Tuesday , June 25 2024

Blogcritics On Hurricane Katrina

Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good,
Now, cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.

(“When the Levee Breaks” Led Zeppelin)

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on the morning of August 29 – there was even a sigh of relief when it was downgraded from a category 5 hurricane to a 3. That sigh was tragically misbegotten as all hell broke loose throughout the region: New Orleans was flooded when the Lake Pontchartrain levee failed – hundreds of thousands were stranded. We are following the tale of disaster, relief and rebuilding below.

We are trailing the political ramifications and recriminations on a separate post (here).

Arlo Guthrie’s City of New Orleans Benefit
“Christmas On The City Of New Orleans with Arlo Guthrie and Friends:” Bringing Back The Music – Benefiting The Victims of Katrina Dec.7th – Dec.17th 2005 Good Morning America how are you?/ I’m the train they call the City of…
Posted to Music by gypsyman on September 21, 2005 09:05 AM

Girls Gone Wild: Katrina
Well looks like even the folks at Girls Gone Wild have gotten in on the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. It has been reported that they are donating money to the Red Cross for every video sold featuring New Orleans…
Posted to Video by Dave on September 21, 2005 08:30 AM

Katrina Raises Hope for Kids
One of the results of Hurricane Katrina is that about 372,000 school-age kids have been displaced and relocated to cities all around the country. Those kids need to go to school, and in a lot of…
Posted to Politics by Dave Nalle on September 21, 2005 03:21 AM

Bo Bice: the Topic of Arts and Politics
Bo Bice has had his first introduction to the impact his actions and words may have on fans. He recently donated his home to a family displaced from the destruction of hurricane Katrina. He started a charity to benefit…
Posted to Culture by Jewels Richardson on September 20, 2005 07:54 AM

True Crime Update 9/20/05
Intriguing crimes across the nation, notable for the type of crime, the celebrity of the criminal, or both. =================== Natalee Killed by Katrina There…
Posted to Culture by Patfish on September 20, 2005 05:22 AM

NY Times Skewers Media Inaccuracies In Katrina Coverage
Today’s New York Times will carry an article by David Carr entitled, “More Horrible Than Truth: News Reports.” The article concerns the rumors, hearsay and urban legends that grew out of the post-Katrina chaos in New Orleans and found their way,…
Posted to Culture by Bird of Paradise on September 19, 2005 11:09 PM

Returning to Live in New Orleans
“Will you return to the New Orleans area?” In a webpoll this is the question being asked of people who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The website of New Orleans’ channel 4 WWL-TV has been offering excellent…
Posted to Culture by Frank Waldron on September 19, 2005 07:43 AM

Helping the Helpers – Hurricane Katrina Relief
As I read and responded to Dawn Olsen’s call to donate, I was reminded that I had fallen behind schedule in reporting other ways to help those caught in the storm that was Katrina. How many of you realize that…
Posted to Culture by Joan Hunt on September 17, 2005 06:51 PM

Weekly BlogScan: Lost Orleans
We’re still in the anger stage of grief over a lost city…
Posted to Culture by DrPat on September 17, 2005 04:35 PM

Have You Given?
Surely by now, no one has escaped the harrowing tales and grim images from the aftermath of Katrina. Forget the material loss for a moment, the homes damaged beyond repair, debris strewn hither and yon: it can be overwhelming…
Posted to Culture by Dawn Olsen on September 17, 2005 10:49 AM (Relevance: 2)

Crescent City Clean-Up
“Just a Little Bit Better” Fox News reports. “Though 50 percent of New Orleans remains flooded and teams are still working to recover the dead, there are signs that hopelessness is beginning to lift two weeks after Hurricane Katrina plowed ashore….
Posted to Culture by Jewels Richardson on September 15, 2005 10:41 AM

New Orleans Man Comes Back To City, Saves Cat
A touching, but bittersweet, story…
Posted to Culture by RJ on September 14, 2005 07:24 PM

Louisiana Nursing Home Operators Facing Charges
It appears that one of the nursing homes in LA refused to move their patients and the patients died as a result. Now the owners have been charged with murder of 34 elderly patients. According to CTV.a : Two…
Posted to Politics by Kansasman on September 14, 2005 07:52 AM

