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Typhoon Haiyan Continues To Scourge Southeast Asia

samzenpus posted about 9 months ago | from the big-one dept.

Earth 114

jones_supa writes "ABC Australia is reporting extensively about the progress of the Typhoon Haiyan, which has reached the status of being one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. Over the weekend it has caused severe destruction and misery passing through Philippines with maximum sustained winds of 315 km/h, where the authorities are now struggling to bring relief to areas worst affected, there being 10,000 people dead. The storm is now heading towards Vietnam, where already over 600,000 people have been evacuated. Meanwhile, China announced its highest alert for Typhoon Haiyan as six crew members of a cargo boat were reported missing. Vietnam is likely to be spared the storm's initial ferocity as it has weakened over the South China Sea and is now expected to hit as a category 1 storm, with wind speeds of about 74 km/h, meteorologists say."

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A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1)

Press2ToContinue (2424598) | about 9 months ago | (#45387385)

I, for one, would have picked another adjective.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (2)

icebike (68054) | about 9 months ago | (#45387413)

I, for one, would have picked another adjective.

Scourge has always had a verb form. That that is what was used, not its adjective form.

Its unusual in the modern era to see the verb form, but its actually older than you think.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1)

icebike (68054) | about 9 months ago | (#45387435)

Its unusual

And, yes, Muphry's law [wikipedia.org] was proven once again.

What does a storm in SEA gotta do with Slashdot ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387603)

I thought Slashdot is a place for geeks, nerds, techies.

Has Slashdot opened a new department for storm-chasers ??

Re:What does a storm in SEA gotta do with Slashdot (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387773)

Meteorology is a science too, and science is very much a geek/nerd interest.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (2)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | about 9 months ago | (#45387819)

You misspelled Murphy's law. :P

in b4 some1 says "woosh"

"Whoosh", not "woosh" ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388337)

in b4 some1 says "woosh"

Sorry, but "whoosh" is spelled with two "h"s.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1, Informative)

plover (150551) | about 9 months ago | (#45388389)

No, he's intentionally invoking "Muphry's Law." From his link:

Muphry's law is an adage that states that "If you write anything criticising editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written." The name is a deliberate misspelling of Murphy's law.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | about 9 months ago | (#45388433)

in b4 some1 says "woosh"

:P

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388783)

There's a whoosh there, but it was not for Mitchell314. :)

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about 9 months ago | (#45387535)

Indeed. Attila the Hun was called "The Scourge of God".

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388449)

Attila the Hun was called "The Scourge of God".

Sorry but that's off-topic. We are discussing the verbal (and postulated adjectival) form of '(to) scourge'.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387437)

If you have actually seen the sort of winds that Haiyan made, it would make a scourging/flagellation seem mild by comparison. I saw the winds snap a full grown coconut palm at the base from footage taken at Tacloban in the Philippines. Was extremely lucky that it missed Manila. Had its track been only a few degrees more northerly than it had been, we would likely have experienced similar devastation.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (-1, Flamebait)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 9 months ago | (#45387445)

no one cares

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387777)

(Posting anonymously for reasons that will probably become apparent.)

Actually, I do care. My mistress is from an island just off the north of Iloilo and her family are still there. It's lucky for them that the typhoon was't just a little further south or they all be dead now rather than just homeless. Yeah, their house blew away, there's not much food on the island, and phones are totally out. Only the church and a couple of other buildings are still standing, but at least they're alive. They had their house and boat blown away by a typhoon in 2008, so they should be able to deal with it again.

Anyway, my point is that people do care about the exact path of a typhoon like this - it can be the difference between mourning and relief the day after.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1)

fisted (2295862) | about 9 months ago | (#45387909)

(Posting anonymously for reasons that will probably become apparent.)

Didn't become apparent.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1)

_merlin (160982) | about 9 months ago | (#45387935)

He casually discusses his mistress' family, i.e. proclaiming he has a mistress. I'm guessing his wife knows his /. name.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388395)

Mistress ... flagellate ... relief ...

Oh never mind.

Re:A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388933)

People like you are why there were so many celebrations after 9/11.

You know, that incredibly important event that had 30% of the deaths of this particular natural disaster.

Re: A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388589)

u saw a utube video and now ura expert.

