Hats off to the first responders, deputies, police officers, & hundreds of volunteers who are rescuing people & pets in Houston.

As in every catastrophe, the Red Cross is Johnny-on-the-spot in Houston to rake in contributions. Just keep in mind that they raised $500 million for Haiti hurricane relief & have six houses to show for it. Their grand larceny was so brazen that even the NY Times called for some accountability.

Trump said the hurricane during his term is the biggest hurricane ever: “no one’s ever seen anything like this.” It’s epic, biblical, even bigger than the one that carried Noah away. He really believes the hurricane gives him bragging rights. What about him isn’t pitiful & vile?

Media is hoping for a presidential & empathetic response from Trump when he visits Houston. Those were their very words. What do they think changed in him since he cheered on fascists & white supremacists in Charlottesville?

Ik children (Aug 29 2017

Media is interviewing some of the shattered Houston evacuees who have lost everything & will likely have to relocate to barrack housing in other cities & live in such conditions for quite a while. Millions of people around the world have sustained such natural catastrophes which so violently change their lives forever.

It reminds me of an educational experience I had in the 1980s when a boyfriend offered me “The Mountain People” a 1972 book by Colin Turnbull, a British anthropologist. It became a renowned book & is still considered authoritative about the Ik, an African tribe of about 10,000 people who live in the mountains of Uganda on the border with Kenya. He described them in the most racist terms, almost as sub-humans who had no social structure & were completely bereft of social & personal relations. Parents ignored their children, abused their parents, hoarded food, let others starve in front of them, had no love or familial relations at all. Turnbull “inspired” other writers to pump out moralistic, racist accounts making an anthropological spectacle of the Ik. There were several scathing reviews of Turnbull’s book by reputable scholars but racism has a strong appeal to many & it still carries influence today.

Turnbull had a cement head filled with racism & had no right to be doing anthropology–even though the origins of the field are in racism. A better career choice for him would have been hauling manure in a horse barn where he could do no harm. What he did not grasp is that the Ik had been a hunting & gathering society but in the 1960s the government confiscated their ancestral lands & turned them into a wildlife preserve. The Ik way of life was outlawed & they were reduced to poachers on government lands. Like the people of Houston, they lost everything & were shattered. When Turnbull was doing his numb-skulled study, the Ik were still trying to get their bearings & recover as a society.

Turnbull became a follower of the Dalai Lama & died in 1994. The damage he has done outlives him. I dumped the boyfriend for finding such a book credible.

(Photo is Ik children from Family Care Uganda)

Conan O’Brien, the twitchy not-that-funny comedian, is filming an episode in Israel for his show “Conan Without Borders.” When not filming he’s ingratiating himself with Israelis, including posing in a tee-shirt from the Israeli army. Netanyahu posted a video of O’Brien visiting him & playing with his dog to show how endearing a man can be even when he shills for apartheid.

How does that differ from Steve Bannon agreeing to speak at an event of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), a rightwing group which promotes settlements in the occupied West Bank? The ZOA invited Bannon because he is a supporter of Israel despite his notorious anti-Semitism expressed openly & repeatedly on Breitbart.

Dr. Maung Zarni is a Buddhist genocide scholar in exile from Myanmar who is well-known & respected by Rohingya activists for his collaboration with them to educate about, denounce, & actively campaign against the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. Rohingya Blogger often circulates his invaluable articles & one can follow him on his blog, on FB, on Twitter, & on YouTube.

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In this article from his blog he addresses attempts to blame Rohingya militants for the military onslaught in Arakan state: