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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 04:04 PM
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56. I don't know--the pictures alone are pretty compelling
especially to those of us who have been to New Orleans.

This is a disaster unprecedented in American history: a major city made uninhabitable. I don't think even San Francisco in 1906 or Galveston in whenever was as completely devastated. As I recall, San Franciscans who weren't actually under the rubble were able to leave for undamaged areas pretty easily. Even the people in the bombed cities of Europe during WWII were often able to camp out in the rubble and find functioning water taps and salvage canned goods and blankets from their homes.

The only analogy I can think of for the New Orleans disaster are the effects of some of those cyclones in Bangladesh.

The reporters are falling back on cliches or inept comparisons because they literally do not know what else to say. But I wish they would remember the saying, "If you can't say something apt, don't say anything at all."
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