Re: A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (4, Informative)

donscarletti (569232) | about 9 months ago | (#45387795)

Not really, hitting someone with a towel or one of those bdsm nylon play whips is flagellation but hardly scourging. There is an accepted difference in degree between those two words and another even more common verb "whipping", which also means flagellation and is also used to refer to effects of wind. Whipping generally means something that will leave welts, flogging is mostly interpreted to mean something that leaves cuts (cat of nine tails, etc), scourging means something that will tear off strips of skin and is often fatal (see roman practices that lead to the term), as so with the effect of different degrees of storm. This storm ripped buildings out of the ground and killed thousands, ergo, scouring is the right word.

I feel flagellated already (1)

Press2ToContinue (2424598) | about 9 months ago | (#45388297)

Thanks for flagellating me into shape.

Re: A synonym of "scourge" is "flagellate" (1)

sjames (1099) | about 9 months ago | (#45388991)

If you don't draw blood, you didn't snap the towel correctly.

Wrong units in summary. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387405)

A category 1 storm has sustained winds of 74 mph, or 119 kph, not 74 kpm as stated in the summary.

Citation provided: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffir%E2%80%93Simpson_hurricane_wind_scale

Re:Wrong units in summary. (2)

_merlin (160982) | about 9 months ago | (#45387427)

At least summary managed to write "km/h" properly, not "kph" (the unit is not "k") or the even more nonsensical "kpm". What's that even supposed to be? Kelvin per mile? Rate it gets colder as you drive north?

Re:Wrong units in summary. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387491)

>Kelvin per mile?
That would be capital letter 'K' for Kelvin. Small letter 'k' is just a multiplier without a unit.

Re:Wrong units in summary. (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | about 9 months ago | (#45387845)

Kilometers per mile. And I've got to say, anything above 50 kpm is extremely bright at standard atmospheric pressure with room temperature and nominal fluctuations of quanta states!

Gore did it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387429)

In B4 libtards would have us all go back to horse and buggy and spew a bunch of unverifiable nonsense.

Re:Gore did it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387497)

So you thought you would spew venerified nonsense first?

Idiot.

Re:Gore did it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387501)

That's just rude. Your lack of manners and common decency contributes only to the calcification of opinion in our civilization.

Consider whether, if fifty years, you will be proud of or ashamed of your behavior today.

Re:Gore did it (2)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | about 9 months ago | (#45387615)

Consider whether, if fifty years, you will be proud of or ashamed of your behavior today.
 
He's 80 years old, you insensitive clod.

Re:Gore did it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387547)

Yeah Al Gore is responsible. WIthout the internet we wouldn't know what goes on elsewhere and we could happily live our ignorant lives.

Ja mein Hummer ist ein koolautomobile nein problem (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387451)

How well does wifi work through concrete walls? I only ask because the next house I build will be an ICF (concrete) house. If we're going to have a storm-of-the-century every few years then might as well be prepared.

Donation link (4, Informative)

JasoninKS (1783390) | about 9 months ago | (#45387505)

Certainly a horrible thing and my thoughts go out to those that lost loved ones.

Figured I should post the Red Cross donation link in case anyone is interested:
https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod4650031 [redcross.org]

Re:Donation link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388227)

Just be aware that part of your Red Cross donation goes towards supporting a luxurious lifestyle for the CEO, who was paid over $1 million in 2010. Is there any charity that is really a charity and not a big business, that we could support for this cause?

Re:Donation link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388299)

send it to me, my lifestyle is anything but luxurious.

-cornfed

Re:Donation link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388425)

$651,957 + expenses.

Frankly, I'm surprised they can get someone to run an organization of that size and complexity for that much. Meanwhile, her peers are making 100x that amount.

Re:Donation link (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 9 months ago | (#45388499)

what peers? that's like 4X the pay of the Finnish president.

Re:Donation link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388839)

I can confirm this. The annual pay for the Finnish president [wikimedia.org] is currently €126,000.[1] [www.hs.fi] The guy himself voluntarily lowered it recently.

Re: Donation link (1)

Alex Cane (3296683) | about 9 months ago | (#45390677)

But, is that all his income? Is this the dark art of misdirection?

Re:Donation link (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 9 months ago | (#45393915)

what utter nonsense, there are people managing organizations with much more complexity for 1/4th the wages.

Re:Donation link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45391559)

I wouldn't donate to the Red Cross. Find someone who knows people who are on the ground. Red Cross completely failed everyone during Sandy. Same with all of the religious based organizations. During Sandy, the Red Cross spent enormous amounts of money for media requesting donations and then no one saw them.

