Re: Katrina rescue in 6 hours
Thanks Freeman for your impression. We do live in a media universe that is both US centric as well as local centric. Canada has it both ways because of our proximity.
What I wanted to do with this story, before it dropped off into the memory hole, is show a glimpse of what I can see from Canada. The story came to my attention from a domestic media source that is usually pro USA, pro Bush. They weren't kicking America but indignant that America could be so incompetent when so many lives were at risk.
As I suspected this story was not reported widely, although Reuters originated the international version and Yahoo and a few others reprinted it.
When I read Vialls accounts of various bomb blasts in Bali etc. I realized that many news stories not near to home received little attention. It would be quite easy for a person in Europe for instance to miss out on Asian or North American stories related to their field of interest.
Katrina is important globally because it almost caused an instant inflationary depression in the US and may still yet. Many countries stepped in to shore up US Oil reserves which may not have been what the Illuminati were counting on.
To those who are unsure of how fast is fast in a time of crisis - ask yourself how fast the US gov't steps in to cover up. Think 911 and all the video tape seizures, or all the recycled steel from the towers which is abominable. When they want something done they do it fast.
What magnifies this story is that Canada's team came 3500 km, and were 5 days ahead of any other US State in putting trained rescuers on the ground. This is just a glimpse how 'whacked' the US can be when it puts it's mind to it. The Canadian operation could likely have been scuttled by FEMA etc but wasn't
Canadians Beat U.S. Army to New Orleans Suburb
Thursday, September 8, 2005
A Canadian search-and-rescue team reached a flooded New Orleans suburb to help save trapped residents five days before the U.S. military, a Louisiana state senator said on Wednesday.
A Canadian search-and-rescue team reached a flooded New Orleans suburb to help save trapped residents five days before the U.S. military, a Louisiana state senator said on Wednesday. The Canadians beat both the Army and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. disaster response department, to St. Bernard Parish east of New Orleans, where flood waters are still 8 feet deep in places, Sen. Walter Boasso said.
"Fabulous, fabulous guys," Boasso said. "They started rolling with us and got in boats to save people."
"We've got Canadian flags flying everywhere."
The stricken parish of 68,000 people was largely ignored by U.S. authorities who scrambled to get aid to New Orleans, a few miles (km) away. Boasso said residents of the outlying parishes had to mount their own rescue and relief efforts when Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on August 29.
The U.S. government response to the disaster has been widely criticized. Politicians and editorial writers have called for the resignation of top Bush administration officials.
Boasso said U.S. authorities began airdropping relief supplies to St. Bernard last Wednesday, the same day the Canadian rescue team of about 50 members arrived from Vancouver, nearly 2,200 miles away.
"They chartered a plane and flew down," he said.
Two FEMA officials reached the parish on Sunday and the U.S. Army arrived on Monday, he said.
"Why does it take them seven days to get the Army in?" Boasso asked.
He speculated that the smaller parishes suffered because the focus was on New Orleans, the famous home of jazz and Mardi Gras.
As for the Canadians, Boasso gave thanks for their quick work.
"They were so glad to be here," he said. "They're still here. They are actually going door-to-door looking in the attics" for people to rescue, he said.
© Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited
distance and longitude specs for those inclined...
Distance between New Orleans, Louisiana, United States and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as the crow flies:
2179 miles (3508 km) (1894 nautical miles)
Initial heading from New Orleans to Vancouver:
northwest (316.8 degrees)
Initial heading from Vancouver to New Orleans:
east-southeast (115.0 degrees)
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Parish: Orleans Parish
Location: 30:03:57N 89:55:53W
Population (1990): 496938
Elevation: 11 feet
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location: 49:15:00N 123:04:48W