I haven’t found anything I’ve had to say about the hurricane that anyone hasn’t already said better. And Doc Searls just said much of what I would want to say, if I was as wise as he is:
This event will change the country as much as 9/11 did, and perhaps even more so. After Katrina, we will again begin investing in real homeland security, real infrastructure, real caring for the civilizing natures of vital cities and family farms, of small towns and real communities, sustained by governments that care more about their people than the high-dollar sources of election funding.
Katrina also force us to face a subject even Demoncrats have stopped talking about, although it lurks beneath everything: class. When the dead are counted, most of them will have been poor. Count on it.
I highly recommend reading the whole thing.
And, like every other (current and former) data center geek out there, I’m reading Michael Barnett’s LiveJournal and wondering whether I’d have been brave enough to stay and keep my servers running if the government ordered me to evacuate. Probably not. Cheers, Michael – there’s not a geek on the web who isn’t rooting for you right now.