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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Too Soon

Posted by on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

From a friend of mine on Facebook, in regards to Facebook:

Hey idiots/empathy-deficient facebook zombie-people: there is such a thing as "too soon" and just plain "garbage-person behavior". If you are currently in a safe/non-disaster-zone city making "ironic" humorous posts about New York and the other eastern seaboard cities being affected by the storm RIGHT NOW, you are a complete asshole. Period. People are dying, losing their homes, livelihoods, pets, etc. In your eternal fervor to prove that you're the quickest mean-girl in the schoolyard, you show just how low & meaningless this social networking "culture" of "friends" really is.

Ouch. And I agree completely.


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On the other hand, there are people in the storm who aren't taking it seriously. See: guy in the horse mask. So if they're not upset about it, why should I be?
Posted by GermanSausage on October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Posted by diminished on October 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM · Report this
Ziggity 3
I agree, but did laugh at some guy who tweeted: "Man, every time I wash my car..." so send me to hell.
Posted by Ziggity on October 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM · Report this

I'm questioning why the military hasn't been deployed.

Especially when they have battlefield generators that could be providing emergency power on the streets at least for cell phones and other communications.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 5
@4: that's a good idea. you should contact the federal government.
Posted by Max Solomon on October 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 6
Anybody who posts "I'm praying for the residents" or "stay safe" or suchlike should have $59.95 automatically deducted from their checking account. Fake shoulder-sleeve empathy, like pink accessories at NFL games.... ugh.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber on October 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 7
You wouldn't have this problem if you were only connected to people on Facebook that you actually like, who actually share your sick tastes, or lack thereof. Rather than being so desperate for affirmation that you have 5,000 FB friends who mostly say shit that pisses you off.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on October 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Most of the "ironic" humorous posts I see on FB and Twitter are coming from my friends who actually live in New York City.
Posted by Chali2Na on October 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM · Report this
@ 6 How do you know its fake an how do you know those people aren't already giving?
Posted by Seattle14 on October 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Yes, it is possible to deal with tragedy through comedy. SHOCKER!
Posted by Iroohik on October 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Because "I'll pray for you" is empty of substance or meaning? It's a way to allay the person making the statement's sense of need to take action, without actually requiring action.
Posted by Tawnos on October 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
People who try to tell other people what is or isn't funny can go fuck themselves.
Posted by The CHZA on October 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 13
Um, guys, the military is the National Guard. Deployed a long time ago in New Jersey.

Pay attention.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Beetlecat 14
@4 what good is a charged cell phone if the whole neighborhood grid is down and the cell towers with it?
Posted by Beetlecat on October 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Lindsey Lohan: GARBAGE PERSON…
Posted by Kelly O on October 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
What @12 said x1,000,000
Posted by Andyrew on October 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this
yelahneb 17
I wish it were otherwise, but the shameless cannot be shamed.
Posted by yelahneb on October 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM · Report this
That's great! So now we can expect similar forbearance from Northeasterners next time a storm hits Louisiana or Texas...
Posted by Doodah on October 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
so is marcus calling frizelle a garbage-person, or are you?
Posted by flan on October 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
douchus 21
Kelly O's friend can go fly a kite... in Hurricane Sandy's wonderfully strong winds.
Posted by douchus on October 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
@14- I think the suggestion was to power the cell towers, not to set up a charging station every 100 feet.

Also, it seems like it'd be easy enough to install some sort of emergency shut down for cell phones, where voice and data are blocked outright and the much more capacity-efficient text messages could go into a queue and be sent/received in bursts, as power comes available.
Posted by Chris Jury on October 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Meanwhile, Former FEMA Director Mike "Helluva job you're doin', Brownie" Brown, is whining because the Obama Administration is moving TOO QUICKLY to address the needs of disaster victims:…

Because, as everyone knows, the ONLY REASON to respond quickly to a natural disaster is to "score political points with voters".

What a fucking tool...
Posted by COMTE on October 30, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
TreGibbs 25
Ditto. Facebook, and the people who live on it, suck.
Posted by TreGibbs on October 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 27
I tend to agree with the point, if not the tone of outrage that suggests the author goes out of his or her way to get self righteous and angry about things as a matter of routine.
Posted by Matt from Denver on October 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM · Report this
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM · Report this
brocaine 29
I was laughing like a 5th grader at the hurricane's twitter acct just this morning, but I've never purported to be anything but a garbage person.
Posted by brocaine on October 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM · Report this
During Katrina, many of us in Louisiana discovered that telephone calls were spotty st best, but that texts would get through, even if it took hours or days.
Posted by Clayton on October 30, 2012 at 8:09 PM · Report this
Norbeck 31
I was just wondering how long it would take for someone to call Obama out for "politicizing" this.

from the article you link -

"However, Brown’s comments carry a special irony due to the role he played during the Hurricane Katrina debacle in 2005"

To say the fucking least, I'd say!

I wonder how long it will take for the weather machine truthers to speak up
Posted by Norbeck on October 30, 2012 at 8:21 PM · Report this
LEE. 32

dude! that was actually almost funny. what you should do now is pull a Costanza and just walk out of the room on a high water mark. seriously, if you stop this bad attempt at trolling right here, we might remember you fondly.
Posted by LEE. on October 30, 2012 at 9:57 PM · Report this

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