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e

badger, wwl.com live stream just mentioned that the recently controversial Walmart had been breached and the entire gun department looted. People have been seen, videoed, walking down the streets with armsful of guns.

e

as I was pushing the button to send that last comment, they quoted Senator Landrieu (sp) as saying "The whole Parish of St. Bernard is gone."

garnet

I have to say that I have no sympathy at all with the "rescue [or evacuating] is for pussies" attitude. None. It's all very well and good if you're healthy, single, and without dependents: go ahead and risk your life stupidly. Enjoy your tiny, macho, paramilitary game. Just don't expect me to admire you for it!

In other words, I too am a fan of up-and-leaving. I freely admit to being a pussy. I can't be a survivalist, and I can't go it alone: if civilization falls, I'm among the first to die. I'm also pregnant, which means that I'm both personally vulnerable and responsible for this little potentiality that I'm hauling around inside me. That changes the calculus. It makes me both more determined to protect myself, and surer that protecting myself means trying to make allies, rather than enemies.

One thing I've been thinking about for the last few days, and that is now playing out in horrifying clarity, is that in any natural disaster, the ones to suffer most, and the first to die, are the most vulnerable members of society: the poor, the ill, the elderly, and the socially isolated. And it's that last one that's most relevent to this discussion. This is something that is discussed in depth in the book Heat Wave, which came out a few years ago, about the devastating Chicago heatwave of 1995. The book was widely misread on this very point, I think: what killed many people was that they lived alone in burnt-out slum neighborhoods where there were no businesses, no non-violent street life, and no reliable bus service. The lonely old men who lived in SROs in these neighborhoods were so used to barricading themselves in their rooms that they didn't go out to get help. Isolation -- not so good in an emergency.

badgerbag

I agree. Social structure is an important part of society's infrastructure!!!

exena

Dude, he's totally Kurtz! Thank god he's not *not* out there "organizing the block." Did you see that post from the EMT who responded to his bit about how women are the ones who get hysterical in emergencies? It was a point well made, and utterly ignored of course.

exena

Oh..of course you saw it, duh. Yay. Thank god there is someone else out there annotating this crazy shit. :)

badgerbag

I did see it and commented here... Then we all started doubting the reality and whether it was a total trollfest, but that's probably the California hippie optimism talking. That dude totally went to high school with me, or if not, about 20 others just like him... Though the "real man" bit made me doubt reality all over again.

I'm sure I'm just as unreal... I mean, I'm actually in a secret feminist conspiracy!

exena

And, um -- then there's this one.

badgerbag

oh man, hahaha... that's SO got to be a troll. I mean it was created 8/23. *snort*

exena

Outpost Crystal is still a viable and functioning camp of civilization in the face of the lawless barbarian hordes who threaten at all times to turn what's left of New Orleans into the war of all against all. It's like Mogadishu out there, but we're in a fixed defensive position and prepared.

The horror!

whump

Order Now! 1U Down: the true life story of one Libertarian's struggle against Collectivism in Post Apocalypse New Orleans, posthumous forward by Ayn Rand.

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