Gut Rumbles

September 01, 2005

holey moley

This absolutely terrible. I didn't think something like this could happen in the USA.

But it did.

On the flooded streets of New Orleans, dozens of fishermen from up to 200 miles away floated in on caravans of boats to pull residents out.

I suppose some of the people who applauded Bruce the Vampire for hauling ice to Charleston for a profit of $9.50 per bag think these fishermen are crazy. I don't see why the fishermen don't behave the way Bruce did. "You need rescue? That'll be $100 or I'm leaving you where you are."

It's the Law of Supply and Demand, right?

Bejus! If you don't see the immorality of what Bruce did, you'd probably join the looters in New Orleans now. Get it while the getting is good. Hooray for me and fuck you.

The human race really sucks sometimes.


Not me.

I defended Bruce's "profiteering" as providing a service nobody else was, not as a divine representation of the perfection of Randroid selfishness. (Which is why I also said it'd be better to do it for less profit, or even to break even. I just can't condemn him for making "too much" money, when nobody else was doing it at all.)

Those fishermen are the salt of the earth, not crazy. But, of course, they're also out there saving people's lives directly, not making their lives more conveneient (or indirectly and incidentally saving them) by providing a bag of got-damn ice.

I can see a difference, and I can manage to think it's acceptable to sell services and at the same time think it's far better, in such a case, to give them away, or charge cost.

I don't see why that should be so angering.

Posted by: Sigivald on September 1, 2005 02:20 PM

I think these "supply siders" are missing an important point. In a situation such as this some fairly cheap, simple commodities such as ice and bottled water are no longer conveniences or luxuries, but vital necessities for the short term. I'm diabetic, and my insulin needs to be refrigerated. That's no problem for decades at a time, but if for some reason refrigeration is no longer availabe, and won't be for a few weeks, and someone has Ice, I need it. It's not a matter of cooling a beer, it's a matter of living or dieing.

Now check your back pocket. The money in there will have to last to feed your family, buy ICE and fuel to get your family to safety, probably for weeks. If that miserable son of a bitch had tried to gouge me $10.00 for a $0.50 bag of ice or $20.00 for a $2.50 gallon of gas, I would have pulled my pistol and shot him on the spot. In a situation like that profiteering is a capital crime. In times past, he would have been hanged after the emergency was over. During the emergency ther's no time to waste on lawyers.

"Providing a service," My sorry ass. That piece of shit was bleeding desperate people who were in no position to say no. That's not reprehensible, that's criminal.

Posted by: Gerry N. on September 1, 2005 02:42 PM

Regarding the looters:

The authorities need to evacuate any and all that want to be taken away, then close the city borders completely.

Whomever chooses to stay in (_chooses_ -- the invalids and the poors will have to be taken off) should be considered hostile and engaged. Shoot to kill, capture only if possible, for future prosecution.

Posted by: V-Man on September 1, 2005 03:21 PM

I survived the tornado of 1979 in Wichita Falls TX. The population was certainly not as huge as New Orleans but the city of about 100k was almost completely destroyed. The National Guard came in ,took over & martial law was imposed. The city & community pulled togerthe & worked for the betterment of the WHOLE-- we got the job done with the help & prayers of others. I am sick & tired of all the sympathy for the looters. It is one thing to steal to provide food,water or clothing for yourself or others ,but the last time I checked jewelry & stereos are not edible.

Posted by: Rita on September 1, 2005 04:40 PM

The image of the looters is disgusting - they are obviously desperate, and from what I've heard on CNN the conditions are so perilous that some efforts to rescue have been shut down due to the volatile nature of the crowds. As time wears on, what will we be seeing?

Posted by: Bonita on September 1, 2005 04:43 PM

I only have one thing to say,,,"these fishermen are spending their own savings to save someone".
Think about that for a second,,,,


Posted by: mrchuck on September 1, 2005 07:10 PM
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