“Here Comes The Flood” Pregnant Songs for BushWorld
Katrina, as a storm, has passed. Ophelia sits spinning off my coast. Ophelia drowned, right? Again, Peter Gabriel’s, “Here Comes the Flood” floods my mind. A pregnant song. A prescient song. A song that has warned those with ears to hear…
Posted to Music by anonyMoses on September 14, 2005 12:22 AM

Breaking News: Ophelia Off Carolinas’ Coast
It seems that the new hurricane Ophelia is again just standing in place, this time off the coast of the Carolinas. If you believe what you hear on that late night radio program “Coast to Coast with George Noory” where…
Posted to Culture by Kansasman on September 13, 2005 02:16 PM

Saving New Orleans
Coincidentally enough, I found myself traveling to New Orleans this past July for five days of pure Bourbon Street excitement. As I arrived, the first thing I noticed were the above ground coffins, and having no clue what it was…
Posted to Culture by Dave on September 12, 2005 09:53 PM

Should New Orleans Be Rebuilt?
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the question remains. What will become of the sodden city that is 80 percent below sea level after the pumps finish removing the flood waters? Is the damage beyond repair, or should…
Posted to Culture by Frank Waldron on September 12, 2005 07:26 PM

Weekly BlogScan: Hurricane Relief – Stepping Up
In the wake of Katrina, people are stepping up to help, in whatever way they can.
Posted to Culture by DrPat on September 11, 2005 02:57 AM

The Power of Fame Challenges the Power of Hurricane Katrina
The collective voice of the stars who aligned to raise money for hurricane relief told us we do have power.
Posted to Culture by deekay on September 10, 2005 09:01 PM

So You Still Haven’t Given?
Okay, you heartless jackass. You’re letting hundreds of thousands of people suffer in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama because donating would be “hard” or “take to much time”. While hundreds of children American children die. While men and women…
Posted to Culture by theco on September 10, 2005 06:39 PM

Two New Orleans Couples Marry in Shelter
Can anything good come from a hurricane and having to live in a shelter? For many the answer would probably be a very strong no! However, for Leo Tate, Annie Lee, Donna Mathis and James Nelson Jr. the answer…
Posted to Culture by Kansasman on September 10, 2005 11:30 AM

Katrina Canadian Relief
Cheers for the Canadians and VUSAR. Not enough is being said to give thanks to the apparent ‘real’ first-responders to the Katrina disaster. This volunteer organization hails from Vancover Canada. They consist of a diverse group of…
Posted to Politics by Jewels Richardson on September 10, 2005 11:28 AM

Katrina’s Diaspora
Future historians will regard the destruction of New Orleans as something significantly more than the single most costly natural disaster in the nation’s history: it marks the beginning of an entirely new form of American culture. Every major diaspora in…
Posted to Culture by Douglas Anthony Cooper on September 10, 2005 04:45 AM

A Tale Of Two Telethons: Shelter From The Storm: A Concert For The Gulf Coast and S.O.S. (Saving OurSelves): The BET Relief Telethon
Friday September 9th saw not one, but two major telethons raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina: Shelter From The Storm: A Concert For The Gulf Coast and S.O.S. (Saving OurSelves): The BET Relief Telethon. Unfortunately,…
Posted to Video by Sterfish on September 10, 2005 04:22 AM

Big Disasters: Search and Rescue
This post is based on solutions that appeared since the tsunami in Asia, and now again with Hurricane Katrina. Not all may be so practical, or directly available. I do not intend to put the blame on anyone for what…
Posted to Politics by Floris Vermeir on September 9, 2005 11:31 PM

New Orleans Heroes
I came across this report today, and found it very interesting. The author, Annie Jacobsen, has been also doing an ongoing investigative series related to airline safety post 9-11. She found enough information to publish a book, Terror in…
Posted to Culture by Mary K. Williams on September 9, 2005 08:05 PM

Good News: Fewer Bodies
The Associated Press is reporting today that authorities are finding fewer bodies then had been expected. NEW ORLEANS – Authorities said Friday that their first systematic sweep of the city found far fewer bodies than expected, suggesting that…
Posted to Politics by Kansasman on September 9, 2005 05:05 PM

