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Looting vs. Survival

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posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 11:32 AM
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But to "get people to safety" means first suppressing the fire from the armed gangs that are SHOOTING at rescue workers.


I completly agree. We posted replies at the same time so you may not have read my last one.

They need to get people out but can't. The way these peole fire off the Guns its like they have never seen one before. Personally if I knew civilians are running around with guns and shooting There is no way I am going anywhere to help people. It is like being in Iraq, How the hell are they supposed to know who has a gun and who doesn't. If they were to give me the green light to go hunting...well then those people stuck in the school will be ok. If someone were to look at me funny i would not hesitate to shoot. IF they point ANYTHING at me besides their finger I would shoot. There is just no way to tell if someone has a gun until it is to late. Yeah my way would suck but it is the people who have guns that are hurting the rescue efforts. That is why like I said earlier I would go on an ass kicking campaign with other people who want to get out of that place.

[edit on 1-9-2005 by Timcouchfanclub]




posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 11:48 AM
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Originally posted by Boondock78
you have to understand that not everyone could leave. some of these people have no transportation, no money, they are not able to travel.

You can walk outta the sunken bowl that is topographical new orleans easily in five days.

where are they gonna go?

Out of the giant, already sinking city and away from the massive, wildly destructive hurricane the size of fance.


they took up shelter in their homes and rode out the storm. now they need to survive.

Everyone is being forced out of the city now, the city itself is being evacuated.


looting diapers, food, water, drink, and even arms i can understand.

Guns? No. that is why they've had to suspend rescue operations, to stop the mobs looting gun stores and armories. They have stopped resucing people from the natural disaster to try to fight the human rampage. These people arenot starving and dying and in need of supplies, its been a few days, and the government is providing shelter, its not like the hurrican picked up the city and transplanted it to Oz.

And they have to fight to survive or something. The city is being evacuated, fema shelters have been set up, looting is illegal and completely unecessary, and they shouldn't be in teh goddamned city anyway, let alone not have built up a stock of absolute necessities.

The kind that can't afford to leave


Everyone can afford to leave. Everyone can walk, get on public buses, hitch a ride, anything. I can understand taking food to survive, but if my situation is that bad then I want the cops to pick me up and bring me to a shelter or holding facility, not be running around a sewage flooded city having to decide whether or not to rush into a gun shop to steal a shot gun to protect myself from roving bands of looters. I'm not Snake Plissken.


Unlike the ordinary people who were just made homeless, killed, bankrupted, and left to fend for themselves in the eye of the storm.

Precisely. Those people have nothing, some peopel managed to still have something, stores that survived the natural destruction. Now those stores are being destroyed by human destruction. Needless human destruction.

But not for the wealthy to remove or secure their valuables?

So let me get this straigh, the middle class (these people aren't poor, some are, lots aren't) doesn't have to leave, and if their stuff gets destroyed, they can take somone elses. But by virtue of having enough sense to get yourself and your family to safety, you have to forfeit your property to the mobs that didn't leave, didn't prepare, and won't go to shelters?

Even emergency centers were evacuated by helicopter.

They are evacuating the city, they are not pointing people to the highways and saying 'walk'. They are moving people to shelters. They were resucing trapped people and moving them to shelters, they stopped that now to deal with rampaging looting mobs.

Your compassion

I make no claims at compassion.

poverty prevents choice. It's called an economic barrier.

These people are not below the poverty line.

In contaminated water?

Boil it and strain it and clean the diapers, at least try it before you break into a store and start stealing stuff, or you could've done the smart thing and prepared.

Then, you presumably would blame her for making her children sick

Lets be clear, if I was in new orleans, and I didn't leave for whatever the reason, and I had kids and I couldn't give them clean diapers without breaking the law, I'd break the law. Lets also be clear, these mobs are not made up of paupers scrambling for milk diapers water and bread while the government does nothing. They are not suspending rescue operations because of mothers stealing powdered formula for thier babies.

More black and white consistency, lacking in compassion and vision

Irrelevant.

Are you ready to threaten the entire nation with child appropriation for non-compliance?

I was being more of a smartass than anything else really. But honestly if she has no supplies for her kids, then she should be picked up and taken to a shelter.

