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Threatening The Livelihood Of Vietnamese American Fishermen: Another Thing That Sucks About The Spill
Oil from the offshore rig that exploded and sank last month in the Gulf of Mexico (pictured above), killing 11 people, continues to spill into the waters I grew up swimming in. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that 210,000 gallons of oil are leaking into the water A DAY, and PBS.org came up with this handy little ticker to show you just how much oil that is:
The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which is considered one of the worst environmental disasters caused by humans EVAR, released about 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaskan waters in 1989, but this Gulf Coast spill–which is nowhere near contained–is expected to Continue reading Threatening The Livelihood Of Vietnamese American Fishermen: Another Thing That Sucks About The Spill
Filed under: Catastrophes, Deepwater Horizon, Disasters, Drill Baby Drill, Environmental Disasters, Exxon Valdez, Gulf Coast, Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Gulf Coast Oil Spill Clean-up, Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Offshore Oil Drilling, Vietnamese American Fishermen, Vietnamese American Shrimpers
LA photographer Yu Tsai has a large slate of beautiful work, being a master of female sensuality, fantastic color variance, and irregularities turned into beauty.
Filed under: Coke, Controversial Photos, Disasters, Exploitation, Hasbeens, Homage?, Insecurity, Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, Lindsay Lohan Naked, Lindsay Lohan Nude, Lindsay Lohan Sex, Muse Magazine, Photographers, Racy, Sad, Sex, Yu Tsai
Dear Mother Nature,
First you flood the Philippines, where the homes of over 2 million people have been affected and 246 people have been reported dead so far. Then you unleash an undersea earthquake that turns into a tsunami on the Samoa Islands, killing dozens. After that, you take the same storm that menaced the Philippines, and move it over Laos and then Vietnam, where 170,000 homes have been damaged and 41 have been reported dead at last count. Still hell-bent on destruction, you then toss in another earthquake Wednesday–with a magnitude of 7.6–in Indonesia, near Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra, that claims 75 lives.
Lady, WTF? What did Asia ever do to you? Sleep with your fella, Father Time?!
Amidst all of this apocalyptic disaster, we did notice one tiny shred of good news:
On that note, do you think you could find room in your heart for a little more of that and, like, TAKE A FUCKING CHILL PILL?
How do you end a prayer to Mother Nature? Amen? Gaia be with me? LYLAS? Anyway…
A few images of the devastation and panic caused by rapid flooding:
Dr. Prisco Nilo, chief of the PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration) who briefed the National Disaster Coordinating Council on the disastrous events, took an opportunity during an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer to blame the residents: “Instead of just watching the soap operas on TV, they should also watch the news,” he said.
But the government–particularly its leader, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo–pointed elsewhere, noting that the Philippine government’s response and public cry for International help was “quick” …compared to the response of the United States to Hurricane Katrina (and despite more than 7 additional inches of rain).
The mighty United States–not known, by and large, to be crippled by location or poverty–clearly pondered this statement, looked up to the sky, twiddled its thumbs and began to whistle nonchalantly.
Filed under: Bad Examples, Death Toll, Disasters, Doing Nothing, Hurricane Katrina, Ketsana, Ondoy, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, The Blame Game, the Philippines, This is Bullshit, U.S. Epic Fails
As Hurricane Ike makes its way northwest to close in on Texas, we can’t help but wonder: What kind of stupid, blasphemous, disrespectful storm would threaten Jen’s birthplace and home of her brilliant, awesome, super-cute parents???
Fortunately, Jen’s folks (who are based just outside of Houston, and not near the coast of Galveston, where the threat is most imminent) are, as CNN would say, “staring down the storm.” If all goes as planned, they won’t even have to board up their windows.
But if they do, trust us… vengeance will be Jen’s. Oh yes, Ike, vengeance will be Jen’s.
Many of the RNC’s activities have been called off today, out of respect for the approaching Hurricane Gustav.
Now that it looks like you won’t be glued to the set watching all of today’s Republican rah-rah speeches, please make use of yourself and see how you might contribute to the efforts of the American Red Cross relief efforts that are already underway.
Or, uh, wait to see if FEMA will take care of it. Actually, they probably will. Enjoy your Labor Day.
The truckload is apparently the first containing parts of over $85 million dollars of materials that have been sitting in a FEMA warehouse since, oh, ’bout 2006. Many Americans became aware of the “lost” materials last month after a CNN-led investigation unveiled that the materials had been deemed “surplus” and were being given away to other government agencies.
From Final Call:
James McIntyre, FEMA’s press secretary, stated in an email to CNN that storage fees were costing FEMA more than $1 million a year and another agency wanted the warehouses torn down. “We needed to vacate them,” he wrote.
“Upon review of our assets and our need to continue to store them, we determined that they were excess to FEMA’s needs; therefore, they are being excessed from FEMA’s inventory,” Mr. McIntyre further wrote.
Maybe McIntyre just needed to work on his vocab. Cuz’ where I’m from, “excess” implies lack of need. Or maybe that means that Louisiana DIDN’T HAVE ANY MORE NEED AND ALL OF THE PROBLEMS FROM KATRINA HAD TOTALLY BEEN SOLVED AND JUST DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT!
