[FoRK] Disaster Capitalism

Stephen D. Williams sdw
Fri Sep 2 22:13:16 PDT 2005

Exactly.  And probably all expenses were covered by the boost in Kohler 
contracts for NYC alone.  I'll bet every fixture in the new WTC will be 
Kohler.  The scale of some of these problems is such that building a 
unit like you would build a factory, one off and highly optimized, is 
exactly what is needed.  It just isn't that hard to solve some of these 
problems, given a megacorp budget.

Now, what the heck are we spending 500 Million a day on for New Orleans 
that it takes 5 days for a convoy to roll into town??
Congress approved 10.5 Billion which it was said was already being spent 
at 500 Million a day.  $500,000,000 = 500,000 people * $1000 PER DAY, 
PER PERSON.  Really, 80% of the people left, so it's $5000 per day per 
person.  Confirmed here: 

Couldn't they have put up a bounty for $500-1000 for every private or 
corporate rescue?  $100 for every dead body retrieved.  Sure it's 
dangerous, but so is standing in your attic in a waterlogged house up to 
your neck in who knows what.

The mind boggles.  The money's not going down the drain, that's 
clogged.  :-/  Helecopters cost a lot to operate, but beyond the 
baseline budget of FEMA, which this shouldn't be paying for, where are 
expenses of that scale and why were they not more effective?
I hope to see a good accounting of this.  And what it means to 
Halliburton's or whoever's bottom line.  I'm all for corporate funding 
when it's effective.  I'm happy to see a company make tons of money for 
getting a key bridge built after an earthquake, preventing huge losses 
due to lack of a bridge.  Make these kinds of things performance based 
and you will see performance.


Ken Meltsner wrote:

>Kohler got my vote for coolest capitalists for their shower truck
>unit.  Right after 9/11, working continuously, they designed and
>fabricated a mobile hot shower unit for the crews working at the World
>Trade Center, got it to New York, and ready for a business.
>It was neat because showers are one of the things that they do (I
>suspect they're working overtime right now on generators, another one
>of their products), but to do it fast in a completely novel way was
>truly impressive.  They ended up running it for nearly three months,
>providing 100 showers per day per unit (about 100K in total, by my
>Here's the story (from the tankless water heater company):
>Kohler Mobile Unit Provides On-site Showers for Volunteers and Workers
>At The World Trade Center.
>To bring a few minutes of respite to the workers and volunteers at the
>World Trade Center, Kohler Co. created a mobile showering unit that
>was located at Ground Zero. A first for the company, the unit
>incorporated nine shower stalls and four sinks in a massive
>semi-trailer. It offered hot showers with an infinite supply of hot
>Led by Kohler Co. industrial designer, a team of more than 150
>electricians, engineers, carpenters, welders and other Kohler
>associates designed the showering unit in two days and built in four
>Nine showers stalls self contained with its' own shower and hot water
>supply for use by rescue workers at ground zero 24 hours a 7 days a
>week. Powered by Kohler generator, water supplied by fire hydrant. All
>self contained in a Mobile Shower Truck.

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