Pay to evacuate
What can I say about cutthroat world of news -- you take a 'mental health' day off and end up at the bottom of the page! But I am glad that I spent at least part of the weekend not watching the TV compulsively. The three years of working full-time as an editor at AlterNet included at least two other major calamities -- the Iraq war and the 2004 elections. What I hated most was about my job at these moments was that I would experience everything as "news" and not as a tragedy. There was no time to mourn when all you could feel is panic about not being "on top" of the news cycle. At least this time around I got to cry a little.
On that note, here's a little tidbit from CNN correspondent Drew Griffin in New Orleans, Louisiana designed to bring tears to your eyes:
I am stunned by an interview I conducted with New Orleans Detective Lawrence Dupree. He told me they were trying to rescue people with a helicopter and the people were so poor they were afraid it would cost too much to get a ride and they had no money for a "ticket." Dupree was shaken telling us the story. He just couldn't believe these people were afraid they'd be charged for a rescue. [LINK via Eschaton]UPDATE: I'm back above the fold, duly chastened and committed to being ever so assiduous in the future. And thank you, secamode and oakbog, for the kind words in the comments section.