10 thoughts on “Some thoughts on Logistics

  1. Are they really comparing Qualcomm now with the post-Katrina Superdome?
    You know, where there wasn’t any food or water in 100+ degree heat, and the plumbing didn’t work?
    I’m sure there would’ve been a lot more “civility” at the Superdome if civilization hadn’t stopped working. Not that any of the oft-repeated horror stories about what went on in the Dome are even true!
    These cocksuckers just don’t miss a trick, do they? They’ll take any chance to pile on people who are already disadvantaged, especially if those people are minority.

  2. Excuse me, but there are going to be very serious questions asked about the lack of preparation for this disaster in San Diego county. They lacked basic supplies at the stadium, and the special needs shelter at the fairgrounds had no cots, oxygen, or much of anything else for the nursing home residents who were moved there, and had to be moved again to facilities in Orange county.
    Local businesses that were still functioning had to provide food and other essentials to those in the San Diego stadium, because there was nothing there.
    San Diego still has running water, electricity, functioning hospitals, an open airport, port facilities, a functioning road system, a working railroad, communications – things all lacking in New Orleans in the aftermath of the levee failure.
    Given all of the capabilities that are functioning, the San Diego county government response is a screw up that lacks coordination or planning. Cut off the electrical grid and watch things deteriorate.

  3. If California ever winds up in as bad a shape as New Orleans was post-Katrina, I hope those people are in the middle of it.
    It’s also absurd to compare the infrastructure one of the most heavily populated and richest states with one of the poorest, which has only a mid-level population (25 of 50 versus 1 of 50 for California, according to my good friend Wiki Pete). Andof course the greater LA metro area (which is basically the area where the fire is) is going to have more resources — and, more explicitly, thebudget — to deal withanything better than New Orleans, which is small and wasn’t exactly a rich kind of placebefore Katrina.

  4. Heck, two years out and there STILL is a lack of power to some areas in New Orleans!??!? It was bad enough for the month after the storm, but we are 2+ years beyond…and the richie riches in SD get to party like it’s their birthday even as the flames rage. (I don’t mean to diss on their external situation, just that they are lolling in comparative luxury and wasting resources by the lavish set-ups instead of trying to make sure EVERY evacuation point has what they need).
    Would that basic necessities been available at the Superdome and Convention Center…when you don’t know if you are going to survive the night because of the heat/humidity/lack of potable water/fresh air/running water/medications that survived the heat and travel conditions/keeping up with your child(ren) and your elderly companions are dropping dead, you get a bit of the “lord of the flies” action working your survival instincts.
    Sorry, needed to rant,

  5. First, it’s good that things are as normal as can be expected under the circumstances at the Qualcomm stadium, especially in light of Bryan’s observations.
    Second, tragedy is tragedy, and we are still a single country, despite wingnuttia’s attempts to rip everything they touch into shreds. A disaster that affects any part of the country affects the entire country.
    That said, third–as horrible as things are in Southern California, and I hope that the recovery begins as soon as possible, as thoroughly as possible, and with as much focus as possible–perhaps it will give folks a sense of how horrific the disasters, natural and not-natural, occurred down here in 2005. The latest reports indicate that some 1500 structures have been destroyed thus far by the fires. Along the Gulf Coast, the storms and flood destroyed around 275,000 homes, plus business structures, infrastructure, and so on…again, my point is NOT to minimize the effects of the fires, but to point out just how much was destroyed down here…

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