2013 September

In the past 24 hours – well, 12, really, there have been two MAJOR earthquakes in the world. A 7.8 in Pakistan that has killed upwards of 325 people and displaced thousands more and a 7.0 quake off the south coast of Peru. The Peru quake was felt in Lima, 500km away and has trapped copper miners. At least one rumour has it that the quake has caused a piece of coastline to become an instant island but I can’t find verification.

And all we get from the US is Ted Friggin’ Cruz.

More on Peru here.



scott kiefer Says:
September 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm e

Explanation of the island formed by the Pakistani earthquake here:

Thanks Scott 🙂

Typhoon Usagi has left the building. By that I mean that even though at least 25 people lost their lives, more than 3.5 million more have either lost homes, businesses, property or access to food or clean water, the reporters have all gone home and no one is telling us how the Chinese are coping. Or how we can help.

Life, apparently, goes on.

The day Usagi came under our radar I was poised to publish this cartoon, gleaned from my FB newsfeed. It will probably offend some of you (and I apologize for that) but I thought it sent the best -ever message to greedy retailers who are hell-bent on squeezing every last penny out of our wallets before closing shop on Christmas Eve.

250277_337831056309743_915885313_nGo ahead. Tell me you aren’t tempted to get the Nativity scene out in time for Halloween.

Christmas trees in the stores on 01 September? Really people?  Will we be buying Easter Egg kits on New Years Eve as well? Can we merge St. Patrick’s Day with St. Valentine’;s Day too?

Too stupid for words.


We’re only hours away from this huge storm reaching Hong Kong.

Latest report on Typhoon Usagi here.


“Bottom line: Super Typhoon Usagi is the the strongest cyclone so far in 2013. It is expected to weaken and impact parts of southeast China, in particular Hong Kong, by Sunday, September 22. Usagi could potentially slam Hong Kong with heavy rain, flash flooding, and strong winds.”

If anyone has updates please leave links in comments – thanks,



From News,com.au

Typhoon Usagi hits Taiwan – powerlines cut, flash flooding and landslides – over 3000 people already evacuated and this:

“The typhoon also left 45,000 homes powerless and more than 5000 households without water, it said. Pictures showed overturned vehicles, fallen branches and rivers of muddy water flooding the streets.

A total of 77 domestic and five international flights were cancelled and ferry services suspended, with schools and offices in many parts of Taiwan closed, especially in the south and east, authorities said.

The defence ministry deployed more than 3000 soldiers to ‘high-risk’ areas and placed 24,000 others on standby.”


The storm was downgraded from a super typhoon on Saturday – with its sustained winds falling below 241 kilometres per hour – as it passed through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan, likely sparing residents in both places from the most destructive winds near its eye.

In the Philippines, Usagi left at least two people dead and two others missing, while in Taiwan nine people were hurt by falling trees on Kinmen island off China’s coast.

The typhoon landed near the city of Shanwei in the Chinese province of Guangdong, about 140 kilometres northeast of Hong Kong, and was moving west-northwest at 22 km/h, the Hong Kong Observatory said. It was expected to skirt about 100 kilometres north of Hong Kong overnight.

Hundreds of residents were taken to temporary shelters, commerce came to a grinding halt and airlines cancelled flights for a period of at least 24 hours.
But thankfully Hong Kong was spared literally at the last minute.


Inspired by this post at The Immoral Minority.

While I was wrapping up the bits and pieces of this post, many one-liners popped into my head. And I thought – hey maybe some other people would like to have some of these and then the dam burst and all these Twitter Stickers came flooding out of my brain…

As always, feel free to repost, share, add to emails, Facebook or Twitter or print them out on cheap paper big enough to line the kitty litter tray – but by all means pick the ones that say it best for you and display them to your heart’s content. In fact, if your software supports a psp image (*.psp), drop me a note in comments and I’ll send you the template so you can write your own 🙂









Originally published 14 hours ago on: Sep 18, 2013 @ 10:32am

From Australia News:

A US police officer was charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting a man who ran towards police for help after being involved in a car accident.

The victim, Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, played football for Florida A&M University in 2009-10, school officials said Sunday.

Ferrell was seeking help at a nearby house early on Saturday after driving a vehicle that crashed into trees in northeast Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. A woman answered the door and, when she didn’t recognise the man, called the police emergency dispatcher.

Officers responding to the breaking-and-entering call found Ferrell a short distance from the home, police said. As they approached him, Ferrell ran toward the officers and was hit with a Taser. Police said he continued to run toward them when officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun, hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell died at the scene.

Police called Ferrell and Kerrick’s initial encounter ”appropriate and lawful.” But in a statement late Saturday, they said “the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive” and “Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”

Police said Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter, which under North Carolina law involves killing without malice using “excessive force” in exercising “imperfect self-defence.”

This story is in the BBC news, the Daily Mail (UK), Buzzfeed and (of all places) Fox Sports. And although I subscribe to many major online US newspapers, not one has featured this story in an email alert or front page headlines. I suspect gun-related deaths in the US have become so frequent that only multiple shootings are getting air time and front page press.
And (annoyingly enough) In none of the posted stories have I found the date this actully took place – although I’m sure it must be a recent event. I miss the days when journalists opened their reports with the date of the event, the place of the event and the names of the main persons involved. These days it can be a treasure hunt just to find the date and time of the post one is reading.
But I digress. Jonathon was shot 10 times while trying to get help after emerging from a car accident and walking over a half mile. His body was in shock. He was mentally and emotionally disoriented and probably scared. But because he was also big, black and male his physical movements were perceived as dangerous.Shoot first and ask questions later. This is the way of the future? Really?
Shame on you,

KerryAnn commented:

It happened this last weekend. I was at the court house yesterday and there were reporters/camera crews from the local affiliates (cbs and fox) and I also saw a CNN truck there. Here’s the local newspaper:

Charlotte Observer 

The linked story is complete with video. For me, this is an eye-opening, heart-breaking tale of a police officer who never should have been issued a gun.


While my Facebook friends are taking close-ups and comparing the sizes of the hailstones yielded by the nest of storms hitting Queensland and New South Wales at the moment, more than 500,000 people were rendered homeless by the storm and floods in Japan.
Part of the story is here.

Speculation about the ramifications of parts of Western Japan sharing flood waters with land already irradiated by Fukushima is sneaking into conversations.


And the storms aren’t over.

I haven’t done more than read two small blurbs yet – but couldn’t wait to post this!

There’s evidently an app – a free game (called “The Scarecrow”) built around a quest for wholesome food. Company is Chipotle, a growing Mexican fast food chain that believes in serving real food – not the pesticide-ridden or genetically modified crap that’s being shoved down all our throats whether we like it or not.

The clip’s youtube page has a link to the game app. (I haven’t checked it out yet.)  Here’s an article to read as well.

My favourite line is the last:
Chipotle has high hopes that The Scarecrow will officially cement its status as a fast food chain with a brain.


Ok here’s the game:

Join Chipotle and the Scarecrow on a journey to bring real food back to the people. Play the game, watch the animated short film, and find out how to take action.



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