The Not-Quite-Sunday Funnies Comics Page
Blogcritics Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
Posted to Culture by Annie on September 9, 2005 03:36 PM

Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast Tonight
Demonstrating some serious interdenominational unity, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The WB and UPN will join forces tonight for a primetime special entitled Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, to raise funds for those impacted by the…
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on September 9, 2005 03:32 PM

Friday Femmes Fatales No 22
Where are all the female bloggers? Here, in my weekly “top ten” posts. Since I’m on holiday in France, I should be looking for French female bloggers, but to be frank the internet cafe is neither comfortable enough – it is…
Posted to Culture by Natalie Bennett on September 9, 2005 01:16 PM

Remember the lone violinist Samuel Thompson, who played Bach for hurricane survivors? Well, lots of people had a look at our story, including the classical music radio station WFMT, in Chicago, which may do a story…
Posted to Straight Up by Jan Herman on September 9, 2005 12:22 PM

A few thoughts on Katrina through my TV set
I’m sure that many of you like me have spent most of the last week surfing through the cable news channels. It’s still very difficult writing my opinions of everything that is happening in the Gulf Coast from the comfort…
Posted to Video by Tony Figueroa on September 9, 2005 12:16 PM

The Friday Morning Listen
First posted on Mark Is Cranky:My favorite time of year has arrived in a big way. The air is crisp and clean. It’s a little bit chilly in the morning, warm in…
Posted to Music by Mark Saleski on September 9, 2005 10:52 AM

Katrina, heroes and the philosophy of giving
As we sort through the destruction of Katrina, whole bunches of people are making all kinds of “helping” responses which inspire lots of practical and philosophical questions about how much good what is doing and who should get what kind…
Posted to Culture by Al Barger on September 9, 2005 04:42 AM

Periodically I receive commentary from Silicon Valley Bank with opinion pieces. The following opinion piece comes from Jim Anderson, their Chief Investment Officer with the following disclaimer “Investment Strategy Outlook is published each week to highlight issues we hope you…
Posted to Culture by David Koehn on September 8, 2005 10:10 PM

The Luggage Problem in Louisiana
As hypochondriac Joe Banks prepares to go off on his epic trip of self-discovery in Joe versus the Volcano, he meets a strangely-intense, focused person who hears his needs, and nods sagely. “That’s very interesting,” he assures Banks. He…
Posted to Culture by DrPat on September 8, 2005 09:24 PM

Needed Katrina Humor, Perspectives
I haven’t looked forward to a television show as much as I looked forward to Jon Stewart’s take on Katrina, which ran last night. And wow, it was perfect. Show excerpts, courtesy of the Daily Kos …
Posted to Politics by Scott Butki on September 8, 2005 08:14 PM

Majestic Oaks Homeowners Association in Ocala, FL Turns Away Hurricane Victims
In what has to be the most audacious news to come out of my home state in recent months, the Majestic Oaks Subdivision in Ocala, Florida has decreed that its residents are not to take victims from Hurricane Katrina…
Posted to Culture by Lisa Hoover on September 8, 2005 07:35 PM

Is Katrina Inherently Meaningful? Is Grief a Choice? Is Love a Choice?
At my blog, I have been posting a series of articles from my personal journal exploring the issue of anticipatory grief and what is meaningful in our lives as we contemplate the mortality of those we love, as well as…
Posted to Culture by Laura Young on September 8, 2005 06:52 PM

A Horrific Discovery…
Story here: Troops scouring New Orleans for survivors and victims reported finding at least 40 mutilated bodies in the Convention Center refugee center. Arkansas National Guardsman Mikel Brooks told the New Orleans Times Picayune many of the dead were elderly, or…
Posted to Culture by RJ on September 8, 2005 01:51 PM

Bad timing…ouch
A few of my muso and rock journo friends have expressed their sympathy at the timing of the arrival of Whisky & Westminster; ie landing on people’s desks on 7/21. Well I have found a worse bit of unintentional…
Posted to Music by Marty Dodge on September 8, 2005 12:25 PM

