Punk Rock Pizza Party

Roots, rock, reggae (and lots and lots of birds)

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New Orleans voodoo: Before and after Hurricane Katrina.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

When Hurricane Katrina broke the levees of New Orleans and flooded 85% of the city, 100,000 people were left homeless. Disproportionately, these were the poor and black residents of New Orleans. This same population faced more hurdles to returning than their wealthier and whiter counterparts thanks to the effects of poverty, but also choices made by policymakers and politicians — some would say made deliberately — that reduced the black population of the city.

With them went many of the practitioners of voodoo, a faith with its origins in the merging of West African belief systems and Catholicism.  At Newsweek, Stacey Anderson writes that locals claim that the voodoo community was 2,500 to 3,000 people strong before Katrina, but after that number was reduced to around 300.

The result has been a bridging of different voodoo traditions and communities. Prior to the storm, celebrations and ceremonies were race segregated and those who adhered to Haitian- and New Orleans-style voodoo kept their distance.  After the storm, with their numbers decimated, they could no longer sustain the in-groups and out-groups they once had.  Voodoo practitioners forged bonds across prior divides.

Filed under this is really sad since Voodoo is such a big part of New Orlean's history and a thread in its fabric

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"When we knew Katrina was coming, me and my family we got out, and just drove. We wound up in in Houston, in a mall. This old guy comes up to us and man he looked like a bum, he looked poorer than us. But turns out he was a millionaire."

"He took us back to his house, we lived there for 2 months. He had 46 people in his house. I’m not gonna lie, we didn’t do a whole lot, it was fun. I got a job at Applebee’s in Houston. He bought me a car, my mum a car. I still got that car.  It was in Time Magazine, but I didn’t much wanna talk about it at the time."

"I stayed in Houston 4 years. I couldn’t see what she’d done to my city. When I did come home it seemed to me everyone had changed. Since then kids have grown old and adults got young…."

Robert West, 31, from Gentilly, Waiter at Chatres House, French Quarter, New Orleans. Husband to wife in the Services & dad to twins Rasheed & Rhamani, 10

"She’s the hero of the family. I’m just Dad"


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Nine Years Ago today: Hurricane Katrina

   Exactly nine years ago today, Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast of the United States and nearly wiped the city of New Orleans off the map. Although I am a Los Angeles native, I have come to consider New Orleans my adopted home-away-from-home. There is no other city in the world quite like it and my heart swells with love and pride for this beautiful jewel of an urban center. The mix of many cultures amid the setting of some of the most unique, exquisite architecture, art, music and food provides visitors with an extraordinary sensual experience. The term Southern Hospitality” is a gross understatement when describing the occupants of this city. In New Orleans, I met some of the most gracious, warm-hearted people who were more than enthusiastic to offer help even when I hadn’t asked. If someone sensed I was lost, they stopped to see if I needed directions. I was even invited into people’s homes. Me, a stranger.I was captivated by their kindness

 There is just so much to love about this place. Which is why it saddens me to mark this day, nine years ago, when Hurricane Katrina struck and nearly took this city out to sea. Nine years later, there is still damage that has gone untouched. In places like the Lower Ninth, it is tragic to see the mass devastation that still stands. Hopefully, people are reminded of this. Nine Years after the storm, there is still a lot of work to be done to mend the city of New Orleans.

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Ellie ended up back at the vet again today. That’s the third time just this year (and she’s not even 1-year-old yet). Needless to say… I’m worried about her.

The good ole doc seems to think it’s around the same thing I took her in for last time. But he couldn’t decide if the sweeping of her eye was from a sinus infection or some sort of trauma.

I’m realizing quickly that there’s not very much known about bird illnesses (i.e. causes/symptoms) and to tell you the truth it’s downright frustrating! I’d like to be able to know what’s causing Ellie to get sick so I can help her not to feel the way she is right now.

If there are any bird owners out there who have had experience with sinus infections and/or swollen eyes, please please let me know how you overcame it! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Hi, I once had a little cockatiel with special needs who couldn’t perch or walk so my heart just melts when I see Ellie. She reminds me of my little girl.
 As far as eye infections and sinus conditions, one of my other cockatiels, a hen, (who had cancer and liver disease. She passed away a few years ago) had both. I believe the vet treated the eyes with ciproflaxin and the sinuses with Baytril when it was a bacterial infection. They cleared both up however I do remember her getting a fungal infection called aspergilliosis which I was told can be really difficult to detect. A fungal infection obviously needs to be treated differently than a bacterial infection, and I believe there might now be a test specifically for this fungus. Maybe you could inquire about this if he/she hasn’t mentioned fungal infections. It never hurtsto check every possibility

  I don’t know if your vet is a bird vet or not, or what area you are in, but you can do a search for an avian vet on the Association of Avian Veterinarians website http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803 I have a really good avian vet (I’m in California) I could give you their info too, I don’t know if it would help if you’re out of state but maybe they could point you in the right direction if you explain what’s going on.

  Please give Ellie my best wishes. My birds and I hope she feels better soon. And good luck to you too. It takes a special person to commit to taking in a bird with special needs. It’s wonderful to see someone who is so dedicated their little baby like you are to Ellie

P.S. here’s a link to some info on bacterial/fungal infections


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