Media Mashup: July 29, 2015

 President George W. Bush looks out the window of Air Force One, Aug. 31, 2005, as he flies over New Orleans, Louisiana, surveying the damage left by Hurricane Katrina.
President George W. Bush looks out the window of Air Force One as he flies over New Orleans, Louisiana, surveying the damage left by Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina: It’s Still Bush’s Fault

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina and the conviction of the New Orleans mayor for corruption, many people continue to blame former President George Bush for an inadequate response after the storm.

But USA Today notes: “Louisiana has been criticized for the protracted pace of its recovery, particularly by the FEMA InspectorGeneral’s office. In January 2012, the inspector general issued a report concluding that Louisiana had completed only 731 of nearly 13,000 Katrina-related reconstruction projects, while Mississippi had closed 80% of its 7,800 projects and Alabama had closed nearly every one of its 1,100 Katrina projects.”

For more details about what Bush did not do wrong, see http://usat.ly/1exNGSG

Apple’s Worst Products Ever

A business or individual who succeeds probably has seen a number of failures. TheStreet.com did a compilation of Apple’s worst products. My favorite: the special iPod signed by Bono. See http://bit.ly/1I11YWG

 Jihadi John On The Run

The butcher of the self-proclaimed Islamic State is reportedly on the run from his own nut jobs because they think he has become a liability because of his notoriety. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1JMaaYG

 Facebook Hasn’t Gotten Much Better

I rejoined Facebook after a respite of more than a year. Although I carefully selected my new “friends,” some of their friends sent idiotic posts like one comparing Republicans to Iranian ayatollahs. Logic left Facebook long ago, but I rejoined because a group was trying to recall the facts of the hijacking of TWA 847, which happened 30 years ago. Since I headed the coverage of that event, I tried to untangle the errors of fact and misinterpretation of information. I partially succeeded. But people who were nowhere near Beirut during the hijacking argued with me about key details. I guess that’s why the United States has such a problem with remembering the important aspects of our history.

Please send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu

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