New Orleans Roots and a New Creative Class
Your fascination with extremes – Wall Street in the 1980s, Silicon Valley in the 1990s – seems to be a consistent theme in your work. Why? Probably because I grew up in New Orleans, which is the complete opposite of…
Posted to Culture by Eyebrow Esquire on September 8, 2005 07:31 AM

Poetry Takes To The Blogosphere In Support Of Hurricane Katrina Victims
Not very often does an event of national impact generate a cauldron of shock, sadness, outrage, support, heroism and incompetence to the degree that a certain hurricane named Katrina has. But Americans and others throughout the world are taking…
Posted to Culture by PodPoet on September 8, 2005 07:20 AM

Fonts for Disaster Relief – Phase 3
The first two phases of The Scriptorium’s fundraising effort for hurricane relief in Louisiana went pretty well, raising a total of $977 total so far ($522 for the Red Cross and $450 for the Baton Rouge Food…
Posted to Culture by Dave Nalle on September 8, 2005 03:44 AM

Katrina’s Price Gougers
One of most powerful economic impacts of Category 5 Hurricane Katrina is the dramatic rise in gasoline prices at the pump. Estimates from the US Energy Department’s short-term energy outlook released this week, said the average retail price of…
Posted to Politics by John Bill on September 7, 2005 09:27 PM

Growth in Troubled Times
Due to hurricane Katrina, Baton Rouge (where I live) has grown dramatically. At the moment, population figures are unreliable at best, however I can say on good authority that the population has more than doubled, going from 300,000 to about…
Posted to Culture by Andrew Hughes on September 7, 2005 05:46 PM

Violinist Samuel Thompson, who was caught on camera playing Bach for fellow hurricane survivors in New Orleans last week, had no idea that he was being photographed — we posted the photo, below, in Eyeballing…
Posted to Straight Up by Jan Herman on September 7, 2005 12:11 PM

Giving Until It Hurts and Making Sure Everybody Knows
As the shock of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction wears off, it seems there are three types of news stories beginning to surface. Stories that focus on the good in people, stories that focus on the not-so-good in people and stories that…
Posted to Culture by Lisa Hoover on September 7, 2005 09:27 AM

Web Site Helps Connect Katrina Separated Parents and Kids and The Daily Music and Tech News
Katrina children search for parents. Photographs of children separated from their parents by hurricane Katrina have been posted on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website. More than two dozens pictures have posted at
Posted to Music by Katharine Donelson on September 6, 2005 09:50 PM

Lake Pontchartrain: Prepare To Die
Story here: The brew of chemicals and human waste in the New Orleans floodwaters will have to be pumped into the Mississippi River or Lake Pontchartrain, raising the specter of an environmental disaster on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, experts…
Posted to Culture by RJ on September 6, 2005 09:48 PM

Michael Jackson to Record Katrina Relief Song
Every disaster needs a theme song; big disasters call for big egos; or, in a much less cynical vein, artists turn to art when they feel compelled by circumstances to give of themselves. Either way, new Persian Gulf resident Michael…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on September 6, 2005 05:52 PM

POEM : Hot Water
I have for many years now for at least half the time I’m in the shower, thought how lucky I am to have hot or cold water at my fingertips. Until I moved to Arizona, it was always hot water…
Posted to Culture by Temple Stark on September 6, 2005 10:29 AM

Under Siege in New Orleans
I’ve stumbled on the most amazing blog direct from downtown New Orleans with a running journal from throughout the crisis. It reads like a real world version of the script from Omega Man. Sigmund Solares…
Posted to Culture by Dave Nalle on September 6, 2005 10:05 AM

Katrina and the Blame Game
When Mick and Keith sang, “We all need someone we can lean on,” they were just little off the mark. Judging by people’s behaviour after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina they would have been far more accurate to sing, “We…
Posted to Politics by gypsyman on September 6, 2005 08:48 AM

Critical Mass: Why We Need To Rebuild
I got the opportunity to listen to some truly ignorant opinions in the past week. Not on blogs, although I read more than I few I disagreed with, but rather from regular people, discussing the tragedy wrought upon the Gulf…
Posted to Culture by Bring It On on September 6, 2005 07:50 AM


Hurricane Katrina: Refugee Truth or Panic?
I’ve received several emails today that express concerns about the New Orleans refugee situation here in Houston. I can’t say whether these things are true or simply rumor, but reading between the lines, there is a definite concern, not for…
Posted to Culture by The Errant Fool on September 6, 2005 07:25 AM

W. Md. Reacts to Katrina
Today’s theme ended up being less Labor Day than Katrina Day. But I suppose that happened with lots of people this weekend as we think less about a day without work as people without jobs, let alone homes. After days of…
Posted to Culture by Scott Butki on September 6, 2005 06:38 AM


Fonts for Disaster Relief #2
Our offer to contribute all proceeds from the sales of Ironworks for the past two days to hurricane Katrina disaster relief was quite successful, raising $522 which has been sent to the Red Cross (Click HERE…
Posted to Culture by Dave Nalle on September 6, 2005 03:24 AM

Macy Gray actually helps Katrina victims
Any sensible person should be skeptical of celebrity do-gooders. It’s good to help out victims of a natural disaster, but Celine Dion’s on Larry King carrying on about the million dollars she’s giving, that’s not right. Screw her….
Posted to Culture by Al Barger on September 6, 2005 02:35 AM

Katrina – Sunday/Monday Media Critique
I am starting to notice some patterns with the coverage. Jack Shafer of Slate – with pieces like this and this – is doing some of the best analysis pieces on how the media coverage is going. Ann Gerhart of…
Posted to Culture by Scott Butki on September 5, 2005 10:04 PM

Satellite Telephone Service a Better Idea in the Wake of Katrina
At one time in the late 1990’s, I worked for a certain Wall Street investment firm that leased 6 floors worth of office space in the World Trade Center; the company generally used their space, with its accompanying auditorium, for…
Posted to Culture by Chris Franklin on September 5, 2005 06:37 PM


Author Anne Rice on Losing New Orleans
AUTHOR ANNE RICE ON LOSING NEW ORLEANS A Reflection by Victor Lana In yesterday’s New York Times I read Anne Rice’s piece: “Do You Know What It Means to Lose New Orleans?” The title alone swings and sways, never mind…
Posted to Culture by Victor Lana on September 5, 2005 12:03 PM

Register for FEMA Hurricane Katrina Assistance
How to register for FEMA help and financial aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Posted to Culture by John Bill on September 5, 2005 11:10 AM

Katrina: Officials Weren’t Listening To The Experts In The Hours Leading Up To It
(DONATE TO HELP) With the shootings by police today and Wednesday and unidentified idiots shooting at rescue and medical helicopters and other desperate violence that is really starting to pick up now, I know that blame does no…
Posted to Politics by Temple Stark on September 4, 2005 08:52 PM

Katrina Relief Alternatives
Rather than just sending money to the Red Cross or another large national charity, you might want to consider donating directly to organizations which are part of the communities devastated by this disaster or which are working…
Posted to Politics by Dave Nalle on September 4, 2005 05:18 AM

Thank You, Qatar!
Small country pledges big bucks towards Katrina relief…
Posted to Culture by RJ on September 3, 2005 11:15 PM

Katrina Refugees Spread Farther West
The refugees – and I still have trouble with that word when it comes to Americans and I wonder if it’s really ever been used in-country before – first were taken 350 miles west to Houston’s Astrodome. When that “filled”…
Posted to Culture by Temple Stark on September 3, 2005 09:28 PM

Really Really Good #7-Hip Hop vs Katrina
Hip-Hop steps up in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Links to articles, and music links from southern hip-hop greats!
Posted to Music by Laron Cue on September 3, 2005 07:58 PM

Some Good Katrina Media Coverage
I have seen some excellent media coverage of the storm disaster and its impact and a great deal of terribly sensationalistic coverage. I thought I’d take a moment to point to two stories that I think are excellent, the kind…
Posted to Culture by Scott Butki on September 3, 2005 04:20 PM

Who Should We Give Our Katrina Money To?
I want to start a discussion of which organization we should give our money to.
Posted to Culture by Cerulean on September 3, 2005 06:48 AM

