• Apr. 1st, 2011 at 11:45 PM
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Letters From Fukushima: Tepco Worker Emails.

The quake is a natural disaster. But Tepco should be blamed for contamination caused by the radioactive materials released from the nuclear plants.

It seems to me local residents’ feelings are heightened so much that the unspoken sentiment is that the quake occurred because of Tepco.


Workers on the second floor in particular were having a tough time. They had to support colleagues on the first floor, who were engaged in restoration work, while ensuring the safety of their own plants. The scene is completely like a war zone.

All the employees are working to their limit, both mentally and physically. Please understand that.

The company may get rid of nuclear power to save the company, but we will fight until the end. I beg you to give us continuous support from the headquarters.


Fukushima worker


  • Mar. 11th, 2011 at 8:03 PM
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[personal profile] azuire has a helpful post about Japan.

I just saw a man commenting on CNN en Español about how is a shame there are so little videos or reports of the victims (people). He textually said "but there is a great video of people in the metro." Then he started talking about Japanese culture, how reserved they are; it's all due "a philosophy he doesn't know the name of" and other exoticizing shit.

Seriously? How shameless can the "tragedy porn" wanting get?

Last one for the day

  • Nov. 15th, 2010 at 5:02 PM
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Cholera Outbreak Worsens in Haiti.

Yes, experts predicted the likely outbreak of deadly disease not long after the earthquake, yet infrastructure in preparation for the outbreak was still lacking when it hit. Indeed, as of two months ago, a mere 2% of the earthquake debris has been cleared; I’m unsure if more recent figures are available, but it’s doubtful that two months managed to magically accomplish what nine months did not. With this being the case, it’s less than shocking that there is also a severe lack of working toilets and uncontaminated water.

If you have money to spare, Partners in Health is an on the ground organization in Haiti that takes a community-based approach to providing free health care. They have been responding to the cholera outbreak by treating patients both at special treatment centers and in their communities, distributing soap and water purification supplies, educating communities on prevention, building showers, and working towards long-term water security in Haiti. You can support Partners in Health’s efforts to respond to the cholera outbreak and save lives by donating here.

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I have been avoiding talking about the SPN shit because some of the responses this got made me sick to my stomach and I'm still damn busy.

What kind of bubble are some people living into? People. Context. Nuances. Do you know how many people, real people of color, did the Haiti's Earthquake kill early this year? And yet, you still think that the worst thing that could happen is "bringing your agenda into fandom." Instead of, you know, respecting a tragedy and its victims.

Dear fucking God, it's hardly the first time something like this has happened to fandom and yet people affected (marginalized people) have to smile and let the fucking white assholes go on with their kinks on their tragedies without saying anything because otherwise "would be stirring things up." Dehumanization of actual people? Secondary matters to privileged people's kinks.

Fucking privileged assholes. The sociopathy going on in some of these comments is amazing.

For the record, if you say that "showing anger over this is worst than the actual offense" you are a offense to my humanity. No argument.

Chile situation

  • Mar. 2nd, 2010 at 8:41 PM
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Chile earthquake death toll likely to rise as rescue effort moves to coast. It could be over 1000, and keep that a few cities were the most affected, which have most of the deaths and are in a dire situation right now.

Acá está mi thread en help_chile. Ofrezco gráficos y fics.

Chilean Earthquake

  • Feb. 27th, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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Gente de Chile, espero que todas estén bien, Dios. Respondanme si pueden. [livejournal.com profile] arcadia_, [livejournal.com profile] ilye_aru, [livejournal.com profile] shirapika como están?


Todas bien.

8.5 earthquake hits Chile.

Jan. 18th, 2010

  • 9:14 PM
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Charity is not the same as Compassion by [personal profile] deepad. She, as always, talks about a lot of things that have been bothering me lately.

One of the most vicious and manipulative tools we humans have evolved is to use our individual impulses towards kindness and pity to build systems that reinforce oppressive and discriminatory practices.

"Clothe the pauper." "Heal the heathen." "Rescue the orphan." "Free the woman."

The discourse around disaster relief in Haiti has already begun to make me sick to my stomach. Because "natural disasters" are somehow painted apolitical, as though the sphere of human responsibility has been completely suspended.

This is crap, of course, because human beings and the things they do are as much a part of nature as the wind and water and earth and fire around us, and it is political when century-old housing habits evolved for a specific geological fault location get eradicated, or poverty forces urban encroachment into areas too close to the sea, or evacuation systems are ignored because the people they will save are considered expendible.

So donating money? Comes from a generous impulse, but is pretty easy to do. As Michael Maren says, "Although it's really easy to donate your dollars, it is unimaginably difficult to actually help people. The best fund raisers in the business are not the best relief workers in the business."

Haiti Update

  • Jan. 14th, 2010 at 1:44 PM
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If you want to help, here is the list of organizations skywardprodigal trusts.

There is also [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti which consists in fandom auctions.

Jan. 13th, 2010

  • 11:19 AM
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Haiti has been hit by an earthquake of magnitude 7.0, the strongest in two centuries.

Updates here. voz_latina is doing a coverage here. Another earthquake, magnitude 5.7, hit today.

Hundreds are disappeared and the dead toll will probably be as big.


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