[TAG] *sigh* another disaster, another nose count...
Benjamin A. Okopnik
ben at linuxgazette.net
Fri Sep 2 01:55:26 MSD 2005
On Thu, Sep 01, 2005 at 05:31:10PM -0400, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 01, 2005 at 05:01:17PM -0400, Benjamin A. Okopnik wrote:
> > Mike... let me repeat this, so that perhaps you'll have another chance
> > to hear it: NO POTABLE WATER. NO FOOD. NO SANITATION. NO STORES OPEN. NO
> > SUPPLIES OF ANY KIND THAT CAN BE BOUGHT; NO BANKS WORKING TO GET MONEY
> > FROM.
> > Are you getting the picture yet? "Looting drug addicts" is the picture
> > sold to you by the media - I simply cannot believe that you can actually
> > *think* about the issue and come out with the statement you've made.
> I don't believe anyone said that *everyone* taking things from
> abandoned retail stores was a looter.
> But I've seen, first hand, news crews interviewing (and attempting to
> interview) people who were making off with things which pretty clearly
> were not survival nceessities.
Jay, I've never said that NO is a city of lily-white, pure-simon
innocents. These are people under incredible duress, in an emergency
situation. Expecting them to act with absolute rectitude - defined by
those who *aren't* there - is ridiculous.
* Ben Okopnik * Editor-in-Chief, Linux Gazette * http://linuxgazette.net *
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