Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Special post--Oliver Sacks--

Special post--Oliver Sack's essay from when he found out his cancer has mestastisized--

a must read--

I feel that way, as cancer or no cancer, everyone is doomed to die, but we cannot stop living because of that.

Two women friends who died of breast cancer in the USA provided shining examples.

A very soignee woman who was African American and helped me through my first run in with the jerk boss, also died or breast cancer, I found out.

It seemed to me she took very good care of herself, and it was almost inconceivable to think she died of cancer, but who knows.


Your late summer reading--Black Rice--

Poet ko ko thett calls it the only thing you need to read to know all about Burma.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Independent radio or government radio--from 2001 and 2012, but still relevant--

This is the woman who got into trouble for interviewing Mullah Ohmar, Taliban leader.

I did not see this article at the time, as after 8 months out of work, in Oct. I was hired by The Burma Fund.

Then my colleagues and I were invited to a session downtown where I think, starting Radio Free Afghanistan was discussed. Often you can't tell what the objective of these sessions are. I remember a woman from Internews in a red dress seemed happy to get funding to broadcast to Afghanistan.

The later Internews founder, had worked at the station while I was there.

During the break, I heard 2 people talking near me, and by their conversation, I realized the woman was this Pashtun broadcaster chatting with a man who was an Afghanistan expert.

He asked her something like, "Oh, are you still there? I thought you were fired."

And she said something or the other.

I knew about it as I had been reading William Safire in the NYTs.

These sorts of problems still remain in the govt radio stations, as I call them.

At RFA Burmese, in c. 1998 they ran into problems for interviewing Brigadier Aung Gyi who said on air (a 2 part interview by THS) he had come to America with money from his wife selling her diamond ear rings.

When the flack broke, they asked me to translate, and big bust honey voice or flat chest croaking voice like a frog, depending on wh way you look at it, came into my cubicle and tried to do damage control and manipulate my translation.

I was so angry I handed the big Marantz tape recorder back to her, "Here, why don't you do it yourself, you know English and you know Burmese."

Presently, the asst VP Alex C, came and asked me to please finish the translation.

So I did, and I translated it exactly as it was worded in Burmese by THS and broadcast.

When I finished, of course I did not give it to THS. The jerk boss at the time was in SE Asia.

I told Pat Lute, the PR person at that time, and Pat came to my desk and Click, she sent it direct to the US Embassy email in Rangoon.

So flat chest and jerk were very angry with me, but why did they broadcast that junk to begin with.

So you see, these sorts of problems are not instrinsic to the Pashtun section alone.

It was alleged that these 2 were children of navy officials and pro-junta.

The woman went back to London.

The man lost his job about 2006 or 7, for asking an interviewee their beloved trick question,

"If we ask you to speak badly of D. ASSK will you do it?"

There was a gender discrimination case as they hired a woman and I found this all out by reading DC Superior Court Records/Archives on line.

The man was then fired as on acct of him, the Court ruled the station pay the plaintiff 300,000 in damages.

Great manager.

When harassing me, he used to say, "But then they (his superiors) will say I am not doing my job."

When did "good management" mean manipulating and harassing your staff.

Anyway, I think their karma will catch up with them, as it has to some extent already.

They also had to pay the staff they
fired in 2012, right when Daw Suu was in town.

One of the posts in Burmese I put up recently came from 1988 group email in 2012, and complained about the rude way the other woman, now section head, interviewed Daw S.

It's true, she leaned back in her seat, asked offensive questions and to top it all off, was ugly too.

Daw S. handled it well with her customary elan and cool.


Quote from movie No Escape wiki--

From movie No Escape wiki--

The film was approved for release in Thailand after the film-makers agreed not to identify the country where it was filmed or to portray it negatively. Co-writer Drew Dowdle says, "'We worked very closely with the Thai government and there were a lot of things they wanted us to shy away from....So although the film shows a coup breaking out in a South-east Asian city,...it never specified the country. We were very careful not to make it Thailand in the movie, so there was no Thai language used'", said Drew. "'None of the signage is Thai and most of the language that the native population is speaking is a combination of Laotian, hill-tribe languages and other languages.'"

The film-makers were also instructed not to use images of the Thai monarchy and to "'never show the king or the colour yellow because that's the colour of the king'". John Dowdle, who directed the movie, says they were also told "'no Buddhas....don't do anything bad in front of a Buddha.'"[12]

After trailers for the film were released a social uproar occurred in Cambodia over the use of upside down Khmer lettering on the police shields. The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has since prohibited the film from being shown in Cambodia.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Your late summer reading--go back to Ayuthia and the Burmese invasion--

Your late summer reading--go back in time to Ayuthia and the Burmese invasion.

The Rider of Crocodiles
Dr. Kaung was traveling in Thailand when a colleague told her his great great grandfather was not killed in Ayuthia in 1767 when the Burmese invaded, as he knew how to ride crocodiles.
print edition
Kindle edition

Monday, August 24, 2015

Your late summer reading--

Your late summer reading--
praised by Dr Sean Turnell and Dr Khin Nyo Nyo--Saw Thandar Kyaw.

Dr. Turnell said it was very inspiring and Ma Ma Nyo said
she loved the title.

Sigh of relief--KMK.

Kindle edition below:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

James Mawdsley's Iron Road

James Mawdsley's The Iron Road.

I liked this book. I interviewed him in person when he came to DC in 2002 and interviewed his father David Mawdsley while he was in prison.

It's a lot better than current f-ing "reform/transition" books.