Buddha in repose…

by alphamonkey on September 2, 2005 · 17 comments

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Hey folks.  While we hate leaving you (our anonymous, but much beloved and appreciated internet pals) in the lurch, we’re finding it a difficult to continue to serve up our daily dose of snark and media love in the face of what’s happening in New Orleans and along the Gulf. 

So we’re going to take advantage of the holiday weekend for once and spend some time with our friends and family.  We suggest you do the same, and come on back to our ever lovin’ cathode arms bright and early Monday morning. 

In the meantime, please do what you can to help those in need in this most dark and trying time.  Every little bit helps, folks; be it from our fellow American citizens or from our international pals.  Be well, and be good.  We’ll see you on Monday.


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  • fealty2dahriyah

    don’t let mother earth terrorism stop our daily lifestyle… our individual selves are worth more than the whole.

  • SonSon2

    Boy, that wasn’t funny or edutational. Yes eduatitonal is spelled wrong, but that is what education and fun is. Edutation.

    Seriously, Nor’leans is shit. An instant 3rd world country. We should all be counting our blessings for not living in an area below sea level RIGHT BESIDE THE SEA. Them and people who live in Florida I will never understand.

    Regardless… who am I kidding? This is unimaginable choas. Nothing will bring back the floating dead that are populating the new found rivers.


  • Kimberly

    It doesn’t take much understanding to see why people live in Florida or New Orleans … most people love the community and the atmosphere. What you should contemplate instead is why so many people who can’t afford to leave when a hurricane is coming are left behind to suffer.

    I hope this doesn’t sound ugly or have too much attitude but I grew up in New Orleans and now live in Mobile, AL and the idea that I should have left New Orleans because it was below sea level is silly. What about earthquakes and the West? Or tornadoes and the Midwest? Should they all move also?

    With that being said, I would much rather focus on what we as Americans can do for those who have lost their home and/or loved ones. Donate money (and not just to Red Cross because they don’t help purchase clothes or rebuild homes); donate blood (because the injured are being moved to areas like Mobile. Our local blood bank is closed from no electricity); and send emails to your government leaders demanding they continue to help these people get on their feet (for instance, many will begin to get sick if they don’t receive antibiodics) and for those of you that believe in prayer, that would help too.

  • http://www.transbuddha.com The Good Reverend

    Granted, nowhere is completely safe.  But certain places we can put in the “waaaay unsafe” category.  Putting a city on land below sea level between a lake and the ocean would qualify.  New Orleans put all their stock in a couple man-made levees keeping them from utter devastation.  They had no evacuation or emergency plans for just such an occasion.  Their structures were not built with any sort of code to account for the possibility for hurricanes or flooding.

    They basically made a decision to wear meat underwear into the lion cage, and now they wonder why they got bit.  My heart really hurts for all the children that don’t know any better and have died or suffered the loss of their loved ones.  I always feel bad for the kids in these disasters.  Adults, however, have to start taking a little personal responsibility for themselves.  “Oh, this city is my home” is not an acceptable excuse for choosing to be oblivious to the fact that you are living in a death trap.

  • Kimberly

    The Good Reverend holds a cold heart.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Really?  I was just going to say he’s an idiot.  Especially since he lives so close the the site of the largest recorded earthquake in North American history.

    GR’s comments don’t take into account that many people who were in N.O. were born there or were simply too poor to move, even had the local and state government adequately warned them of the dangers.  But he and I have had that discussion.

    Thanks for your kind workds, Kimberly.  Rest assured, 3/4ths of Buddha has fully functioning, warm blooded hearts.

  • http://www.transbuddha.com The Good Reverend

    You know better than that.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Okay…half of Buddha has fully functioning, warm blooded hearts.

  • http://www.transbuddha.com The Good Reverend

    Quite the contrary.. in fact I would venture a guess that when you put the uninformed polemics aside, I have probably donated more of my time and money to charities than the majority of people on this thread combined.

    But I just shake my head at how unnecessary this tragedy was.  I shake my head at how short-sighted people are, how oblivious to what seems like obvious outcomes.  When the horror of this event dies down, people will start asking questions, just like they did after 9/11.  I am asking those questions now.  Why was this city unprepared?  Why are they besides themselves in disbelief of events that were a statistical sure thing?  A little less ignorance could have prevented this nightmare.  And Kimberly, it’s people in decision-making roles that think like you that CAUSE deaths like this.  “Cold” logic saves lives, but your kind prefer to emphasize the “cold” instead of the “logic”.. and people die for no good reason as a result.  It’s your kind of people that, in Congress, vote DOWN funding for Gulf Coast marshland reclamation projects, but are sure to be the most vociferous in their “support for the victims” when the shit hits the fan.

    So don’t preach to me your rhetoric.  My good friends and family know just how big my heart is, and know that I back it up with more than just cliche responses in the comments section of a website.  You don’t know me, but feel free to rush to judgment on who I am.  Feel free to side up with the ignorant that will plaster their SUVs with “support our hurricane victim” ribbon magnets, then do nothing to prevent this same damn thing from happening over and over again.

  • Kimberly

    You are an impressive human being.

  • http://www.transbuddha.com The Good Reverend

    I have many faults, but at least thank the Buddha for not counting unfounded self-righteousness among them.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    if we lived by that kind of logic though, we’d all live in kentucky or some other shithole that doesn’t get hit w/ floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes or any other kind of natural disaster yearly.

    that city has existed for nearly 300 years… and will exist till we melt the icecaps enough to let the gulf of mexico swallow it.

    i guess my point is there is only so much planning you can do. we are talking about somethign(cat. 5 storm) that has only happend 4 times in 200 years. what we can do is not underestimate this situation again.

    on a side note… is it possible for the bush’s to sound any more heartless and stupid?

