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An occasional compendium of items  gleaned from the Gulf Coast. Crossposted at  BlueHouseDiaries

The oft-maligned and much-loved Krewe du Vieux celebrates its 20th Mardi Gras tonight. This year's theme:  "Habitat for Insanity."

But as always... truth is stranger than fiction.

"I've been doing advocacy and direct services for kids for more than 30 years. I've never seen anything like this," -Dr. Irwin Redlener  Director, Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness; President, Children's Health Fund,

Is the Gulf Coast in danger of losing the next generation? More after the flip...

Redlener's new study of Mississippi children displaced by the storm finds that one-third are now suffering from mental health and behavioral problems. And 60% of their parents and caregivers are testing high for PTSD and depression... an increase from last year's survey of Lousiana families.

Redlener also tells the New York Times that the lack of progress on these issues is a direct result of the haphazard recovery effort:

"It's not a lack of money. It's a lack of structure; it's a lack of distribution of the resources. We have a completely dysfunctional distribution system, and a great deal of bureaucracy.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans, 7 months of overcrowded classrooms and a teacher shortage have the NAACP threatening a lawsuit, and the school district promising to clear the 300 children still languishing on  
a waiting list.

Originally posted to commonscribe on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 05:34 AM PST.

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  •  The crimes on the people of NOLA (5+ / 0-)

    and Miss. are finally catching up with the bush regime.  If bush really cared for these people he would have spent time and money to see that they were able to rebuild.  he wants a new NOLA.  One that is a dream vacation place for the rich.

  •  Working for Tips (9+ / 0-)

    ...and Tipitinas!

    To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all -Goethe

    by commonscribe on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 05:40:04 AM PST

  •  Welcome to the 21st Century. (1+ / 0-)
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    I have no patience with people who grow old at 60 just because they are entitled to a bus pass. Mary Wesley, British novelist

    by xanthe on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 05:59:56 AM PST

  •  Hey CS (5+ / 0-)

    Small correction:  Krewe du Vieux rolls tonight at seven.  The only Mardi Gras parade that still rolls through the French Quarter (hence the name, referencing the Vieux Carrie or Old Quarter), KDV is a satirical, salacious, seriously snarky take on life in the Crescent.

    If you're in or near the city, it's well worth a look.  All hail King Chris Rose, Monarch of the Habitat for Insanity!

    Nanotechnology can take atmospheric CO2 and make diamonds and fresh air.

    by Crashing Vor on Sat Feb 03, 2007 at 07:37:54 AM PST

  •  Suffering ... (4+ / 0-)

    ... in the midst of plenty.  It's an obscenity.  Frankly, I think the whole country is suffering from PTSD, and this is the result of that paralysis of will.

    I really loved reading about the Crewe -- especially their use of brass bands.  I am a huge fan of NOLA brass bands, music unlike any other.  And the history of the brass bands is fascinating as well.

    They say you have to hit bottom before you come back up again.  I think we are nearing that point, and are soon to rise.

  •  Children (2+ / 0-)
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    commonscribe, Nightprowlkitty

    My 11 year old son suffered tremendously last year and I had to pull him out of school and finish the year in the home bound program.  There were no counseling services available and when we finally got to see a psycholgist, I was told there is no such thing as Katrina PTSD. I have resources that many others do not and spent the summer in art, music, robotics, baseball and swimming.  But, you could not get away from Katrina, driving through the devasted neighborhoods and then by the lake where the boats are piled up and the lighthouse is falling down.  Our neighborhood did not flood but we have FEMA trailers and pods in our neighborhood.  He is fine now, but I worry what if we have to go through another evacuation?   I just am at a loss as to how to force the Bush administration and the congress to understand just how dire and at risk we feel.  

    •  That is a good question. (1+ / 0-)
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      What will it take?  What will it take for this country to mobilize against the policies of Bush and the neocons?  We have seen tragedy after tragedy and nothing has changed -- and the 2006 elections show that America wants change.

      It's like a lamp with the plug out of the socket.  We all want to turn on the light, but who's going to have the sense to see that something needs to be plugged in?

      At this point, I just feel we have to just keep going, one step after another, keep moving foward,  keep putting forth the truth, so when that lamp is finally plugged in and the light is on, everyone will be able to see just what has been done to this country and what has to be done to fix it.

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