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November 23, 2013
What happened to me was scarring and shocking, but in a way it was just a precursor to the kind of cruelty and violence that has become a necessary staple of reality television.
Irene McGee, the recipient of the “slap heard ‘round the world” in the seventh season of The Real World • Discussing the societal implications of the slap she received when exiting the pier-based property in Seattle 15 years ago. “It seems naive today, when blatantly manipulated and pre-scripted reality television is a staple of our television diets, but at the time I was shocked by how set up for conflict the Real World environment was,” she said of her experience.
14:31 // 5 months ago
September 2, 2011
The guy’s acting like he’s having a hard time standing up, and you see people just strolling along behind him. I thought, what a great contrast. Why didn’t he just stand up and say, ‘We were very lucky’?
Former FEMA head Michael “heckuva job Brownie" Brown • Somehow turning media critic after Hurricane Irene (in ripping CNN for their coverage of the storm). Hey, Michael, no offense, but you’re the last person that should talk here. Glad to see that the crisis was weak enough that you can rip the media for the coverage. You and Ray Nagin should probably keep your media commentator cards to yourselves. source (viafollow)
15:58 // 2 years ago
September 1, 2011
Alright, who gave this Hurricane Irene photo better play, the WaPo or the NYT?

Alright, who gave this Hurricane Irene photo better play, the WaPo or the NYT?

12:49 // 2 years ago
August 31, 2011

thedailyfeed:

Bill Stinson, his daughter Erin, left, and his wife Sandra, center, now have a very different view at the site of their historic home. The images have come to stand for all that Hurricane Irene erased. 

Shocking damage.

(via thedailyfeed)

10:21 // 2 years ago
August 29, 2011
19:24 // 2 years ago
August 28, 2011
21:30 // 2 years ago
13:57 // 2 years ago

"We’ve got a billion-dollar disaster here."

briancolligan:

Anyone who doubts this was a serious storm is welcome to come on down to eastern North Carolina, where we’re trying to put communities back together. We still have thousands displaced, hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, thousands without power and, oh by the way, killed two people in the county in which I live. We’ve got a billion-dollar disaster here, even if it didn’t happen in a large American city or the world’s media capital.

So, yeah, come on down. Rent a truck to haul debris. Bring a chainsaw. Or save yourself the travel and send some money to the American Red Cross, which is trying to help those in need. Irene may not have hit New York as forecast, but it was bad enough from where I stand. So lend a hand or shut the hell up.

Pretty much everything he said. Virginia got it pretty bad too.

(Source: shortformblog)

12:56 // 2 years ago

On Hurricane Irene naysayers: Leave your stupid comments in your pocket!

We just spotted a reblog to an Irene post which angered us a little bit. It belittled the storm, piece by piece, because it could. It criticized the post for pointing out the diameter of the storm — you know, the huge slow-moving storm that has flooded areas of the country from North Carolina to New York. Sure, it’s not a powerful storm by hurricane standards, but it is one that caused a lot of damage nonetheless. This guy also made a bunch of other inconsiderate comments (he belittles the fact that people died!), but let’s be clear: While this storm was not as bad as it could’ve been, it did cause damage and wide-scale flooding and inconvenience millions of people not used to storms of this nature. Sometimes, the snark is warranted. In this case, it’s not. People died. Millions of dollars of damage was caused. Millions of people not used to storms like these were affected. As our friend Mark says in “The Room”: Leave your stupid comments in your pocket!

12:06 // 2 years ago
breakingnews:

Photo by Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State, of storm damage in Margaretville, a village in Delaware County. August 28, 2011.

Yikes. Hope the governor’s car is equipped with hovering ability.

breakingnews:

Photo by Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State, of storm damage in Margaretville, a village in Delaware County. August 28, 2011.

Yikes. Hope the governor’s car is equipped with hovering ability.

11:19 // 2 years ago