Christmas is coming. It is bad/. Please help.
Most of my heroes are ladies; it is they that are left behind in a war, with children in tow. Of course I appreciate the aesthetic beauty of a woman but I marvel in her strength. A really good man, is careful not to offend a lady.
My friend died recently (Floyd) and I am telling her about her dad whom she misses so much and she is 33 years old. She told me how he was always there for her and I will be straight, this is not just some feel good remark. He was that kind of man and the kind of man we all should be. Women have always been a charm on a bracelet to too many men.
If media and entertainment are any example, you have to go no further than ‘Conan The Barbarian’. In one scene James Earl Jones has a virgin jump to her death. This is not really about power as that scene alluded to, but really a scene of misogyny.
I have seen the cruelty at an early age, violence foisted upon my mother, her life seemingly in the balance to a young five year old boy. A picture I cannot erase and will never justify. Not for the sake of ego and not some false premise of power. I saw my own mother suffer as a kid while my dad was in Thailand. I am not sure what instigated the event but she came home crying one day and I did not know why. Still a young boy I wanted to find her tormentor and maybe push him or her off that cliff. Regardless, cruelty really angers me and I will not sit still for it.
“Yeah kickin your ass would be a pleasure!” But do not think for one moment that those kind of men are rare and even the potential of a woman is somehow mired on their chest and between their legs.
As a young boy and you see such things, is it any wonder so many men and boys treat women like chattel? And modern society for all it’s claims about being more sensitive is not.
I think you get the point by now, it is exploitation. Do you think I turned my head? No!!! But at the same time, it is what it is and she didn’t get that scene because ‘Real Girls Have Curves’.
Three months later in Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, she is a gal in trouble and the guy has split. Oh what a shock, right? I loved her power, Cher’s and figure she gets it. She has her own quiet strength and it shows and you feel it. Many great women have made their mark, not their thighs, fake boobs or liposuction but their real inherent greatness.
In Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Different Drum’, she was sexy and beautiful but at the same time, her own person. Not merely eye candy or a trophy wife. If we listen to the muses we hear the song and we hear the power of a woman. Totally cool if you ask me and no one did. 😛 “Any person, place or thing, trying to pull the reigns in on me! I recently heard she has Altzheimers and this saddens me. But her beauty has gone nowhere, just like the beauty of Minnie Ripperton.
One of the great songs by feminist singers was Helen Reddy, ‘I am Woman’ and ‘I don’t know how to love him’. I am a romantic person and guys it is not about getting laid, as gross as that sounds to the younger generation. lol.
I saw on Plenty of Fish women acting stupid and it wasn’t as though they were playing it straight and one blogger here ( a female) summed it up perfectly. Basically that too many men are pigs and too many women expecting perfection when they themselves are not. The problem as I see it, the founder of this site has set up some unreasonable expectations and some pretty bold BS, which neither side can attain to. And again, I believe this is a form of male chauvinism.
I am going to end with this song now and believe me, I have a lot more. The lesson is quite plain, we get what we put into this and respect each other. That is the best we can do. Sometimes we get hurt and sometimes we hurt someone else.
This is a relevant thread for those with depression. Too often this is depicted by comments like pulling one’s self out of something but just as other limitations may be physical, this issue is real too.
Back on the 5th of this Month I warned of something of this nature. I noticed it was showing a very strong center eye and a devastatingly large wall cloud. The wall cloud was as big as many Typhoons, Hurricanes or Cyclones. Each general region has it’s own particular name for it, though the Cyclone in America is any area of low pressure.
Before I forget I have been a tropical weather forecaster for at least 25 years and a forecaster for a lot longer than that. I have always had a penchant for feeling the weather and seeing the obvious warning signs. Any forecaster who uses only data has a very limited sense of tropical weather and forecasting in general. I have done tropical weather for the Caribbean, Jamaica, Monserrat, the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands. I even done a station called, WGOD. And it was Christian because I can not imagine tempting God like that. I have done weather for about 100 radio stations altogether.
The country has 7,107 islands so that right there makes the country vulnerable to all sorts of mischief. Couple that with the weather patterns that include Low Pressure Areas (LPAs), Intertropical Convergence Zones, Tropical Storms, monsoonal patterns and the much despised Typhoons. The basic issue with Typhoons is there is very little resistance in the atmosphere and the warm tropical waters in the Pacific.
