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Looting? The Civilizing Power of Disaster

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On Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy swept across the Eastern Seaboard, darkening power grids, flooding neighborhoods, and killing at least 74 people, former Star Trek actor and social-media dynamo George Takei posted a lovely photo to his Facebook timeline. It showed two power strips draped over the gratework of a fence, phone cords tendrilling from each one. A sign said, “We have power. Please feel free to charge your phone!”

The Civilizing Power of Disaster

Where was all the chaos, looting, and mass-panic during Hurricane Sandy?

By Katy Waldman
Slate.com
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

On Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy swept across the Eastern Seaboard, darkening power grids, flooding neighborhoods, and killing at least 74 people, former Star Trek actor and social-media dynamo George Takei posted a lovely photo to his Facebook timeline. It showed two power strips draped over the gratework of a fence, phone cords tendrilling from each one. A sign said, “We have power. Please feel free to charge your phone!”

Elsewhere on Facebook, a user from New York described what happened a few hours before the storm hit on Monday when a man attempted to steal a woman’s pocketbook:

Immediately, people were at their windows yelling “Stop that guy!” and then, it was as if all the people on the sidewalk immediately conspired to do just that. A couple with a stroller blocked the guy from running east, a man appeared and chased him across the street where a woman with a dog forced him to stop so the man in pursuit could tackle the guy in the middle of the street. The purse was wrested from the thief, who got up and ran away again, only to be caught by an older guy on the opposite sidewalk who pulled him out to the street where the woman … could identify him.

And the roll call of small mitzvahs and impromptu cooperation surrounding Sandy keeps expanding. Asked about conditions in post-hurricane New York, a Quora contributor mentioned the restaurants handing out free bread and coffee; the taxi drivers accepting whatever passengers have in the way of cash; the motorists waving walkers across the roads. In addition to rainwater, cities struck hard by Monday’s gale seem to be awash in the milk of human kindness.

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Looting? The Civilizing Power of Disaster
Authored by: yuriy on Saturday, November 10 2012 @ 11:45 AM CST

After Sandy, some looted just for fun. Here is a short video shot with our cell-phones - http://jobs.seasonalstaff.org/looters.html

Looting? The Civilizing Power of Disaster
Authored by: Bill Not Bored on Saturday, November 10 2012 @ 05:35 PM CST

Gotta call "bullshit" on this feel-good article for a couple of reasons. First of all, there's been plenty of looting near Coney Island, which was very badly damaged by the hurricane: all you have to do to confirm this is look at right-wing rags like "The New York Post," which put such stories on their front pages. Second, there is no attempt here to distinguish between purse-snatching, which is obviously unacceptable, and stealing from banks, supermarkets and other spectacular concentrations of capital, which is just as obviously justifiable and would be welcomed at any time, but especially when people have no food, no fresh water, etc etc.