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Are Black Friday Riots A Preview Of The Civil Unrest That Is Coming When Society Breaks Down?
TEC ^ | 11/23/2012 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 11/24/2012 6:54:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind

If Americans will trample one another just to save a few dollars on a television, what will they do when society breaks down and the survival of their families is at stake? Once in a while an event comes along that gives us a peek into what life could be like when the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is stripped away. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey there was rampant looting and within days people were digging around in supermarket dumpsters looking for food. Sadly, "Black Friday" also gives us a look at how crazed the American people can be when given the opportunity. This year was no exception. Once again we saw large crowds of frenzied shoppers push, shove, scratch, claw, bite and trample one another just to save a few bucks on cheap foreign-made goods. And of course most retailers seem to be encouraging this type of behavior. Most of them actually want people frothing at the mouth and willing to fight one another to buy their goods. But is this kind of "me first" mentality really something that we want to foster as a society? If people are willing to riot to save money on a cell phone, what would they be willing to do to feed their families? Are the Black Friday riots a very small preview of the civil unrest that is coming when society eventually breaks down?

Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was not really a commercial holiday. It was a time to get together with family and friends, eat turkey and express thanks for the blessings that we have been given.

But in recent years Black Friday has started to become even a bigger event than Thanksgiving itself.

Millions of Americans have become convinced that it is fun to wait in long lines outside retail stores in freezing cold weather in the middle of the night to spend money that they do not have on things that they do not need.

And of course very, very few "Black Friday deals" are actually made in America. So these frenzied shoppers are actually killing American jobs and destroying the U.S. economy as well.

The absurdity of Black Friday was summed up very well recently in a statement that has already been retweeted on Twitter more than 1,000 times...

"Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have."

It has gotten to the point where it is now expected that there will be mini-riots all over the country early on Black Friday morning each year. The following are a few examples of the craziness that we saw this year...

-"Fights break out when stores open on Black Friday"

-"Black Friday madness at Georgia Wal-Mart"

-"Black Friday Frenzy: 2 Run Down in Washington, Man Pulls Gun in Texas"

-"Black Friday 2012: Rush at Victoria's Secret Pink at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan."

-"Black Friday shoppers smash door at Urban Outfitters"

-"Black Friday Shopping Hysteria From Around The Country [PHOTOS]"

-"Disturbance leads to scare at Westroads Mall"

-"Teens In Custody After Woodland Mall Fight"

-"Boy Robbed During Black Friday Shopping At Arundel Mills"

-"Shoppers Were So Obsessed With Black Friday Deals They Left Their Infants Unattended"

Fortunately, many Americans are starting to get fed up with Black Friday. In fact, one activist named Mark Dice actually went out and heckled Black Friday shoppers this year. I found the following You Tube video to be very funny, and I think most of you will too...

In the end, it is not that big of a deal that people want to fight with one another to save 50 dollars on a cell phone.

But this kind of extreme selfishness and desperation could become a massive problem someday if society breaks down and suddenly millions of extremely selfish and desperate people are scrambling for survival.

With each passing day our economy is getting even weaker, and the next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching. What are people going to do when the next spike in unemployment hits us and nobody can find work?

To get an idea of where things are headed, just look at Europe. In both Greece and Spain the unemployment rate is over 25 percent and civil unrest has become almost a constant problem in both of those countries.

So what kind of riots will we see in the United States when the economy gets much worse than it is now?

Already there are signs of social decay all around us, and most Americans are completely unprepared for what will happen if a major disaster or emergency does strike.

Sadly, the reality is that most Americans live on a month to month basis. Most families do not have any emergency savings to speak of, and one recent poll found that 55 percent of all Americans only have enough food in their homes to survive for three days or less.

To me, that is an absolutely insane number.

We just came through a summer of extreme drought and global food supplies have dropped to a 40 year low. Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and the global financial system could fall apart at any time. Most of us just assume that there will always be huge amounts of very cheap food available to us, but unfortunately that simply is not a safe assumption. The following is from a recent article in the Guardian...

Evan Fraser, author of Empires of Food and a geography lecturer at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada, says: "For six of the last 11 years the world has consumed more food than it has grown. We do not have any buffer and are running down reserves. Our stocks are very low and if we have a dry winter and a poor rice harvest we could see a major food crisis across the board."

