I've been quiet this week. Not in real life, but in Blog-o-land, because yes, I have been busy with my little slice of life over here, going to interviews, sending out resumes, calling auto insurance companies, doing laundry, keeping my family fed and the like. And when I'm not doing these things, I am transfixed, and horrified, by the coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the disaster it has wrought. And of course my concerns about, say, why a basket of blueberries at Ralphs costs $7.99, are completely insignificant.
There are people dying in the streets. Pregnant women going into labor with no medical care in sight. Anarchy and despair. Where is the help? Why won't anyone help these poor people? I keep looking at the footage of the Superdome and the Astrodome and there's no medical support anywhere. The images that come back fill me with rage and helplessness.
I don't have anything bitchy or snarky or even mildly funny to say. Here's one way to help: Hurricane Aid.
Edited to add: And here's another: America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network. Thanks to Poppymom for the link.
Edited once more to link to an amazing "compare and contrast" between President Bush and New Orleans Mayor Roy Nagin's points of view on how well this situation is being handled (scroll down just a couple of paragraphs for the comparison, although the whole post is good, so you might as well read it). Oh my God, I just want to SCREAM.