Australia is copping another pounding from natural disasters.
After the floods across Brisbane (previously
) in South-east Queensland, North Queensland
is in the firing line for a Category 5
cyclone called Yasi
The official warning: THIS IMPACT IS LIKELY TO BE MORE LIFE THREATENING THAN ANY EXPERIENCED DURING RECENT GENERATIONS. [more inside]
Cyclone Power Technologies Inc
. and Robotic Technology Inc.
have sent out a press release
denying that their new robot will feed on the dead. "It's a vegetarian!", they claim. Desecration of the dead is a war crime under Article 15 of the Geneva Conventions
, and is certainly not something sanctioned by DARPA, Cyclone or RTI. “We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,” stated Harry Schoell, Cyclone’s CEO.
Can the Burmese people rescue themselves?
A powerful piece
by George Packer in the New Yorker
on the recent history and current conditions in Burma
Monks Succeed in Cyclone Relief as Junta Falters.
In Burma (Myanmar) the Buddhist monks
are doing more than anyone to help the victims
of Cyclone Nargis. At the same time, Burmese officials are trying to stem the influence of the monks
by forcing survivors who have sought refuge in monasteries to return to their shattered homes
. [Via Barbara's Buddhism Blog.]
A week in Burma after the storm
is the second of two anonymous eyewitness reports at danwei.org
of the impact and aftermath of Cyclone Nargis
. It is the most gripping and tremendously sad report I have read yet on the human tragedy that is Nargis and the Myanmar Junta's non-response. [more inside]
On Flooded Burmese Coast, the Smell of Rot and Death
The situation in Burma (Myanmar) is deteriorating rapidly. Six days after Cyclone Nargis
ripped through Burma, leaving untold devestation in its wake and flooding vast stretches of delta, it is estimated the death toll may climb to 100,000. Now, a Second catastrophe looms in Burma as the regime blocks aid shipments
. Time is of the essence. The U.N. has launched an appeal
to the Burmese government, who have thus far been slow to act. The news is truly grim: 'I stopped counting bodies on journey down river of death'
Burma: It Can't Wait
is a month-long video campaign by the US Campaign for Burma
to raise awareness of the plight of Burma
(Myanmar) and Aung San Suu Kyi
. There will be one video a day for 30 days from celebrities including Will Ferrel, Sarah Silverman and Eddie Izzard. [more inside]
CycloneFilter : Super Cyclone Gonu prepares to slam into Oman.
Cyclones this far north in the gulf are rare
; doubly so for one so powerful. Latest readings
have Gonu at Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some are worried
about what this will do to oil prices.
A cyclone has essentially flattened
the tiny Pacific island nation of Niue. Although only one of the island's 1200 inhabitants has died, the infrastructure is so battered that the government may simply call it quits,
ceding control to New Zealand. Although suffering from sharp population declines over the years, Niue had been one of the most technologically advanced microstates, being the first country to install free Wi-Fi
accessible to all of its residents and visitors. And they control the top-level domain .nu
- or do they? The recent natural disaster may highlight the fact that the story of the .nu domain is one of economic and legal exploitation.
And if Niue folds, can you run a website from a domain attributed to a deleted country?
A fascinating sidebar to this fascinating story. (Via /.