"Even if things do not boil over this year, by next summer we'll have used up this buffer and consumers in the poorer parts of the world will once again be exposed to the effects of anything that hurts production."

When I watch my fellow Americans trample one another to get a deal on a television or a video game, it makes me wonder what they would be willing to do if they went to the store someday and all the food was gone.

Desperate people do desperate things, and someday if there was a major economic brea



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1 posted on 11/24/2012 6:55:09 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Last sentence:

Desperate people do desperate things, and someday if there was a major economic breakdown in the United States I think the level of desperation in this country would be extremely frightening.


2 posted on 11/24/2012 6:55:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Our President is a ‘Banana Republic’ Democrat. Have you ever wondered why Latin America or Africa or the Middle East are the way they are.
In four years, with the job done, our leader will be able to say, “that was a job well done”.


3 posted on 11/24/2012 7:00:04 AM PST by Hans
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To: SeekAndFind

This is certainly a sign. http://www.ydr.com/crime/ci_22058558/york-police-one-dead-at-veterans-political-association


4 posted on 11/24/2012 7:01:41 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: SeekAndFind

Except for one thing, there will not be riots if there is a major economic breakdown. These Black Friday riots are in response to evil Capitalism, there will be no riots if the gubmint fails to pay welfare or unemployment. After all the gubmint cannot be blamed for its failure. (sarc)


5 posted on 11/24/2012 7:01:59 AM PST by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: SeekAndFind

In a just world these (ahem) people would off each other


6 posted on 11/24/2012 7:02:56 AM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: SeekAndFind

This article is talking about one segment of American society that truly is a national problem. But I was in the midst of Hurricane Sandy and there was no looting or nasty shoppers in supermarkets. My next door neighbor shared his generator with me. I thanked him afterwards by giving him a gift certificate to a nice restaurant.

Decent people aren’t lining up outside box stores on “Black Friday.” (Isn’t that racist??)


7 posted on 11/24/2012 7:06:29 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: SeekAndFind
Photobucket Disabled but not disarmed.....Come get some!
8 posted on 11/24/2012 7:07:01 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: SeekAndFind

shoot to kill

reload

repeat

9 posted on 11/24/2012 7:07:40 AM PST by tomkat (a million tiny cuts .. add yours daily .. be creative)
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To: SeekAndFind

See the Black lady helping the old White lady who had fallen? Maybe there’s still hope for this severely torn and divided country.


10 posted on 11/24/2012 7:08:58 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes

Mindless people stampeding for useless glitz at increased costs never realizing "on sale" means ... FOR sale.

I'm glad I'm an ol' fart and I truly feel bad for younger people.

11 posted on 11/24/2012 7:09:03 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: SeekAndFind

"When the music stops: How America's cities may explode in violence" (FR thread link)

12 posted on 11/24/2012 7:11:15 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: miss marmelstein

RE: This article is talking about one segment of American society that truly is a national problem. But I was in the midst of Hurricane Sandy and there was no looting or nasty shoppers in supermarkets. My next door neighbor shared his generator with me. I thanked him afterwards by giving him a gift certificate to a nice restaurant.

_____________________

Yes, we are not a homogeneous society and are a society of immigrants from around the world. We absorb the best and the worst of people who come to this country.

Japan is a homogeneous society with a very disciplined population.

As one of the posters in the TEC site observed:

“During Japanese Tsunami last year, I remember, people had lost everything and yet, when foods were distributed, everyone stood in line and waited for their turn. Their was not even a single incidence of violence, loot and rioting during Japanese Tsunami aftermath.”

Here in America unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that every neighborhood will be like yours.


13 posted on 11/24/2012 7:12:30 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I have spoken about the "thin veneer of civilization" ever since I saw it worn through in Beirut in 1983, and now hear more and more "non-alarmist" friends and relatives saying that our society is rapidly falling apart. This Thanksgiving, many of them made the same "Black Friday" connection on their own, asking what those same people will do when they and theirs are hungry.

Buy what you will need to feed and defend yourself now while it is still cheap. When it is needed, its costs will skyrocket and then it will be gone.

14 posted on 11/24/2012 7:15:34 AM PST by Always A Marine
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To: SeekAndFind

Evan Fraser, author of Empires of Food and a geography lecturer at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada, says: “For six of the last 11 years the world has consumed more food than it has grown.


