Friday, January 06, 2012

Random thoughts

If you've been following my blog, it should be obvious by now what I'm trying to do: I've been posting daily, if possible first thing in the morning. How long this project will last I don't know, but I'll try to keep it going for as long as I can. I haven't done much writing in the past year, and I really want to get back into the writing groove, never mind the genre. I'm still experimenting with various modes, but the point is to churn out the words.

In the news today: landslide in Compostela Valley kills 25, and there may be more dead as they unearth the site. The rains from the previous month may have loosened the soil, possibly aggravating damage caused by mining. Most of the dead are miners and their families who make their homes in makeshift shanties near the mountain. Blame is sure to fly soon, but as with many other things Pinoy, it will go back to the question of why people were living there in the first place. The area had been evacuated once before precisely for the same reason.

To be honest, I'd hate to be a government official in areas such as these. In my information security classes, I tell my students that "responsibility without authority equals scapegoat", meaning if someone gives you a job, but not the necessary powers to do it, then you're sure to fail. When it comes to dealing with large numbers of people, there's really very little that government can do. They might try to enforce safety measures, but they're going to see plenty of resistance from cause-oriented groups. When the inevitable tragedy strikes, they go back to government seeking aid.

In other news: the Arroyo telenovela continues. Now she has a rift with her main hatchetman in Congress, Edcel Lagman. Or is it the other way around? With these pols, I can never really tell. One thing's for sure: Arroyo sure has a way of alienating her friends.