Last year Hurricanes Katrina and Rita knocked the wind right out of automakers' sails, who were enjoying three months of healthy summer sales fueled by big incentives and employee pricing. From August through October of last year, however, sales were down 21 percent at GM, 13 percent at Ford and up only 2.1 percent at DaimlerChrysler, the Detroit Free Press reports. Because of this extended period of sales depression, the results this year for the next few months may look rosy in comparison. At
The Universe in its unquestionable wisdom has seen fit to make Matthew McConaughey a star. Apparently the A-list actor sees the irony in this fact just like we do and has decided to give a little back to the cosmos. McConaughey is auctioning off his 1971 Corvette Stingray Convertible on eBay Motors with all proceeds earmarked for Oprah's Angel Network's Hurricanes Katrina and Rita recovery efforts. Currently the bidding is up to $40,040 with 25 bids.
Blogging New Orleans, another new blog from Weblogs, Inc., posted this haunting video of New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. post Hurricane Katrina. The 20 minute show, uploaded to Google via Dean Bonner, shows remains of the city barely touched by the media. Unlike the similar Cleveland drive from BloggingOhio, Bonner’s drive, which is accompanied by music playing in his car at the time he video-taped New Orleans, evokes a decidingly different Zen-feeling.