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31. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Quoting Q_Zhang

Been done though....

32. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

"There isn't going to be a school year for 1,000's of children and no businesses will be open for 6-8 months."

School age children have aleady been sent to other states to start their school year. Las Vegas even accepted some children and we have the fastest growing school district in the country. There are not enough fulltime teachers now, but the LV school district is going to take what they can. Utah has already had students and families sent their way, other states as well. The kids will have a school year, not a 'normal year', but they will be in school.

33. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

No, children will not be able to attend their schools - but a building does not make a school - teachers and children do. And yes, I understand that those children who won't have use of their books and learning materials are going to be falling behind. But, again, teachers and children make a school.

I live in an area where there are many children who are "home-schooled" - not for lack of buildings or teachers - but because it is an accepted way of learning here. Because it is not my field of expertise, I'm not sure how things should be organized, but I do know that not only can a child's education continue, it would also be a way to give them a sense of order in an unordered situation. Improvisation can be a great tool and when it comes to education - it should be used.

34. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

Quoting Q_Zhang

Quoting IronChef

I've always been of the opinion 'Think Global, Act Local'. Maybe what I can do to help one family get back in touch and support them will have a far-reaching effect.

What a great idea !!! Been done though....

http://wired.com/news/hurricane/0,2904,68743,00.html

Thanks for the link!

35. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Here is a post from a news site.. I thought it was rather good.

Paul Jay, Chair
Independent World Television
www.IWTnews.com

Après Moi, le Deluge
The leader of the most powerful country on earth, with an unquestioned faith in his divine right to rule and the absolute power of the centralized state, was the namesake for Louisiana.

When he died in 1715, Louis XIV had built France into the dominant power in Europe, but he bankrupted the nation, forcing him to levy high taxes on the peasantry while the nobility paid none at all. Most people lived in poverty while the King built an empire.

During the empire's demise, his great great grandson Louis XV ruled France and its possessions, which included the colonial city of New Orleans. He lived for indulgence and luxury as his people descended further into despair. It is said near his end he uttered the words "Après moi, le deluge." After me come the floods.

Centuries later, the people of New Orleans met those floods, as contemporary rulers -- political and economic -- abandoned them to their fate. The words "Après moi, le deluge " have come to epitomize the psychology of those who ruin people and the earth with no thought for tomorrow, and the destruction of New Orleans will stand as the naked exposure of a fading American dream.

"Guardians of freedom and the American way of life," say the recruitment ads for the National Guard. For the 38% of New Orleans residents who lived in poverty and at least 37 million others across the nation who suffer in grim conditions, the fantasy of the "American way of life" vanished long ago. The reality is a growing gap between rich and poor, under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

And unfortunately for the people of New Orleans, too many of their National Guardsmen, instead of helping evacuate citizens at their time of need, had been sent away to bring "freedom and the American way of life" to Iraq.

Of course, that fantasy is also collapsing as the truth is starting to seep through to the American public of the thousands of civilian deaths, the collapse of infrastructure, the developing civil war, the strength of the insurgency, and the creation of conditions for the unleashing of Al Qaeda's fanatic reign of terror against the Iraqi people.

Other mythologies remain intact, like the success story of the liberation of Afghanistan, where life expectancy is just 44.5 years, one in five children die before they reach the age of five and where violence against women remains near Taliban times.

The UN estimates that every year 400,000 Afghans are affected by natural disasters, with little done to prevent them or help the people afterwards. Here the citizens of New Orleans share a new kinship with Afghans.

Perhaps the fact that most of the people who were abandoned to the flood were of African descent may give them a new sense of solidarity with the estimated 85 million Africans that the UN says will die of HIV and other diseases over the next two decades. Millions of people abandoned by the rich, industrialized world.

But not only African-Americans felt abandoned in New Orleans.

In one of those rare moments when television's barrier between viewer and real world breaks down, we saw one of the most gut-wrenching moments of Katrina coverage when Aaron Broussard, President of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, broke down in tears on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"The aftermath of Katrina will go down in history as one of the worst abandonments of Americans on American soil ever in US history," he said. "It's not just Katrina that caused all these deaths in New Orleans here. Bureaucracy has committed murder here in the greater New Orleans area and bureaucracy has to stand trial before Congress now."

Mr. Broussard continued: "The guy who runs emergency management... he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in a nursing home. Every day she called him and said, ‘Are you coming son? Is anybody coming?' And he kept saying ‘Yeah, Mom, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday.' And she drowned on Friday night.... Nobody's coming to get us.... The Secretary's promised. Everybody's promised. They've had press conferences. I'm sick of the press conferences. For God's sake shut up and send us somebody."

Mr. Broussard broke down sobbing, his face buried in his hands. The moment was raw, unfiltered, and powerful. The words "bureaucracy has committed murder here in greater New Orleans" ripping through the rhetoric and evasion by President Bush and Michael Chertoff, head of Homeland Security.

Why can't there be television with this honesty every night?

36. Posted by SeoulManOk (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

I do not understand why so much is written about Michael Moore. Do Americans really want him to be the next president?

37. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

nope, Hillary Clinton!

38. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I think Arnold Shwartsanddagger (spelling?) will be it

39. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

I think Arnold Shwartsanddagger (spelling?) will be it

Yeah, I'm sure his good buddy Junior Shrub will make sure that the law regarding citizenship requirements for president will be changed before he leaves office. Maybe one of those "final-days-do things-quick-acts-of-office... Could happen...

40. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Brendan

I think Arnold Shwartsanddagger (spelling?) will be it

Yeah, I'm sure his good buddy Junior Shrub will make sure that the law regarding citizenship requirements for president will be changed before he leaves office. Maybe one of those "final-days-do things-quick-acts-of-office... Could happen...

Now Isadora. I'm glad you put a smily face because anyone who knows US law would laugh at your suggestion. Perhaps you forgot that to change a Constitutional amendment it takes a 2/3 majority, in both chambers, and 3/4 of the state legislatures have to pass it in a certain number of years as well? The ERA amendment did not pass the required state legislatures in the amount of time allowed. You do remember that fight don't you Isadora? What chance would this idea have? Slim to none and slim left town.

With Mr. Schwarzenegger's current poll numbers, it seems doubtful he could get reelected govenor. Perhaps you just needed to get a few Bush jibes in to stay in good fighting trim?