(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

September 11th 2001 & 2005

Sunday, September 11, 2005
On September 11th, 2005 much of the US and much of the world remembers the attacks and deaths four years earlier that have to radically reshaped our politics, our laws and our worldviews (and by ours I mean the Western world, including Australia, not just the US). However, the tragedy in Katrina's wake in terms of the people affected, the tragic mismanagement of the initial relief effort and the economic cost put four years eariler into sharp relief. Reading NOLA.com, the online arm of Times Picayune, I ran across the story of Paula Forys Munger who was in Manhattan four years ago, and had since moved to New Orleans, only to find herself amidst another tragedy:
And now Mother Nature has attacked my home. The circumstances are different, but the emotions are all there: pain, loss, grief, fear, insecurity, sadness, mourning. There are signs and pictures posted looking for the missing, just like after September 11th. Friends or family couldn’t call me then, as they can’t now. Circuits busy. People all over the country who are passionate about New Orleans are doing what they can to help, just like the country came to stand by New York’s side after September 11th. Two great American cities that are loved worldwide. The boyfriend who was visiting New York on September 11th, 2001 is now my husband and we own a home in Lakeview. The internet has been both a blessing and a curse, but most definitely a curse as we view aerials of our home submerged in water and a flood depth map, telling us our home is under 8.4 feet of water.
Read more at NOLA.com ...

It is also, perhaps, worth thinking about the fact that rebuilding after Katrina may cost as much as the combined expense of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to date.

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