My heart goes out to all the people who's lives have been ruined by hurricane Katrina. Obviously being on the South Carolina coast we live with the threat of these f'ing things every August and September. I'd like to think that were that to happen here, we'd react in a professional, humane way. But watching the reports of the looting and violence that is currently happening....I'm reminded of a quote from a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode - they are in the middle of a battle, and Quark (a Ferengi, for all you non-Trekkers) sums up some of us "hewmons" pretty well:
"Let me tell you something about Hewmons, Nog. They're a wonderful, friendly people -- as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts...deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers... put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time... and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people will become as nasty and violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Just look at those faces...look in their eyes."
I hope things get better, and in a hurry. Sadly, I have a feeling they won't :(