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12 November 2005

Cause of Death: Decomposition!

This NYT article on the sloppy accounting of the Katrina dead in Louisiana doesn't give us much hope that autopsies will shed any light on what really happened in the city during those dark days. I guess even minimally competent work from the coroner's office was too much to ask.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Harlem said...

Ziel;
I acknowledge being a bit sensitive about this isssue but, even so, I find this post to be distasteful and insensative. Several hundreds of people died and the reality is that the circumstances of individual deaths, the length of time in locating & identifying bodies and the disruption of usual investigative services in the parishes impacted may have resulted in some instances or issues of "cause of death" (as well as identification & recovery) being ambiguous. It's just not funny.
I'm doubting the Times was writing stories about misidentified skull fragments after 9/11 and, if they were, you weren't joking about it. Of course, the New York/New Jersey 9/11 team didn't get anything wrong so there was less opportunity for tragedy based satire.

November 13, 2005 1:31 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

I certainly didn't intend what I wrote to be satirical - I was being a tad sardonic, perhaps, but not satirical. My larger theme which about which I was obviously was intended to refer back to the controversy over the rumors about bands of gunmen freely roaming the streets and killing people. Awhile back I posted that the autopsies might help clear this up. So the point of this post was to suggest that they may not being done thoroughly enough to help solve this issue.

November 13, 2005 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Dano said...

That being said are we looking at a ghost town which will haunted by all these souls.

The money is going to dry up real soon and the Bush wants this forgotten so it will soon be New Orleans who?

November 13, 2005 9:00 AM  

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