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Hurricane Katrina
I've been watching CNN this morning and it has been all about the destruction and the devastation. And about the appalling delay in response from the Bush administration. I can't say I'm surprised. Rush right out to help Iraq but take your time in getting to your own people...that's what is being said. Some have even compared the response time between September 11th and this disaster...and saying it is a race issue. Makes you really wonder...and just so sad.

[rant mode on]
One thing that is just angering me though is the comparision of the situation to a "third world country". Nothing makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end like that damn phrase. Please, if you are reading this, try to refrain from ever using this derogatory term to describe those countries. Use "developing nations" instead. In my opinion, the implication of first, second and third world countries is part of the problem that is the lopsided distribution of resources in our world. Those countries, which India is considered a part of, are developing. And to tell you the truth, quite quickly. Ok, maybe it is just a terminology issue, but I assure you the attitude of saying "third world country" and "developing nation" is very different.
[rant mode off]

Alright, I feel better getting that off my chest. Yelling at the tv and the journalists on there wasn't helping.

Anyway, my MOMS Club back in North Hollywood is doing a cash fundraiser for the American Red Cross. I think I'll send them a check...

Gotta are starting to fight...again.

What I'm feeling: sad sad

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From: junetoo Date: September 3rd, 2005 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting point - using third world country v. developing country. I never realized it as derogatory.

I tend to stay away from the TV so I am just recently learning about how bad the situation is in the South. I had been hearing comparisons between the hurricane and the tsunami and thinking "no way." But in terms of lack of professional assistance like the National Guard, etc. those people are almost as bad off as the tsunami victims. At least on the short-term, but not on the long-term. The poor in America are relatively rich compared to the poor in developing countries.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: September 5th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I totally agree on the comparison to the Tsunami. If I remember correctly, wasn't there no warning when the tsunami hit? But, yeah, the poor in the US are better off than the poor in developing nations, and even in some other developed nations.
gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: September 3rd, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really only heard the news from my g-ma in Florida. I had no clue that the hurricane did so much damage. And as for the government taking action, it's just their job to do everything the wrong way (or so it seems)...

Now you know why I rarely watch the telly. I don't like to get my nerves rattled like that.

I am going to look and see if Red Cross is accepting blood donations in my area. (since I really cannot afford to donate $$) - I used to live in Boloxi when I was younger... It makes you wonder how things like this happen? We had several hurricane scares while I was there and they didn't take the proper precautions to prepare for such a devistating storm... I remember huddling in the hallway of my school during a round of Hurricane Andrew. I have much fonder memories of the Typhoons on Guam. We were very safe there. As long as you remained indoors (the houses were built to withstand wind at hundreds of miles an hour) and they had a great evacuation plan.
this was put into action when we were expecting a tsunami caused by Typhoon Roy. It was estimated to be miles high and would have submerged the entire island, but as we were at the airfield in line to board tyhe evacuation aircrafs, they called off the whole procedure. The tidal wave was going to miss us!

It was pretty basic there to take every precaution ahead of the storms. I dunno if I can really compare the two places though... Guam is much smaller and it was standard for most everything to be able to withstand the worst storms imaginable.
gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: September 3rd, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please pardon all of the typos in my previous post. It is 4 am... and I've only had a little nap in the past two days... I'm not at the peak performance here! >_
gfailure From: gfailure Date: September 3rd, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The phrase thrid world country is a little outdated anyway. No one ever mentions second world countries for any reason. Most people probably couldn't even say what a second world country is, all they know is first world gets cable television and third world gets celebrities begging people to help.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: September 6th, 2005 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
While it is outdated, it is still used more than "developing nations". And true, most people would just be dumbfounded if asked about "second world" countries. Which, again, is condescending and another one that I wouldn't use.
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