Monthly Archives: November 2012

Random musings for a Friday

First, we had a great discussion last night on Sex And Politics on WBCR about the Occupy Movement‘s ‘Strike the Debt’ initiative. For those of you who don’t know about this, it’s a campaign called Rolling Jubilee–the activist group is able to buy up debt for pennies on the dollar and once purchased, it liquidates the […]

Emmons Avenue, 24 days post-Sandy

  Short post here, in case you care: I went back to Emmons Avenue two weeks after my last visit.  It looks like they have power, but most businesses still look closed. The cars I suspected were abandoned last time are looking a bit more forlorn now–in many cases, someone has written GEICO or STATE […]

tonight on WBCR

I’ll be talking about the Strike the Debt movement, an interesting way that Occupy is attempting to liquidate debt through a ‘rolling jubilee’. I’m on at 7:30. Be there or be square. WBCR.

My cranky post

Sorry. I’ve been in the middle of a family dilemma/drama/clusterf*ck that makes that whole King Lear sibling thing look like a Very Brady Christmas. It makes me want to not write or read or do anything that smacks of fun. And I know the things that aren’t fun and I’m dealing with most of them. […]

Mister Obama, put back those Solar Panels!!!

Thought I’d start with a false homage to the Great Communicator and his famous statement about the Berlin Wall. Come January, it will be 32 years since Ronald Reagan first moved into the White House, and among his first acts was ordering the removal of the solar panels on the roof of the White House that Jimmy Carter had […]

Doomer porn: Bigger, longer, uncut

Apologies to the South Park fans. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was out of town last week in order to deal with the settling of a family estate down in Virginia. Though not overtly religious, my parents (the decedents) had apparently considered themselves something other than mortal and had not made the […]

short follow-up to Hurricane Sandy thread

I’ve been up to my neck in family things lately, so I’ve been out of New York for the better part of the past week.  That means that when I returned Saturday, I had been away from the continuing upheaval of the fixes having to be made for Hurricane Sandy. First, there’s this–a meteorologist predicting […]

Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay twelve days post Sandy

(okay, this is an homage to Bikesnobnyc, who likes background music to accompany his occasional rant): Open this link in another tab, then minimize the tab and let the music play as you go through the pictures here. So I got up too late this AM to make the volunteer list for Occupy Sandy out in the Rockaways. […]

Hurricane Sandy, the loose ends

Recovery continues in the outer boroughs from Hurricane Sandy and its Nor’Easter cousin that slammed into us on Wednesday. Snow is gone now, but thousands are still out in the cold. Fortunately, it’s warming up over the next few days. On the recovery side of the ledger, thousands of people in places like Oceanside NY […]

Obama, Occupy and the work ahead

I’d be less than honest if I didn’t say that the election results were better than I expected. Not that I was rooting for Obama (for the reasons I’ve outlined previously on this blog), but I felt that Romney had betrayed a real contempt for much of America. And this isn’t just about his “47 […]