Re:Donation link (1)

cusco (717999) | about 9 months ago | (#45393635)

In fact, avoid the religious organizations like the plague that they are. They generally have the highest overhead and highest-paid administrators of any relief organizations, and take the opportunity to force religion down the throats of people who are just trying to save the lives of their families.

Time to start talking about climate change (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387545)

in the context of these Cat 5 hurricanes and typhoons that are striking all over in increasing frequency. Even though scientists caution against jumping to conclusion about any given storm, in the aggregate it looks pretty conclusive that the climate is changing, perhaps with more moisture in the air from polar icecap meltdown.

Yes, in each case you can point out 'canes in the distant past that caused comparable damage to the affected region, but these are occurring with regularity. As are the droughts and heat waves in the summer in different regions.

Re:Time to start talking about climate change (4, Informative)

daknapp (156051) | about 9 months ago | (#45387709)

in the context of these Cat 5 hurricanes and typhoons that are striking all over in increasing frequency.

Um, not exactly.

http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.com/2012/11/us-hurricane-intensity-1900-2012.html

Re:Time to start talking about climate change (4, Interesting)

Solandri (704621) | about 9 months ago | (#45387851)

Also bear in mind that even that chart is skewed to show more hurricanes in recent years. Satellites and aircraft flying into hurricanes are fairly recent inventions. So any storms which were hurricanes at sea but diminished to tropical storms by the time they hit land during the first half of the 20th century wouldn't be included in that chart, simply because nobody knew they existed.

Re:Time to start talking about climate change (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about 9 months ago | (#45388481)

simply because nobody except me knew they existed

FTFY

Re:Time to start talking about climate change (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388521)

So any storms which were hurricanes at sea but diminished to tropical storms by the time they hit land during the first half of the 20th century wouldn't be included in that chart, simply because nobody knew they existed.

Good point. And that is probably why this is being described as "possibly the strongest storm ever to hit land," rather than the strongest storm eva!

In any case what seems beyond (reasonable) debate is that these sort of events will increase in frequency as we continue heading towards a GHG laden atmosphere.

OP is wrong ... it's way past time to start talking about climate change.

Re:Time to start talking about climate change (1)

Capsaicin (412918) | about 9 months ago | (#45388421)

Um, not exactly.

I'm not sure where exact comes into the picture when you use US data to talk about increasing typhoon activity (or the lack thereof) in Asia or globally. Irrelevant comes to mind.

Re:Time to start talking about climate change (2)

daknapp (156051) | about 9 months ago | (#45389519)

Um, not exactly.

I'm not sure where exact comes into the picture when you use US data to talk about increasing typhoon activity (or the lack thereof) in Asia or globally. Irrelevant comes to mind.

So in your mind Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes have no correlation. OK. Go here:

http://models.weatherbell.com/tropical.php

Global data. Western Pacific ACE (Accumulated Cyclone Energy) is still slightly below average for the year, and worldwide ACE is only about 75% of normal. Does that help?

Re:Time to start talking about climate change (1)

Capsaicin (412918) | about 9 months ago | (#45391177)

So in your mind Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes have no correlation.

To my mind using a restricted data set not directly pertinent to the region under question seems inappropriate where there would be regional and/or global data available.

Global data. Western Pacific ACE (Accumulated Cyclone Energy) is still slightly below average for the year, and worldwide ACE is only about 75% of normal. Does that help?

Yes that seems far more pertinent.

Re:Time to start talking about climate change (1)

Truth_Quark (219407) | about 9 months ago | (#45388903)

I think that he means all over the Western Pacific.

There seems to be another every few days [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Time to start talking about climate change (0)

Capsaicin (412918) | about 9 months ago | (#45388439)

No please don't mention climate change when extreme weather events like this occur, it upsets the children. And when it happens in the Phillipines it upsets the diplomats. [theguardian.com]

Whatever you do don't start talking about climate change!

Why the metric measures all of a sudden? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387557)

Oh right, larger numbers are more sensational.

Re:Why the metric measures all of a sudden? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387597)

Oh right, larger numbers are more sensational.

And everyone in Austrailia, the Philippines, and the other countries in the path of the storm use metric units instead of English customary units. But that's a left-wing media conspiracy too.

Re:Why the metric measures all of a sudden? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387715)

...and "English customary" units weren't even used in England. The Imperial units they used before Metric were different in quite a few places to American units (though distances were the same - but weights and volumes were quite different).

