With the harrowing (and crazy - you've seen the looting video) news footage of Katrina's wake in Louisianna and Mississippi and Louisiana governor's announcement that everyone must leave New Orleans, New Yorkers have been working to help out the affected, whether by heading down there or helping raise money.

Matt at Dorking Out had some suggestions about the best way to rebuild New Orleans, as in a floating megacity and references how on the Simpsons, the town of Springfield picked up and moved when it was full of trash (thanks to Sanitation Commissioner Homer). Which then reminded us of the cruel C. Montgomery Burns quote from "The Old Man and the Lisa":2005_08_theoldmanlisa.jpg

Oh, so Mother Nature needs a favor? Well, maybe she should have thought of that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys. Nature started the fight for survival and now she wants to quit because she's losing? Well, I say Hard cheese!

In the face of these hard cheese times, there are many ways you can help. WNBC Channel 4 is having a Tsunami Relief Fund Drive tonight at 7PM, and the NY chapter of the Red Cross is taking donations; Ask Gothamist also wrote about how you can help.

Also, reader Rebecca pointed out how the captions for some agency photos of Katrina victims might be racist: This AP photo of a black man with food describes him as having looted a store while the AFP picture of two white people says they found food at a grocery store. Who writes these captions - the agencies or Yahoo News?

The NY Times on Hurricane Katrina. And the NY Post cover-headlines it as "Our Tsunami," which is ridiculous; it's devastating, yes, but it pales in comparison.