And that book/movie should be mandatory education for everyone living in these times

Jean Val Jean would've strangled the majority of these looters with his massive fists if he were mayor of new orleans. He stole bread, to feed his dying and starving sister. No one is new orleans is starving. No one is eating tvs, jerseys or jewelry.

Can you explain to the citizens of New Orleans precisely how and why this situation is different?

I do not understand that question.

Can you explain why we arrest and incarcerate the little people, but not the rich and powerful?

International politics is power politics, domestic politics is legalistic. What court has jurisdiction over the rich meanies? Without a global government, there is no global legal system, certainly nothing like what we find in the US.

As far as the other thread, I agree, the planning here was miserable, the people didn't leave the city, and the state and federal governments didn't prepare for the disaster, yet again. Now what happens when people are moved into some of those so called 'concentration camps'? Is the government being 'bad' by providing for their necessities while trying to cope with this disaster?

[edit on 1-9-2005 by Nygdan]

[edit on 1-9-2005 by Nygdan]



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 11:51 AM
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Originally posted by Timcouchfanclub


But to "get people to safety" means first suppressing the fire from the armed gangs that are SHOOTING at rescue workers.


I completly agree. We posted replies at the same time so you may not have read my last one.

They need to get people out but can't. The way these peole fire off the Guns its like they have never seen one before. Personally if I knew civilians are running around with guns and shooting There is no way I am going anywhere to help people. It is like being in Iraq, How the hell are they supposed to know who has a gun and who doesn't. If they were to give me the green light to go hunting...well then those people stuck in the school will be ok. If someone were to look at me funny i would not hesitate to shoot. IF they point ANYTHING at me besides their finger I would shoot. There is just no way to tell if someone has a gun until it is to late. Yeah my way would suck but it is the people who have guns that are hurting the rescue efforts. That is why like I said earlier I would go on an ass kicking campaign with other people who want to get out of that place.

[edit on 1-9-2005 by Timcouchfanclub]


that is not happening everywhere. 300 people trapped on the 3rd floor of a school are not shooting at people



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 11:55 AM
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nygdan, i agree, these people should not be in the city but they are. that is a fact. i agree they have to disperse certain "mobs" of people that are carrying guns before they can rescue people all across the city?
what about the people trapped in the school/ are they shooting? i don't think so. they can make an attempt to rescue them.
what about the people that are forced to stay at the convention center?

fact is there is no good solution for this. whatever happens there could have been more done and done faster. i understand they have to prioritize too but going on what i am hearing they could be doing a few things that they are not. to be fair, i am not there and i only hear what is reported on the news and we all know that can be less than reliable



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 11:58 AM
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But the ambulance service in charge of taking the sick and injured from the Superdome suspended flights after a shot was reported fired at a military helicopter. Richard Zuschlag, chief of Acadian Ambulance, said it had become too dangerous for his pilots.


Their not shooting? OK.....

The shooting doesn't have to happen everywhere...It just has to happen enough.


I saw a question of Where do these people go? I see no reason why we can't open up some of the Military Bases we have slosed around the country and have them live there. I am sure they are ready to go. Pump in some electricty and get the red cross in.



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 12:04 PM
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Originally posted by Timcouchfanclub



But the ambulance service in charge of taking the sick and injured from the Superdome suspended flights after a shot was reported fired at a military helicopter. Richard Zuschlag, chief of Acadian Ambulance, said it had become too dangerous for his pilots.


Their not shooting? OK.....

The shooting doesn't have to happen everywhere...It just has to happen enough.


I saw a question of Where do these people go? I see no reason why we can't open up some of the Military Bases we have slosed around the country and have them live there. I am sure they are ready to go. Pump in some electricty and get the red cross in.


thats what i was thinking. there are bases all over the country that are closed and just sitting there. of course i don't have the answers but i have to ask those questions.
i would think the military could have suitable "camps" or whatever the correct term is, they could have them set up rather fast and not sitting in a convention center dying



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 12:14 PM
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Originally posted by Boondock78
what about the people trapped in the school/ are they shooting? i don't think so. they can make an attempt to rescue them.

Not if there are roving armed mobs. People trapped are in less danger than mobs of armed people shooting everywhere. The people that are rampaging are the peopel that are going to be responsible when those three hundred people die.


fact is there is no good solution for this.

