TYPHOON HAIYAN RIPS THROUGH CENTRAL PHILIPPINES
Typhoon Haiyan is a Category 5 storm, the strongest typhoon of 2013 and said to be the “most powerful ever” to make landfall (with winds near 195-200 mph). Perspective: Superstorm Sandy was at 95mph when it hit New Jersey; Hurricane Katrina at 129mph when it hit land.
- Pre-emptive evacuations affect more than 161,000 families or more than 790,000 people in 37 provinces
- Typhoon Haiyan as seen from space
- Haiyan makes 6 landfalls - it affected an island chain in the central Philippines, making landfall in six islands. It gained wind power as it traversed through waters in between.
- Haiyan traverses areas affected by magnitude 7.1 earthquake - The earthquake left more than 200 dead dead on October 16; 1000 injured; 350,000 displaced. The survivors have been living in tents and evacuation areas. It passed through Leyte, Samar, Cebu (2.5 million residents), among others. All with densely populated cities, some of which are the poorest provinces in the country.
- 100 people killed in Tacloban — first estimate of casualties in the city reported today, November 9. Because the communication lines are down, the news centers have yet to take stock of the full extent of the damage. But the numbers are still expected to rise. The devastation was described as if a tsunami had wracked through it.
- 2:03PM 11/9: An estimated 4 million people have been affected by the typhoon
- 4:20PM 11/9: 90% of Baco Town in Oriental Mindoro flooded
- 4:55 PM 11/9: Bodies still scattered in Leyte as Visayas in shock
- 5:19PM 11/9: Negros Occidental under a state of calamity
- 7:34PM 11/9: Local officials expect the number of bodies found in Tacloban to reach 500
- eta: 7:45PM 11/9: Iloilo and Palawan declare state of calamity
- eta: 8:04PM 11/9: Update: 134 reported dead
- eta: 8:30PM 11/9: Thousands homeless in Ormoc, Leyte
- eta3: 10PM 11/9: Red Cross estimates 1,200 casualties
- eta3: 3AM 11/10: Aerial photo of Bantayan Island after Haiyan
- eta3: 3:23AM 11/10: At least 200 believed dead in Eastern Samar
The victims need all the help they can get. Cities have been leveled, buildings made of concrete were destroyed by strong winds and storm surges. Communications have yet to be reestablished in most of the areas affected by the typhoon. The full picture left behind by Haiyan has yet to be established yet the devastation reported on television is already extensive. The government is bracing for large-scale relief operations. Virtually 1/3 of the country has been ravaged by this natural disaster. And we need help.
HOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN HELP
- donations via the Philippine Red Cross (including PayPal)
- donations via Habitat for Humanity
- donations via ANCOP Foundation USA
- eta: donations via UNICEF Philippines
- eta2: donations via CARE Australia
- eta2: donations via Caritas Internationalis
- eta2: donations via GMA Network (credit card)
- eta2: donations via World Vision
- eta2: donations via AmeriCares
- eta2: donations via Samaritan’s Purse (Canada)
- eta2: donations via Canadian Red Cross (or you can text REDCROSS or ROUGE to 30333 to donate $5)
FOR THOSE IN THE PHILIPPINES
- text donations via Globe
- Red Cross and DSWD relief operations (infographic)
- list of ongoing relief operations via Rappler
- donations via ABS-CBN News
- eta: relief operations via University of the Philippines
- eta: relief operations via the Department of Education
- eta: pick-up locations for donations via Air 21
HOW TO FILE FOR MISSING PERSONS
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I have yet to get tired of you
- Commented on how nerd women are an “under-utilized romantic resource” instead of, you know, human beings. The comment also manages to be exceedingly heteronormative and slut-shaming, and enforces the hierarchy of high maintenance/low maintenance, self-confident/beautiful but doesn’t know it. (“It was a joke. it was a bad joke, and I’m sorry I made it, but, in context, it is pretty clearly a joke.”)
- In the same video he shamed thin women / women with eating disorders and condemned those who’ve chosen to undergo cosmetic surgery “and then there’s the weird culturally constructed definition of hot which means that an individual is malnourished and has probably had plastic bags inserted into her breasts.”
- Made fun of and appropriated the important cultural holiday Cinco de Mayo by creating “Hanko de Mayo”. (Has stopped using the term)
- He then refused to apologize when called out for this (1 | 2 | 3 | 4)
- Supports / defended Laci Green despite countless racist, transphobic, fat-shaming comments. Also used the slur “t****y” while defending her.
- Seems to support that “fat” people can be shamed into losing weight. (allegedly apologized for fat shaming)
- This hipster fat shaming (like hipster racism, but fatshaming) video in which he asks people to continue insulting and degrading him for his weight gain because it motivates him
- Defended Laci Green after she made a video entitled “Islam is Sexist”
- Use of the word “kafir” in An Abundance of Katherines
- Tricked the woman he would later marry into going on a first date with him by inviting a whole group of friends (including her) to see a movie, and then un-inviting all the other people. Why is this problematic? He lured a woman into being alone with him under false pretenses.What if she had felt unsafe around him but agreed to see the movie because she thought a whole bunch of people would be there? It ended up working out, and they eventually got married, but it’s still a troubling behavior. (Has repeatedly acknowledged that this was wrong)
- “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”
- Quote from his book An Abundance of Katherines: “she was incredibly hot, in that popular-girl-with-bleached-teeth-and-anorexia kind of way, which was Colin’s least favourite way of being hot”
Here are a couple of my personal faves:
(Note: some of them are personal blogs that also post a lot of anthropology/archaeology/linguistics related stuff):
Also, my personal blog is siuilaruin.I don’t post as much anth/arch stuff as I’d like, but feel free to follow :]
I need this
A facebook post by Jan Galman. I think this is worth a tumblr repost.
