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Veterans Day in the Rockaways

Veterans Day in the Rockaways after Sandy

Yesterday, I found this in the wreckage of the Rockaways in New York City. It was Veterans Day.

The region which is made up of many different communities – Belle Harbor, Far Rockaway, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Edgemere, Arverne, and Neponsit – is still without power, heat, and access to food and other essential supplies more than two weeks after the storm. 

The Rockaways is a “salt of the earth” kind of place and a high percentage of the people there who lost their homes and everything else are veterans and their families, young and old, from World War II straight up to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Many residents lack the resources to leave the area and if they did would have no place to go. Volunteer efforts and donations are the only thing holding the situation together.

The city, state and federal response, including the Red Cross, has been pathetic.

The residents of the Rockaways and other effected regions have already paid for emergency services with the highest taxes in the country and the highest rate of charitable contributions in the nation.

In turn, the Red Cross and various government response agencies including FEMA are fully funded and staffed with legions of so-called emergency relief experts who have done as close to nothing to provide meaningful help as humanly possible.

Note: Due to a shortage of manpower, we are using the Rebuild123.org blog for Post-Sandy issues for the time being.

For up to date information about the Post-Sandy situation you can go to HelpAfterSandy.org 

This is where I found these two photos. Keep in mind this just one block on one street. Hundreds of blocks are in various states of destruction and this is not to count other parts of Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey.

Belle Harbor Street in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy

 

 

 

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11 Responses to Veterans Day in the Rockaways

  1. enochered November 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I was burnt out a few years ago. The French Emergency Services are no better than they are in the US. They just left me and my son in a smoking ruin, they did not even treat my burns. When I asked for help because I had lost everything, they told me to go see the Red Cross. Government is the problem..

  2. Sandy :-( November 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    It’s like Katrina all over again as far as govt. help. My question is this; Are these worst damaged areas in medium to low income folks? I suppose the more wealthy have power or can afford to stay in hotels. Why does the govt. ignore or take forever to come to the aid of the most fragile, needy & poor folks in a huge emergency like this one…. de javu Katrina?? I thought the govt. had massive stores of emergency supplies & National Guard engineers to get electricity & staples to folks stranded with next to nothing. Didn’t FEMA learn from Katrina? Or are they just ignoring the poor hoping they go away? And, I want to send a big raspberry to the motels & hotels who turned away people with pets in this emergency. I’d like to see their names go viral on the Internet… Jerks can’t help out desperate people with pets? poo poo on them.

  3. ken November 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    To all the Ayn Randian @holes talking tough about all the things people should be doing to help themselves and others…

    In fact, they are helping themselves and others – courageously and selflessly.

    The region wide lack of power, fuel, supplies, and transport, calls for outside help.

    These people have paid for emergency services all their lives through the highest taxes in the country and the most generous charitable giving rates in the nation.

    They are not getting what they paid for from government agencies, including the disgraceful Red Cross, which are fully funded and staffed with so-called disaster relief professionals who have done as close to nothing as humanly possible.

    As for the deep thinker who commented the victims “should walk to the store…” – All the stores were wiped out for miles around you moron, including all the ATM machines even if there was anything to buy.

    Final note to the Ayn Randian posters (at least half of whom are women), you’d be the first crying to your mamas if you faced 1/10 of the problems these people face. You’re as intellectual and morally impressive as garden slugs – and that’s probably unfair to the garden slugs.

    - Ken

    • Susie McKelvie November 14, 2012 at 2:05 am #

      BOYCOT THE RED CROSS! Otherwise known as :”Robber Barons R US!” Where is the money going? Why does everything take so long with minimal response?? If money is supporting efforts in other places,does that actually mean it’s just being siphoned off in another location? Just where are those alleged people and what is being done for them? What about Haiti??? Now there are double the homeless. Millions of dollars floating around with no or little help to suffering people.
      Once again- where is the money going? why isn’t a full scale investigation including audited financial statements underway? What are the administrative costs? What are the salaries? Are there kickbacks to vendors? How about 911? Some people wearing little red cross pins should be swinging from the yard arms!
      The sad truth is that they aren’t the only people/ Org’s doing this sort of thing. It’s kind of like the story of landing in prison. They first haul off and knock the biggest one on his butt!
      C’mon sheeple of Amerikka! Wake up! Your fleece is missing!

  4. dennis bartlett November 13, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Ken , Shame on you speaking out about these utilities and our Gov’ . Don’t you know that you have to be part of the elite system to get help ?

  5. bill k November 14, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    Im sorry to all REALLY, I saw the tide rise in 1986, as former FL resident WE nieghbors worked through Hurricanes and problems Knowing far well GOV will take care of its self[ employees first.]

    Look we spent 5 billion dollars to join and train emergency systems…..5 billion, When the big one came 1992 [ANDREW]it wasnt GOV that saved your ass it was your community and neigbors..TRUELY WE ALL GOT ASS KICK IN THAT ONE ….BUT IT SHOWED PAPER PUSHER FOR WHAT THEY ARE……..NOTHING GET DONE FROM BEHIND A MICROPHONE OR A DESK….EVEN IF YOUR TOO OLD TO HELP CHEER THOSE THAT CAN ON… OR JUST SAY THANKS….

