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The lights remain off in New York City. The poor, as always, find a way to manage. The rich, the wealthy, those with credit cards and steady jobs, can stay in hotels or find a way to remain safely at home.

The suburbanites want to fight and complain about not having gas.

The poor, those who are predominantly black and brown in a city whose class divides were laid bare by Super Storm Sandy, cannot use electronic bank transfer cards (otherwise known as food stamps) to eat. There are no riots. People soldier on and try to help each other.

The dreams of the White Right in which black and brown people, the poor, and those others who have been left behind by a massive transfer of wealth and income upwards to the top 1 percent while the middle class dies on the vine, and the underclass remains forgotten and ignored, remain unfulfilled.

There are no opportunities (yet) for the White Right, Free Republic, Tea Party GOP base of former Reagan Democrats, angry white men, and gun nut extremists, to go on their shooting sprees where they hunt down "Minority Urban Youths" for sport. I guess many of them are either stuck out on Long Island, Jersey, or Queens where they are fighting each other over gasoline.

This has not stopped some of the fantasy hate mongers on the Right from focusing on a few cases of obligatory knucklehead behavior--which can in turn be exaggerated into tales of rampaging mobs of black looters. The political onanism of the White Right is always on display for those willing to stomach their exhibitionist behavior.

This story about 87 year old Margaret Maynard reminds me of the conversations I have accidentally overheard between my mother and her friends.

You have to smile...and be glad that some folks are reaching out to help the most vulnerable among us. But again, the poor are the proverbial miner's canary. In a cashless society, where most people are dependent on electronic debit cards, bank cards, or other devices for monetary exchange, they too are out of the loop when the power goes out. I would imagine only a few have cash monies on hand, hidden at home, in an envelope under the bed, or safely in a can located in the freezer for safe keeping.

Question: who will break first? Those who are already used to doing with less? Or those entitled, comfortable, and well-resourced, living in the exurbs (or in exclusive zip codes in the city) who have little tolerance--or coping skills--for dealing with life's difficulties, however minor?

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  •  That "knucklehead" behavior was (3+ / 0-)
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    Mistral Wind, highacidity, HamdenRice

    a troll scam. The fact that anyone believes that looters are going to post their looting on the internet or that their mother looted them a new shirt is beyond my comprehension. It's funny when the right wing do it, not so funny when you do it.

    Please don't add to the right wing stupidity for gods sake.


    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

    by resa on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:08:29 PM PDT

  •  The conviction that if they don't own things (4+ / 0-)
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    NormAl1792, a2nite, 2thanks, QDMacaw

    they will be lost is rational for people who don't know how to cope. Also, the belief that everyone else is in the same boat is rational because these people who don't know how to cope, how to transform material things to their own purposes, also don't see how other people work.
    They perceive themselves to be helpless, if they don't have the assets they've acquired and stored up, and they are correct. That other people don't share their insecurity or envy simply doesn't compute.
    I used to think that the fear and insecurity the cons spread about was manufactured to subordinate the rest of the population. Now I'm increasingly convinced that their fear is endemic and, considering their general incompetence, justified.
    After all, what is a Willard actually capable of doing for himself or anyone else? He's a collector and an accumulator of money, but, it's my guess, the reason he can't talk about his money is because, like his wife's horses, he doesn't know how much money or how many dollars he actually has. He steals and accumulates in order to feel more secure and he expects that others do the same. It's a dog eat dog world, as far as Willard is concerned. Sharing and mutual support are not something he understands.
    I suspect it's because he's out of touch, not well grounded. That we have terms ready to describe his condition suggests it's rather common. Being out of touch may be as common as poor eye sight and poor hearing. We don't notice it because, like the hard of hearing, out of touch people tend to compensate by talking a lot and, for the most part, we don't pay enough attention to realize they don't know what they are talking about.

    Our mistake is in letting such people make decisions for the rest of us.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:25:57 PM PDT

  •  Somewhat off topic (4+ / 0-)
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    NormAl1792, BlackSheep1, QDMacaw, myboo

    This does not relate to the primary topic here of how the poor deal with these tragedies. However, when there is no power, the ATMs don't work. In your disaster preparation, or if you have a disaster pack, or plan, have some CASH.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:27:51 PM PDT

  •  But we have smiling hipsters dumpster diving (4+ / 0-)

    in the NYDaily News.

    Anchors at the desks have been trying to get a rise out of looting and fights at gas stations. But their own reporters are knocking those down as fantasy, and the video supports the reporters.

    Too many anchors live in well stocked, protected doorman buildings. And now we see which ones.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:32:43 PM PDT

  •  It will come. Just like the anti-union crap has (2+ / 0-)
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    2thanks, BlackSheep1

    already surfaced.

    The agenda has been, for the past 30 years, to divide and destroy us.

    They will accuse persons of color of wrong doing, just like they have already attacked union workers.

    They do not relent.

    Great diary as always.
    Thank you.

    2012 Elections: POTUS - Obama; CA-47 (new) - Lowenthal

    by mungley on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 12:50:23 PM PDT

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