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1. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1562517,00.html

The police evacuating tourists from hotels have been descriminating against Brits and not evacuating them and telling them they must fend for themselves. They took the Americans but refused the Brits

I am guessing about the faith of black tourist in New Orlean now

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

oh my god! i need to fnd out if this is true. one source isnt enough....but i love hearing about how messed up America(ns) are! haha

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

Quoting jeffG

oh my god! i need to fnd out if this is true. one source isnt enough....

Glad to read that comment!

As a general response to everyone:

After reading the complete text of that particular story, the British visitors were not the only ones left behind. The rescuers took as many people was they could at that time, leaving behind British, Americans and other nationalities behind.

Just as the media feels the need to sensationalize the events surrounding this disaster, these threads are not so much informative as sensationalized. Events, whether factual or not, tend to be blown out of proportion. Yes, the situation in New Orleans is devastating, but maybe a thread showing some of the positive things happening (ie: people helping each other with food & water, moving others away from flooded areas, attending to the sick and injured) would be a good idea too.

Many people these days seem voyeuristically obsessed with only the negative aspects of the human condition while the positives are ignored. These events are a sad state of affairs in more ways than one.

4. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

Sean Penn is doing something good. I love how Penner always gets out there to tell us what is really happening and the media cant seem to twist it to manipulate the viewer. He was Spinkelstein for crying out load.

According to Sean, who by the way is really pissed. He was standing in knee deep water in a New Orleans neighborhood and said he only saw 3 boats belonging to any government agancy floating around and all others were private boats with civilians helping out. Then he said that he sees absolutly no organization whatsoever and was wondering about where Louisiana tax dollars go...

Here is someone doing something good. Sean Penn; actor, director, activist and all around eyes for those who cant fly everywhere to get the real story.

Kudos

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

Penn is great. he found NO WMD before the entire UN or US military. unfortunatly for Iraq, not soon enough.

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

Then there is the other side of the coin...

Rescue Attempt

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

it actually just reinforces what he has been syaing "where are the experts with the proper boats??" this just proved his point even more.

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

Actually, no it doesn't reinforce anything other than someone not being able to put the plug back in a boat. Most, if not all, boats have drainage plugs...

I like Sean Penn. I think he is a very good actor, but I do not want him deciding things like WMDs in Iraq or the situation in New Orleans for me. No, I don't think there were WMDs in Iraq - this time. But I do not want he (or Michael Moore) telling me what the situation is really like anywhere else, when it is not their area of expertise.

What I would like to see - a celebrity, person of power, or whoever, do their part quietly - that is, without the media hype to show they are being the "Good Samaritan" on behalf of the rest of the world. Yes, I realize it takes people such as Sean Penn or Brad Pitt or Michael Moore to draw attention to a crisis, but it's not a photo op - it's a situation that needs to be dealt with with intelligence and trained personnel.

I am not defending anyone here - including our own government agencies. But, for me, a well spent celebrity dollar done privately is more effective than taking an entourage out on a leaky boat to prove a point. Money gets things done - photography just gives us pictures to look at later and say, "Oh, what a shame".

9. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

ofcoure that always elusive 3rd side of same coin.

Taken from the NY Daily News:

PAPER LINK


BY NICOLE BODE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER


Sean Penn (center, with shoulder bag) helps carry Katrina victim to safety on Napoleon St. in New Orleans last night. Actor, who used boat to evacuate people, says he came to do 'whatever I can to help.'

NEW ORLEANS - Sean Penn took matters into his own hands yesterday, launching a boat in a personal effort to rescue New Orleans families stranded by Hurricane Katrina.
The Oscar-winning actor and political activist managed to reach several people who had been trapped in their homes since the hurricane hit Monday.

Penn, who was accompanied by his personal photographer and a crew of helpers, brought the victims to dry land - and gave them cash as well.

Johnnie Brown, 73, a retired custodian, called his sister on a cell phone after being plucked from his flooded house. "Guess who come and got me out of the house? Sean Penn the actor. Them boys were really nice," he said.

Penn later accompanied a few of them to a hospital.

Asked what he was doing in the disaster zone, Penn said, "Whatever I can do to help."

"There's a lot of people out there," Penn said. "There's bodies everywhere. We could only do so many houses."

The outspoken Penn has made several forays into political activism. He visited Iraq in the weeks before the U.S. launched the war to topple Saddam Hussein and recently journeyed to Iran and wrote a series of stories about life in the Islamic republic.

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Spin is everything! Truth is in the eye of the beholder, too.