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Pay To Be Saved: A Future of Disaster Apartheid
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Posted on 09/05/2006 11:00:06 PM PDT by Lorianne

The Red Cross has just announced a new disaster-response partnership with Wal-Mart. When the next hurricane hits, it will be a co-production of Big Aid and Big Box.

This, apparently, is the lesson learned from the government's calamitous response to Hurricane Katrina: Businesses do disaster better.


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1 posted on 09/05/2006 11:00:07 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
The lesson learned should be, "learn to care for and save yourself."
2 posted on 09/05/2006 11:02:11 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: Lorianne
The writer is named "Naomi Klein". Let me guess - self-hating Jewish leftist liberal who spouts the usual Democrat lines about New Orleans being a failure at the federal level, conpletely ignoring Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco, both Democrats who failed to activate the required state disaster plan.

Did I miss anything?

3 posted on 09/05/2006 11:29:10 PM PDT by etcetera
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To: etcetera

Nope, I think you just about covered it.


4 posted on 09/05/2006 11:34:47 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne; Gabz
Wal Mart has its own command center(s?) to oversee any and all scenarios (natural or otherwise) that might affect their stores and the people who shop there.

They have fleets of trucks and supplies set up well in advance, in position to respond as soon as the danger level permits.

When a disaster hits, they know if their stores are operational, power status, employee status etc.

They assist associates to relocate to new homes and get back to work if needed.

FEMA should model their set up after it.

5 posted on 09/05/2006 11:57:36 PM PDT by wanderin
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To: Lorianne

Typical brain-dead liberal nonsense.. take a grain of truth and raise a crop of BS with it.


6 posted on 09/06/2006 12:29:29 AM PDT by Outland (Socialism IS the enemy.)
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To: msnimje

I am sick of all the WalMart bashers. They helped a great deal during the Katrina, They were one of the first to get trucks of supplies in (at no charge).


7 posted on 09/06/2006 4:07:23 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: Lorianne
Walmart store at the beach, Pass Christian, MS.



8 posted on 09/06/2006 4:21:40 AM PDT by Inge_CAV
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To: msnimje

My brother evacuated from Metairie( just outside) New Orleans to TX before the storm hit. He lost his adverstisement business and house but he refused to take any government money. He has since bought new equipment for his business and a new house.


9 posted on 09/06/2006 4:26:43 AM PDT by brwnsuga
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To: nyconse
Wal-Mart Critics Say Katrina Handled Well

:)

10 posted on 09/06/2006 4:29:32 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Lorianne

idiot...


11 posted on 09/06/2006 4:32:57 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: Lorianne
"Pay to be saved"?? Excuse me. I am a taxpayer who decided to live where the natural risks are low. It might be considered impolite, but I already paid, or at least the government spent money that it borrowed from the Chinese in my name. I already paid so that people on the Gulf didn't have to face up to the true costs involved in living where a Katrina could wipe them out.

Libs like this author love to demand that people in the US pay the "full price" of oil, by which they are objecting to the military costs of protecting the free market and foreign supplies. Yet, they are not interested in paying the "full price" of living in such a dangerous area of the coastal US. They are only interested in how much government aid that comes their way. Aid that is funded by, guess who? The rest of us.
12 posted on 09/06/2006 4:56:40 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: wanderin
"They have fleets of trucks and supplies set up well in advance, in position to respond as soon as the danger level permits."

I read just last week that Wal-Mart has the second largest fleet of trucks in the country.

Also, when Nagin and company were screaming about 10k dead, etc. Refrigerated trucks were routed to NO for body storage. We have so few refigerated trucks in this country that the move to NO caused severe refigerated food transport to other cities in the US...then, it turned out they weren't even needed in NO.

13 posted on 09/06/2006 5:08:37 AM PDT by blam
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To: Lorianne; Mrs.Nooseman; Diana in Wisconsin; bfree; Graybeard58; CSM; metesky; wanderin; sitetest; ..

WalMart Ping...........read the article....unbelieveable whining.......


14 posted on 09/06/2006 5:16:46 AM PDT by Gabz (Taxaholism, the disease you elect to have (TY xcamel))
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To: Lorianne
The first step was the government's abdication of its core responsibility to protect the population from disasters.

Say what????

15 posted on 09/06/2006 5:26:58 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: blam
I read just last week that Wal-Mart has the second largest fleet of trucks in the country.

Who overtook them? They used to have the largest fleet.

16 posted on 09/06/2006 5:28:10 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Gabz
This is the biggest barfer I've read in a long time, it is the epitome of liberal tripe. Moonbatism at it's finest.
17 posted on 09/06/2006 5:35:31 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58
"Who overtook them? They used to have the largest fleet."

It didn't say. That was a statement I read in the Mobile Register.

18 posted on 09/06/2006 5:54:35 AM PDT by blam
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To: Lorianne

All I can say is Thank God for Walmart, Lowes, Kroger's and Home Depot. It's nice that those "big boxes" were able to get back online asap after the storms so that those of us who didn't need the gov't could get much needed supplies.

I see the inefficiency of FEMA every day and all I can say is this could be the best decision that agency has made yet. The leftist dingbats can whine and fret but they cannot deny the fact that Walmart is the most efficiently operated business out there. There is a reason why they became the top retailer in the world.


19 posted on 09/06/2006 6:27:14 AM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: Gabz

I can't read that idiot Naomie Klein this soon after breakfast. Bump for later. ;)


20 posted on 09/06/2006 6:31:28 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: wanderin
FEMA should model their set up after it.

Nah, FEMA should just contract out disaster relief and coordination to WalMart. They'd do it better.

21 posted on 09/06/2006 6:33:36 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (http://blackwellvstrickland.blogspot.com "Go Blackwell, defeat Taxin Ted ")
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To: CajunConservative

When Rita hit, Lowes was opened within 36 hours and Wal-Mart the next day. When we were standing in line to get into Lowes I heard a lot of talk about how people wouldn't forget who was there to help. They might be big boxes and cold, impersonal corporations--but they were there!

Neither had more than some small generators providing enough electricity to run cash registers and a few lights, but they opened their doors and let people buy what they needed to survive. Tons of other stores weren't opened for weeks.


22 posted on 09/06/2006 6:47:58 AM PDT by Comstock1 (If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer Henry point 45 caliber miracle.)
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