This doesn’t make me happy: A Chinese nuclear submarine was tracked by the U.S. Navy last month as it sailed south of Okinawa, circled Guam and headed back to China, briefly entering Japanese territorial waters. The journey was seen as a demonstration of Chinese power to the United States, perhaps as a warning about supporting Taiwan.
The environment is in trouble and the religious right doesn’t care. It’s time to act as if the future depends on us – because it does.
Last week Bill Moyers spoke frankly and forthrightly when he accepted the Global Environment Citizen Award from the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. This is a transcript of his speech.
No, not the fine radio show on KPRG, just an excellent Sunday night performance by Larry Franquez and his friends at the Holiday Inn.
Larry is a professional jazz drummer who tours internationally yet still brings his love of music back home to Guam several times a year.
One of the highlights of the evening was special guests Forrest Harris on guitar and Francisco ‘Ankie’ Franquez, Larry’s uncle, playing harmonica. Mr. Harris is 72 and Mr. Franquez is 84 and their joy at playing music is palpable.
Here’s the whole ensemble including Dante Trinidad on piano, Mike DiAmore on sax, Forrest Harris on guitar, Lawrence Laguana on bass, Ankie Franquez on harmonica, Larry Franquez on drums, and Rosanne Limuaco on vocals. They were playing Paper Moon at this point.
Here’s a closeup of Rosanne. She’s got a hell of a voice and she put it to good use on several standards throughout the night.
My apologies this is a crummy picture and it looks even worse scaled down, but this is Gen Advincula singing while Ankie Franquez accompanies on the harmonica. She’s 24 and he’s 84, but they are both natural performers. And that girl can wail on the sax.
Here’s the flier that I received a couple weeks ago:
Guam Jazz LIVE
International Jazz Drummer
Guam’s only surviving pioneer musicians
Francisco “Ankie” Franquez harmonica
Forrest Harris guitar
Rosanne Limuaco vocals
Dante Trinidad piano
Mike DiAmore sax
Lawrence Laguana bass
Gen Advincula alto sax/vocals
Guam was treated to a taste of Japan last night during the 25th annual Japanese Autumn Festival, hosted by the Japan Club of Guam. This was the first time I attended the Ypao Beach festival in about nine years, and it has really grown much bigger. Thousands of people were milling about in the mud and intermittent rain last night. The festival was ringed by booths selling food, drinks and trinkets, most notably these flashing stars shaped things on elastic cords. The entire place was punctuated by the light of twinkling plastic stars twirling around and being thrown through the air. I ate my fill of yakitori, checked out the booths, and watched the taiko drummers for a bit before catching a ride with Fumiko Ziemer back to my car at the GPO parking lot. A fun night, even if it was muddy at Ypao.
One last post before sleeping…
I’m not a big fan of most hypertext literature, but this piece is interesting. It is worth investigating, and following some of the less obvious hyperlinks leads to interesting places.
One final post on Typhoon Nanmadol and the devastation in the Philippines. The latest storm left approximately 30 people dead in its wake, in addition to the nearly 1,000 that perished in a series of earlier storms.
Aid workers and relief supplies are stymied in their attempts to reach the affected areas. The roads are washed out and seas are too rough. A naval vessel bearing supplies was forced to turn back because of rough seas, so 400 soldiers are marching into the area on foot, bearing relief supplies. Government officials are urging people to bury their dead. The major fear is that all the corpses and lack of sanitation will lead to outbreaks of disease.
Authorities are placing the blame for the devastation on illegal timber logging, which has left many areas susceptible to heavy rains and landslides.
In addition to the horrific human cost of this storm season, estimates place the agricultural loss in livestock and crops at 1.3 billion pesos ($23 million). This is truly a catastrophe for the Philippines. I urge people to help send relief aid or money to the Philippines.
Heading out for the Japanese Festival at Ypao in a bit, but I thought I’d toss up a couple links first.
- Frontline looks at the history of credit cards. An interesting documentary on how the banking industry took a loss leader, revolving lines of unsecured credit, and turned it into the linchpin of the modern consumer economy. Fascinating stuff.
- Science writers skew their journalism by a political agenda. No real surprises here, science writers who cannot comprehend the research they report often omit factors and inject their own personal biases into stories. The example cites how conservative reporters emphasize biological differences between the sexes while more liberal journalists focus on the socio-cultural factors that lead to sexual disparity.
- I’m still working on putting up some vacation photos from New Zealand, I’ll probably get around to it tomorrow morning. Curiously the author of a blog I read was also in New Zealand for Thanksgiving, and just across from Fletcher Bay on the Great Barrier Island. Small world. He jumped off the Sky Tower too, something I was too cheap to attempt.
A man tumbled to his death Wednesday night in Tumon, during an ill-advised bit of late night spelunking. Around 11:00 pm Wednesday night, two adventurers set out to explore the cave and one of the men fell into the cave, plummeting to his death. Apparently the duo did not bring flashlights or any other light source, and the unfortunate victim simply stumbled into the pit in the dark.
The Devil’s Punchbowl or Devil’s Mouth is a 50 foot (16 meter) deep cave adjacent to the Hilton Resort and Spa in Tumon, on property that was once part of the old Guam Memorial Hospital. The cave is in a fenced off area, covered with dense tangantangan brush. There’s a fence around the area, but I wouldn’t say it was particularly off-limits. My impression was always that the fence was put up by the Hilton people. I’ve check out the cave myself in the past, but that was years ago and it certainly wasn’t in the dead of night without a flashlight.
The Saturday PDN revealed that the man’s name is Kevin Carolla, and gave more specific information about the accident. Apparently the ground gave way beneath him on Wednesday night, causing the fatal plunge.
Okay, I seem to have run into some difficulties. Here’s a test post to see if everything is still up and running. I tried uploading a couple pictures and I got nothing but error messages.
Typhoon Nanmadol struck the Philippines last night, making landfall on the same stretch of coastline battered by massive tropical storms on Monday. Those storms left over 500 people dead and widespread flooding has hampered rescue efforts.
A string of late-season tropical storms and typhoons have pummelled the Philippines this year, wreaking havoc with crops and villages.
Definitely not a movie for the Republican faithful. But it’s pretty funny.