The weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth continues. From someone in Staten Island, New York:
Domingo Isasi, waiting in a gas line on Staten Island, minced no words about the divide he perceived between Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
"The priorities are showing, simply by the fact that Manhattan got their power back," he said, adding that Staten Islanders are used to being lower on the list. "We're the bastard kids who keep getting slapped in the head and told to shut up," he said.
Clearly, he's never figured out that if you live on - wait for it - AN ISLAND, and you lack your own power station, then the power lines have to reach you from places off the island. That means the neighborhoods through which those lines run will inevitably get power before you do, because the lines running to and through them will have to be fixed before repair crews can do your neighborhood any good. That's not discrimination - it's geography. However, I suspect Mr. Isasi's mind is made up, and he won't want to be confused with the facts . . .
I fear New Yorkers have a different definition of 'uninhabitable' to many of us. Governor Cuomo is quoted as having said:
"People are in homes that are uninhabitable ... It's going to become increasingly clear that they're uninhabitable when the temperature drops and the heat doesn't come on."
Mr. Cuomo, I have news for you. If your property becomes uninhabitable just because the power's out, it's not the fault of the power company; it's the fault of whoever failed to properly build and insulate your home - plus, it's your fault for not rectifying those deficiencies long ago! This isn't rocket science. We've known for a very long time how to properly construct and insulate buildings. If those standards are still not in common use in New York City, whose fault is that? Even if the building is cold, you can still shelter in it. Just bundle up to keep warm, huddle together in a single room to share body heat (and close off the other rooms to conserve the warmth in the shared one), improvise heat sources (always providing adequate ventilation if open flames are involved), and so on. Shelters can be set up to provide warmth (even tents will do, if they have forced-draft ventilation).
Perhaps the quote of the week concerning Sandy comes from fellow blogger Acair Fearann:
"The blogosphere is apparently composed of an equal number of Manhattanites claiming the world ended and Midwesterners/Texans claiming the world didn’t end and anyway if it had they would have dealt with it better than those wimpy Yanks who are stupid enough to live in a city. California is oddly silent."