Monday, May 12, 2008

"Noise after Katrina"

We have a new contender for the worst phrase Megan has ever written. "Jail the Jena 6" remains the top choice, but fuck.
rickm shortered this post already, but there's so much more to see in it.

Economic development does a lot of things, but one of the best things it does is give us the means to cope with adversity. It's tempting to think that subsistence farming is less fragile than complex economies--after all, you can rebuild everything yourself. But development gives us surplus food. Roads for evacuees to get out and relief workers to get in. Doctors and drugs. Mosquito nets. Earthquake proof houses. Advanced storm warnings, and communications systems to distribute them. Construction equipment. Trucks, boats and cars. Emergency generators. Spare people to flood the disaster area with help. And lots of spare room for people whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed.
Spare room in Utah? The geographical size of the US is due to economic development?
As if realizing that the last natural, if it deserves the name, disaster in the US completely fucking disproves this entire paragraph, Megan then is forced to acknowledge Katrina kinda happened.
It also--arguably--gives us democratic governments that have to worry about public opinion. There was a lot of noise after Katrina about how America didn't care about the poor people who were affected. I won't argue that we couldn't have done better before and after the storm; we could have, and should have. But the picture of America as oblivious to its people's pain looks pretty fatuous in comparison to a Burmese government that seems ready to let hundreds of thousands die rather than allow relief workers to infect its people with news of the outside world.
That's very arguable, what with democracy predating modern capitalist economies by roughly a couple thousand fucking years. Definite chicken or egg situation.
"Noise after Katrina". Yeah, we could have done better. We could have actually done something. Megan, go watch When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee's greatest work by far) then shut the fuck up for the rest of your life and move into a cave on the side of a remote mountain to live as a hermit to try to overcome the guilt you should feel for being such a callous asshole.
There wasn't really that much noise after Katrina. Too many people were fucking dead. But hey, the Bush Admin only waited 5 days to acknowledge something bad happened, they totally beat the response time of a military junta in a third world nation which had a vast area in which roughly a third of its population resides devastated, we in the US are being way too hard on Brownie and the heckuva job crew. It could have been worse, they could have..... ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, shot people, instead of just leaving them to die.
What the fuck is wrong with this woman that she'd see a public relations upside to a massive natural disaster, just like the Admin she voted for but now claims to abhor? Is she really ready to tell some victim of Katrina still living in "temporary" housing or Colo-fucking-rado that they should quit whining and be glad they're not in Myanmar? (Btw, Megan, that's the name of the place. It's been called Myanmar since 1989. You might want to catch the fuck up.) Sure, Katrina survivors, you may have lost loved ones, your home, and your community may be scattered across the country, but it could have been worse. Let's stop the noise, Megan's had enough of it.

1 comment:

M. Bouffant said...

Megan states that economic development gives us "earthquake proof houses." Wouldn't be the horrid bugaboo of *gasp* regulation instead, would it?

Also: It takes economic development to produce mosquito nets? No non-capitalist culture has ever been able to master weaving nets?