Saturday, September 17, 2005

Hurricane Zone: spam?

My Mom forwards a lot of email to me that often turns out to be urban legends or other kinds of spam. She's learning, but it's a slow process. Today another one appeared in my inbox but I can't seem to find anything about it on Snopes. If anybody knows whether this is the real deal, an amalgam of true stuff "chunked and formed" into a simulacrum of reality (that's my guess), or just plain ole' spam, feel free to chime in. Here it is:

> Subject: Fw: Hurricane Zone > >
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> This note is from a girl named Robin. She's in Louisiana and amid all the turmoil there. I'm sending this to all of you to spread the word, PRAY. There are local churches where she lives is housing the homeless.
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> Here's her note:
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> ** We have had a battery operated TV so we've been getting local channels focusing on the situation there and here. I'm just getting the "national perspective" and its *(&*&(*ing me off!
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> First, this is not a racial thing. I'm sorry if all the reporters are seeing are black faces but if they would take their cameras to places like Slidell, Mandeville, Metairie and CHALMETTE! they would see a several thousand white faces being affected by this. Most of the tip of the boot that is Louisiana south and east of Baton Rouge is under water. Those people are stuck too waiting for help, dying, but all the news people can focus on is the Superdome.
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> Another misconception. The violence going on there is not the reaction of desperate people. Its typical New Orleans on any given Tuesday!!! Its a dangerous, dirty, drug infested place where the city police and city government is corrupt and useless. Volunteers are getting shot at and their cars vandalized. Helicopters are being shot at. Just another day in the city.
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> Another misconception. These poor people couldn't get outbecause theydon't have cars. If the cameras show the city once the waters recede, you'll notice all the flooded out cars littering the streets. They couldn't all have been broken down before the storm hit . Yes, there are always people who do not have transportation. Part of making the call for a MANDATORY evacuation is that the city has to provide for transportation and/or shelter in the city. People stayed for the same reasons they always stay. They think the storm will turn and go in another direction. They think they can "ride it out." Or, they're just too (*&( lazy to pack up and leave.
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> Another misconception. The federal government was slow to respond. The president issued a state of emergency BEFORE the storm ever hit, unprecedented. This means that the full access of the federal government, be it military or civil, were at our governor's disposal. The levee broke early Monday afternoon. She did not call evacuation until Tuesday morning. You cannot call up National Guard units in 20 minutes. It takes time. The governor and mayor are in high CYA mode at the moment.
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> The situation is bad here. Crime is becoming a problem in Gonzales andBaton Rouge where the evacuees are being housed. We live between the two cities and there is pistol on my desk shelf as I type (yes, I know how to use it). Helicopters flying overhead all day, gas is running out, stores shelves becoming empty. Its like a war zone. Our kids are both here and are staying here until the crime situation gets in control and I fear it will get worse before it gets better. Pray for us. **
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>SO, that's all I'm asking. SEND this to your friends and right now say a prayer for the people going through this whole catastrophe. Thanks.

No matter what the origins and accuracy of this email are, the people down there do need our prayers, that much I DO know.

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