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  Looting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Looting (which derives via the Hindi lut from Sanskrit lunt, to rob), sacking, or plundering is the indiscriminate taking of goods by force as part of a military or political victory, or during a catastrophe or riot, such as during war [1], natural disaster [2], rioting [3], or terrorist attack [4].
Piracy is form of looting organized by ships on the high seas outside the control of a sovereign government.
Looting also cascades through a group of people as one person believes that his contribution to the crime is lessened because someone else is looting.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Looting   (964 words)

 Looting (gaming) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Looting in a gaming context, specifically in MMOGs, is the process by which a player character obtains items such as in-game currency, spells, equipment or weapons from the corpse of a creature or possibly the corpse of another player in a PVP situation (cf.
Looting may also be referred to in leet speak as lewting.
A term related to looting is "ninja." A ninja, in gaming, may be a person who loots a corpse out of turn or without permission from group or raid members.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Looting_(Gaming)   (215 words)

 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Hurricane Katrina (Loot Loops)
The photo of a fl man refers to his "looting," and the photo of a white pair refers to their "finding." I would like to know why this happened.
Looting is an unfortunate and largely inevitable result of large-scale disasters.
Many property owners have to evacuate their homes and businesses ahead of the coming disaster (or flee the area in its aftermath) without leaving behind anyone to protect their property, and law enforcement and other emergency services are generally so overwhelmed dealing with life-and-death issues that they can't spare the manpower to protect private property.
www.snopes.com /katrina/photos/looters.asp   (569 words)

 Commonwealth Conservative » Looting   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
And the looting of peoples’ homes cannot even be draped in the quasi-Marxist asininity we hear from some quarters defending the looting of stores.
Looting is essentially theft, and to advocate the death penalty for theft is simply outrageous.
The only type of looting that authorities should really be concerned with at the moment, however, is the kind that’s done for dangerious items such as weapons, considering many reports of looting of gun stores have been reported.
vaconservative.com /archives/2005/08/31/looting   (1875 words)

 Geoffrey Nunberg - on "looting" and "refugee"
"Looting," "evacuee," "act of God" -- all of a sudden, the familiar words seemed inadequate to contain the events we were watching.
Time was that "looting" chiefly referred to the pillaging done by troops or bandits.
Nobody fretted that "looting" might be too simplistic to describe what was going on in the Watts and Newark riots or after the fall of Baghdad.
www-csli.stanford.edu /~nunberg/looting.html   (1193 words)

 The case for looting. By Steven E. Landsburg
One economic objection to almost all theft, and certainly looting, is that the property is probably not as valuable in the hands of the thief than it was in the hands of the original owner.
Further, in the case of looting, the thief depreciates the value of the property in the very act of removing it.
The benefits derived from the looting could be positive if the people who receive the looting appreciate the ransacked items more or it could be negative if the looters don't appreciate them more.
www.slate.com /id/2081469   (1774 words)

 finding-looting on Flickr - Photo Sharing!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
And the definition of looting is to plunder so the fact is still either they all "looted"or none of they did.
When the hurricanes came through Florida we didn't hear about the looting, rapes, and crimes that went on, not because they weren't occurring, but because the people shown on the tv screens were mostly of means and of the white race.
Even though the captions were written by two separate individuals, it seems that the caption about the "two residents" was carefully written as it's purpose is to gain empathy at the least for the poor souls that are "wading" through these high waters.
www.flickr.com /photos/triciawang/38922728   (12536 words)

 CBS News | Gov. Asks For Help To Stop Looters | August 31, 2005 20:00:44
In some cases it was hard to tell whether the looting was an act of desperation or common criminals, CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan reports (video).
John Matessino, president of the Louisiana Hospital Association, said he had not heard of anyone breaking into the hospitals, but he added that thieves got into the parking garage at one hospital and were stealing car batteries and stereos.
Looting has turned into a problem in New Orleans, and police are trying to curb it while allowing people to take what they need to survive.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2005/08/31/national/main808193.shtml   (790 words)

 CNN.com - Rampant looting across Iraq - Apr. 8, 2003
British officials say they are having trouble controlling looters in the streets of Basra.
As British Challenger tanks held key intersections in central Basra on Tuesday, frustrated residents asked why looters were still able to move freely in the city.
Looting is so widespread that many shopkeepers in Basra have closed their businesses for fear of being robbed.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/04/08/sprj.irq.int.looting.reut   (902 words)

 Muslim Dissidents Denounce Islam
Looting in Islam is not acceptable in Islam, unless it is done against the non-Muslims.
Yet Muhammad felt no shame in promising his barbaric followers the spoils of wars that were forcefully and brutally usurped, and his followers though at first hesitant, gradually lost their qualms and raided, looted and killed and eventually built an empire entirely based on stolen property.
Muhammad's followers did not have the brain to question the morality of killing innocent people and looting their belongings, or perhaps they were too content with the spoils of war that they collected to think about its morality.
www.faithfreedom.org /Articles/sina/looting.htm   (988 words)