  • http://www.transbuddha.com The Good Reverend

    First of all, thanks for the intelligent response.  I don’t have much tolerance for simplistic thinking and empty sentiments, which I’m being crucified for not taking part in.  And I won’t.

    Simply put, I mourn those who lost their lives down there.  I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone.  And rather than exchanging platitudes with others to see who feels worst about what happened, I’m actually doing what I can to help.

    What has made me a monster in the minds of a few people is two things:  I’m not shocked by what happened, and I feel the victims had a small hand in their suffering.  That is a taboo sentiment to have.  If a woman walks alone into a dark alley in East St. Louis and gets accosted, everyone jumps quickly to sympathy and does not ask, Why was she walking alone down a dark alley?

    I agree with you, fealty, it is illogical to move away from every place that is slightly unsafe.  One could say that we can’t live anywhere on Earth since any place could be hit by a meteorite.  But this is not a black-or-white issue.  Every location has a different potential for catastrophe.  And it is the onus of everyone to know those risks.  Monkey is quick to point out the New Madrid quake 200 years ago and equate me living in KC with New Orleans.  New Madrid is a once every 200-250 years event (yes, we’re due).  Not only that, but it would have to be above a 9.0 to do anything more than rattle dishes in KC.  Tornadoes?  Very localized events and easily-defeated by a basement (and the fact that I live on a thermal island).  I know the risks – if New Madrid were a bigger threat, you can bet I wouldn’t be living on the 6th floor of a 150 year old apartment building.

    New Orleans was an accident waiting to happen.  The scientists had been Cassandras on this issue for years.  The levees were sinking, while the feds and state legislators were cutting funding for their repair.  They were built for a Category 2 hurricane, and the funding would have only upgraded them to 3.  Secondly, most of the levees were concrete wall levees instead of earthen ones.  You don’t have to have one bit of engineering background to know which one is safer.  Add to this the effects of global warming, which have been driving a Gulf Coast weather system that has been producing hurricanes at 3 times the “normal” frequency, and at double the average power, for several years in a row now.  Oh and let’s not forget that the barrier marshes that could have prevented the storm surge are at 15% of previous size, with no significant funds to rebuild them.  The “perfect storm” was not Katrina, it was the lack of interest by New Orleanians in their own welfare.

    I am going to continue to send my money and my blood to the Gulf Coast.  I’m going to continue to pray every morning to my god (and no Kimberly, it’s not Satan) for the restoration of these people to some semblance of normal life.  And if I had a bigger apartment, I’d be signing up to welcome refugees into it.  But I’m also going to bring attention to the fact that people anywhere HAVE to take steps toward their own personal safety.  Especially if you have children who don’t know any better.  Unless you are mentally handicapped, I don’t see any excuse for you not to know the dangers at your doorstep.  If a couple people are going to label that as having a cold heart or being idiotic, I can live with that.

    Jesus I got long-winded.  Sorry, fealty.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    I’m w/ you there are always small steps in selfpreservation you can take to save your ass.

    I’m also w/ you on the New Madrid. when the fucker splits again it’s going to be hellfire and damnation.  when you see quotes like this “The probability of magnitude 6.0 or greater in the near future is considered significant; a 90% chance of such an earthquake by the year 2040 has been given” and “the odds of another 8.0 event within 50 years were estimated to be between 7 and 10 percent” I used to live in S. Illinois right next to that fault. and when you talk about how the last big one made the mississippi flow backwards and redirecting it’s course, swallowing whole forrests and lakes… that is some heavy shit.

    but to get back to the point, people are always going to live in, what is perceived, as crazy places. and freak accidents are going to happen. should the rebuild NOLA in the same place… no… but they will just to spite the world. americans love to view stubborness as a positive trait. plus, we like to think we can teach mother nature a thing or two.

    the whole thing makes me want to punch Albert Baldwin Wood… the brilliant chap who thought up the whole pump and drain idea. and it makes me yurn for nomadic ways.

    and just remember jesus didn’t die due to crusifixtion… it was a spear.

  • http://www.transbuddha.com The Good Reverend

    oh yeah, and kudos to Barbara Bush on that one!  The “underprivileged” are going to be relocated to better housing at the low, low cost of losing 3-5 family members.

  • Chaud

    I don’t get why bush doesn’t let canada get in there and actually do something usefull. I mean half the people he’s sent from the military are useless. They’re either dropping sand bags where they should be dropping food or pointing guns at the post traumatics and putting them on defence. Who cares if the place is getting looted, get the sick and dying outa there then worry about the mad max wannabes after. Canada has the DART crew that can provide mass clean drinking water and giant cargo ships were loaded full of supplies the day it happened, their just waiting for bush to get off his high horse and ask for some help. “America will rise up”. Well maybe if he wouldn’t let his pride get in the way his allies could help america stand up. He seems to be just letting it stagnate. People who require daily meds are dying everyday. It’s not like the states are short on funding. Bush is just short on intelligence. Another thing that pisses me off about this disaster is that the media response time was rediculously faster than the presidents. The reporters are talking about how survivors are starving and need out while eating a sandwich and flying a fuckin hellicopter overhead. They need mass transportation if america really feels like saving lives. That area will be so disease ridin within the next couple weeks the death count could double if people aren’t taken out. It’s a sad state of affairs and I wish someone like jfk were present to handle our bigger brother the states. Or anyone with autonomy and industry unlike bush.

  • Chaud

    terrorism…BAH! You’ve been scared into believing everyone and everything is a terrorist. Don’t be selfish and don’t be brain washed by the president. Personally I’m glad Transbuddha dedicated a weekend to this event. It’ll help the buddians here to relate to the current events rather than deny them.

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