An Archive of Jacob Appelbaum’s Post-Katrina weblog


Downtown

Posted in blackwater,fema,Katrina,media,medical,neworleans,wardriving,wireless by jacob on September 11, 2005

This city smells. To attempt to describe the stench would be an almost impossible task, one of untangling the many oders of a crippled city. On the way down the block out of Algiers we found the first of many bodies. It was merely laying on the cement, rotting, the skin was starting its quick turn into human jelly. The wind would blow against us and the stench of death was almost overwhelming. The face of the man was covered by a ragged blanket spread lengthwise down his body. His feet jutted out but his socks weren’t covered with shoes. It makes me wonder if they were stolen and if that related to the mans death. I called someone to decode the DMORT code on a trash dumpster. It looked like it had been there a week. As a matter of dignity and in hopes that someone would come to take the body away. His body was covered in a scrap of sheet metal with a large red X. We notified an emergency team and they said they knew. The body was no secret, obviously it wasn’t a high priority when only one body was needing removal.

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  1. […] Jacob is downtown in New Orleans. God, it must be terrible there when this becomes the norm: We notified an emergency team and they said they knew. The body was no secret, obviously it wasn’t a high priority when only one body was needing removal. Related Stories (jacob:, downtown, new, orleans) […]

  2. Kevin Burton said,

    Wow. Thanks for sharing. That’s a big shocking. For those of us not there it’s really important to hear first-hand accounts.

    Keep up the good work and we’re there with you in spirit.


  3. For those of us who do not believe a word that this administration could ever say, it is important to have this first-hand account.

    Keep up the good work letting us know what is really going on.

    The disgust I feel right now is from about 10 different levels on this whole thing, I do not know yet which one is the worst, the disaster, the handling of it, the cover-up, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.


  4. Thanks for keeping us in the loop on what’s really happening down there. Without people like you, we’d have only reports from the unstable media and the government who prefers to pretend they’re not at fault for the aftermath chaos.

  5. Pete Vazquez said,

    Hello Jacob!

    Thank you again for going to New Orleans and giving us a first-person narrative of the events there. It’s refreshing to see dispatches “from the ground”. Keep up the good work!

  6. jb said,

    Hey Jake,

    Just found this recently (via BoingBoing). Let me know if there’s any assistance I can give (from here preferably, I’m po’ and broke right now). Not like I’ve got much going on right now.

    I’m enjoying reading this, thanks.


  7. Hi Jacob. Very good work, man! We are following every step you kame (well, every step you write here). Thanks you and keep goin’

    Luigino from Venezuela.

  8. Weblog said,

    […] Jacob Applebaum has been blogging from New Orleans, and he is offering a unique look at what it’s like inside the beleagured city. From a recent post: This city smells. To attempt to describe the stench would be an almost impossible task, one of untangling the many oders of a crippled city. On the way down the block out of Algiers we found the first of many bodies. It was merely laying on the cement, rotting, the skin was starting its quick turn into human jelly. The wind would blow against us and the stench of death was almost overwhelming. The face of the man was covered by a ragged blanket spread lengthwise down his body. His feet jutted out but his socks werent covered with shoes. It makes me wonder if they were stolen and if that related to the mans death. I called someone to decode the DMORT code on a trash dumpster. It looked like it had been there a week. As a matter of dignity and in hopes that someone would come to take the body away. His body was covered in a scrap of sheet metal with a large red X. We notified an emergency team and they said they knew. The body was no secret, obviously it wasnt a high priority when only one body was needing removal. Posted by: Rick Ellis on Sep 11, 05 | 2:25 pm | Profile [0] comments (0 views) |  [0] Trackbacks   [0] Pingbacks […]

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