Lying Media Bastards

September 7, 2005

Rebels to the Rescue

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In a rather shocking development, Houston Indymedia and the Prometheus Radio Project received permission from the FCC to run an emergency low-power radio station inside the Astrodome for the benefit of the Katrina refugees housed/interned there, KAMP (Katrina Aftermath Media Project)- Evacuation Radio Services, 95.3FM.

But apparently that wasn’t enough. Local bureaucrats decided that KAMP needed to obtain 10,000 walkman-sized radios to give out to the refugees before they could broadcast a single syllable. Which was actually acheived in record time.

Now, some military guy on-site has decided that he can’t allow the station to broadcast because the stadium couldn’t spare the electricty. John Anderson, guru on all things LPFM tells us that “A 30-watt transmitter draws less than a third of the power of your average incandescent light bulb”. When the would-be broadcasters offered to run the broadcast entirely on battery power, they were again rejected.

More than anything, the continuous red tape, road blocks, and fuck-ups in helping the Katrina victims seems to be a need by authorities to have Control. Victims who try to feed themselves by looting are threatened by cops. People who try to get out of the city themselves get stopped by sheriffs with guns. Thousands of folks try to volunteer their time or donate supplies and are stopped… Actually, this point is such a huge deal I’m going to interrupt my train of thought to demonstrate:

(Maybe Michael Brown isn’t the incompetent horse lawyer we thought he was. Maybe he’s a fucking supervillain)

And finally, when we get activists trying to provide free radio (and radios) to refugees to keep them updated with news and info, and they face seemingly pointless barriers (although one report suggests that officials in Houston are afraid that the station might play gangsta rap and cause… I dunno).

This radio project seems extremely useful to me. So many folks are sharing information and making offers of personal aid, donations, or places to live via the internet, yet these refugees don’t have any internet access. KAMP could be a huge help by simply reading temporary housing offers off of or CraigsList.

In some disgusted blog post I read lately, someone wrote “why do we even have a FEMA, anyway?” They had meant it as “they should be doing a much better job”, but I took a very different message out of it. So many folks are willing to help out on their own, and FEMA only seems capable of getting in their way or fucking things up. When the government gets this corrupt, maybe we’re better off fending for ourselves.

Oh yeah, if you’re interested in helping out KAMP, click here.

[thanks to and throwingstardna]

Posted by Jake on September 7, 2005 11:44 pm

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