|According to an article in the
Rapid City Journal, the Federal Government has announced plans to "give"
2000 unused FEMA trailers to needy Native Americans who live on
reservations. It is not known at this time which reservations will get
the mostly 14 x 70 three bedroom fully furnished mobile homes, but it is
presumed that the majority will go to Pine Ridge, the Rosebud and other
northern reservations. The tribes will be responsible for paying the
costs to move the trailers and setting them up.
According to a 2003 study by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an
estimated 90,000 American Indian families live in substandard homes and
the families who get the FEMA gift trailers, will still live in
For almost 2 years, tens of thousands of these trailers have sat
unoccupied, gathering mold in fields in Arkansas and Texas while the
people they were built for struggle to rebuild their lives after
hurricanes Rita and Katrina slammed the gulf Coast. Maybe that is a good
thing though, since a high percentage of those who did get FEMA trailers
got sick from the excessive formaldehyde levels present in the hastily
(and shoddily) constructed mobile units.
When the Sierra Club, concerned about the reports of formaldehyde caused
illnesses being reported, tested trailers in Alabama they found that
83-94% of them contained formaldehyde levels far above EPA and OSHA
recommended workplace limits of 0.10 parts per million. Varying reports
state that the gas levels emitted by the formaldehyde in the
contaminated trailers ranged from 3 to 1,000 times above the acceptable
According to a report by Dan Rather which aired on HD-TV, FEMA knew
about the danger posed by living in the contaminated units in October
2005, but chose to ignore the information. OSHA tested the trailers to
insure employees safety and found new units in four county FEMA staging
areas to have toxicity levels 20 times above government standards just
in the air OUTSIDE the trailers. Two employees who appeared on the
televised interview said that FEMA not only knew about the problem, but
had warned them to remain silent.
"In June, 2007, the Louisiana Advocate News reported that a class-action
lawsuit had been filed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Federal Court which
claims that "hundreds of thousands" of people in Louisiana, Mississippi,
and Alabama may have been exposed to dangerously high concentrations of
carcinogenic formaldehyde fumes with no recourse or viable solution
provided by FEMA. And the problems mount daily for those who have no
choice but to live in toxic trailers.
Who are these people that we hire to run our country? What are the
requirements to become head of an agency responsible for spending tax
payer money and taking care of people's needs? Do they have to eat 2
bowls of "Stupid" every morning?
I heard on the news the other night that FEMA had finally dumped 85
million pounds of ice that the agency bought for hurricane victims in
2005. Evidently they chose to truck it all over the nation for months
and then put it in cold storage while people's food rotted on the Gulf
And worse than that is the fact that the FDA
plans to close down 7 of its 13 food testing labs at a time when we have
been subjected to poisoned pet food, toothpaste containing anti-freeze,
dumplings puffed up with cardboard, fish so full of mercury
and drugs that the Chinese who export them won't eat it and fruits and
veggies infected with salmonella and e-coli. Since food importers have
learned how to avoid detection anyway, I guess we might as well
eliminate over half of our capability to protect ourselves. The money
saved can be spent on more ice.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't think this idea of Big Central
Government is working...
Perhaps our ancestors weren't as "educated" as folks are today, but our
small bands and tribes with their individual Chiefs, along with the
Clans and Clan Mothers, saw to it that all of their People's needs were
met. If a leader wasn't doing a good job, he/she was replaced with one
who would and life continued.
Some people who have contacted me are worried that this represents a new
wave of genocide against our People. But I doubt if any one up north
will die of formaldehyde poisoning. They'll freeze to death long before
The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it
P. J. O'Rourke