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The 5 Worst Reactions to Sandy

Disasters very often bring out the best neighborly instincts in people, but they also bring out some terrible comments and reactions.

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Certainly, for all the outlying selfishness and tone-deaf reactions since the storm hit, there have also been hundreds of moments of human kindness and empathy. Occupy-affiliated folks are organizing localized relief. Neighbors are lending their couches to stranded friends. And politicians are doing things like acknowledging global warming and federal aid.

Lauren Kelley is the activism and gender editor at AlterNet and a freelance journalist based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Salon, Time Out New York, the L Magazine, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter.

Sarah Seltzer is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published at the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Jezebel and the Washington Post. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahmseltzer and find her work at

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