Saturday, May 20, 2023

Cyclone Mocha Strikes Myanmar https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/151343/cyclone-mocha-strikes-myanmar
UN says 800,000 affected
junta says 145.
fr Irrawaddy k

4 days ago--NASA report Mocha

Cyclone Mocha Strikes Myanmar
Cyclone Mocha Strikes Myanmar
May 14, 2023
PNG
As Cyclone Mocha approached Myanmar on May 14, 2023, winds roared as fast as 175 miles (280 kilometers) per hour, enough to make it a category 5 storm. Although the storm weakened slightly during the final hours of its approach, Mocha still brought dangerous winds, downpours, and storm surge when it made landfall just north of Sittwe, Myanmar.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of the cyclone at 07:15 Universal Time (1:45 p.m. local time) on May 14, 2023, as the storm neared landfall.
The storm underwent a period of rapid intensification on May 14 as it encountered warm water in the Bay of Bengal and little vertical wind shear—factors that can strengthen tropical cyclones. At their peak, Mocha’s powerful winds tied with Cyclone Fani for being the strongest on record in the North Indian Ocean basin, according to Jeff Masters with Yale Climate Connections. To estimate storm intensity, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center uses the Dvorak technique, which is based on an analysis of cloud patterns in visible and infrared imagery from geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites.
Early reports suggest the storm caused widespread damage in Sittwe, the state capital of Rakhine, with local news sources reporting flooded streets, downed trees and power lines, and roofs torn from homes. The evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from vulnerable areas in both Bangladesh and Myanmar in advance of the storm may have helped limit casualties, according to some news reports. The worst of the storm surge also missed low-lying refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar that many observers feared were vulnerable.
However, aid groups also report that telecommunication interruptions have made it difficult to assess the full impact of the storm. “Early reports suggest the damage is extensive and needs among already vulnerable communities, particularly displaced people, will be high,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs noted in an update on May 14.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Wanmei Liang, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Story by Adam Voiland.

Friday, May 19, 2023

My mini-review of Joseph Persico's book--published by Christian Science Monitor 2009

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Readers-picks/2009/0817/nuremberg-infamy-on-trial
Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial What are you reading?
By Kyi May Kaung, Washington, D.C.
August 17, 2009
I am reading Joseph E. Persico's Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial while thinking about Burma, my country of origin. Persico's book is an amazing piece of research, scholarship, and dramatic presentation. The defendants are shown as human – depraved and misguided humans, but nevertheless, humans. Surely a strange bedside table book, but then life is strange and these things happened not too long ago. *

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Reposting on request

posting on request.
About the author:
K.M.Kaung started writing fiction as a teenager in Burma. She comes from a family of story tellers in Myingyan in Upper Burma. Her paternal grandmother May May Gyi, saw the last king of Burma - Thibaw, taken away on a steamboat on the Irrawaddy River by the British in 1886. Kyi May Kaung's father U Kaung was named after the King's first envoy to the West, Kinwun Mingyi U Kaung. Her father was a well known educationist and the first chairman of the Burma Historical Commission. As a child Kyi May was privileged to have noted scholars and artists come to visit the house. Dr. Kaung holds a doctorate in Political Economy from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been previously published in anthologies and literary journals, and she has read widely in universities and bookstores in N. America and Southeast Asia. From 1997-2001 she had a poetry and political commentary program on air, broadcast to Burma/Myanmar. Edward Albee praised her two act play, Shaman, and she has won Pew, Fulbright and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants. This is her first CreateSpace publication. Upcoming are a full length novel Wolf, and a novella, The Rider of Crocodiles. You may find her on her blog http://kyimaykaung.blogspot.com on Facebook www.facebook.com/kyi.m.kaung and at Kyi Kaung@kyikaung on Twitter. Her web site is www.kmkaung.com She divides her time between N. America, travel in Asia and on cyberspace. Links to my recent publications of novellas and short stories. 1. Originally published in Wild River Review on line, The Lovers is the story of a ballet dancer from Chile, who has to leave her native land for political reasons, and emigrate to Philadelphia, in America. Burmese-born author Kyi May Kaung lived many years in West Philadelphia while pursuing her doctorate in Political Science. The Lovers has vivid local color while traversing the uneasy life of political asylees. The Lovers, print edition https://www.createspace.com/4767856?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026 The Lovers, Kindle edition http://www.amazon.com/The-Lovers-Novellas-K-M-Kaung-Kaung-ebook/dp/B00JX8NZRU 2. Black Rice is a Burmese man with very dark skin, almost purple, and almond eyes. What happens when he is captured in an ambush in Burma's delta in 1947, as ethnic strife rages, a year before Burma's Independence from Great Britain? Find out here as K.M. Kaung takes you on a heart stopping journey through life. An intensely flavored pill of a story in 48 pages. A view through oddly made eyes. "You've got to be taught, to hate and fear, you've got to be taught, from year to year. . . ." Song lyrics, Rogers and Hammerstein, South Pacific, the Broadway musical. Black Rice, print edition https://www.createspace.com/4232789?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026 Black Rice, Kindle Edition http://www.amazon.com/Black-Rice-Novella-K-Kaung/dp/0615797520 3. 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. https://www.createspace.com/4738699?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026 print edition http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KZ6W8I6 Kindle edition -- 4. Dancing like a Peacock and Koel Bird My two stories, Dancing like a Peacock and Koel Bird are also available on Create Space, print edition. Published by Words Sounds and Images-- A seven year old girl is sent off across the border to earn a living and send money home to Burma. A computer expert finds-- https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=K+Kaung+dancing+like+a+peacock&sitesearch_type=STORE My short story collection- Dancing like a Peacock & Koel Bird, also includes Little Transparent Fetus Buddha. Print (soft cover) + Kindle editions http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Peacock-Bird-Border-Stories-ebook/dp/B00JWZSL3C 5. FGM—Kindle edition FGM: A Story about the Mutilation of Women. Dr. Aset, a trained gynecologist with several post graduate American degrees, lets herself be drawn into an inappropriate relationship. My novella FGM is now available on Kindle--http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KJ3FUOE there is also a print edition on the CreateSpace/Amazon store. https://www.createspace.com/4738586 6. Dealing with death and old age in the USA as immigrants-- No Crib for a Bed and Other Stories, Kindle Edition http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JW2ZD40 No Crib for a Bed, print edition https://www.createspace.com/4768879?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026 at December 29, 2014