What Hurricane Katrina Taught Me about 9/11
I learned from Katrina that 9/11 was America’s tragedy and not just New York’s
Posted to Culture by Pia Savage on September 3, 2005 02:41 AM

The Global Community Responds To Katrina
Story here: In an accelerating drive, more than 50 countries have pledged money or other assistance to help Americans recover from Hurricane Katrina. The pledges blur political lines. Cuba and Venezuela have offered to help despite differences with Washington. Oil giant Saudi…
Posted to Culture by RJ on September 2, 2005 09:10 PM

PODCAST: From inside the Astrodome with the Hurricane Katrina homeless
A volunteer, Heidi is calling in some news and advice from inside the Houston Astrodome where the New Orleans homeless were bused yesterday. Her co-blogger Kit Jarrell said she just put the phone next to the computer microphone and hit…
Posted to Culture by Temple Stark on September 2, 2005 06:42 PM

Salvage Me
I live in Jackson, Mississippi about 300 miles north of Gulfport and New Orleans. Whenever storms hit the coast, the effects we feel here in Jackson are minimal. This is no longer true. Monday morning we reported to work as…
Posted to Culture by Dew on September 2, 2005 02:22 PM

Stop blaming Republicans, Democrats, Fags or God. We only have ourselves to blame…
Molly Ivins writes an inspiring column on AlterNet called a “Flood of Bad Policies.” It leaves a lot of room for debate and serious thought. But the point she drives home is that ”government…
Posted to Politics by Silas Kain on September 2, 2005 02:18 PM

Katrina: Recording Academy Donates $1 million
The Recording Academy, through its MusicCares Foundation, which provides a “safety net of critical services for music people in crisis,” is committing an initial donation of $1 million for “music people affected by…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on September 2, 2005 11:52 AM

The Bright Side: At Least it Wasn’t the Earthquake
Katrina is a tragedy, but it’s not the one we were expecting, and the earthquake is still coming.
Posted to Politics by Dave Nalle on September 2, 2005 11:14 AM

Lessons From Katrina – Maybe You And I Are Responsible, Too
I’ve been trying to absorb the news of Katrina, like all of you. Trying to comprehend, not just the massive degree of devastation, but the human drama as well. The stories now of the lootings, the rapes, the…
Posted to Culture by Laura Young on September 2, 2005 09:35 AM

Katrina: Impact on National Economy Might Be “Limited”
They caution that at this time their figures are only “wild guesses,” but economists at Standard and Poors say that although the human tragedy of Hurricane Katrina is enormous and property damage immense, the impact of Katrina on…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on September 2, 2005 09:21 AM

Katrina: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
For every bad, there’s a good. I keep telling myself that. For every story about someone losing a loved one, there’s someone finding out that a loved one is safe. For every idiot saying that the people who stayed in New…
Posted to Politics by Michele Catalano on September 2, 2005 08:56 AM

A Time For Heroes
Look into the eyes of the citizens of New Orleans. To be more specific, look into the eyes of the elderly African-Americans left stranded by their own government at the New Orleans convention center. There is a look of helpless….
Posted to Politics by John A. Conley on September 2, 2005 07:34 AM

Hurricane Katrina – This Time It’s Personal
Jamie was the only traveler on our unit. Some of the newer nurses were afraid of her. They said she was too brief, almost curt, during shift report. They said she rarely smiled. That wasn’t my experience, but then again,…
Posted to Culture by Joan Hunt on September 2, 2005 03:46 AM

Unfortunate Rumors From on the Ground Near New Orleans; May be the Worst Natural Disaster in U.S. History
I speculate that the situation in New Orleans is a bit worse than most people are currently led to believe (understandably, the Newspapers and TV Networks are probably a bit cautious about painting too grim a picture). Although this is…
Posted to Politics by Chris Franklin on September 2, 2005 01:12 AM

Song to Destroy Towns By
With the hurricane and all the coverage, I have a song running through my head: Wasn’t that a mighty storm? James Taylor, Live at the Beacon has this song about a storm that destroyed Galveston Texas. It’s the theme song for this…
Posted to Music by Murphy Horner on September 2, 2005 12:50 AM

