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    Meanwhile, in This Country Scares The Shit Out Of Me news, here's a video of Romney supporters responding to climate change:


    Yikes.

    On the bright side, it looks like the nuclear reactors on the East Coast survived the hurricane intact. I saw people bandying about the possibility of a Fukushima type event here, but it looks like we dodged that bullet.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2012 edited
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    @ Keeper: The jingoistic equivalent of putting your fingers in your ears and yelling "La-La-La-La-La-Laaaa. Not listening!" Somebody should link that clip to every reference of Samuel Johnson's remarks about fake patriotism and scoundrels because I'll be buggered if I can think of a more perfect example.


    Hurricane Sandy hitting NYC: 2 days into 2 minutes
    (pay attention about a minute in.)

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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2012
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    It's like someone pressed pause, then he just ploughs right on ....
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2012
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    The way he smiles as the crowd chants USA is the creepiest shit I've seen in a while.
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    I live on Long Island and Sandy fucked shit up here!
    This is the typical scenery I see out near me





    There are random backyard furniture people didn't secure very well all over the streets.


    People are going crazy go nuts with the gas shortage. Allot of people still do not have any power, heat, or water.


    Ocean Parkway, about 20 minutes away from my house. The beaches are gone. 2 of 3 lanes have collapsed into the ocean on both sides. The dunes are all gone.


    All of my friends and family that live by the shore got hit the worst with the flooding. Most lost their homes to it


    People are going to need some help. I'm trying to put together some charity events to help local families.


    Here is a link to The American Red Cross if you would like to help.
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    My 'hood in Ridgewood came out totally unscathed. I did take a trek into Manhattan on Thursday to experience the blackout and visit the fella's family. We walked over the Williamsburg Bridge and then visited some bartenders I knew working at candlelit bars.

    Going over the Williamsburg Bridge, where there was a constant and steady stream of people on bicycle and on foot The first half was lit from the Brooklyn side, but at the halfway mark, the bridge went dark like all of south Manhattan. Here's the view looking back towards the light as I plunged into blackout:

    Like Euridice in reverse.

    Walking down towards Manhattan:

    williamsburg bridge

    Down in the Lower EAst Side somewhere around Ave D and 4th Street:

    alphabet dark city

    In a community garden (aka vacant lot turned into public space by locals) we came across a group of young people with a bonfire in a garbage can. This young woman was sitting on a tree that was uprooted from the storm as she rolled a blunt by the fire.

    light my way.

    All in all it was a crazy experience. Also, it's further cemented my resolve to get my old camera fitted with infrared capabilities.

    As much as the subway system is still crippled, I'm thankful that I live somewhere that I am not dependent on a car and have to be facing these gas shortages.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2012
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    Thanks for the photos, Derfla. I have lots of friends and family on LI . . . mostly closer to the north shore, but one college buddy and his GF live in Massapequa. They're about 1/4 mile south of the Southern State. Last I heard they had an intact house and a generator.

    November is the month I do my annual charity splurge. This year, the usual places got a token donation, and the Red Cross got $1,000.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012
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    Rachael, that first one is great.


    May I politely request MOAR DEVASTATION PICTURES! A friend has been uploading similar stuff on Tumblr, all candlelit hipster bars and gasoline lineups and shit.

    Because, I mean, am I the only one kinda secretly hoping for a Gibsonesque Bridge situation there, where people just start building shanties and eating mysterious home-grown meats and stuff? (Too soon? I'm pretty confident in the human will to persevere, so I'm kinda just hoping it comes out as interestingly as possible.)
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012
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    @dorkmuffin: Wow, is that the boat that blocked Metro North? My sister uses that to get to the city when her job calls for it.

    NYC and NJ are in for an incredible clean-up job. I hope they build in house-free buffer space along the waterfront. They can stick walking parks and stuff there.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012
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    @StefanJ, yep! 40ish foot yacht. There was MAJOR damage done to the rail systems though here. I don't have trains in my neighborhood STILL, and a ton of the New Jersey transit stuff is not gonna be up for a while.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012
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    @Allana: MOAR DEVASTATION???



    HOW ABOUT MOAR!

    If you can get access to a NYTimes login, this has a shit ton.

    Buzzfeed.

    More Buzzfeed, this time just Staten Island.

    There's a start, anyway.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012
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    Also, the NYC marathon was supposed to happen today, but was canceled for obvious reasons. A number of runners showed up to run anyway, running laps in Prospect Park and Central Park soliciting donations for the Red Cross, or even running supplies ou to Staten Island.

    New York is alright.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2012
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    NOAA to American public: No, we are not going to just nuke the storms
    During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms. Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems. Needless to say, this is not a good idea.

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