Wednesday, November 14, 2012



 There have been many stories told about the recent storm that destroyed so many parts of the East Coast. In the New York metro area where I live many of these stories are about bad people who looted, others who took advantage by price gouging everything that we needed to survive, incompetent power Companies that had no clue how to restore the electrical service for their customers who pay the highest rates in the United States to maintain. 

The area bordered on anarchy, with a cascading mountain of shortages from gasoline to food, water, lack of public transportation, sewage treatment plants broke down, pumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into the ocean and are continuing to do so at this very minute. 

People were shot by others for a can of gasoline and Snake Pliskin was ready to protect decent citizens. "Yes, sir! Those Crazies'll kill you and strip you in ten seconds flat! In the Escape from New York movie, 1988, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: once you go in, you don't come out." 

We just had a taste of what is to come if the Country doesn't wake up fast.All of this is rooted in the problem that America has a failed, crumbling infrastructure and refuses to deal with the reality that climate change is here, right now. Denial not new ideas, meaningless words not deeds, incompetence not innovation, disrespect of one another not respect, all contributed to one's life not being worth a nickel when it's every person for themselves in order to survive. All of this despite previous storms, lessons that should have been learned, yet no realistic plans were in place by the local, State and Federal Governments. 

All the politicians from both Parties were/are falling all over themselves to blame this fiasco on someone, anyone, anything, find scapegoats but not themselves. There was no electricity and in some places there still is none. No phone service, no cell towers working, no way to get help if you needed it. Yet these inept politicians using their robo call fancy machines called telephones, spoke on Television, patted themselves on the back in the fashion of the President Bush "job well done Brownie" during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. None of us could hear them or see them, probably a good thing, but it was all they could do since they were full of shit. 

Many volunteers from all over came to help or sent donations. This was wonderful to witness. 

There is one particular story that won't get much media attention. You may not understand all the words spoken but you will feel the emotions. A victim of the recent storm that devastated the New York metropolitan area said these simple words when speaking about the Jewish community of volunteers that come every day to help him and his neighbors. He said "I am proud to be a Jew". It is a heart wrenching video below of what happened to his community and the selfless response of strangers from other nearby Jewish Communities who have come to help. It is a lesson in how a culture, religion, and ethnic group have been able to survive from the beginning of time by sticking together and being there for each other. A lesson that the rest of America needs to learn before it is too late.