Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Destruction caused by Haiti earthquake

Photomorel.  Twitter pic user posting photos of the earthquake devastation.

Rollings in Haiti, "Earthquake day in Port au prince"
I. . . didn’t actually fall on the ground, but I stumbled around quite a bit. When the tremors ceased, a large dust cloud was rising from the building a few doors down. A 3 story school full of teenage girls had collapsed. I stood around looking stupid for longer than I’d like to admit. I looked at the truck from Toyota, tried to call my wife (the service was out) and looked around me at people’s reactions. Virtually everyone reacted in strange ways.  Eventually, I went to the school and started working to pull trapped students from the wreckage. . .

The Boston Haitian Reporter is live-blogging reports about the earthquake.

At Global Voices, Georgia Popplewell has compiled some tweets from Haiti.

Doctors without Borders/Medicins sans frontieres is collecting donations to support their relief efforts in Haiti here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Attempted Christmas terrorist bombing of NWA Flight 253

Lori and Kurt, passengers of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, were eyewitnesses to the attempted bombing of the Detroit-bound flight that took off from Amsterdam. During the flight, Abdul Mudallad, a 23-year-old Nigerian, attempted to ignite a bomb attached to his body.

Lori and Kurt, both attorneys, have blogged extensively about their experiences and observations relating to NWA#253. In addition to explaining what they saw take place on the flight and in the airport terminals, the couple have been forthcoming with criticism of how  law enforcement and government responded to the terror incident, also questioning some news media reports.   Lori's blog is called Lori's Liberal Realm.

Lori blogged on Jan 2, 2009
We were in Row 27 H and J. "He" was in Row 19A. Only 8 rows away, across the plane. In clear view. On one hand, I wish I did not have to witness it, because it will be branded in my brain forever. On the other hand, if I had not been able to witness it, the "unknown" may have stressed me out even more. . . .

What is really unfair about this situation is some things I have been reading online about Kurt, or rather about both of us at times. Kurt wants nothing but a full investigation to be done into this. He saw things that nobody else is claiming to see, and wants to feel safe flying again.
Check it out.  Lory and Kurt's blog marks a milestone in the history of there-live blogging.

Commentary and background
Joseph Cannon, Cannonfire
Detroit News, Custom official confirms 2nd man interviewed

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Red Shirt rally in Chiang Mai

This live-blog report is interesting to me because it shows that the political division within Thai society remains strong. Thailand's northern-based, mainly rural, Red Shirt faction (UDD) have not given up. In fact, their resolve may be as strong as ever.

Hobby Nganadeeleg, Undefeated, (text, 12 photos)
Many had made the trip from the villages and had set up tents outside the stadium to stay over for the night.    I'm hopeless at estimating crowds, so all I could say is that there were several thousand there (definitely more than 8,000 but less than 20,000 IMO - the ground area of the stadium and the grandstand seating areas were 2/3 to 3/4 full in my estimation).  There were also several hundred people outside the stadium area where there were the usual food and red merchandise stalls.

The crowd numbers were even more respectable when you consider it was NOT a free event - the cost of a ticket to enter inside the stadium was 100 baht [US $3.00], which included a red t-shirt with Thaksin image, and a red glow stick....

On the way out, I noticed that the stall with the biggest line up was the sign-up area for new Reds members - this red movement is not going away, and I sincerely hope that, if Thaksin ever does return to power, he has enough humility and good sense, to repay the love and faith that has been invested in him.
Hobby posted his own analysis of recent developments in Thailand on Jan 29, 2010.