Signature of a Disaster

If stones could speak...




"We have come through what may have been one of the worst weeks in America's history, a week in which government at every level failed the people it was created to serve.


There is no purpose for government except to improve the lives of its citizens. Yet as scenes of horror that seemed to be coming from some Third World country flashed before us, official Washington was like a dog watching television. It saw the lights and images, but did not seem to comprehend their meaning or see any link to reality.


As the floodwaters rose, local officials in New Orleans ordered the city evacuated. They might as well have told their citizens to fly to the moon. How do you evacuate when you don't have a car? No hint of intelligent design in any of this. This was just survival of the richest."


--Bob Sheiffer, FACE THE NATION





Yes Amadou this my country

And these my people


Evacuated as if criminal

Rescued by neighbors

Shot by soldiers


Adamant they belong


The rest of the world can now see

What I have seen


Do not look away


The rest of the world lives here too

In America



--from Suheir Hammad's "On refuge and language"













  • Kevin Steele PRO 10y

    Are you receiving direct communication from Flickr, then, to cool it down, or has this all happened ‘mysteriously’? I just want to know; either way I understand your frustration and anger.

    Be clear that I want to offer you encouragement in getting your fellow Americans to question their support for your President. He wages war in the name of democracy while he seems mostly annoyed by the democratic process.

    I won’t clog up this comment stream further for now, but please indulge me, later, if I manage some suggestions for alternate ways to draw attention to your message.
  • RezNyce 10y

    Let Anomalous speak
  • Dave Ward 10y

    Any three people can form a "lynch mob" and censor whatever they want on Flickr.

    That is a really stupid and horrible way to do things.

    If the flickr staff don't change this FAST, then they're just plain fucking stupid.
  • Lin PRO 10y

    And these are the same people who want to bring "freedom" to Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, China, Russia...
  • Yael Levine 10y

    I agree with Kevin, maybe its not censorship, maybe its an error. Its too early to assume something without getting a reason why. So chill...
  • Wes Thomas 10y

    Maybe, no obviously, you people aren't aware of the fact that each of the levies in NO were under the control of a board of directors.

    A number of times over the years, money has been given to these boards for the purpose of strengthening the levies, etc. Only, the corrupt, a-hole politicians of NO did other things with it.

    Did FEMA screw up? Sure. Is FEMA or Bush or the federal government responsible for what happened? NO! Virtually every citizen in NO knew those levies weren't sufficient, but like most people chose to live with the belief that "IT COULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ME." I've been to NO numerous times and I heard this scenario described dozens of times, read it in the newspaper, etc. Yet, nothing from the local and state government to fix it.

    Well, it did. The city and state leadership of NO and Louisiana didn't do their jobs either. Also, many of those people refused to leave before the hurricane and some STILL refuse to leave.

    You have the right to hate Bush if you like, but it is short sighted to put all of the blame on him, FEMA, Mike Brown, etc.

    This is a collassal tragedy and pointing fingers isn't helping anything right now.

    Having said that, I 100% support your right to voice your opinion.
  • Wes Thomas 10y

    Great picture, BTW.
  • Bim Bom PRO 10y

    @ Smaragd: Thank you for "Whatever". Great!!
  • Ivan 10y

    Smaragd Pro User says:

    Any three people can form a "lynch mob" and censor whatever they want on Flickr.

    That is a really stupid and horrible way to do things.

    If the flickr staff don't change this FAST, then they're just plain fucking stupid."

    Simply right.

    Adriana, it was not an error. Moreover, flickr staff could "manually" put again the photo in the right position in the ranking.

    Anomalous, I was going to answer to a message of Paulinski, but I cannot see it. I'll write privately about a couple of questions...
  • Gini~ PRO 10y

    More. Around 30 law enforcement and medical professionals from Loudoun county, VA (where I live) were not allowed to help because they were unable to obtain the proper approvals. They attempted to help around 9/1.
  • Harry Mijland PRO 10y

    can't buy a greyhound ticket?
  • sandrino PRO 10y

    So should we abandon the people of San Fancisco when it gets wiped out by the big one? It is not a matter of whether San Fancisco will be dstroyed in a massive earhquake but when. Since all the people in San Francisco know this is the case and they choose to live there anyway do we walk away and write them off when the earthquake hits?

    Fact is that there are many cities that face various amounts of danger. Some face earthquakes, some floods, some tornadoes, others hurricanes. If we abandon all the places that may have a disaster, we would all end up living underground.

    The levi system in New Orleans should have been upgraded years ago, that is widely know. FEMA used to be able to respond to disasters. Since it was demoted from the cabinet and brought under the Department of Homeland Defense it has become worthless. While the current administration cannot be blamed for all the faults of the levi system (they did cut 80% of its budget recently) they can and should bear the blame for the lack of planning and immediate response to Katrina and its aftermath.
  • Ry PRO 10y

    why this was flagged as may offend is completely beyond me...
  • pandoracrea 10y

    resist, th.
  • crater PRO 10y

    isn't the government in usa "of the people by the people for the people"?.and didn't you elect it twice in a row?.and didn't in" Pompeii "Peristyle the Villa of Mysteries" once a luxury getaway, ended up as a practical country farmhouse devoted to the production of wine and olive oil"?.
  • skinjester 10y

    of particular interest is the "W" in the lower left. That detail says it all for me. Its offensive to me that anyone would find this image offensive.

    @crater - the government in this country is neither of the people or by the people. There is a civil war going on in this country fueled by apathy on one side and outrage on the other. As people become increasingly polarized they lose their humanity.

    What I find most interesting about AnomalousNYC's work is how he brings sharp focus to this divide. How he suggests the possibility that these inane categories do more damage than good, and how in the end it is our humanity that may save us all from jumping over a cliff like lemmings.
  • * laura 10y

    no government in no country is of the people or by the people, only some governments are more dangerous than others... and when lies surface, they make much more noise just because they're bigger.
  • crater PRO 10y

    In memory of my grand-grand-grand-mother murdered by the nazis I deleted my contacts with any flickr member associated with " Say NO to ALL terrorism; Flickrians for peace" which is a misnomer for such a group.
  • AnomalousNYC PRO 10y

    Craterface, that is almost funny. In memory of your grandmother, a victim of political violence, you are now going to attack and defame anyone who denounces political violence rather than tolerate criticism of Israel's political violence.

    Bless her soul, but if she were alive she'd puke you on you in horror. I raise a toast to her memory and a middle finger to you, in hopes that you keep your repulsive posturing confined to your own oily flickr.
  • carlosbezz 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called artland, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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