 Looting takes toll; curfews imposed - The Clarion-Ledger
To report looting in your area, contact your local police department or sheriff's office.
Looting became a problem in some areas of Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina caused massive power outages as some took advantage of storm-ravaged businesses.
If convicted of looting, a felony, the penalty is a $10,000 fine or 15 years in prison, according to state law.
www.clarionledger.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050831/NEWS0110/508310354/1260   (376 words)

 USATODAY.com - Looting of factory machinery in Iraq raises alarms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Though no evidence has emerged that looted nuclear manufacturing equipment has been sold on the fl market, the Bush administration said Tuesday that it is concerned about the possibility.
The IAEA report is potentially embarrassing to the administration because it highlights consequences of the failure by U.S. troops to immediately secure sensitive sites in Iraq after the invasion.
"A lot of it is random looting," nuclear expert David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, said in an interview.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-10-12-iraq-looting_x.htm   (621 words)

 Eyewitness Charges US With Encouraging Looting
About this he can tell us plenty and for a long time, but the most interesting part of his story is his witness-account about the great surge of looting now taking place.
Moments later tanks broke down the doors to the Justice Department, residing in the neighbouring building, and looting was carried on to there.
The next morning looting spread to the Museum of Modern Art, which lies another 500 meters to the north.
www.rense.com /general37/eyewitnesscharges.htm   (779 words)

 The looting instinct - The Boston Globe
HURRICANE KATRINA was horrific in its devastation, but the orgy of looting and lawlessness that exploded across New Orleans in its wake was, in a way, even more sinister.
Those who called early on for shooting looters on sight should have been listened to -- not because property is more valuable than human life, but because when property isn't safe from marauders, human life isn't, either.
He did, however, quote others who were ''trying to understand the nuances of looting." Professor Benigno Aguirre of the University of Delaware: ''It may look from the outside as if they are stealing or breaking the law, when in fact some of them are trying to survive."
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/09/04/the_looting_instinct   (779 words)

 Let the mass looting begin
Government is stupid but not that stupid: Cooperating in a mass looting of the public turns out to be a win-win proposition for everyone but those paying the bills.
For the most part, we trust the market to deliver food, energy, housing, clothing, electronics, entertainment, etc., but somehow, when it comes to health, we are pleased to let government take full control and loot the population in the process.
The sad stories of older people who do not have the means to care for themselves or buy drugs should stimulate the efforts of private charities (though their care would then cost much less).
www.lewrockwell.com /ocregister/looting.html   (1302 words)

 Sri Lanka Churches Worried about Looting in Tsunami-hit Areas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The grouping of eight major Protestant churches in the island nation expressed "deepest sympathies" to families hit by the 26 December tidal wave surges but it denounced attempts "to loot and plunder" possessions of those caught in one of the world's worst natural disasters.
Referring to the looters, the Sri Lanka church council said: "We appeal to them to kindly desist from such dastardly conduct and join with the several who are helping those in need," as it urged more church volunteers and others to join in the relief work.
The criticism came after reports that thugs were looting homes of some tsunami victims and rapists were preying on homeless survivors.
gbgm-umc.org /umcor/05/srilankachurchesworried.cfm   (619 words)

 Equipment vital to Iraq flows out of country / Looted machinery smuggled into Iran
The smuggling of looted goods desperately needed to rebuild the country passes without any interference from the local autonomous Iraqi Kurdish government -- nor from the United States, which allows the Kurds to maintain a standing militia and control the border posts.
KDP commanders in Irbil collect their own bribes from the middlemen who bring the looted goods from Baghdad and other cities, and Iranian border authorities charge additional fees on the Iranian purchasers.
In Sulaymaniyah, the PUK capital, Shalow Askari, the group's acting foreign minister, said his group tolerated the trade in scrap metal, much of which he said was Iraqi weapons from the recently concluded war.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/07/02/MN133485.DTL   (1569 words)

 New Orleans mayor orders looting crackdown - Hurricanes' Aftermath - MSNBC.com
Police were asking residents to give up any firearms before they evacuated neighborhoods because officers desperately needed the firepower: Some officers who had been stranded on the roof of a hotel said they were shot at.
But Nagin later said the looting had gotten so bad that stopping the thieves became the top priority for the police department.
With thousands feared drowned in what could be America’s deadliest natural disaster in a century, New Orleans’ leaders all but surrendered the streets to floodwaters and began turning out the lights on the ruined city — perhaps for months.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/9063708   (1003 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | US experts resign over Iraq looting
His disquiet was echoed by Richard S Lanier and Gary Vikan of the 11-member committee composed of experts and professionals from the art world.
As well as the national museum in Baghdad, a museum in Mosul was looted and the capital's Islamic Library, which housed ancient manuscripts including one of the oldest surviving copies of the Koran, was ravaged by fire.
Secretary of State Colin Powell said the Baghdad museum was "one of the great museums in the world" and that the US would take a leading role in restoring it.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/entertainment/2958009.stm   (388 words)

