Update: Hurricane Sandy relief

October 30, 2012
Recovery starts today
Dear Friend,

Hurricane Sandy may have moved on – but millions are without power, transportation systems are crippled, more flooding is expected and your help is urgently needed.

Yesterday, thousands of people like you answered our calls for help with an outpouring of support, and we’re so grateful. Thanks to you, we have been able to shelter almost 11,000 people in more than 250 Red Cross emergency shelters, serve more than 25,000 meals and snacks, and mobilize more than 1,700 trained disaster responders to support relief efforts in affected areas across 16 states.

Your generosity made a huge difference. Here are just a few images of how your support helped people survive the worst of the storm:

But we still need your help.
Please make a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to support communities as they rebuild from devastation caused by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Many families will return home in the next few days only to find their homes completely uninhabitable. They’ll need supplies to clean up their homes, a place to sleep at night while their roofs and windows are repaired, and food and water to keep them going until power is restored to their neighborhoods. They’ll need you.

Recovery takes time – and it takes commitment, not only from those affected by disaster, but also from those who are willing to give it their all and help. Make a gift to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief now and stand with families affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy as they rebuild and recover, every step of the way.

Thank you so much for being a part of our Red Cross community – I know we can always count on you to help a neighbor in need.


Gail McGovern
President and CEO, American Red Cross
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P.S. You can give back every day of the year with a monthly donation. Become a Red Cross Champion today and help us to be ready to respond to those in need – down the street, across the country and around the world.


Check Water Level at Battery Park

October 29, 2012

Use this link for current tide levels in Battery Park NYC


Tide is Rising Now

October 29, 2012
NWSLogo_normal.jpg NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY)
10/29/12 3:56 PM
We have just past the “low” tide this afternoon and are now seeing water levels increase across south shore of LI. #nywx

Prop 37 – California Defends Labeling for Genetically Modified Foods

October 28, 2012

Genetically modified foods are fast becoming the new organics conversation as it turns out there are organic but genetically modified seeds out there.

A little cursory research indicates that not enough is know about GM foods in the food chain. Some suspect that GM foods are at least the cause for a growing incidence of food allergies.

Simple rule is to avoid them of you can. Labeling seems a minimal first step in consumer protection. Let’s hope the evil seed companies don’t succeed to suppress this disclosure.

sun_bigger_normal.JPG OMB Watch (@OMBWatch)
10/28/12 7:01 PM
How much is it worth to keep you from knowing what’s in your food? For Monsanto & other food companies, $1 million/day ow.ly/eJOxa

These are the 25 worst passwords of 2012

October 28, 2012

Hey, check this out from CNN:
If any of your passwords are on this list, then shame on you — and go change them now. http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/25/tech/web/worst-passwords-2012/index.html?iphoneemail

Visualizing NYC’s Carbon Emissions

October 28, 2012
good_normal.gif GOOD (@GOOD)
10/28/12 2:35 PM
Beautiful and frightening: gigantic carbon balls take over Manhattan streets bit.ly/PbqHyo

Reminds Me of the Quote from Animal House

October 26, 2012

They can’t do that to our pledges, only we can do that to our pledges…

CNBC.com Article: Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader

It is unclear how much Wen Jiabao, the prime minister of China, who has staked a position as a populist and a reformer, knows about the $2.7 billion in assets that his family has amassed, which are hidden behind a thicket of partnerships. The NYT reports.

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