If I didn’t already doubt what comes out of liberal Universities...


15 posted on 11/24/2012 7:21:42 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m seriously thinking of investing in body armor.


16 posted on 11/24/2012 7:21:56 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: I want the USA back

I saw that in the picture and thought the same thing, then I thought how did this old lady get that old when she is that stupid to get into a mob like that.


17 posted on 11/24/2012 7:27:18 AM PST by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

If 55% of Americans have less than 3 days of food, you can be pretty certain that of the remaining 45% of Americans with more food, very few voted for 0bama. And then when you consider the US election map at the county level, it is evident that the least prepared live in urban areas and inner ring suburbs. Furthermore, with respect to urban areas, the ratio between law abiding citizens with firearms to criminals with firearms is much lower in the cities than in the suburbs and country.
So in the cities, we have unprepared, unarmed, unintelligent 0bama voters facing critical food and water shortages and without the ability to defend themselves and their property. Depending on how things unfold, the cities could be transformed into police states. Those in the outlying areas will need to find a way to communicate and form enclaves, otherwise, we will be subjected to the same oppression as in the cities.


18 posted on 11/24/2012 7:27:22 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: SeekAndFind
“During Japanese Tsunami last year, I remember, people had lost everything and yet, when foods were distributed, everyone stood in line and waited for their turn. Their was not even a single incidence of violence, loot and rioting during Japanese Tsunami aftermath.”

Could be the Yakusa were doing the distribution....

I read of an earlier earthquake when the Yakuza rolled up with trucks loaded with food, water, blankets and electric generators.

Also took care of any miscreants.

19 posted on 11/24/2012 7:29:14 AM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: miss marmelstein

The media makes people (especially foreigners) think that 90% of Americans are lined up at 5 am waiting for the stores to open and knocking people and doors down when it does open. The total number of truly crazy shoppers numbers under one million. About one third of one percent of the population. But it makes good press so libs can bewail a free-market economy. “Oh no, look what capitalism does to people...it makes them crazy and violent.. (sniff, sniff, sob)”


20 posted on 11/24/2012 7:30:42 AM PST by driftless2
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To: BenLurkin

You can make body armor from old radial tire treads. You might look like the Road Warrior, it might be a little heavy and the stench in the summer time might be bad but I hear it works.


21 posted on 11/24/2012 7:34:22 AM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: driftless2

We should just give it to them so they won’t riot. /s


22 posted on 11/24/2012 7:36:48 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes, we are not a homogeneous society and are a society of immigrants from around the world. We absorb the best and the worst of people who come to this country.

When TSHTF, I don't think immigrants are going to be the source of the biggest problems.

23 posted on 11/24/2012 7:38:42 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh did I miss that? I didn’t leave my house yesterday, look at all the fun I missed! (she said thankfully)


24 posted on 11/24/2012 7:39:20 AM PST by Ditter
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To: SeekAndFind

This article is nonsense. There was not “rampant looting” in New Jersey after Sandy.


25 posted on 11/24/2012 7:41:43 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Ditter
This video is kinda sad, but kinda funny. Shock and Awe!

Black Friday Madness at Victoria Secret - Shoppers Storming the Gates (2012)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFkm6o1cjTU
26 posted on 11/24/2012 7:42:00 AM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: SeekAndFind

If you can’t defend it, you don’t own it.


27 posted on 11/24/2012 7:43:39 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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28 posted on 11/24/2012 7:53:32 AM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: SeekAndFind
in a word, yes...
29 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:03 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

The academic administration is failing,long lasting problems to ensue.


30 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:21 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

Society has already broken down.


31 posted on 11/24/2012 8:04:31 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: spokeshave

RE: Could be the Yakusa were doing the distribution....

Now why can’t our Mafia do the same to enforce discipline? :)


32 posted on 11/24/2012 8:12:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If people are willing to punch each other out over an iphone, imagine what they’ll do when they’re hungry.


33 posted on 11/24/2012 8:13:21 AM PST by albie
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To: SeekAndFind

Soon the Committees of Public Safety will be erecting guillotines in the parking lots of Wal-Marts.


34 posted on 11/24/2012 8:23:01 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: albie

I really wouldn’t want to live near the urban ferals when tshtf. I don’t think I have enough ammo.


35 posted on 11/24/2012 8:27:03 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Venturer
I saw that in the picture and thought the same thing, then I thought how did this old lady get that old when she is that stupid to get into a mob like that.

It might not have been that bad when she started out. Maybe she was shopping for her grand kids.

36 posted on 11/24/2012 8:34:40 AM PST by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

Black Friday shopping - something we have never done, and never missed.

Maybe retailers should be required to make the fine print large and bold print. Like our local K-Mart, whose fine print on a Black Friday ad for an RCA 42” Plasma TV, for $199


37 posted on 11/24/2012 8:38:13 AM PST by Wuli
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To: SeekAndFind

It truly is a quick pic into the future. I saw, firsthand, the last LA riots. It was ugly. That’s another reason why I move away. When the pestilence and the famines begin, this will look like a sunday school picnic. They voted Obama now endure the obamanation.


38 posted on 11/24/2012 8:40:59 AM PST by BigFinn (BigHat wisdom: Always drink upstream from the herd.)
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To: SeekAndFind

With shows like “Revolution” and “Falling Skies,” and scifi back to the 1890s covering this possibility, it’s a subject with which most people are familiar. Aside from the millions of deaths, the biggest problem would be the invasion of the U.S. by someone we would not be able to defeat under such circumstances.


39 posted on 11/24/2012 8:44:32 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Always A Marine

“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (#7.8)” (1998)

Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don’t believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.


40 posted on 11/24/2012 8:52:16 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: SeekAndFind
Read Ann Coulter's Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America, or go back to her source, Gustave Le Bon, whose many century-old books are free on Google Books.

Mobs have a mind of their own, and can easily turn "demonic."

41 posted on 11/24/2012 9:33:41 AM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: AZLiberty

Le Bon documented the behavior of mobs during the French Revolution, where the mobs put the heads and other parts of the hated nobles and clerics on pikes, just for spite.


42 posted on 11/24/2012 9:37:10 AM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: BenLurkin
I’m seriously thinking of investing in body armor.

Good prices at ZAHAL. Will be ordering from them soon.
43 posted on 11/24/2012 10:09:22 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a preview of what the labor unions, under the direction of Van Jones straight through the White Hut, have planned to force all workers in the US into the Communist Party... I mean labor unions.


44 posted on 11/24/2012 10:16:45 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Labor unions are the Communist Party of the USA.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Israelis have had a long history of dealing with out of control “ferals”
Hush Puppies aren't only for eating.
http://www.ruger1022.com/docs/israeli_sniper.htm
45 posted on 11/24/2012 10:55:29 AM PST by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: SeekAndFind

I doubt very much this will ever happen. Barry and his commie ‘RATS know that if they shut off the cell phone grid and shut down the internet, the whole country would stop and the people would become a bunch of zombies walking around lost like the ones on “The Walking Dead”. Take away their “Smart phones” and the people living in this country are lost and clueless. Totally helpless and defenseless against the government.


46 posted on 11/24/2012 11:03:21 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Criminal defense lawyers won't have the Twinkie to kick around anymore.)
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To: wideawake
This article is nonsense. There was not “rampant looting” in New Jersey after Sandy.

How would you know if there had been? The old paradigm about us having a free and open press is no longer valid. I read a number of personal reports about looting and violence in many areas during and after the storm. Without fair and objective reporting, these widespread acts remain nothing but isolated incidents. It should come as no surprise that the liberal news media was so corruptly biased for Obama that they wouldn't dare report these events so close to the election. It did not and still does not fit their narrative about the re-coronation of their candidate.

47 posted on 11/24/2012 11:37:55 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: SeekAndFind
If people are willing to riot to save money on a cell phone, what would they be willing to do to feed their families?

In the former they risk being disappointed, the latter they risk their lives.

48 posted on 11/24/2012 11:40:58 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Yes....I experienced the same thing after my neighborhood was devastated by Hurricane Wilma.

No electricity for three weeks, some without clean water either. We took care of one another.


49 posted on 11/24/2012 12:27:40 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

I’m at the Jersey Shore. While the devastation is amazing to me - and ongoing - there has been little looting.


50 posted on 11/24/2012 12:44:54 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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