Re:Why the metric measures all of a sudden? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388443)

Nobody In their right mind would use imperial Units to measure things in (even the crap used in the US is defined in reference to Metric)

Re:Why the metric measures all of a sudden? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389463)

Actually we use a mixture of both. We talk of pounds and inches when it comes to people. Basketball players are measured in feet and inches; a person's weight in pounds. But strangely chicken and pork are sold by the kilo. After a brutal war, the Philippines became a US colony for nearly half a century.

Re:Why the metric measures all of a sudden? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388477)

Oh right, larger numbers are more sensational.

Well they are yes. But this summary is clearly intended to make things look less sensational by quoting the windspeeds in mph and then pretending the figure is in km/h! Summary got it wrong, it's 74mph, ie. 119km/h ... much more friggen spectacular!

Mind you this record will be broken too. This stuff is only getting worse from now on.

Re:Why the metric measures all of a sudden? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 9 months ago | (#45388855)

Why the metric measures all of a sudden? Oh right, larger numbers are more sensational.

I used them because they are SI units. Although, as has been pointed out, I seem to have botched the summary anyway by using the unit of km/h, but the value of mph. Sorry about that.

Re:Why the metric measures all of a sudden? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389093)

Although, as has been pointed out, I seem to have botched the summary anyway by using the unit of km/h

Moreover the speed of >74mph only defines Category 1. In the event wind speeds of >275km/h (ca. 170mph) were being reported. Accusing you of exaggerating with 74kmh shows the depth some people will go to trivialise anything suggestive of climate change.

Damn this hurricane sucks. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387575)

I fear the gold iPhone that I have on order, its construction might be delayed because of this. Worst time for this to hit.

Hope the USA stays away (-1)

p51d007 (656414) | about 9 months ago | (#45387623)

I really hope, but it won't happen, that the USA turns OFF its piggy bank to the UN, or others that come begging for money, which will of course be wasted and stolen. It's time the rest of the world take care of their own, instead of turning to the USA every time a natural disaster hits. Every time a hurricane hits here, no one offers to lend a hand. Hopefully, soon, we'll pull ALL of our troops out of every foreign country and quit meddling in the affairs of other nations. Let them fend for themselves for a while. The USA is broke as it is.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387645)

Hopefully, soon, we'll pull ALL of our troops out of every foreign country and quit meddling in the affairs of other nations.

Oh you. Such a kidder.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387731)

You forgot the "And that's why increasing numbers of us are voting for Ron Paul" part.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387841)

Stay away and keep your cholera to yourself.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388143)

And I really hope that you pull all your pedophiles countrymen out of Philippines as well.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (5, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | about 9 months ago | (#45388175)

Except during Katrina [wikipedia.org] . All told the US received pledges of over a billion dollars in aid from countries all around the world. Pakistan and Bengladesh each sent a million dollars to private US relief agencies, and Bengladesh offered it's flood disaster response expertise. Kuwait ponied up half a billion dollars and the Saudis $250 million, but I'm more impressed with Bengladesh's generosity, considering that's a country with per capita income of only $2000.

Oh, and after Hurricane Sandy the US government got offers of aid from France and Iran, which we declined. Can't blame them if we turned them down. During the BP oil spilll, the US did not request aid for four weeks, but in that time thirteen unsolicited offers of aid came in from the international community. Ultimately 30 countries offered aid, including Mexico, Norway, Japan, the Netherlands and Croatia.

The international community *does* step up when the US is in need, but (a) most of them are not as rich as us, (b) few of them have the capacity (i.e., military air and sealift) to deliver large amounts of material aid quickly and (c) we just don't like to accept aid, even when it the less fortunate of us could use it.

Now if you're asking how much help the Philippines has sent to us in past hurricanes, probably not much. It's a poor country with a per capita income about 1/20th of the US, and it is not a superpower, not even a regional one. Do you think it's reasonable to hold it against them that they can't send us disaster aid?

*We* on the other hand *are* a superpower, with national interests in virtually every corner of the globe. Foreign and disaster aid buys us goodwill and cooperation. But even discounting our self-interest, we aren't nearly as generous as we think we our. If you rank our foreign aid as a percentage of GDP, we're 19th in the world, sending 1/5th the percentage of our GDP that Luxembourg or Sweden do. Luxembourg, for pity's sake! It's not like they need countries to give their ships access or bombers fly-over permission.

