loss of composure]"
-- Erik Larsen, emergency physician
from White Plains, NY;
Larsen was one of the leaders of a field hospital set up on parking
Louis Armstrong International Airport to stabilize evacuees on the way
ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS ARE MORE FRAGILE
are fragile because of increasing interdependence ("I can't do my job
unless you do yours.") and specialization -- people do not have the
tools, knowledge and experience to construct, repair, improvise or
accomplish very much.
New to me is the immediate collapse of life-support -- much of the
population is on drugs. At the New Orleans airport field
hospital, staff witnessed the predictable effects of halting the daily
treatment of chronic disease and aggravating the underlying illness
with stress and environmental breakdown. The result is crowds of
people with out-of-control blood pressure, diabetes or seizures, and
lesser numbers with mental illness and behavioral problems, with
worsening Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. These
problems that are now built into the population come out as soon
as the infrastructure is removed. Medical collapse of the
medicated segment of the population is assured, even before the
disaster adds anything new (mold, infections, asthma, contagious
disease from nature or bioweapons, lung silicosis, radiation).
Because a civilization becomes more fragile as it advances, the need
for effective government increases as society advances. This
seems to contradict the assertion that people should take back the
taxes paid to those who form their government "because it's your
It will become popular knowledge in the first half of this century that
. The survey
will find none, while extra-solar
will establish that the percentage of habitable
worlds is knowable and high. The only logical conclusion is that
we are looking at the wrong time. The civilizations - theirs and
ours -- came and went too briefly to find each other.
If you bloat, you float.