The Red Cross finally came to Algiers. This is the first time most of us have seen the Red Cross in Aligers. They were giving out hot meals. Nothing for people with special needs such as people that do not eat meat or are diabetic. Basically everyone left behind has special needs, that’s why there’re here!
The American Red Cross is probably the least respected of all the groups in this area. The locals actually stay away from the Red Cross because of their experience. If you’re considering giving money to the Red Cross, try giving it to a smaller group first. The Red Cross is a bloated company and your money could be best used elsewhere. They’re full of good people and they mean well I have no doubt. However they’re certainly an example of a non profit that has gotten too large.
Today was great. We accomplished much in getting everyone online. My method was to teach people how to teach other people. Everyone that learned from me went to teach others. They became the teachers and then they made more teachers. By the end of the day, no one was working with me at all, everyone knew how to fish. We now have 8 public terminals, custom ethernet cables, scavenged switches as well as other things. If you’re in the area we’ve got an open wifi network.
Here we have a photo of a local boy teaching a member of the Danish press how to setup a computer.
Here’s the finished product being used by the community that build it.
Joel is going to post about the actual tech involved tomorrow. I’m tired and for the first night since I’ve been sleeping in the Media center, I get to sleep on something other than a floor!
While it seems many in America have a love hate relationship with France, I’d like to come out and say that I love the French in New Orleans.
This group of French workers have payed more than a few visits to Algiers.
These two are locals from New Orleans who apparently met the Secours Populaire Francais while traveling in Amsterdam. They’re local activists even if they don’t know it. I have a great deal of respect for these two as well as the rest of the group.
Today they came to the rescue for some really amazing stuff we need. Simple stuff but required some actually investments. The most important thing they brought us was around a dozen monitors and a printer. We then had all the parts for a media center and we had everyone around us participate in learning, teaching and building a media center.
This is an Army truck that drives around the area alerting people to daily messages.
Yesterday the whistle sound (something like the legend of zelda according to Joel Johnson) played and alerted people to a message about a chemical air drop over the city. The Army stated that this would include low flying aircraft spraying chemicals to stop mosquito breeding. The times were about an hour before dusk and an hour before dawn. Do not be alarmed.
I can attest that the bugs here are terrible. I’ve been bitten on my left arm over 20 times. It’s a problem, no doubt about it. I wonder if the chemical will cause problems later on or if it’s totally safe?
When I asked Army officials what the spray was, they did not know. Does anyone know if this is DDT? What is this chemical being sprayed across an American city?
This is the I-10 West. The highway is flooded and a few cars are abandoned. The red truck in the middle is backing up when they see how deep the water is.
The median is probably 4 or 5 feet high and as you can see, it’s totally submerged as it goes beneath the underpass.
The white streak is water being ejected into the highway from some sort of waste pipe. There were no warning signs. To return one was required (because of the median strip) to drive in the fast lane of the road. The right hand side when facing east on the west bound side. The road was of course covered random trash, tires, crashed cars and so on.
This caused me (along with any other drives) to drive into on coming traffic as there were no turn offs or on ramps. The hills on the return back were blind. I had to drive in the wrong direction hoping that no one was driving over the hill at the same time or I would have been in a head on.
The people that wrote Mad Max could take a page from New Orleans today.
Today Cindy Sheehan came to town. I’m not really sure how I feel about her visit.
I really respect the Veterans For Peace. They’ve been very helpful to everyone. Tomorrow they’re bringing a huge amount of computers for the community. They’re going to bring a vsat uplink that’s going to last long term.
Cindy Sheehan I respect beause she’s speaking about something important and personal. She’s speaking from her heart and she’s making her statement for others to join her. However, I feel strange about her visit. I talked with her for a short amount of time and I told her that I was sorry about her son. I told her that I felt like her efforts were worthwhile and that protesting is American. This is why we have an armed forces, we have them to protect the American way of life. That includes protesting perceived abuses of power.