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From ThinkProgress

One Year Later: The Real State of New Orleans

President Bush may be giving speeches about how the federal government is standing with the people of the Gulf Coast, but as ThinkProgress points out, the facts speak for themselves:

  • Sixty percent of homes still lack electricity.
  • Less than half of the city?s pre-storm population of 460,000 has returned.
  • Nearly a third of the trash is yet to be picked up.
  • Also, check out this superb Katrina timeline.
  • UPDATE: Watch MSNBC footage of Katrina’s devastation.

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


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    Bush with FEMA's Michael Brown
    pbs.org

    Actions Speak Louder Than Empty Promises

    A year after the levees broke, Bush has again acknowledged his government’s failure to protect and rescue the citizens of New Orleans, promising “the federal government will learn the lessons of Katrina.”  Although the president pledged $110 billion for reconstruction, one of Louisiana’s senators has criticized the slow progress of rebuilding: “Countless neighborhoods appear as if the hurricanes were just yesterday, and they serve as harsh reminders of how our nation was so unprepared.”

    Posted on Aug 26, 2006 READ MORE


    'When the Levees Broke'
    Courtesy HBO

    The City That Care Forgot: Spike Lee and the ‘New’ New Orleans Blues

    Spike Lee’s new four-hour HBO documentary, ?When the Levees Broke: A Requiem for New Orleans in Four Acts,? which premiered Monday night (and continues Tuesday night), is a haunting, maddening and expertly told story about the signature event in recent American history that showed how little our government truly cares for many of its citizens.

    Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah rebuilds

    ‘Daily Show’—Hezbollah’s Next Project: Rebuilding New Orleans

    “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver reports that the militant organization has had so much success rebuilding Lebanon that it’s eager to take on the reconstruction of New Orleans. Louisiana residents are hopeful. Hey, at least Hezbollah’s not FEMA.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael 'Heckuva Job' Brown
    From occoquan.com

    Brown Poufed Hair As Katrina Hit, E-mails Say

    Former FEMA director Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown told an aide he was “sitting in the chair, putting mousse in my hair” as he waited for a media interview immediately after the Aug. 29 disaster began. He also disputed that levees quickly broke—despite getting reports to that effect.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


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