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I'd like to know what proportion of the people staying behind had-or didn't have-insurance.

And I'd like to see that compared to the figure for people who left.

Looting is always a big fear in this situation.  I remember when we (in Peterborough, UK) had our "century floods" in 1998, the flooded area was patrolled by police and security guards 24 hours a day.

That's not going to happen in a more widespread area-and one where, moreover, the lives of emergency services personnel would be put at risk by remaining.

But to anyone hanging on by their fingernails in a you-are-what-you-own society, (where manhood is measured in a different kind of inches), staying behind to protect your on-credit widescreen TV can start to look like a different kind of self-preservation.

Isn't it usually those with the most precarious status within the herd who risk the most to maintain it?

by Sassafras on Sun Sep 14th, 2008 at 10:08:49 AM EST
Looting is overstated after hurricanes.  That goes back to Katrina.  The right-wing used the video footage of looting as a means to distracting people from the unbelievable failure of the federal government.  It allowed the racist pigs to get angry with NOLA residents after it became clear no one was sympathizing with their "Why didn't they evacuate?" line (by then we were all well-acquainted with the extent of poverty in the city and could see clearly that blaming the victims on the evacuation was ridiculous).

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Sep 14th, 2008 at 10:33:34 AM EST
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I'm sure you're right.

However, when it comes to motivating fears, the perception matters more than the reality.

It's just an idea thrown into the mix, really.  But I would really like to see figures that show whether there's any correlation between insurance cover and the decision to stay.

by Sassafras on Sun Sep 14th, 2008 at 11:06:19 AM EST
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