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21. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

the only good thing is SOMEONE WILL BE EMPLOYED. it could just be a start for tourists. just a bit of bad taste. thats life!!!!
look at the guy that tried to kill the pope he'll come out and make a fortune . the'll write a book and then make a film. some things are legal but i think are totally immoral.

22. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

It's hard to say if something about this is right or wrong. Coming into a disaster plagued area helps keep local businesses and their employees afloat financially and may help by providing badly needed revenue for rebuilding, but it's pretty ghastly in some respects.

I worked down at the World Trade Center for 60 days after 9/11 and while a handful of people were disrespectful about the site and tried to sneak in to see it, most even months later were there in shock, almost seeming not to believe. Even today many people are still leaving flowers and cards in some places and at the stations where rescue crews died.

I don't think most were coming to be ghouls, but to take stock of a situation that was beyond anything they could have concieved before that. New Orleans and the tsunami zone are a part of that too. Particularly in the US we're not used to disasters on the scale of New Orleans and sometimes the magnitude of something just can't seem real to you until you actually see it (perhaps too many disaster movies deadening our reactions).

New Orleans is a favorite city of many people, a lot probably want not to see the devistation, but to see what's left.

A small proportion of people may be ghouls, but I think most probably aren't.

and as to the sunbathers between the bodies, I just hope those people were so in shock of the reality that they didn't even realize what they were really doing.

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