Evacuate the city, quell the mobs by arresting people (not by mowing them down), arrest looters on site and move them to makeshift camps outside of the disaster zones (holding them until the mobs are clamped down on at least). Anyone stealing food is obviously not much of a problem, hold them until the situation is stabilized, pick up their families and hold their families too. Activate the national guardsmen for the state and have other states do the same and flood new orleans with soldiers, groups in every section. Have them seize all foodstuffs and disperse them to the crowds in an orderly manner. Use state license records to get some sort of list to make sure that the food can be rationed properly. Extend the emergency zone to the rest of the state and extend the martial law to other parts of the state, especially anywhere that produces or stores food and clothing, seize and dispurse it. Once everyone that can be evacuated is, and most of the people are in camps receiving food clothing shelter and medicine, start returning property to the property owners and letting people come back to get their stuff, draining the flood waters and rebuilding the city.
Thats the right thing to do. People won't like being told not to steal, people won't like being told where to go, but who cares?



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 12:40 PM
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So what if people are looting, who cares, arresting looters is a waste of time when other peoples lives are at stake, the stuff is most likely damaged anyway, as mentioned several times already.



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 12:52 PM
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Originally posted by Boondock78

Originally posted by Timcouchfanclub
I saw a question of Where do these people go? I see no reason why we can't open up some of the Military Bases we have slosed around the country and have them live there. I am sure they are ready to go. Pump in some electricty and get the red cross in.


thats what i was thinking. there are bases all over the country that are closed and just sitting there. of course i don't have the answers but i have to ask those questions.
i would think the military could have suitable "camps" or whatever the correct term is, they could have them set up rather fast and not sitting in a convention center dying

Of course. We've been told that the Bush administration has built secret internment camps around the US; now let's put them to use.



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 12:56 PM
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i don't wish bad things on anyone and no matter how fast they get in to help these people it won't be fast enough. some of these people though could have helped themselves with food and provisions and instead decided to help themselves to free sh*t



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 01:01 PM
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So what if people are looting, who cares, arresting looters is a waste of time when other peoples lives are at stake, the stuff is most likely damaged anyway, as mentioned several times already.



The looting is only increasing the chaos. People are getting violent with each other, shooting guns and setting fires. It is making it impossible to help the ones who aren't looting. And like Nygdan said all of those food and water goods could have been properly rationed out...Instead people are hoarding it for themselves.






Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told NBC's "Today" show that part of the looting problem has been an inability to get enforcement personnel into critical areas. "We will have several thousand National Guard by the weekend and will put a stop to it," he said


Damn right they will stop it. Else they will meet the rath of the guy in that picture in Boondock78's post. Awsome picutre!!!!



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 01:33 PM
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Originally posted by Timcouchfanclub
And like Nygdan said all of those food and water goods could have been properly rationed out...Instead people are hoarding it for themselves.
Good point, I guess that's the human survival instinct kickin in, combined with some good ol' selfishness and stupidity, people competing for food and water, while they should work together.
It's a step back I must agree, people resorting to such barbaric methods, but then again, what would you do to survive?
It might be hard to give a truly honest answer when you're not in such a situation, though.



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 02:01 PM
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It might be hard to give a truly honest answer when you're not in such a situation, though.


YEah I guess I can't say what I would do in this situation. Truthfully I would probably be going after all the water I could. After a day I would probably feel bad and help to take it towards the Superdome. I can't get as upset about people taking the food and water...it isn't right but it isn't nearly as bad as those you think its cool to take Guns, electronics...ect. Basically anything they can get their hands on. They are the morons that need to be shot. And then they seriously use those weapons against police, resucue and other civilians. WTF is wrong with them.



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 03:33 PM
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I am still watching the coverage of this catastrophe. The U.S. government failed to have systems in place before the storm hit. We live in the most powerful nation in the world. We should have the best response time and the most man power. However our own president took 72 hours to even comment on the situation. Too little...Too Late.

We should have had the National Guard, FEMA, The American Red Cross, and other agencies standing by in Texas and Florida ready to move in immediately by land, air, and sea as soon as the weather started to taper off. This obviously did not happen allowing the destruction of civilization in LA, MS, and AL.

