Everyone, please give whatever you can to the Red Cross to help with the damage from Hurricane Katrina. The news is saying it may be the worst natural disaster in American history, certainly the worst since the 1906 earthquake. Sounds like as good a time as any for charitable work.
And, if you’re looking for something to be cynical about, check this out.
Addendum: I wasn’t clear: I’m not cynical about the looting. I mean, it’s bad to take valuables that aren’t yours and that you don’t need to survive, it adds to the devastation, whatever. But I could give a shit about people taking food and supplies, and I’d like to see anyone placed in the same situation take some kind of moral high ground.
What I’m cynical about is the captions. You’ll notice that the picture of the black guy with food says that he has just “looted” a store, while the white couple has just “taken” food, as if it were in a Free box or something. Now, admittedly these are from different news agencies, so it’s not proof of egregious racism. But it does seem to confirm something which I’ve suspected, which is that a lot of the attention paid to the looting has been paid because New Orleans is a largely black city.