CNN --Mocha has made landfall--2 hours ago.

https://www.cnn.com/2023/05/13/asia/cyclone-mocha-aid-agencies-myanmar-bangladesh-climate-intl-hnk/index.html
Images:
1. Cox's Bazaar refugee camps.Rohingya
2. Cyclone path fr CNN
3. crony monk praying to "dragon" in wrong place (Irrawaddy Delta)
4. Recently bombed Sagaing Village--bombed by junta.

Friday, May 12, 2023

Cyclone Mocha landfall Myanmar and Bangladesh Sunday

https://www.nytimes.com/article/cyclone-mocha-bangladesh-myanmar.html as we say in Burmese--
ah nar paw doke kya
a stick falls
on a gaping
wound.
Mocha means (100%) certain.
Try and get ready.
I used to say sarcastically after Nargis Cyclone 2008--"buy a boat." kmk 5-12-2023

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Al Jazeera exclusive --Burma--massacres, air strikes etc.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/longform/2023/5/12/charred-bodies-burned-homes-a-campaign-of-terror-in-myanmar-2 Something needs to be done. Meanwhile junta sounds like it's panicking too-- offering cash rewards for PDF who defect fr Resistance with weapons-- but sounds like no takers. A young Resistance couple in Mon State just died. A terrible feeling of helplessness watching from afar. If they scorched everything, where will next years' rice harvest come from????? People incld the tat cannot eat RPGs etc. "Pineapples"=hand grenades k--5-11-2023

Poem from Cipher Magazine

https://www.ciphermagazine.com/rotten-2/to-the-person-who-loves-me-next

Monday, May 08, 2023

Head ogre NW Command myanmar

https://myanmar-now.org/en/news/the-man-behind-the-myanmar-juntas-campaign-of-terror-in-sagaing/ 5-8-2023

War related injuries --treatment of--

https://www.cdc.gov/masstrauma/preparedness/primer.pdf Fee e download, 5th revision, Emergency War Surgery-- https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/emergency-war-surgery-5th-us-revision-1
US Govt Bookstore. Whether you are Russian, American, Burmese, Ukrainian, Sudanese,Syrian etc you need this now. I know bc I lived in West Philadelphia where gun shootings are daily occurrence, HUP Hospital of Univ of Pennsylvania and hospitals in Philadelphia are where doctors come to train for trauma injuries. There are a lot of books on war injuries beginning from US Civil War. Thanks. Stop being an ostrich. km 5-7-2023

Sunday, May 07, 2023

Fee e download, 5th revision, Emergency War Surgery--

https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/emergency-war-surgery-5th-us-revision-1 US Govt Bookstore. Whether you are Russian, American, Burmese, Ukrainian, Sudanese,Syrian etc you need this now. I know bc I lived in West Philadelphia where gun shootings are daily occurrence, HUP Hospital of Univ of Pennsylvania and hospitals in Philadelphia are where doctors come to train for trauma injuries. There are a lot of books on war injuries beginning from US Civil War. Thanks. Stop being an ostrich. km 5-7-2023

Monday, May 01, 2023

Maureen Dowd--Requeim for the Newsroom

Maureen Dowd --Requiem for the Newsroom. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/29/opinion/journalism-newsroom.html
T
he NYT building in Manhatten had a completely empty entryway, and all the elevators were locked.
This was before Covid.
There was not even a receptionist there.
Must be due to fear of terrorism.
But very disappointing.
The famous Dean and Deluca was also disappointing. No sign of any marron glace (candied chestnuts). I bought a mug but its rim was too thick.
That's why I work at this e-community so much.
Very few people left in this world now who call me by my nickname "KyiKyi"
T
hanks
kyi may

My archive at IISH, Amsterdam--

https://researchworks.oclc.org/archivegrid/collection/data/1004228429