No, we're not nearly so generous as we like to think we are. But when it comes to *whining* about helping other people, we're world champs.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (2)

argStyopa (232550) | about 9 months ago | (#45388771)

Except that's wrong.
Yes, our official aid is small, but I know for the calculations for the Indonesian tsunami that I watched in detail, +none+ of the reported aid-tallies included the scores of millions of $ spent by the US on providing an entire carrier group for months, plus dozens of other in-kind services; most of them likewise disregarded or underreported private and church-based aid which is often multiples of the "official" dollar amounts, and completely dwarfs such aid from all other countries combined.
So no, actually, studies have routinely showed that the amount of aid coming from the US +and its citizens+ regularly exceeds that of anyone else...as it should, as we are wealthy and fortunate.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388873)

Good grief, Slashdot has fallen to the self-absorbed Tea Baggists.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (1)

argStyopa (232550) | about 9 months ago | (#45391581)

You mean those people who - because they are largely churchgoers - represent the largest outpouring of donated money and goods in the country?

Yeah, horrible bunch, them.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (0)

thegarbz (1787294) | about 9 months ago | (#45389249)

Yes of course it has. All those same studies indicate that aid in terms of GDP is actually quite low for the USA. For the most part you as a nation are actually quite selfish. But a lot of loose change adds up.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (1)

argStyopa (232550) | about 9 months ago | (#45391621)

Yeah, crazy how that ends up making the US "....World Giving Index: US Ranked Most Charitable Country On Earth"

...In its second annual study of 153 countries, the Charity Aid Foundation concluded that the U.S. has demonstrated "strong" behavior across all three criteria measured -- volunteering, helping strangers and donating money. The U.S. has increased its charity by 3 percentage points this year, up to $212 billion.

"The point to leave with American leaders is the world really needs America; it needs its generosity, its resource and spirit, and though times are really hard, this is the time we need to keep giving as much as we possibly can," Richard Harrison, director of research at the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation told The NonProfit Times.

Ireland and Australia trailed behind the U.S. in giving, but the study noted that the most affluent countries aren't necessarily the most philanthropic. Only five of the countries featured in the World Bank's top 20 GDP made to the Charity Aid Foundation's top 20 list.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/19/world-giving-index-us-ran_n_1159562.html [huffingtonpost.com]

Not sure how you get "quite low" or "quite selfish" out of that?

Re:Hope the USA stays away (1)

cusco (717999) | about 9 months ago | (#45393677)

Yeah, that carrier group wouldn't have been deployed and wasting money anywhere else after all. If they weren't sent to Indonesia it wouldn't have cost us a penny. The military is such a great investment.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389221)

"Not as rich as us"

Since when are we rich? We're living like kings on a credit card, that's the only reason why we're in the shape that we're in. Once countries stop loaning us money, we'll be broke and unable to pay the bills and we'll have creditors pointing their guns at us, telling us to pay. At $20trillion, every citizen would owe more than $100,000USD. Have you seen that kind of money in your bank account ever? I'm not trying to scare anyone to death but everybody is in massive debt and they don't realize it.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (1)

WindBourne (631190) | about 9 months ago | (#45388755)

Sorry, but I hope not here. Phillipines has a LONG complex history with the states (much like haiti-usa or UK-usa). They deserve our help, and it is needed NOW.

Re:Hope the USA stays away (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389941)

Yes, please stop "wasting" your precious tax dollars on the Filippino victims of this typhoon.

Sincerely yours
Islamic terrorists in the Philippines vying for power

openstreetmap humanitarian project (1)

richlv (778496) | about 9 months ago | (#45387799)

and you can also help by mapping the region with the openstreetmap humanitarian team :

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Typhoon_Haiyan_(2013) [openstreetmap.org]

this should help rescue teams and relief workers

And the Conservative media in the US isn't... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45387971)

covering it at all. I have two Filipino coworkers that didn't even know there was a typhoon until one got a call at work from a family member saying they were safe. As usual, the media only covers things they're paid to cover. The top story today in the Seattle Times was about drug makers. Yesterday it was about Boeing.

Re:And the Conservative media in the US isn't... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388073)

Pick a better news source. It's been the top story on CNN for days and it was on the front page of our local newspaper.

Re:And the Conservative media in the US isn't... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389169)

Pick a better news source. It's been the top story on CNN ...

