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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Looting Everywhere

I've been scanning the cables news for the last couple of hours and 90% of the coverage is nothing but looting... No exaggeration... Near constant coverage on all the channels, all looting. This truly shameful. Most of the people are taking food, water, diapers, and basic items of necessity. Is that really a crime? The city of New Orleans is all but wiped off the map. Most of the people who decided to stay-out the storm, did so because they couldn't afford to leave. Remember that 12.7% poverty figure... A good number of them reside in New Orleans. These people are just trying to survive. And yes some are taking advantage of the situation, but really, so what if Wal-Mart loses a few TV's or fishing poles.

Having my fill of propaganda being disseminated via the cable news, I decided to check out the latest news online... This is what I stumbled upon, from the AP:
Mayor Ray Nagin ordered 1,500 police officers to leave their search-and-rescue mission Wednesday night and return to the streets to stop looting that has turned increasingly hostile as the city plunges deeper into chaos.
This is completely insane. At exactly what point did we all descend into this Orwellian nightmare? I thought my tired eyes were playing tricks on me... They have called off 1,500 polices officers from a search and rescue, to protect the goods at Wal-Mart? Fucking Wal-Mart? People, the city is gone. Most of these people were living in poverty before the devastation of the storm. Why is this such a priority? The focus should be on saving lives... Not corporate profits. Shouldn't it?

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