Sci-fi addicts will understand why the Star Trek reference in the title is appropriate.
A comment by the minimally named ‘IC’ on a previous article here neatly sums up an aspect of the situation in the United States:
How many of those who died in the Katrina catastrophe chose not to evacuate? When you died and became one of the satistics, your loved ones would cry and wail in front of CNN, someone started to sue, some politicians’ cushy jobs died with you for not doing their jobs of rescuing you from yourself. Hence we have all these idiotic CYA [cover-your-arse] laws.
On the other hand, if you were forced to evacuate, and Katrina hit Houston instead, and your New Orleans home was looted while you were gone, you start fuming in front of CNN, some politicians got blamed for forcing you to leave…
So either way, it was all bound to be Bush’s fault