As a consummate listener of almost all kinds of foreign and local music from 1996 onwards and counting, I felt the sudden urge to say my own piece the moment I saw Rez Toledo's OPM problems post on his FB page. So what problems do I have with OPM exactly?
(Foreword: What follows is based on observations I have since formed the minute I first truly started appreciating music. No, I have not read Don Jaucian and Leloy Claudio’s articles - or any other related articles for that matter - about OPM at all when I wrote this post.)
1. Non-existence of the term “OPM”
OPM is not dead since something that simply does not exist can never be dead to begin with. I find the term “OPM” (or “original Pilipino music”) as rather strange to begin with. If a piece of music that is locally produced and yet draws from a vast array of influences (i.e., there would always be certain point/s when a song would sound rather derivative, and that is not necessarily a bad thing), the term “original” gets thrown out of the window. Also, the term “Pilipino” is very much self-limiting and rather reflective of our nation’s continuing struggle to find its own collective identity in the midst of the modern era of globalization as well as most of its people’s seemingly stubborn sense of false nationalism (in very much the same way that I shudder whenever “African music” or “Japanese music” or “(place nationality here) music” is concerned).
2. Heritage of smallness
As much as I hate to say this (since I have some friends who are currently quite active as contributors within the local independent music scenes), most of locally produced and released music couldn’t even put up a good fight against music from most other countries aside from those within the American and European continents. Aside from local electronic musician Similarobjects getting a track review onPitchfork, I have yet to encounter most of our local musicians being mentioned either in full or in passing - whether in a positive or negative light - in major and semi-major music publications such as the aforementioned Pitchfork, SPIN, NME Magazine, Paste Magazine, Alternative Press, Decibel Magazine, Metal Hammer and many others. Sure, being featured in a locally published fanzine is good and all that, but whatever happened to dreaming big and aiming high? Or is it symptomatic of what the late author Nick Joaquin described as our “heritage of smallness”?
3. Disparity of Filipino music listeners’ socio-economic classes
Is it any wonder why most of those from classes C and D are very much unable to relate to local indie, electronica and other non-abrasive forms of music? Or how about why do most of those from classes A and B are very much unable to relate to local metal, hardcore punk and other gritty forms of music? I am of the belief that this kind of discriminatory way of listening to not just local music but music in general is rather myopic and not a sign of one truly appreciating almost whatever form of music is out there. Now, if only someone would be willing enough to actually use this as a starting point for a college thesis (I wish I could but unfortunately, I already graduated from college back in 2007 and have no further plans of pursuing a master’s degree of some sort as of the moment).
4. Trend-based marketing of local mainstream music
Plain and simple: Local mainstream record companies scrape the bottom of the proverbial barrel in releasing studio-recorded material from “musicians” as well as actors and actresses pretending to be singers just because some moron from their management had given them access to what seems like unlimited studio time. My last example would possibly be fine if you’re Eddie Murphy, Will Smith or Scarlet Johansson, but no, I’m talking here about Anne Curtis, Barbie Forteza, Carlos Agassi and the like. Also worth mentioning is the “acoustic” trend from the early 2000’s (which has since thankfully subsided; not a single one of them could even do a simple Hank Williams or Conor Oberst cover, seriously). You call their stuff “music”, I call bullshit.
5. Lack of record stores
Sure, you have Astroplus and Odyssey as well as The Grey Market, but really, how many record stores are there in the entire country aside from those 3? Are record stores here going the way of the dodo? I couldn’t even recall any record store here that matches the massive catalog of HMV or San Francisco, CA’s aQuarius recOrds, to name but a ghastly few.
6. Lack of initiative in documenting music for archival purposes
I’m still waiting for Twisted Red Cross to reissue their catalog on CD, digital and/or vinyl format. Lucky are those who still have the original TRC cassette tapes from the 80’s in their possession, though then again, there is the rest of the lot who have to struggle with listening to static-ridden, muddled MP3 bootleg copies of songs from Betrayed, Dead Ends and the Wuds, which is fine except for the fact that properly remastered versions of those same songs would totally make a great difference in the long run especially in capturing the essence of 80’s Pinoy punk music. Also, music aficionados might have heard of American music archivist Alan Lomax; I can’t help sometimes but wish there be a similar person from the Philippines who would be industrious enough to actually go out and do field recordings of songs from the many indigenous peoples here.
So there, I’ve said my piece. Comments, suggestions and violent reactions are most welcome as long as they’re not of a rather personal nature.
Mornings - Portugal. The Man
I just want to smile, smile some more.
Scientists and music professors at Cambridge University came together to find the saddest song ever made. They went through thousands and thousands of music sheets, some even dating back to the 16th century. They went through composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johann Sebastian Bach. They tested the songs on hundreds of different people, observing The Limbic system, which is the part of the brain which controls emotion, like sadness, happiness and anger. After 7 years of research and observation, they finally found a song which made 94.7% of listeners cry or feel an overwhelming of sadness come across them. This is the song they found.
Meet Stanyslas Fedyanin, a 16-year-old guy from Moscow, Russia, who has gained notoriety for his very successful career as an international female body. Stas, as he likes to be called, says he is heterosexual, and even has a girlfriend, he just has an androgynous figure that makes him perfect for female modelling.
Oh my lord he’s perfect
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