Their kin, the Hurricane, often starts early on off the coast of Africa as a cluster of thunderstorms and moves out to sea. A general area of Low Pressure becomes a noticeable wave or kink in the isotropic flow. We do streamline analyses of these systems and see if there is anything out there to enhance these disturbances. Sheering can lop off the head of the beast or even cold waters. Once out of the restrictive environments, it can develop quickly as it reaches warmer waters or and cold air above the storm. Once compacted these storms develop an eye and a wall cloud and of course, the feeder bands. Typhoon Yolanda had a very tight eye which suggests a strengthening storm and a humungous wall cloud. That is the area right around the eye. As I saw the projected trajectory I was immediately thinking this could be devastating. Nothing but a freight train of winds and savage rainshowers. The process that digests the thermal properties of the storm is called adiabatic cooling.
Think of these as self-sustained entities which become engorged with moisture and a low pressure reading that is off the chart low. If these systems have a very low pressure area that is also an indication of trouble ahead. The next critical problem is storm path. Generally one or two things happen, either some upper air steering winds moves it or it goes towards lower pressure. Think of this low pressure as a gutter in a bowling alley. This was pretty clear with Yolanda, as it’s forward speed was quite fast. Of course track deviations are possible but at high speeds inertia keeps the area bound within some pretty broad parameters. But this is the Meteorology and that alone is not the whole story. Admittedly, it is a difficult venture but now the country is suffering from a kind of organizational paralysis.
Also, forecasters and disaster preparedness types often don’t shoot for the high end numbers in a little trick of forecasting called persistence. I am pretty sure that better warning systems could be used and a much better lead time. That said, this storm would have blown up places in Miami that have been reinforced since Andrew destroyed much of South Florida. This storm (Yolanda) was virtually unprecedented. I guess the question that many Filipino are asking, is “why is cleanup taking so long?” The problem is there are family members laying in the street, bloated from the decay of death. And I won’t make this just about the kids, because it is any wonder that many of yesteryears kids are around given the raucous weather patterns in the deep Pacific. On a personal level, I am worn out.
I am worried about the morale of the country and how it becomes personal when it is people you love and all those lives wiped out so mercilessly. At this time, the people who love that country can only sit back and perhaps donate some money. It is really too early for care packages because disseminating them would be difficult, given the roads are blocked and strewn with bodies.
One who has little to do with the Philippines might keep in mind, that this people are hale and hearty and sure to rebound in kind, but like a boxer becomes punch weary. I feel such sadness which complicates my severe depression anxiety, but I will not stand idly by and do nothing. The Philippine people and America are inextricably linked. Though the country is independent and growing, they also have a large love of this country. They died in league with us and they were tortured and abused on a scale so horrific, then mere words cannot cover the costs. Suffice it to say, that the American GI most of the time thinks kindly of their times at Angeles and Clark AB. I guess all I can do is send my heart out to you. My friend who now lives in the USA but was from Cebu, tells me of her sadness and I have had the luxury of meeting and participating with the Pinoy people for a very long time and it has been my honor and privilege.
The above pics are graphic but tell the tale of a horrific and misused people and yet, Americans marched along side the fateful Americans who died similarly with them. This is why this should matter to Americans because they died for us and we died for them. Our peoples suffered concentration camps and where Japanese soldiers beheaded children in front of the mothers and then raped them.
The country boasts some famous people like Manny Pacquiao, the coach of the Miami Heat, Jessica Sanchez and a cadre of war heroes both past and present. Lou Diamond Philips and Tim Tebow was born there, and Phoebe Cates has some Filipino blood also.
The Tebows are loved for what they do for the people there and a people who benefit from the love and understanding that we can use from time to time. No man or woman is an island but in the Pacific there are 7,107 islands with a lot of pain and sadness.
I want to thank Will of Heart and to realize that there are others here who are frustrated, angry and confused. It is natural and as long as there is hope, I guess everything will be ok.
Photo credited to Mans Unides Flicker (under creative commons)
I posted this content to Bubblews but I decided to share my point of view regarding the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit my country just recently to my friends and fellow bloggers here in WordPress.
It took me quite some time before I was able to type my first word for this content, it is not because I am losing words but I wanna make sure I can stress my point with regards to this matter.
A few days ago, Typhoon Yolanda hit us, thousands of Filipinos died and injured. Many are now starving and stole foods from stores, supermarkets, and malls. Lots are asking for help and most felt depression due to the death of their loved ones and loss of homes.
Before the typhoon, we heard all the local TV networks and radio announcements and forecast all…
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