It’s a very clear and simple message: "Get off your asses and let’s do something and let’s fix the biggest goddam crisis in the history of this country."
This is a very angry man, a politician who through extraordinary circumstances has driven a wedge through PR spin and meaningless press conferences to make an impassioned and very public plea to his country’s leadership to, well, get off their arses and help people.
Towards the end of the interview, mayor Nagin says that he’ll probably get into trouble because of what he’s saying. I think he’s untouchable precisely because of what he’s saying, a truthful reality that anyone can clearly see and especially those poor souls in New Orleans itself.
How to listen:
- Streaming audio (.asf file format, so works in Windows Media Player)
- Download the MP3 for your iPod (3.2 megs)
Mainstream media worldwide has copious coverage on the human aspect of this tragedy – the BBC in-depth Katrina coverage has to be the best out there.
Other news that I’ve spotted this morning, linked to below, include a great initiative by IABC to offer free job postings for communicators in the IABC Job Bank, a worldwide network of volunteers connected by Skype, estimates of the economic cost of this disaster, a warning about Katrina email scams, and much more.
- A Disaster Map ‘Wiki’ Is Born
- ABC halts promotion of hurricane TV drama
- FCC COORDINATING TECH AID FOR KATRINA DISASTER
- Federal temporary jobs in disaster recovery, a HOWTO
- First Estimate Puts Storm’s Economic Toll at $100 Billion
- Flickr Photos of Katrina
- Gamers rally for Katrina support
- Hi-tech search drones to help New Orleans rescue
- Katrina Public Web Project Wants Volunteers
- Katrina-hit states may suffer for years
- Market to get clues to Katrina’s impact
- Post jobs for victims of Hurricane Katrina – FREE
- Skyping KatrinaHelp
- The economic impact of Katrina
- Warnings of Katrina e-mail scams