CNN is liberal propaganda. I prefer a news source that is fair and balanced.

Re:And the Conservative media in the US isn't... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389661)

Every international news channel, and many regional ones, were covering Haiyan even as it was approaching the Philippines. Your coworkers probably don't follow the news. Also, a local newspaper like the Seattle Times normally has a section on world or international news.

Re:And the Conservative media in the US isn't... (1)

djmurdoch (306849) | about 9 months ago | (#45389925)

That's just not true. I wouldn't consider Fox News to be news media, but it's certainly conservative media. And this is on the front page of their web site.

China will rescue the struggling chinese (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388017)

China will send aid to its many citizens on its islands in the South China Sea, that will suffer from Typhoon Haiyan.

Move along... (-1, Flamebait)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | about 9 months ago | (#45388211)

I'm sorry, but this storm is not affecting The Gulf of Mexico, Florida, or the Jersey Shore. America is not interested. Move along.

Re:Move along... (Flamebait? Cynical) (1)

splutty (43475) | about 9 months ago | (#45391319)

I'm sorry, but this storm is not affecting The Gulf of Mexico, Florida, or the Jersey Shore. America is not interested. Move along.

Someone marked this comment flamebait, so they missed the obvious cynicism in this comment. Or if this was actually meant for real, then it goes to show the exact sad thing, that for a lot of people this is actually true.

As someone else in this thread already said, the coverage on this particular Typhoon in the US Media is severely lacking for the most part, which really is sad.

Re:Move along... (Flamebait? Cynical) (1)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | about 9 months ago | (#45393753)

Someone marked this comment flamebait, so they missed the obvious cynicism in this comment

Correct.

Or if this was actually meant for real

It was not.

Oh no!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388347)

Hard disk prices might go up again!

Re:Oh no!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388821)

Time to buy some stocks before it's too late :p

What a horrible thing (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about 9 months ago | (#45388493)

Must be a pretty terrible thing for those people living in the area. Good luck to the folks re-building their lives.

Not very interesting for the media ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45388919)

Well, evidently this isn't big news, or it's the wrong kind of news or something.

10,000 people dead in a natural disaster - 68 comments as of now.

Hurricane Sandy 150-300 dead. When Slashdot did a "Sandy was 1 year ago" story, it got 230 comments.

Shelter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389377)

I'm wondering what kind of shelter would protect people during the next typhoon. Maybe something like the underground tornado shelters that we have in the US? Besides protecting people from wind and flying debris, the shelter could store food and water. That's a big problem right now - people have gone a few days without food or fresh water.

A big problem is where to put the shelter.

1) If the shelter is near the ocean, a storm surge would drown the people in the shelter.

2) If the shelter is on a hill or mountain, a landslide could cover the shelter, or the shelter could get caught up in a landslide.

Considering the geography of the Philippines, it's hard to find a place not near an ocean or on a mountain.

it's gonna hit tech factories... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389473)

and even if it doesn't.... prices are gonna go up anyway, 'just because'...... you watch.

it's a girl! (0)

Plazmid (1132467) | about 9 months ago | (#45389557)

Robonaut's legs are designed for walking around the space station in microgravity, so they would be useless in gravity

BUT, the same people working on robonaut are building a female humanoid robot for the DARPA robotics challenge, which could very well walk on the moon

Cite Needed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389813)

315 Km/h? That's a considerably faster speed than I've seen quoted elsewhere. Could we have a cite for it, please?

Re:Cite Needed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45389839)

315 Km/h? Those are ESTIMATED speeds.

Actual speeds were considerably slower....

Re:Cite Needed! (1)

koan (80826) | about 9 months ago | (#45390967)

That's only 195 mph.

Charlie has many many more to give (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45390041)

They just keep coming, dammit! Nothing stops them! Not napalm, not buffs, not even typhoons! We can brag on body count but we are running out of numbers to count to!

An opportune time (1)

koan (80826) | about 9 months ago | (#45390953)

To ask ourselves, if 2 or more simultaneous disasters struck the US could FEMA/Anyone respond to both? Does the Government have enough resources to respond to both? To even one?
How long will it take to rebuild if say Los Angeles is hit with an 8.0 at the same time another Katrina happens?

Just how far are we from walking the streets like zombies looking for food?

Has to be (1)

wganz (113345) | about 9 months ago | (#45393455)

Bush's fault.

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