Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NY Staten Island Residents in Dire Need for Fresh Underwear

"Election? What election?" must be the thinking of the residents today on Tuesday November 6.

"Hurricane damage? What hurricane damage?" must be the thinking of most of the US mainstream media, whose coverage of the Hurricane Sandy damage in the northeast US has been minimal; what little they've reported is mostly about Manhattan, or about President Obama's very brief visit to New Jersey.

The Staten Island Borough President says "It's like a third-world nation."

And "Nor'Easter" is coming.

From Fox News New York (11/6/2012):

Plea for underwear on Staten Island

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro says the people of his community are in desperate need of fresh underwear.

"It's like a third-world nation," Molinaro said in a phone interview on Tuesday's Good Day New York.

He says so much other clothing has been donated that they are not accepting anymore.

"What we do need right now is underwear; undergarments for children and adults," Molinaro says. "That we need desperately."

Molinaro says that people can bring underwear to Miller Field on Father Capodanno Blvd. or New Dorp Lane.

The Borough President is very concerned about the storm that is expected to hit the island on Thursday.

"The protection we had at the shoreline is all gone," Molinaro says. "A lot of our berms are gone."

He says a five foot storm surge could create new devastation.

"The problem that we're having is that there are so many people without electric, in homes that are partially destroyed, they're afraid of looters and we have to reach them."

As for the election, he says that is not high on his list of priorities.

"I have not checked on the voting process. I'm not concerned about it. I'm not interested at all. I got people that are still trapped in their houses. Hundreds of people are without lights. Hundreds and hundreds of people are without shelter and we have a major storm coming. The furthest thing from my mind is the voting."


Anonymous said...

Truly a sad commentary on our President. Placing his re-election above the welfare of his citizens. Real leadership would've put the campaigning aside and actually done something to help the recovery. It has been woefully inadequate. But heh, the MSM has to give the "boy wonder" a pass. Afterall, their reputations are on the line.

Anonymous said...

uhm ... i don't see the connection to Chernobyl II made in japan?
badly prepared americans is news?
just give them webcams and toilet paper, no need for underwear ...

Anonymous said...

anon above, just go away. go anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Without diminishing in any way the suffering of ordinary people in NY, or the indifference of the authorities to their plight in the aftermath of the storm.... I'm surprised that you place much store by Fox News. Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a corporate villain of Australian origin who is known in Britain as the Dirty Digger. The term "digger" is a reference to the Australian troops who fought for the British Empire in the trenches of Europe. The epithet "dirty" is self-explanatory, given the effects he and News Corp. have had on journalism throughout the world. If I were to compare this mogul to any particular individual in Japan, it would be Shoriki Matsutaro -- except that, unlike Shoriki, Murdoch's baleful influence is global.

Anonymous said...

Kind of funny how people expect to see only Fukushima news, every day. Fact is, there isn't always something worth reporting about.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 4:52PM, If no one else but FOX is reporting, that's the problem in itself.

So which paper do you suggest? NYTimes? WaPo? They are paragon of fairness and virtue, aren't they? (sarc off)

Anonymous said...

"So which paper do you suggest? NYTimes? WaPo? They are paragon of fairness and virtue, aren't they? (sarc off)"

Actually, no being critical of Rupert Murdoch does not mean one thinks that NYTimes or WaPo are paragons of fairness and virtue. And your question does deserve an answer.

While the NYTimes is undoubtedly beholden to corporate interests, and does have a large number of outright propagandist for the corporate/state nexus writing in its pages (think for example Thomas Freidman and Judith Miller), occasionally honest reportage does make it into the pages of the Times. For example, this story in the coverage of Sandy:


Whatever justified criticisms one may have of the Times or the corporate controlled media as a whole, News Corp broadcasting and the Murdoch stable of newspapers is of an entirely lower standard than most of the rest of the corporate press. So much so that, even putting aside its blatant dishonesty and its pandering to the worst forms of ignorance, News Corp has frequently engaged in criminal activities against ordinary members of the public in the pursuit of "news" stories. For example,

Were Orson Welles starting out in the film today perhaps "Citizen Kane" may have been about Rupert Murdoch instead of Charles Randolph Hearst.

Anonymous said...

Oops, that should have been William Randolph Hearst. Charles Foster Kane was "Citizen Kane" in the film by Welles.

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Unknown said...

I am about 70 miles from NYC and just missed by Sandy. I have been searching for Sandy updates but can only find a story on my beloved Ex-Skf out of Japan. Think I am going to buy out the underwear aisle today. Domo arigato!

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