Um… woo hoo, America?
Filed under: A Truck? One Truck?, America Is Doing A Bang-Up Job, Bad Vocabularies, Disasters, Embarrassing, FEMA, Hurricane Katrina, Oh Bravo, Paltry Efforts, Pathetic, Shame, Solving Problems, This is Bullshit
U.S. Navy vessels carrying tons of relief supplies for the suffering victims of last month’s Myanmar cyclone turned back around this week, without unloading their cargo. Although the United Nations has stated that a million survivors still don’t have adequate food or shelter, the ruling junta refuses to allow entry for fear that the Americans will bum rush the troubled country for its rich oil deposits.
And so the victims continue to suffer without the mobilized assistance.
We have to say, we’re more than embarrassed that our country’s pathetic reputation as oil hoarders makes for a plausible assumption that we’d do just about anything to get our hands on the grease.
Do we all seem this bad?
After assessing the financial hit they might take–from a few million angry Chinese folks with a penchant for luxury items–after the face of their brand tossed last week’s tragic earthquake off as “karma” for the Chinese/Tibetan conflict, Dior apparently got their heads on straight and pulled all ads containing Sharon Stone’s crazy face from China.
The NY Times reports:
Dior released a statement in which Ms. Stone apologized, saying: “Due to my inappropriate words and acts during the interview, I feel deeply sorry and sad about hurting Chinese people. I am willing to take part in the relief work of China’s earthquake, and wholly devote myself to helping affected Chinese people.”
So Stone hurt the Chinese people, even though she “doesn’t think that anyone should be unkind to anyone else.” And then she got publicly shamed by the media and lost her lucrative endorsement deal?
Hmm. Is that karma?
Bai Ling is from Chengdu, China. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province, where–if you’ve been living under a rock–a devastating earthquake struck Monday. Bai’s family still lives in Chengdu and, naturally, she was worried for them and wrote about it in a blog entry called “Sad news from my home town…..” (Everyone in her family, as it turns out, is fine.) The post is inexplicably accompanied by a picture of Bai in a wedding gown and shows that Bai’s mind is as slippery as her nipples:
“I glad everyone is fine in my family, but feel sad for the people whom lost life and home and spirit.
Yes it looks like a wedding gown I am waring now, but I am not getting married, but like the idea, maybe one day? Maybe Soon?
Just got an offer, will do another film after I finished ” Crank 2″…”
Her follow-up post on China’s worst natural disaster in 30 years, a disaster that officials are now saying may have claimed 50,000 lives, is called, “A gift for you for today, espacialy the ones in my home town whom suffered when the earth decide to move without our melody……. “
And what, you ask, is Bai’s espacial gift for the quake victims?
Our thoughts go out to the thousands affected by this morning’s disastrous earthquake, which has already taken the lives of a confirmed 8,600 in the Sichuan province. We are so saddened by this incredible tragedy.
Thankfully, it appears that the Chinese government is responding quickly, but we urge our readers to take some time and donate to the relief effort by Mercy Corps here.
Many of the world’s citizens are horrified at the achingly slow trickle of emergency aid being halted on its way to the hundreds of thousands of people left devastated in post-Cyclone Myanmar–a situation complicated by political roadblocks and lack of movement by local government. As helpless as many of us feel, it seems everybody is jumping at the chance to do something to help. The First Lady even felt compelled to speak out this week, criticizing the Burmese government for not properly warning the citizens of the oncoming disaster.*
Other public figures have stepped up to the plate to speak out and try to improve this dire situation, including influential and educated people like actors and reality TV stars.
For example: Kim Kardashian–noted academe and do-gooder–posted an informative piece on her blog yesterday:
The post originally included the PSA Kim and her two sisters (the big one and the midget) filmed pre-Cyclone for Fanista.com’s “Burma: It can’t Wait” campaign. She took the video down at 3pm today, saying that the piece was not yet cleared for distribution. Fortunately, somebody smarter than the Kardashians knew to pull the clip for YouTube:
All I can say is: WOW!
Now this is why it is so very important for celebutards to do their part when the world is in crisis!!
Thank Heaven for the Kardashians, despite their inability to pronounce words off of cue cards, despite their inability to seem any more engaged with existence than corpses on Lithium, despite their ability to really comprehend the vastness of Burma’s “political plight,” despite their rotund asses and pea brains! Thank Heaven for them!
*we do not have an official quote, but we have heard her paraphrased** as saying, “My husband Georgie told me just the other day: ‘Them there’s people aren’t black or nothin’, so we should care about their well bein’! We should tell ‘em when a storm’s a-comin’!'”
**paraphrase excerpt submitted by Diana Disgrasian
Filed under: Bad Actors, Celebutards, Cyclones, Disasters, Emergency Action, Fame is Useless, Laura Bush, Myanmar, PSAs, Really Dumb People, The Kardashians, This Is The Best We've Got?, When Good Deeds Go Bad