Thursday, August 21, 2014

A police shooting in St. Louis

A police shooting of a black man in St. Louis a few days ago captured on camera. It's not graphic. It shows how quick the police resorted to deadly force in the middle of the day in a non emergency situation. This is fucked up.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tips when travelling by boat in Indonesia

Eight more foreigners and five Indonesians have been rescued on Monday after their tourist boat capsized two days ago in the Indian Ocean between Indonesian islands due to fierce storms. Daily Mail
Indonesia has a sketchy safety maritime practice. So before you taking on any boat, insist on life jacket and bring at least two bottles of water. We have so many small scale accidents with sinking boats or stranded boats due to running out of fuel.

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

This is actually a real place off the coast of Namibia. Only 800 people are allowed to access it every year. Reddit discussion is here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pictures from Afghanistan

From a US soldier deployed there in 2009 - 2011.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


The collaborators

A government-appointed commission investigating abuses during Brazil's 1964-1985 dictatorship has found documents that it says show Rapistan and other companies secretly helped the military identify suspected "subversives" and union activists on their payrolls. Among those named is Oliveira. The official report isn't scheduled to be released until December, but the commission allowed Reuters to review the evidence involving companies as the investigation nears its end.

Foreign and Brazilian companies are cited in the documents, including, most prominently, some of the world’s biggest automakers: Volkswagen AG, Ford Motor Co, Toyota Motor Corp and the Mercedes-Benz unit of Daimler AG, among others.

No companies have been accused of any crimes. Whether they collaborated with the dictatorship, and to what extent, are in dispute. Nevertheless, human rights advocates and some of the workers named in the documents say they may pursue civil lawsuits or other legal action as a result of the commission's findings. Reuters

I wonder if the same thing is happening in Egypt in regard of Muslim Brotherhood rank and file. 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The rise of a minority leader in Indonesia

Indonesia's capital is set to have its first minority leader, a Chinese ethnic Christian governor called Basuki. He is Jokowi deputy. Now that Jokowi is going to take reign of Indonesia's Presidency, he will take the top job in Jakarta. People loves both of them for their no nonsense and clean approach to governance.
While ethnic Chinese, who officially make up 1.2 percent of the population, have lived in Indonesia for centuries and now run some of the country’s conglomerates, they faced government discrimination in a nation with the world’s largest Muslim population. Under Suharto, whosuspended diplomatic ties with Communist China, some Chinese adopted Indonesian-sounding names and their schools and newspapers were closed. Politics is an arena where hurdles remain, with few having served in senior posts. The Jakarta Globe