Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 02:40:34 AM EST
Seeing some things on my twitter feed: @poemless
For the past several days I have observed noted disconnect between MSM and twitter re: amount, severity of #Sandy damage.@poemless
Media portray it as inconvenient, people on twitter as harrowing. Why? I doubt anyone not on the East Coast comprehends the situation.@themexican
Dire message from a fellow parent in my kid's school about the situation in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn: link removed ... Can anyone help?
The dire message says
As I write this my 1st grader, Ethan, has lost his home. I am willing to bet he is far from the only child at BSI. Their possessions, lives, trophies and art projects are under dirty sewage water and ruined. All our stuff is gone, and what is left is unusable. He asked me to go trick or treating yesterday and I finally broke down and cried. His costume was of course under water but he still hasn't processed that he can't go home, can never see his room again and won't get to be ninja for Halloween. Our neighborhood of Sheepshead bay looks like a war zone. Manhattan and Brighton beach neighborhoods looks like a bomb went off. Seagate looks like a nuclear explosion.
Yet when you turn on TV you are very unlikely to hear words such as Sheepshead bay and Manhattan beach. Many of you might be completely unaware of what is happening down here. We have been ignored, abandoned by the media and the powers that be. Street intersections have NO police officers regulating traffic. Drivers are frustrated and dangerous it is very scary to walk around with your child. Yet in midtown Manhattan there are police officers on every corner even though the traffic lights are working. Our neighborhoods, whatever is left of them are being looted. Yet I received an image from the upper east side of dozens upon dozens of national guard trucks being WASHED by the national guard soldiers who could instead be protecting our ravaged neighborhoods. I have seen 1 news team in 4 days in sheepshead bay, it was from channel 12.
Here comes the ask for help. I have friends to stay with, clothes for my children and toys. What I don't have are fema trucks, con edison trucks and national guard. What I need are patrol officers regulating our very dangerous streets. If you know powers that be, please please please get in touch. Please someone do something before this situation is worse. I am including my facebook page at the bottom of this email. My friends and I have been posting and reposting videos and pictures taken from our ravaged neighborhoods. Please pass this letter along to other bsi parents. I know that there are people at BSI who can help. Your kids classmates are in real, physical danger if not from the looters then from dangerous unregulated streets.
This lady is using her facebook page
to document what's going on at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. Go check it out.
And the question arises, is there some sort of problem with the disaster response, where lower Manhattan gets taken care of but Brooklyn doesn't? After all Mayor Bloomberg rings opening bell at NYSE as Wall Street reopens after being shut for two days, and After Sandy, NYC Marathon going as planned.
Is this going to be another case where locals will be better informed about what happens at home through international media? Do US media have an interest in presenting an image of quickly restored normality, while international media may report things more evenly? Bloomberg Backs Obama, Citing Fallout From Storm. Bloomberg's Obama endorsement is a vote for big government in time of crisis. Might it backfire before next Tuesday's election, or in the aftermath?