Katrina: Musicians Domino, Thomas, Toussaint Missing or Stranded
Fats Domino, 76, is missing. New Orleans’ legendary Fat Man had lived with his wife, Rosemary, and daughter in a three-story pink-roofed house in New Orleans’ 9th ward, which is now a seascape. But I don’t want to talk about…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on September 1, 2005 06:46 PM

Gathering together to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina
For the past several days, the eyes of Americans across the country and those around the world have been trained on the news coverage of the devastation wrecked by Hurricane Katrina. Once the storm passed, New Orleans being spared a…
Posted to Culture by Regina Avalos on September 1, 2005 06:40 PM

Katrina: What Can Be Done?
Generally I am overwhelmed by the hopelessness of what is going on there. However, it seems to me that there must be something more we can be doing. Yes, there are tens of thousands of people there. …
Posted to Culture by Justene Adamec on September 1, 2005 06:01 PM

Finding People Trapped In New Orleans Attics Using Infrared and Thermographic Satellite Images
Looking at the devastation in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mississippi, it looks bad. Although I only briefly got to ‘know’ someone from New Orleans by reading her blog, still there is the worry if she made it and everybody…
Posted to Culture by Floris Vermeir on September 1, 2005 05:40 PM

Katrina’s Waves: Disaster and Recovery Briefs
Hey, animals are people too. Well, no, actually, but they can be friends, even best friends, and in a time of crisis they deserve our attention too. Thousands of animals were left behind when their humans evacuated….
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on September 1, 2005 04:52 PM

Katrina: Report From the “War Zone”
That is a blurb I have been working on a little at a time. Tears form each time I try to write: The Gulf Coast is a sad place right now. Everything we ever knew or have known is…
Posted to Culture by Marc GulfCoastBands on September 1, 2005 01:37 PM

A woman says: “We’ll all be underwater in 100 years…” Her eyes drinking in. The watery devastation. Of a New Orleans grave. Misplaced. Displaced. Amnesiac souls. Us. Humans. Asahi and Ok Computer. Keep me company. Soothe my mind. As the hurricane subsides. Damn. Descending again. Drifting. In. Out. Just fading, really. Right now. Into the devastation. The river of tears. The hum of…
Posted to Culture by Kable on September 1, 2005 12:41 PM

Donate Today! It’s “Blog for Relief” Day
Today, on “Blog for Relief Day,” I urge those of us still on dry land to reach deep into our wallets and hearts to donate to one or more of many charitable organizations now helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Posted to Culture by Connie Bennett on September 1, 2005 12:32 PM

What’s Next for New Orleans?
Our hearts go out to New Orleans today as they did to New York four years ago. We all have…
Posted to Culture by Bryce Zabel on September 1, 2005 11:37 AM

The Perfect Coincidence
We just happened to be watching our local library’s DVD of The Perfect Storm during the late horrific assault of Katrina. New Orleans is one of the hemisphere’s great cities, in a great region, the US South. Our prayers and…
Posted to Culture by Billy Shears on September 1, 2005 03:02 AM

Wake Me Up When September Ends
I don’t know whether to pack the car and take a roadtrip to New Orleans or curl up into the fetal position and cry myself into a month-long hybernation. We are in the shade of the three-day, Labor Day…
Posted to Culture by Eyebrow Esquire on September 1, 2005 02:38 AM

Mother Nature Can Be Cruel
Nature is cruel. Katrina is a reminder that Mother Nature can be cruel, far crueler than the humans who attempt to control her. For most Americans, Mother Nature is an inconvenience that can be escaped. Too hot? Escape…
Posted to Politics by Tom Donelson on September 1, 2005 01:50 AM

New Orleans: A U.S. Atlantis?
Our hearts go out to New Orleans today as they did to New York four years ago. We all have…
Posted to Politics by Bryce Zabel on September 1, 2005 01:34 AM

BlogDay 2005 passes, bloggers focus on Katrina, disaster relief
Nir Ofir is the initiator of BlogDay 2005. Nir envisions that in one long moment In August 31st 2005, bloggers from all over the world will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs (at the same time) -…
Posted to Culture by DrPat on August 31, 2005 10:39 PM