    When u sleep with GOV you awake with NO CLOTHS,,,, sorry guys i feel fo r you i moved to Thailand to avoid the coming down fall and FALL IT WILL..

    So fire the bastards and take thier names as they SHOULD work FOR YOU, but you work for them so they think…UNTIL YOU ALL WAKE UP AND PUT IT ON THE LINE..YOU WONT SEE CHANGE JUST MORE…TALK SOME OF THEM SPOKESMAN IVE SEEN GE T ORGANISED AND FIRE THE BS BASTARDS…. GOOD WILL TO ALL

  6. bill k November 14, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    I’m sorry to all REALLY, I saw the tide rise in 1986, as former FL resident WE neighbors worked through Hurricanes and problems Knowing far well GOV will take care of its self-[ employees first.]

    Look we spent 5 billion dollars to join and train emergency systems…..5 billion, When the big one came 1992 [ANDREW]it wasn’t GOV that saved your ass it was your community and neighbor’s.. TRUELY WE ALL GOT ASS KICK IN THAT ONE ….BUT IT SHOWED PAPER PUSHER FOR WHAT THEY ARE……..NOTHING GET DONE FROM BEHIND A MICROPHONE OR A DESK….EVEN IF YOUR TOO OLD TO HELP CHEER THOSE THAT CAN ON… OR JUST SAY THANKS….

    When u sleep with GOV you awake with NO CLOTHS,,,, sorry guys I feel for r you i moved to Thailand to avoid the coming down fall and FALL IT WILL..

    So fire the bastards and take their names as they SHOULD work FOR YOU, but you work for them so they think…UNTIL YOU ALL WAKE UP AND PUT IT ON THE LINE..YOU WONT SEE CHANGE JUST MORE…TALK SOME OF THEM SPOKESMAN IVE SEEN GE T ORGANISED AND FIRE THE BS BASTARDS…. GOOD WILL TO ALL – I VOTED WITH MY FEET

  7. Lester November 14, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Jeramiah 10-10

    I think the Lord has his hand in all things. From here in Wisconsin we pray for you all. I see the American people rising up to the challenges in front of them. The blessings that come from this and all challenges will make us a stronger nation. May God be with you all. Be thankful for the blessings you have. The things to come will be awesome. Keep your trust in him who created all things. The trust you have will raise you above all the devistation at your feet. Each of you may be the next leaders of our great country. Your personal testimonies will change how the rest of the world looks at the leaders we have now. YOU will be the voices of this country. God be with you.

    In Christian Love

    Lester

  8. Nik November 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    I am an Englishman and ex serviceman living in France, and I have been appalled at the negligence of the American Government regarding its own citizens. I have expressed these views on AOL, several times and my comments were either not ‘passed’ and shown, or were subsequently deleted.

    What I said was, that the US military could have been alerted before the Hurricane struck, so that emergency supplies [of which they must have more than sufficient] could be readied. Supplies such as standby generators, and lighting, emergency accommodation, heating equipment, fuel, clothing, food, etc all well within their capacity, so that they could be deployed as soon as the hurricane passed.

    However, even before the hurricane struck emergency breakwaters could have been put in place to minimize the damage. These could comprise large concrete blocks similar in style to those used as blast walls and sand bags.

    If I can think of these measures, then I’m sure that there are persons in the US administration that can do the same. That they have done nothing can only be interpreted as a deliberate policy to abandon US citizens, contrary to their responsibilities.

    It would appear, from abroad, that the whole power of the US is now directed at world wide destruction, rather than construction.

  9. Jackie November 16, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    I can’t believe that absolutely nobody has reached out to help yet, but maybe I can for that seems to be the way of politicians today, that can be a dirty word as far as I am concerned. I sit here in my little mobil home just growing older, but determined to hang in so that I can view the demise of all this that has come about with no help around, it is too sad, and am a bit far or I would be there if I could to help. The red cross is nothing more than jst an elitest conglomeraton for the rich, they have everything to help, and also like that man from France, the army could have been there as well even before. Sandbagging, etc., Am trying to believe that not all of us are asleep and hopefully are now waking up for this country I was born in many yearsago during the 1st depression, that was nothing compared what is happening now.. There is a Higher Power that is with all the people hit by this horrible storm Sandy and know without a shadow of a doubt the love is coming back and the change for peace and love thruout our country will come about. Thanks. Jackie away across the country in Oregon.

  10. Alan November 18, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    The Heaviest Element Known to Science

    Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science.

    The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

    These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

    Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.

    Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

    In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

    This characteristic of morons promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

    When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

    source: http://www.disaboomlive.com/Blogs/saydrah/archive/2008/11/25/scientists-discover-new-element-the-heaviest-yet-known-to-science.aspx

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