Bush, Lies and Videotapes

A later article in the Boston Globe, with an almost identical title discusses related matters.

It seems quite clear that President Bush has been lying about his knowledge of the potential dangers of Hurricane Katrine in late August, 2005.

Bush was informed about the possible impact of Katrina on Aug. 29th (according to the newly released transcripts, from a video conference on the day Hurricane Katrina struck), where he said that “the government is fully prepaired” and – sadly enough – four days later with New Orleans completely flooded, the President advised he was doing all he could but that no one could have anticipated the devastation and destruction that the hurricane brought.  

You can see the trancript of part of the briefing on Aug 29th here

Could no one have anticipated this? No one? Really?

On Aug. 29th, I posted the following comment on kasperolsen.blogspot.com

“Katrina” Closing in on New Orleans 

The hurricane “Katrina” is on its way toward the southern states of the U.S., and is considered one of the most powerful hurricanes ever encountered. Its center seems to be moving in the direction of the city of New Orleans.

After leaving Florida, where 7 people were killed, the hurricane is now moving towards the central Gulf Coast, while it is enhancing its power.

All citizens of New Orleans (around 1.3 million people live in New Orleans and its suburbs) have been ordered to evacuate the city, before “Katrina” is expected to hit some time Monday morning, as New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared a state of emergency Sunday.

The city of New Orleans is mostly situated below the ocean-level, and with top sustained winds near 90 m/s, an average rainfall of maybe 400 mm, and with a predicted storm surge reaching maybe 8 meters (the highest levees around New Orleans are 5 meters high), it sounds very likely that New Orleans could be completely flooded – while wood-frame buildings will be destroyed and high-rise buildings will sway dangerously, some even to the point of total collapse.

For more information, take a look at:New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and Google News (at least 5,400 related articles).

Why did the Administration then act so slowly and why did the President have to defend himself, saying that nobody could have predicted that something like this could happen?

I gave a possible answer a few days later on , also on kasperolsen.blogspot.com:

Katrina vs. Iraq vs. Bush

What is the reason behind the Bush-administrations lack of timely response to the horrible situation after Hurricane Katrina’s destruction in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida?

Tens of thousands of people (very likely most of them black and poor) have not been able to leave the city of New Orleans. It was not too difficult to estimate the impact of Katrina on New Orleans, for example, several days before it hit the city. And what did the government do? Why did Bush find it more important to stay on vacation, instead of directing and preparing aid for the possible areas affected by Katrina? Was it more important to keep babbling about how important the war in Iraq is?

The estimated cost of Katrina is now well above $30 billion, but this is of course just a first estimate. In comparison, the cost of the war in Iraq is at least $5.8 billion a month (I found this figure at military.com). So, I suggest, that Bush cuts the war in Iraq by 5 months (and hopefully more), to help the people of New Orleans and other victims of a natural disaster.

A natural question is why tens of thousands of people did not leave the city of New Orleans? (A state of emergency was declared on Sunday). Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff apparently has the answer at hand (from Washingtonpost.com, today):

“The critical thing was to get people out of there before the disaster,” he said on NBC’s Today program. “Some people chose not to obey that order. That was a mistake on their part.”

But actually, there was no help available for citizens to evacuate. Most of them left behind were poor, with no cars or money to take care of their own transportation.

You can read more about the disaster at the excellent weblog Cosmic Variance of Clifford, Sean, Rise, Mark and JoAnne, here and here.

14 Responses to Bush, Lies and Videotapes

  1. Kasper Olsen says:

    Congratulations, nduriri! How long did it take? 85 minutes, days or years?

  2. nduriri says:

    Thanks Olsen, you are comic, it took me months and months.

  3. Kasper Olsen says:

    Dear nduriri,

    Concerning your gravitomagnetism: I have a question about you “fundamental equations” on page 3; to which order in Theta are you working?

    Are you assuming delta(Theta’) = 0? Implying that your extra terms on the r.hs. of the fundamental equations of page 3 disappear?

  4. Kasper Olsen says:

    Well, …

    delta(Theta’) = Theta -Theta’ = (V/c)sin(Theta)

    in the limit that you consider. Now, is the l.h.s. above identically zero implying that the sin(Theta) term disappears from your fundamental equations ??

  5. Kasper Olsen says:


    your comment is a bit off-topic, but at any rate:

    what is your answer to my question above ?


  6. Kasper Olsen says:


    You’re still not answering my question, the implications of which would falsify your “fundamental equations”, and therefore your gravitomagnetism theory.

    Could you please answer this question? Other irrelevant comments are not really welcome, sorry…


  7. nduriri says:

    I don’t like the way you talk to me. You seam to like cnflicts, it is not my style. If you think my theory is wrong then write a thesis against it.

  8. Kasper Olsen says:

    Concerning your theory:

    No, I don’t think it is wrong — it is Not even wrong 😉


  9. nduriri says:

    You say it is not even wrong, you are using my statement, I think you are not looking for a scientific debate because your are not even sincere in your intention.

  10. nduriri says:

    Since the gravitomagnetic force component Fg is not radial, it exerts a moment of force on the two-body system. This moment of force is negative during half cycle A and positive during half cycle B. This moment of force induces a negative rate of change of momentum known as torque during half cycle A and positive one during half cycle B. Thus an alternating torque,

    (bla bla bla….)

  11. nduriri says:

    By using relativity, gravity waves have quantitatively been determined during the solar eclipse. The gravity waves are induce at a supersonic speed (1000m/s), they induce gravitomotive

    (bla bla bla….)

    Since the quasi stationary orthodox gravity shield theories do not offer a global and coherent explanation
    (bla bla bla …….)

    nduriri: seems like you should get your own “gravitomagnetism” blog…. good luck! (Kasper O)

  12. Kasper Olsen says:

    Completely irrelevant comments will usually be deleted or — in some cases — be marked as spam 🙂


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