Here is my sincere description of what’s in it, based on actually reading it, carefully, from start to finish.
VOLUME I: RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN Russian Interference was “sweeping and systematic”
First, and most importantly, “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.” There were two components […]
Betty White through the years, in videos. Happy 95th!
Ever since it became clear that Rodrigo Duterte was likely to win the Presidency in the PHilippines, I’ve been having a two track reactions. One one track, I’m excited to see someone who is definitely not “more of the same” take the reins in the rambunctious Philippines, and hopeful that intractable problems may actually seem […]
At latest count 24 states, including one with a democratic governor, have declared they will not host Syrian refugees. Why? Because one of the terrorists who attacked this past weekend in Paris apparently posed as a Syrian refugee. Am I the only one who just feels sickened at the lack of compassion and lack of […]
Frank Kresen and I share a deep, lifetime affection for unique songwriter John Stewart, who died six years ago on January 19, 2006. Frank is writing a book about John, and we will be publishing it here in installments. This is the third installment – enjoy! You can click on it and read it online, […]
Frank Kresen and I share a deep, lifetime affection for unique songwriter John Stewart, who died six years ago on January 19, 2006. Frank is writing a book about John, and we will be publishing it here in installments. This is the second installment – enjoy! You can click on it and read it online, […]
As the food, medicine, and shelter situation stabilizes (and it hasn’t stabilized yet) in the typhoon ravaged communities of Samar, Leyte, and the rest of the Visayas, the question of how to re-establish livelihoods destroyed by the storm is moving closer to the top of the list of concerns for those of us with displaced […]
Following is the latest NDRRMC Situation Report on the effects of typhoon Yolanda, December 5, 2013 (Update as of 6:00 a.m.)
*From the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
Number of affected areas
12,095 barangays in 44 provinces, […]
The Philippine Air Force announced yesterday that it will assume responsibility for coordinating humanitarian airlift operations, a move that no longer requires Joint Task Force 505?s assistance with command and control of air assets supporting Operation Damayan for Typhoon Yolanda victims.
A U.S. Air Force C-130H aircraft delivered the last shipment of USAID to Tacloban […]
Apologies to everyone who couldn’t get on the site here for the last 8 hours. The site exceeded its monthly bandwidth allocation a few hours ago and I only discovered the problem now. It’s been resolved. FYI when the typhoon hit the site had been pretty quiet for awhile, and was receiving a few hundred […]
Aireen Navaro Khauv, a retired Filipino executive and head of a multi-million dollar Japanese company, has written an open letter to Anderson Cooper that hasn’t quite gone viral — but it’s getting some attention and is a well-written, well-thought out counterargument. Here it is –worth reading to the end.
I just wanted to […]
The Philippine government has published a relief route map designed to provide information to those attempting to get relief goods to the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Aside from being useful information for those attempting to get aid in — this also helps those outside the Philppines get a sense of the huge […]
Here is an interesting interview of General Paul Kennedy — the Marine General who was “first in” to the Philippines. He’s the one who had a number of important quotes in the early days that helped convey the scope of the problem. This interview provides a lot of additional information that hasn’t made it out […]
From Neil Gavan Tenefrancia and Lawaan.com
Diocese of Borongan
YOU CAN DEPOSIT YOUR CASH DONATIONS VIA THE DIOCESE OF BORONGAN THRU THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNTS:
A. Crispin B. Varquez or Inocentes Abuda, Jr.
Swift Code: mbtc.phmm
B. Roman Catholic Bishop of Borongan
Eastern Samar jail prisoners DID NOT attempt any escape despite the typhoon damaging prison facilities. They are still in Jail and are not a factor in the security issues that have cropped up.
It’s been 48 hours since we finally got word from one of our relatives. I posted about it on Facebook and have been to busy to do anything with it here — so I’m going to just embed the Facebook post so friends who are not on Facebook will get the news. Here’s the post. […]
Mayor Rody Duterte speaks vivid truth about the scope and nature of the devastation.
Just how big is the problem in the Philippines? How big is the need? Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) raked a huge swath across the center of the country. Tacloban was the biggest population center and was hit very hard and it is getting 90% of the attention in the international media, so much so that […]
In an attempt to help spread the word about the status in Eastern Samar, we are going to provide Eastern Samar updates daily for the coming days. These updates are current as of Nov 12 mid-day in the Philippines. As a rule, we are trying to find meaningful updates in social media that are not […]
It’s been 42 years since my father died. He was a career Army officer who was serving in Vietnam when the end came. Over the years it has evolved that it is this day — Veterans Day — when I pause and consciously spend hours remembering him and all that he meant to me. In […]
A few years back I came across this lovely theme song for Lawaan and had filed it away until this morning, when I went looking for it on Youtube and, watching it, just felt heartbroken about what is happening to Lawaan, Eastern Samar, and the rest of the central Philippines in the aftermath of typhoon […]
Interview with Mon Isberto, Public Affairs Director for Smart Communications about what Smart is doing, and is planning to do, to alleviate the communications problems in the typhoon affected areas.
As the tragedy wrought by Typhoon Hainan (Philippine designation Yolanda) unfolds in agonizing slow motion, Americans find themselves looking at a region in the Philippines that bears a deep historical connection to America — yet it is a connection that is little known to the general population in the US. To Filipinos or students […]
We will add to this as new sources of information or opportunities to help are available. This is just a starter list.
If you are looking for a family member, or want your family to know you are safe.
MGive Foundation is Collecting donations […]
If you go to CNN and scroll to the comments after their main article on Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda you will see that the following comment by dudesk001 has been voted to the top and is starting to go a little viral is this one:
Time to get to the know the hardy Filipino people…unbelievably resilient, […]
In the government shutdown standoff, this morning there is evidence that Republicans are gaining traction in the standoff as far as public opinion goes.
Democrats should be worried.
When this whole standoff began, public opinion was clearly on the side of the Democrats as most people, even those who only casually follow politics, “got it” […]
I originally wrote this for A Hollywood Republican in 2011, where I am tolerated as a not-overly-inflammatory opposing view. A Facebook thread today reminded me of it, and I realized I’ve never logged it in here on my own blog — so here it is. Keep in mind the original publication date of May […]
As elements of the Republican party continue to fight to derail Obamacare by defunding it, I find myself being struck by the degree to which those pursuing this approach seem to feel that it is a legitimate political tactic to in effect repeal a law that was passed by both Houses of congress by attaching […]
My Filipino friends all know this story by heart — but many Americans don’t, and I hope you will read it, and listen to the BBC report.
Last night on NPR I came across this excellent radio report from the BBC on The Assassination of Ninoy Aquino, which happened 30 years […]
Every once in awhile you come across something that is so right and true and beautiful that it stops you in your tracks and gives you goosebumps. That just happened for me five minutes ago when an email landed in my in-box from ERBist Bob Zeuschner, replying to a post on the ERB Chain of […]
Year of the Spy Book Trailer
Above is the Year of the Spy Book Trailer — for my upcoming non-fiction book about espionage upheavals on the streets of Moscow in 1985.
Below is a “trailer” showcasing the writing and video services I provide to clients.
Michael Sellers — Writing and Video Services
- Arsha Sellers — Today I’m One Big Step Closer to Becoming a Real Forever Dad
- Meet Abby Sellers and Arshavin Sellers — My Wife, My Son, My Inspiration Every Day
- What the Mueller Report Actually Says
- Remembering James Blount, an American Who “Got” the Philippines in 1901
- America the Beautiful? You Mean America the Pitiful. I Am Ashamed