 "Looting" or "finding"? - Salon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Santiago Lyon, AP's director of photography, told Salon that all captions are vetted by editors and are the result of a dialogue between editor and photographer.
This one, by AP photographer Bill Feig, shows a white man walking away from a looted convenience store, looking in a grocery bag, while a fl man jumps out of the store's broken front window.
Both Stokes and Russel said their photographers would be unable to comment further on the images for now, because of the chaos and poor communications conditions prevailing in New Orleans and the surrounding region.
dir.salon.com /story/news/feature/2005/09/01/photo_controversy/index_np.html?x   (888 words)

 The Seattle Times: Nation & World: A nation watches the looting and asks: Why?
A New Orleans police officer restrains a looting suspect on Canal Street.
Sociologists cite more than 50 years of research showing that widespread looting after a natural disaster is rare.
But major looting occurred only in St. Croix, said Kathleen Tierney, sociology professor and director of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/nationworld/2002463350_katrinaloot01.html   (787 words)

 Looting, rioting in storm-ravaged New Orleans- The Times of India   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Inmates inside a New Orleans prison were rioting and had taken hostages, television station WBRZ in Baton Rouge reported late Tuesday, citing a local prison official.
The hostages were described as a guard, his wife and their four children, who had sought shelter inside the prison to weather Hurricane Katrina.
A reporter for the Cable News Network (CNN) described "massive looting" in downtown New Orleans, around the Superdome west of the historic French Quarter.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com /articleshow/1215094.cms   (131 words)

 [No title]
Debate on Looting Part II This is the continuation of the previous discussion on looting.
My argument accusing Muhammad of looting was contested by Mr.
A man who does not walk his own talk is a despicable man. In matters of law, if there is discrepancy between the Quran and the Haidth, the former is the authority.
www.faithfreedom.org /debates/looting51223.htm   (1199 words)

 CNN.com - Floodwaters, tensions rise in New Orleans - Aug 31, 2005
Hundreds of people were looting businesses downtown, throwing rocks through windows and hauling away goods from stores.
Landrieu said she "can understand" how some people might loot to get food or water, but said she had no tolerance for people motivated by avarice.
A police officer told CNN that three shootings, widespread looting and a number of attempted carjackings had been reported near the Louisiana Superdome, where more than 20,000 people were holed up in the city's shelter of last resort.
www.cnn.com /2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.neworleans   (1260 words)

 Creek Running North: On the topic of looting
Fuck the talking heads on the news who are going on and on about what a horrible thing this looting is. All that property is most likely damaged and would be scrapped anyhow.
It may well be that people got what they needed for a day or three, and the few interested in accumulating worthless expensive crap are now deprived of cover.
There is looting, and then there is looting...stealing from hospitals and nursing homes is just plain sick.
www.faultline.org /place/pinolecreek/archives/002540.html   (3427 words)

 Michelle Malkin: KATRINA: "YOU LOOT, I SHOOT"
In the Bywater, a supply store sported spray-painted signs reading "You Loot, I Shoot" and "You Bein Watched." A man seated nearby with a rifle in his lap suggested it was no idle threat.
I would appreciate any pointers to (1)coast guard bloggers, (2)civil engineering blogs that are discussing the levee breaks, and (3)word on whether the elevators in the many high rises in downtown New Orleans have been checked for trapped people.
There's one slight problem with the implication that the AP was overtly racist in labeling one of the photos "looting" and the other "finding." The race of the woman in the "finding" photo is indeterminate.
michellemalkin.com /archives/003439.htm   (1355 words)

 To Loot Or Not To Loot - That Is Not Our Question | MetaFilter
The rest are all shut, because they have been looted past their capacity to operate, or because the staff are too scared to turn up for work.
The increase in looting, now escalated to the wholesale theft of national treasures and degradation of hospital services, is what I was concerned would happen a few days ago if it were not immediately addressed.
Instead we have the wanton destruction of the present looting spree, which can only increase internal ethnic tension as well as benefiting the thugs and criminals who will be the only ones who have the fire-power to protect their spoils.
www.metafilter.com /mefi/25062   (2854 words)

 'Stuff Happens': Riots? Looting?
Suppose rioters were wrecking an American city, looting its hospitals and destroying one of the greatest museums in the world.
No one who has witnessed the faux patriotic policing of the discourse in recent weeks by America's conservative political and media elites could possibly doubt that such a response to rioting would send the yammering yahoos of the right into a frenzy of finger-pointing.
But the boss at the Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld, who had promised to teach the Iraqi people how to live in freedom, was too busy explaining that rioting and looting are what free people are free to do.
www.commondreams.org /views03/0415-03.htm   (880 words)

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