2. Yeah, I don't know what or how to comment about the post-Katrina catastrophe. I donated $100 through the NY Chapter of Red Cross, as the main Red Cross site seems to be overwhelmed, and I don't really know what else I can do. The tsuanmi of a few months back was mind-bogglingly surreal, and yet, because it was on the other side of the world, I didn't really truly connect with it. I'm not saying I can connect with what's happened in NOLA, either - hell, I disconnected myself in the weeks after 9/11, and I was living here at the time. There are plenty of interesting, non-MSM-reported stories out there - one of you linked to a very interesting AP photo comparison wherein 2 white people had "found" water and bread, but a black teenager had "looted" from nearby stores. And also that one of the reasons why the levees failed was because Bush had pulled necessary funding for those very levee-supporting projects in order to help pay for the glorious victory in Iraq (here's a link, courtesy of nothinganything). Whatever, that's not the point - the point is that I hope that all of you who are either (a) down there or (b) have people down there are OK, and hanging in, and if you're not down there, that you donate money or blood or both.
3. Last week I'd mentioned that the new Death Cab album had been "leaked", and that it might not necessarily be a "must-have-purchase-as-soon-as-it's-rele