watching it all unfold...
I'm watching a thread develop on Fark right now, in which a few people are listening to New Orleans police scanners.
This is frightening.
"Tell the firemen to turn around and leave. We can't secure them. We're not onterested in the fire in the Superdome right now."
Shots have been fired.
Hundreds of people are showing up at the Superdome demanding buses out of town.
"can't secure firemen... tell them to turn back"
Shots fired at helicopters...
People are rioting, going nuts over there. Who can blame them? Have you read the story about the conditions in the Superdome? Any idea what the people in the cities and towns are going through. Anyone who is berating the citizens for being angry and acting out on it (and by that I don't mean shooting at rescuers or police) hasn't tried to put themselves in their place. It has to be frustrating. They are hungry, tired, they just lost everything they own, including a place to sleep. They are hot, poor, exhausted and have no place to go and right now, probably no hope. Smoke in the dome will make people panic, which will make for pandemonium. What the hell is going on down there? It's like civilization has disappeared.
I'm stunned at everything, at how poorly this is going, at the response, at how ill prepared the government seemed to be for this, at everything.
This is the worst disaster to happen to America in recent times. Yes, the worst. The ramifications from this, the eventual death toll, the long lasting effects - absolutely the worst.
"dome filled with smoke"
"fire is under control it will take hours to get the smoke out of the superdome. the perimeter is not holding."
Buses to Houston have been suspended because of unrest.
These people need our help. Desperately.
It is a zoo out there though, make no mistake. It's the wild kingdom. It's Lord of the Flies. That doesn't mean there's murder on every street corner. But what it does mean is that the rule of law has collapsed, that there is no order, and that property rights cannot and are not being enforced. Anyone who is on the streets is in immediate danger of being robbed and killed. It's that bad.
Update: I lost the scanner feed, last I head was breakfast was being served at two gates, so I hope things are under control now.