November 2, 2012

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110212)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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  1. Not to politicize the Hurricane Sandy disaster for NYC but to point out the lack of response by the very people who continually wear their outrage on their shoulders, i.e. Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama:

    Video of hungry people looking for food in a dumpster full of spoiled food thrown out from a grocery store.

    So where are the aid stations so prevalent in past disasters to dispense coffee and donuts? A hot meal? Water bottles? Why is NYC different that it didn’t merit a standard time worn response?

    The point of government is to assist in situations that are way over the normal for the average person to handle, natural disasters being one of those core legitimate functions (in addition to national defense and law enforcement.)

    The mayor seems to be too busy regulating the size of a soft drink instead of preparing for a disaster. Just another Ray Nagin. So the question now becomes for Mayor Government is Best, what IS the disaster plan for NYC and what did it call for in feeding people? It’s not like NYC hasn’t had a history with power outages. It’s happened enough that any prudent official would at least have thought about what would be needed, who could be called and how would you get those supplies to the suffering.

    Comment by dscott — November 2, 2012 @ 9:32 am

  2. Video of dumpster diving in NYC

    Comment by dscott — November 2, 2012 @ 9:33 am

  3. Apparently, the lack of preparations is due to mis-placed priorities by Mayor Bloomberg. He is busy with a media event of the Marathon.

    From instapundit:

    MARATHON MIKE: “‘We Need Food, We Need Clothing’: Staten Island Residents Plead for Help 3 Days After Sandy,” ABC reports. However, as the New York Daily News notes, such horror stories aren’t preventing Mike Bloomberg from focusing on more important mayoral duties:

    Desperately needed food, water and generators were being rushed Thursday to Sandy-ravaged Staten Island while local leaders blasted the city’s “idiotic” plan to stage the New York City Marathon in the midst of the crisis.

    Staten Island Councilman James Oddo urged Mayor Bloomberg to reconsider, especially while rescue efforts are still underway on the hard-hit South Shore.

    “The notion of diverting even one police officer, one first responder, one asset away from this carnage is beyond irrational,” the Republican lawmaker told The Daily News.

    “The mayor said to me, ‘We’re not going to diminish what is happening on Staten Island.’ You know what happens on marathons – you put a cop on every corner. How are we going to have enough resources?”

    Speaking of which, the New York Times evidently has enough resources, in spite of the myriad disasters caused by Sandy, to run stories such as this article yesterday: “A Restroom Plan Can Reduce Worry:”

    A raceday outfit. A prerace meal. A playlist. A warm-up routine.

    And there is one more thing runners obsess over but are often too shy to discuss in public: making sure that digestive issues have been dealt with. “If you don’t address it or wing it then that’s when you lose valuable time in the marathon,” John Honerkamp, chief coach for New York Road Runners, said.

    It is a vital part of any proper prerace routine, said Adam Banks, chief executive of NY SportsMed, a sports therapy practice. “Carrying that extra weight with you for 26 miles is extremely uncomfortable.”

    That’s why 1,750 portable restrooms, from A Royal Flush, are placed at the start of the New York City Marathon.

    “A lot of runners laugh about it, but a really important component to having a good race is doing your prerace business,” said Beth Risdon, a running coach and running blogger.

    No really — that’s an actual headline and the first paragraphs of an article in the most important paper in the most important city in the world in a time of natural disaster.

    Gray Lady Down, indeed.

    So how about those portapotties? Any sanitation problems in the affected areas?

    Comment by dscott — November 2, 2012 @ 9:57 am

  4. Congress angered by DHS failure to get flood prevention off drawing board

    Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced a successful test for a giant high-pressure balloon that can plug a mass-transit tunnel, in theory preventing damaging floods such as the ones flowing through New York’s subway system.

    So why weren’t any deployed in NYC? Mayor Bloomberg, calling Mayor Bloomberg… Ya think even if you deployed the prototypes you might have saved the city some money? Did your emergency planners contact this agency of the government running the program to gauge the feasibility? Or were you too busy planning for the Marathon that happens EVERY year?

    You knew for a week Hurricane Sandy was coming and you couldn’t even follow the disaster plan? What disaster plan? Mayor Bloomberg pulled a Nagin.

    Comment by dscott — November 2, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  5. The Bloomberg Syndrome
    When global sermonizing trumps local competence

    JANUARY 20, 2011 5:30 A.M.

    The article may be almost two years old but the truth is timeless.

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was a past master of lecturing about the cosmic while at times ignoring the more concrete. Governing the boroughs of an often-chaotic New York City is nearly impossible. Pontificating on the evils of smoking, fatty foods, and supposed anti-Muslim bigotry was not only far easier but had established the mayor as a national figure of sensitivity and caring. He was praised for his progressive declarations by supporters of everything from global warming to abortion.

    But Bloomberg’s carefully constructed philosopher’s image was finally shattered by the December 2010 blizzard and his own asleep-at-the-wheel reaction. An incompetent municipal response to record snowfalls barricaded millions in their borough houses and apartments, amid lurid rumors of deliberate union-sponsored slowdowns by Bloomberg’s city crews.

    …It is a human trait to focus on cheap and lofty rhetoric rather than costly, earthy reality. It is a bureaucratic characteristic to rail against the trifling misdemeanor rather than address the often-dangerous felony. And it is political habit to mask one’s own failures by lecturing others on their supposed shortcomings. Ambitious elected officials often manage to do all three.

    The result in these hard times is that our elected sheriffs, mayors, and governors are loudly weighing in on national and global challenges that are quite often out of their own jurisdiction, while ignoring or failing to solve the very problems that they were elected to address.

    Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.

    Nothing has changed, Bloomberg doesn’t learn from his mistakes which is the mark of an incompetent, the next election needs to see that incompetent dumped.

    Comment by dscott — November 2, 2012 @ 10:18 am

  6. Hey Tom,

    If you have a second, I’d be interested in hearing your take on six questions posted here. This article was linked from World Net Daily.

    Comment by GW — November 2, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

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  8. Interesting article but it is sophist in nature (ironic given the Socrates quote and thus typical of liberal projection – accusing others of what they themselves are guilty of doing), given the very first item is based on a fallacy (which is what liberals continually do).

    Inflation is not 2% it is way higher. Food and Fuel are left out of the CPI, both of these two major groups constitute a major impact of those who live at the margins of society. Even if you didn’t live at the margins, these two groups impact your spending ability and therefore place downward pressure on other non discretionary spending in a zero sum game.

    On January 20, 2009 when Obama took office gas was $1,89/gal, no amount of sophistry covers up $3.50/gal. Average&city3=&crude=n&tme=48&units=us

    Or the CPI itself based on moving the goal posts… Actual inflation is 10% per year not 2%.

    If you go to the BLS website, check the box for Finished consumer foods – WPUSOP3110; you will see the index rose from 177.7 in Jan 09 to latest, 200.8 Sept 12. Doing the math over a 4 year period that works out to (200.8-177.7/177.7) approx. 13% inflation rate over 4 years or a 3.2% annual rate.

    As we know the Law of Supply and Demand dictate that when demand is soft relative to supply, the price either stabilizes or drops from competitors vying for market share.

    I feel no need to waste my time discrediting the other points given their sophist nature as well.

    Comment by dscott — November 2, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

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