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  • Are you mad at the people of New Orleans for staying in the path of disaster? Then you should also be mad at the people of San Francisco for living on top of a fault line, and the people of New York for living so close to an obvious terrorist target.

    Are you considering that the people who could have afforded to get out had already done so? That some of the people who were caught in the disaster may have done so by choice (some who decided to stick around for whatever odd reason), but that a great number

    • No, because I don't care about the immediate relief aspect of it per se. I realize the poor may not have all been able to flee on the spur of the moment. OTOH my point is they do not in fact have to be there. I knew someone would make bogus comparisons to earthquakes (and the NYC comparison is even further off the mark). Yes, earthquakes are a known risk. OTOH you can build for them. You can build for them indvidually and are not reliant about municipal or federal public works (of course having code require
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      • I realize the poor may not have all been able to flee on the spur of the moment. OTOH my point is they do not in fact have to be there.

        I am sorry, but this is just not true. In all likelyness, the "poor" probably cannot flee at any moment, no matter how much warning they are given.

        When you are poor, when your family is poor, when you parents are poor, when poverty goes back generations in your family, you do not have the same choices as people who are more well off might have. You cannot just pick up and move to some other place. If all the money you have goes towards putting food on the table, where are you going to get the money to move to another city/town/state? Moving costs money, and moving a family cost's even more money. And it is not so simple to just get up and leave an entire support network of friends and family and move.

        Do not for one second think that most of the people left behind made the choice to do so. Many of those people just did not have the means (read: money) to make any choice.

        - Stevan