I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been busy.
One of the things I was up to was putting the finishing touches on the production and promotion of a film I wrote and produced called “The Katrina Myth: The Truth about a Thoroughly Unnatural Disaster.”
In an ideal world, this film would have been out sometime in early September – of 2005 – but as Mark Twain said: “A lie can get half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”
I’m pretty sure that even before the levees came crashing down, Karl Rove was filling up his friends at Fox News with bullshit in order to cover up the fundamental inconvenient truth about “Katrina”:
‘Tweren’t no natural disaster. It was an engineering one. And the engineers responsible were the US Army Corps of Engineers. A FEDERAL failing and a federal responsibility.
As for the people “stuck” inside the city, they were held in the city at gunpoint by representatives of the Bad Old South who drew guns and fired warning shots (sometimes into the backs) of people who tried to walk out of the city to food, water, and safety.
Instead of the truth, we heard about looters, snipers, cities built below sea level and all other manner of assorted distractions, some manufactured – and nothing about the epic heroism and kindness of tens of thousands of New Orleanians in the face of inhuman pressure.
Anyway, the future of New Orleans depends on three things and they all begin with the letter “L.”
Love, luck and levees.
The love is there. No problem.
Luck? Personally I don’t like to count on luck. Waaaaaay too fickle.
So that leaves us with levees.
Good levees, New Orleans survives. Bad levees, New Orleans drowns again.
Sorry to be so ugly about it, but there it is.
As far as I’ve been able to tell, there is only one group in the known universe that is focused on the levee issue and needless to say it is not a governmental group or even a traditional NGO (the new Orwellian-speak for a non-profit.)
Right now, the only thing standing in the way between New Orleans and future disaster is a kitchen-table-based enterprise called levees.org
If you’re not a member, please correct that right away.
And make sure you tell everyone you know who cares about the city that Step One in rebuilding the city is to swell the ranks of levees.org until it reaches a size that is capable of making noise and creating an agitation that can’t be ignored.
To help this along, I made a simple 10 minute film that addresses and demolishes the five key Katrina Myths that enable the government crooks in Washington DC, Baton Rouge and indeed New Orleans itself to “make believe” that everything is OK and they don’t need to do anything about the levees.
I don’t mind telling you I busted a gut writing this thing and getting it ready to go in time for the Big Three.
(Huge thanks to Goodman Green who provided rapid-fire video magic I’d be hard pressed to find anywhere on earth, New Orleans or elsewhere.)
There will be a sneak preview tomorrow at the annual Rising Tide conference for New Orleans bloggers.
Then on Thursday, August 28th, there will be a public premiere.
Be there. Bring friends. Tell friends in New Orleans and elsewhere.
In a week, we’ll be launching a YouTube campaign and we’re shooting for 100,000 views in seven days or less. Watch for the announcement.
Real levee repair and building cannot go forward until the bullshit about New Orleans laid down by Karl Rove, Fox News and the rest of the media ratpack back in ’05 is thoroughly cleaned out of people’s heads and replaced with the TRUTH.
I’ve done all I can do. Now it’s up to you.
Please make sure that everyone you know, inside New Orleans and out, sees this film and are enrolled to make sure their friends and colleagues see it too – and join levees.org.
It’s three years out. It’s do or die time. Fresh momentum or the mortuary.
I think New Orleans is worth saving.
How about you?
Click here for info about the August 28th premiere: