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August 31, 2005

So that’s where the spike in traffic was coming from
Posted by Patrick at 10:05 PM * 10 comments

Welcome, Spiegel Online readers—and hello also to KPLC Channel 7, the NBC affiliate in Lake Charles/Lafayette, LA, which kindly linked to us from its Katrina Resource Page.

There’ve been lots of discussion of the storm and subsequent events here over the last few days, so don’t skip our comment sections, which feature many cogent observations by folks who know more than we do.

Our main ongoing collection of disaster-related links and resources is here. Our comment threads also contain quite a few links that haven’t yet been incorporated into the list.

Comments on So that's where the spike in traffic was coming from:
#1 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: August 31, 2005, 10:39 PM:

Ausgezeichnet! That's somewhere on the prestige meter between getting a link from Time and The Economist. If the (presumably English-proficient) Germans hang around, they'll discover that we Americans aren't just a bunch of yahoos.

#2 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: August 31, 2005, 10:53 PM:

Spiegel refers to you as "Making Daylight." :-)

#3 ::: Henry ::: (view all by) ::: August 31, 2005, 11:01 PM:

Yep, _Der Spiegel_ is not only respected for good reason for commentary and investigative journalism, but has a nice leftwing edge to its muckraking. Good going.

#4 ::: Jackmormon ::: (view all by) ::: August 31, 2005, 11:20 PM:

And then there are the sometime lurkers like myself who've come back to Making Light many times a day and recommended it as a Katrina linkfarm to everyone they know. Although the Spiegel readers are certainly more numerous than my refreshes and recommendations could account for--but the aggregate of lurkers? (Oh, and wilkommen und hallo!

#5 ::: TH ::: (view all by) ::: September 01, 2005, 03:13 AM:

Well the "leftwing" part of the Spiegel has been fading fast the last few years, I'm unhappy to say.

And being linked from Particles gives about the same number of hits as being linked from the Spiegel in a normal story. Had both last month, have the numbers, need to make up the t-shirt.

Just don't know what to say on it...

#6 ::: ro ::: (view all by) ::: September 01, 2005, 04:37 PM:

Der Spiegel also has an interesting article by Sidney Blumenthal (Salon) on some of the facts that may have lead to the flooding - not the hurricane.

What I don't get: how can it be that the evacuation of a hospital is stopped by some snipers that fire at FEMA workers? Where is the military? The National Guard? Can't be all in Iraq as some people say, otherwise the US would be game for any terrorist attack.

#7 ::: adamsj ::: (view all by) ::: September 01, 2005, 05:02 PM:


They're being held in reserve, just in case Osama bin Laden tries to sneak over the border while we're distracted. Or maybe in case his family needs an airlift. Whatever.

#8 ::: TH ::: (view all by) ::: September 01, 2005, 06:47 PM:

By the way, if you read the Spiegel, and come across an article about insensitive comments by the german secretary(minister) for the environment, don't believe it. It's a fabrication, or rather a deliberate distortion.

The comments were made before the disaster and the german government has offered all aid that is possible and requested.

The Spiegel is on a quest to oust the current left german government. Why, I don't know, but it is intensely hostile currently.

Oh, and if you read german, read on that fabrication here:

#9 ::: ro ::: (view all by) ::: September 01, 2005, 07:56 PM:

TH, the link seems broken. But I understand that a catastrophe in the US isn't like a tsunami in Asia where infrastructure, funds and supplies are much, much limited, hence requiring international help. If the US can spend 400 million per year on military recruiting, they probably don't need help from abroad yet.

For what it's worth, I think it's pretty funny what's going on in Germany at the moment. Should the government change from left to right in next month's elections, people will be surprised how much the - mostly necessary - cutbacks of the last years in terms of government unemployment money etc. are going to continue. At an even greater amount. And Der Spiegel finally will have a clear political enemy again.

#10 ::: TH ::: (view all by) ::: September 02, 2005, 04:19 PM:

Here's the link again, this time in english:

I won't discuss the rest here, as this is german politics. I do agree with ro though.

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