[FoRK] New Orleans is Sinking

Owen Byrne owen
Fri Sep 2 12:18:23 PDT 2005

 From lbo-talk:
"There are gangs of white vigilantes near here riding around in pickup 
trucks, all of them armed, and any young Black they see who they figure 
doesn't belong in their community, they shoot him."

Sounds like a good reason to stay put even if it isn't true. Rumours 
spread like crazy when there is no electricity.

> I'm sort of doubting that lack of fitness is the reason why people  
> didn't leave their homes - although generally being unaccustomed to  
> walking /anywhere/ may well be a factor. An American friend of mine  
> who spends a fair amount of time here (UK) is always surprised when  
> she goes home that even her fit mountain biking friends have what she  
> perceives as an extraordinary reluctance to walk a few city blocks. I  
> guess you get into a state where it ceases to be apparent that you  
> can actually travel without any kind of machine. I'm not sure blame  
> for that can be laid at the feet of individuals though.

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