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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 stayed because of lack of choice (couldn't afford the gas to move out, for example)?

    Do you think it's unreasonable for people in NO to expect that even when disaster struck, they could depend on help from all those tax dollars they spent? That they would be able to use the fruits of what they paid the government for the greater good?

    It really bothers me when people try to reduce a life decision -- like where to live when you have limited means -- to a simple equation. But here's an example of what I'm trying to tell you:

    if ($self->location->dangerous)
    {
       $self->move('elsewhere');
    }
    Undefined subroutine &Person::move called at ...
    It's not that simple. Think about it.
    • 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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      Were that I say, pancakes?