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I'd like to know what proportion of the people staying behind had-or didn't have-insurance.

And I'd like to see that compared to the figure for people who left.

Looting is always a big fear in this situation.  I remember when we (in Peterborough, UK) had our "century floods" in 1998, the flooded area was patrolled by police and security guards 24 hours a day.

That's not going to happen in a more widespread area-and one where, moreover, the lives of emergency services personnel would be put at risk by remaining.

But to anyone hanging on by their fingernails in a you-are-what-you-own society, (where manhood is measured in a different kind of inches), staying behind to protect your on-credit widescreen TV can start to look like a different kind of self-preservation.

Isn't it usually those with the most precarious status within the herd who risk the most to maintain it?

by Sassafras on Sun Sep 14th, 2008 at 10:08:49 AM EST

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