I know none of us here have been through this type of situation. But imagine yourself with:

NO FOOD
NO WATER
NO SANITATION
NO PERSONAL BELONGINGS
NO TRANSPORTATION
NO HOME
NO WHERE TO GO

You will do what is necessary to protect and feed yourself and your family. That is if you even know where your family is. ALIVE OR DEAD



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 04:00 PM
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I think there are a LOT more people with guns and ammo in the city than the media is making it out to seem. Think about it, they showed the Wall Mart being looted but did they show people walking out with guns and ammo? Wall Mart has guns, and so do a lot of other guns shops, pawn shops, sporting supplies in NO. There has to be a LOT of people with guns now. I would really not want to be in a situation where I had no gun there b/c that would mean you have no means to get the food that remains in the city.

Another thing is, the gov is not going to bring in food and water to people stuck in the city anymore and its simple to see why. The people with guns will take the food from the people that don't have guns and on top of that it would be mass rushing to the food trucks, probably stealing of the truck, all the food. They would only be feeding the anarchy. Guns really do create a much worse situation of this whole thing.



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 04:04 PM
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I am still watching the coverage of this catastrophe. The U.S. government failed to have systems in place before the storm hit. We live in the most powerful nation in the world. We should have the best response time and the most man power. However our own president took 72 hours to even comment on the situation. Too little...Too Late.



OH my God its not Bush's fault. You know right after 9/11 the federal government gave the states billions of dollars to have evacuation plans set in place in case of Natural or Terrorist disasters. WTF did Louisiana do with that money?

The way you posted that comment it sounds like you want to blaim Bush for the looting and floods. Well that must be it...Bush must have been giving out guns and doing a raindance on top of the Superdome. Oh yeah and he told the people with the guns to shoot at the people trying to rescue and evacuate others so it hurts our relief efforts



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 04:05 PM
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Originally posted by SpilledBeans
I think there are a LOT more people with guns and ammo in the city than the media is making it out to seem.

[snip]



I'm not rebutting your viewpoint, as I do fully see logic in it. This is just a comment in general on that subject . What to do then? Just let them all die?

Misfit



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 04:19 PM
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Well I watching a report on foxnews now thats saying that they are sending in thousands of national guard to patroll NO. Im guessing the police arn't cutting it, and the police are prob being shot down with AK's and shutguns for their pistols and body armor now. I hate to say it but it looks like this is going to turn into a little war on homeland to rescue the defensless and poor civillians and lost tourists with no guns. Watch they'll might have to bring in tank soon to fight these people.

We all know that there are people in the states that are fed up with their lame low budget jobs, and b/c of this anarchy will only spread to more areas if they don't get this under control soon. People may even start going to these areas in support of anarchy. It's hard to swallow but I wouldn't be surprised to see it happen honestly.



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 04:44 PM
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In a situation as such, I would take what I NEEDED and leave the rest. Those who are breaking into jewlery stores etc. shoot first and bag later.



posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 04:56 PM
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Originally posted by GTWill
I am still watching the coverage of this catastrophe. The U.S. government failed to have systems in place before the storm hit. We live in the most powerful nation in the world. We should have the best response time and the most man power. However our own president took 72 hours to even comment on the situation. Too little...Too Late.


XYZ, dude. Your ignorance is showing.

Bush ordered the mobilization of FEMA and national guard units to "standby status," and declared Louisiana a Disaster Area more than 12 hours BEFORE Katrina's LANDFALL. This was only the second time in us history a president has declared a disaster before the event took place.

www.msnbc.msn.com...

It's hilarious to watch people (like you) critique the work of FEMA, redcross, state public safety etc., and accuse them of doing nothing, when in fact, hurricane's force increased 4-fold in less than a 24 hour span.

You hold them to an impossible standard. What you envision would not have been possible without a police state; the govt. would have needed to seize needed supplies under force of arms and evacuate people to "concentration camps" so as to maintain order. And then you'd have cussed 'em for brutality.

Bush also got the EPA to waive gasoline additive restrictions for 3 months, to help make up for production shortfalls. He also sent 40k national guard in, with amphibious vehicles.

BTW, the spokesmodel for the Louisiana State police said on NPR that they are not enforcing "property law" in stricken areas-- they are only intervening where individual live is in danger, otherwise they are focusing on rescuing people. In other words, they aren't stopping looters because they are focused on freeing trapped persons, seniors, isolated children, etc.




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