In the Wake of Katrina: Water, Debris, and Bodies
Two days after Hurricane Katrina engulfed the Gulf Coast with wind, water and debris, the situation in many areas, including New Orleans, is chaotic and growing more grim all the time. (City of New Orleans) Today New Orleans mayor…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on August 31, 2005 04:29 PM


Blogcritics Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
With over one thousand site contributors and hundreds of thousands of readers, collectively we can make a difference.
Posted to Culture by Lisa Hoover on August 31, 2005 01:30 PM

Randy Hurricane Katrina and Randy Newman’s Louisiana 1927
Watching a culture and possibly a city drown is so unbelievably overwhelming sad that I sit in front of the news stupefied at the human loss, economic loss and potential cultural loss. While it doesn’t hold the same emotional bereavement of…
Posted to Culture by Elana Centor on August 31, 2005 01:25 PM

PODCAST: THE T.A.S. SHOW4 – Colors, Katrina
Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath is heavy on my mind , but hey, I try and bring a little hope through music
Posted to Music by Temple Stark on August 31, 2005 12:38 PM

Is There Blame for Katrina?
In 2005, humans are still no match for nature unleashed. Does someone deserve blame for that?
Posted to Culture by ProgressiveDepot on August 31, 2005 11:40 AM

Hurricane Katrina: Larry King Has Lost It
Watching Larry King last night on CNN, I was reminded of one thing: this man has clearly lost touch. Marring an otherwise excellent Live! program focusing, of course, on the wake of Hurricane Katrina,…
Posted to Video by The Errant Fool on August 31, 2005 10:52 AM

Hurricane Victims Need Your Help!
Last September, Central Florida was smashed by two powerful storms, hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Both made landfall just south of where I live. The house I was renting at the time was without power for almost the entire month, which…
Posted to Culture by RJ on August 31, 2005 12:39 AM

Deathtoll Climbs Along With Gas Prices After Katrina
Katrina leaves rising death tolls and gas prices.
Posted to Culture by Erin McMaster on August 30, 2005 03:28 PM

Many Victims of Katrina Have Themselves To Blame
All the early warning technology in the world is no match for human stupidity.
Posted to Politics by Robert Burke on August 30, 2005 02:08 PM

Weekly BlogScan: Blogging Katrina (Special Edition)
Hurricanes striking the eastern coast of Florida are a seasonal cliché. Floridians plan for them, stocking plywood and bottled water in preparation for each year’s big blow. 1992’s Hurricane Andrew notwithstanding (the “costliest disaster in U.S history” with 15 directly-…
Posted to Culture by DrPat on August 30, 2005 12:37 PM

Katrina – Disaster and Relief
Though New Orleans was spared from some of the worst that had been feared for it by Hurricane Katrina, the Big Easy still suffered greatly and other Gulf regions are even worse off. “The devastation down there is just enormous,” Mississippi…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on August 30, 2005 08:50 AM

(path of the storm – National Weather Service)

Hurricanes, Humans, and Hubris
“You are like a Hurricane, there is a calm in your eye.” Neil Young, “Hurricane” Ah Neil, that sure was a vivid description you gave in your song “Hurricane”….
Posted to Culture by gypsyman on August 29, 2005 08:19 AM

Katrina – Disaster and Relief
Though New Orleans was spared from some of the worst that had been feared for it by Hurricane Katrina, the Big Easy still suffered greatly and other Gulf regions are even worse off. “The devastation down there is just enormous,” Mississippi…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on August 30, 2005 08:50 AM

Waiting For Katrina
I thought that perhaps I was really watching a documentary on the filming of The Day After Tomorrow,
Posted to Culture by Mary K. Williams on August 29, 2005 01:41 AM

Katrina could alter Louisiana geography, Mississippi river flow
New Orleans could survive Hurricane Katrina, only to be hit with a second economic disaster…
Posted to Culture by DrPat on August 29, 2005 12:53 AM

Katrina Approaches
I have sat in front of the television all day. I can barely tear my eyes away long enough to go to the bathroom. I think the channels may have stopped playing commercials. I do…
Posted to Culture by Justene Adamec on August 28, 2005 10:16 PM

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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