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Got Electricity? No. Got Marathon? Yes.

Just an unbelievable decision from Nanny Bloomberg. Thousands are suffering the devastation of Sandy, but, hey, the marathon goes on!

More than 40,000 runners and millions of onlookers are expected to converge Sunday on the city’s streets, some of which are still damaged from the superstorm that left at least 22 city residents dead.

Despite round-the-clock efforts to bring the city’s power grid back online, hundreds of thousands of city residents are still without power. Mass transit has also been interrupted.


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When Will Somebody Do Something About These Rotten Rich People

They don’t pay their “fair share” of taxes, and today I’ve learned this. You know, they just don’t care about anybody but themselves.

The 2012 Bank of America Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy found that average giving as a percentage of household income stayed stable at around 9% between 2009 and 2011. Between 2007 and 2009, that percentage had slipped two percentage points.

The survey polled 700 U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more (excluding their primary residence) and/or an annual household income of $200,000. The survey has been released every two years since 2006.

“Philanthropy animates the wealth experience in the way that material acquisitions can’t,” says Claire Costello, philanthropic practice executive for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. “There’s an impulse to want to do this and to involve their children in this process” – despite a weak economy.

It’s just not fair.

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Safer Than A Giant Sugary Soda?

It’s called “slugging” and I admit this is the first time I’ve heard of it.  It involves drivers picking up strangers so the car can use the HOV lane. As described in this story about how it’s done in a few cities across the U.S., the driver picks up total strangers at designated “slugging” stops and they drive – evidently in silence – to the destination. Sounds like a great system on paper — but I can’t believe anyone would actually CHOOSE to do this. To me “slugging” is a problem waiting to happen. NYC Mayor Bloomberg, however, is telling people to form a carpool now that he’s imposed a three-person rule on the bridges into Manhattan. I’m just wondering if someone will ask the mayor if he thinks “slugging” is safer than a giant sugary soda drink.

New Yorkers will have to resolve one of the great moral quandaries of slugging: whether to split the bridge toll. After San Francisco established a $2.50 toll for the carpool lane in 2010, the Chronicle interviewed three dozen drivers and riders and found the carpools have three competing philosophies: “those who pay a share of the toll—usually $1—no matter what, those who pay only when asked and those who refuse to contribute.”

The New York Daily News features a column by a young woman forced to try this to get into Manhattan. I understand that natural disaster forces you to do things you wouldn’t otherwise do, but oh my.


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WAFF TV: Non-Union Utility Crews Turned Away From Sandy Recovery

Absolutely unbelievable. Do you think those suffering the misery left in Sandy’s wake give a darn whether the person restoring their power is a union member? Here is what unions are really about. Watch it for yourself here.

The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews from Huntsville Utilities learned they’ll be doing work in Long Island, New York instead of in New Jersey.

Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.

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