Corporate heavy-weights respond: (From tomorrow’s WSJ) “The devastation of Hurricane Katrina has shaken the way everyone — even those cosseted in comfortable corporate suites — looks at the world. It’s a graphic reminder of how thin the line is that separates a stable, secure society from chaos.”
Celebrities respond: Many have given lots of cash and then, well, there is Michael Jackson who is releasing a benefit song on a record label owned by Prince Abdulla Hamad Alkhalifa of Bahrain.
Negative numbers: Carl Bialik, the WSJ’s Numbers Guy, explains why early estimates of disaster death tolls are rarely correct. Also, estimating the number of evacuees and “missing” is challenging, if not impossible.
Sad: (From an AP story) “A Hurricane Katrina refugee attempted suicide aboard a flight bound for Washington, D-C. The United Express originated in Houston, Texas, and was diverted to Nashville.”
Observation: Psychological repercussions will claim victims that will never be recorded in the tally of casualties of this tragedy.