Despite my busy-busy-ness (it's getting better! I'm almost there! next week will be better!), I am unable to rip my gaze from the horror of Katrina and its aftermath and the utter travesty of the government response. I know I'm one of the people who have been saying how horrible, incompentent, or possibly evil the Bush administration is for all this time. The really bad part is that this situation has proved those things to be far more gravely true than even I was willing to believe until now. Even now I hope and pray that some of these facts (sadly well-documented now) turn out to be untrue.
But I just wanted to tell you that if your mental health is already down the tubes with this whole thing anyway, and you have no hope of turning your eyes from the horror and muttering new-age affirmations to yourself about how the universe is in balance or some such, it turns out that Teresa and Patrick Nielsen Hayden are once again providing absolutely seminal coverage of this tragedy. Teresa's words from after the election still echo in my mind; once again they've gotten it exactly right.
Most particularly, check out here:
They even have advice for dealing with news overload. Not that they're taking their own advice. Or making it easy for the rest of us. But I thank them anyway.
In addition, there's the somewhat surprisingly excellent coverage of Brian Williams of NBC, whose blog is here, and of course the Times-Picayune, the absolute source. And this interesting source from inside, including a web cam and daily photos.
Back to my report. Can I just say how much I love clients with whom I have exchanges like this:
Me: I'll get it to you September 9th.
(two weeks pass)
Them: I was wondering what the ETA on the report would be; we want to plan a presentation date after the committee has had time to read it.
Me: It will be in your inbox first thing Monday morning (September 12th).
Them: Oh, that's wonderful! Thank you so much! We're so excited!
Thank you to the goddess of research deadlines for finding me a client who realizes that the difference between Friday night and Monday morning means nothing to them and everything to me.