[talk-ph] [HOT] Just got back from an Aid Mission to the Remote Caluya Islands West of Borocay

Jean-Guilhem Cailton jgc at arkemie.com
Mon Dec 16 20:54:20 UTC 2013


From some feedback I got on irc, it seems that some people have felt
that I wrote this email under the influence of anger.

This was absolutely not the case. People who know me in real life know
that I tend to be pretty calm in general. Of course, I may still have
short moments of anger now and then, but when it happens, I am aware of
it. And I have enough experience of Internet communications and mailing
lists in general not to send emails to large audiences under the
influence of anger, believe me.

So if you read this email under the impression that its tone was an
angry one, I invite you to read again, with the knowledge that my
"mental tone" was in fact very quiet.

The facts I wrote about may be of a nature to anger normal people when
they first learn about them, indeed, but, believe me, I have had years
to come over my initial personal anger with this system, and the people
who run it.

Best wishes,


Le 15/12/2013 19:20, Jean-Guilhem Cailton a écrit :
> Dear Mikel, Dear All,
> If, like everyone on these lists I think, you appreciate and like the
> awesome work that Mark and his team are doing, then you might also
> appreciate and like the fact that the petition to get more imagery in
> open access, to support mapping the Philippines after Yolanda typhoon,
> got most of its signatories thanks to him.
> Indeed, Mark forwarded this petition to his contacts, including 114,000
> Aviation Professionals:
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk-ph/2013-November/thread.html
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk-ph/2013-November/004806.html
> He even managed to get an Add for it placed on
> GIS.stackexchange.com, with 40k+ members
> https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/hot/2013-November/004153.html
> Quite to the opposite, for reasons that, frankly, I find impossible to
> understand or believe, you and some of your honorable correspondents
> have been fighting this petition by every mean possible. And I do mean
> every mean thinkable, and also every mean unthinkable.
> Let me describe a few of the steps you took to the public here, to whom
> it is probably obvious that mappers need quality images to be useful and
> efficient. We know that some images exist or could be collected, are of
> good enough quality, but are not used for reasons of license or other,
> in short particular interests (commercial, private, national, ...) that
> come before the general interest. This is what must not be forgotten.
> You started by trying to spread doubt about the usefulness of the
> petition, in a small circle limited to the 3 coordinators and myself.
> Writing for example:
> "Yea, there is a month window per release, but that is easily renewable
> on request. What we need to do is report back demonstrating what's been
> done with the imagery, and we have good stats for that. And then, simply
> request more time."
> Then you apparently tried to bully us with more pressure, with a
> masterpiece in misinformation that you also copied to the board. I had
> to take precious hours off operational work (like today, by the way) to
> show the FUD you were trying to spread
> (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt). I included
> the HOT membership in the destinations of my reply, because I found that
> behavior so shocking from the President of a so-called "humanitarian"
> organization that I thought the members needed to be informed.
> Then, you got a former member of the board to second you with another
> fine piece of misinformation. And to complain dramatically about
> imaginary content of the petition, that anyone who can read can check
> for herself or himself is simply not there.
> But there is a point, when misinformation is spread so consistently that
> it looks like the job of professionals, where trust is lost.
> And then one can even start to use these pieces like a compass that
> would point to the South, instead of the North, most of the time. And
> once one has understood this, if one uses his biased compass with care,
> he won't get lost.
> An important decision for the response to typhoon Yolanda and the
> recovery of the Philippines is going to be taken today or tomorrow.
> Will the 30 day imagery collection by DigitalGlobe be extended by
> another 30 days?
> The question was asked on Twitter, and the answer was that primary
> consideration would be operational need. Some elements and examples of
> current operational needs were supplied in answer:
> https://twitter.com/disruptivegeo/status/404658837543989248
> https://twitter.com/disruptivegeo/status/404659149478572032
> https://twitter.com/PrayYolanda/status/411524254367100928
> https://twitter.com/PrayYolanda/status/411527487198228480
> https://twitter.com/PrayYolanda/status/411537228905467904
> Of course, these informations are intended (in particular, but not only)
> for a function in the humanitarian information system. No one is
> personally targeted, especially if they have already done wonderful
> things in understanding the potential of OSM within disaster response,
> and helping it start to become a reality.
> We know that it is a stressful psychological reality that it is not
> easy, when you are a humanitarian worker, to accept that you cannot
> solve all the problems you would like to, and answer all the needs. But,
> alas, it is part of the job.
> It doesn't imply that it shouldn't be allowed to mention the needs that
> remain. This is actually needed for more progress to have a chance to
> happen.
> So, fine people who have read this far, let me remind you that there is
> a petition online, that you are warmly and urgently invited to sign, and
> also, maybe even more importantly, to distribute to your circles of
> relations.
> There is a choice of platforms on which it is available, in case one is
> more convenient for you than the other:
> https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/All_satellite_imagery_providers_Philippines_open_the_satellite_images/
> and
> https://www.change.org/fr/p%C3%A9titions/philippines-open-the-satellite-images
> They have the same text. If you do not care, we recommend you use the
> first platform, on Avaaz.org.
> Please sign only on one of the platforms, to make global counting easier.
> All together, let us try to make at least one good thing be a
> consequence of this terrible disaster, by improving the way current and
> future Disaster Response work.
> Best wishes,
> Jean-Guilhem
> ---------------------------------------------------
> On his hospital bed, William Henley wrote Invictus:
> "It matters not how strait the gate,
> How charged with punishments the scroll,
> I am the master of my fate :
> I am the captain of my soul."
> Mandela liked this poem.
> Sur son lit d'hôpital, William Henley écrivit Invictus : "Aussi étroit
> que soit le chemin, bien qu'on m'accuse et qu'on me blâme, je suis le
> maître de mon destin, le capitaine de mon âme." Ce poème, Mandela l'aimait.
> Le 11/12/2013 15:44, Mikel Maron a écrit :
>> Mark
>> Excellent to see this!
>> Wondering, for us working on OSM map data, did the map prove useful to
>> your mission? We'd love to hear details, if any, when you have time.
>> -Mikel
>> * Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron
>> On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:47 AM, maning sambale
>> <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com> wrote:
>>     Great efforts Mark!
>>     On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 6:33 PM, Mark Cupitt <markcupitt at gmail.com
>>     <mailto:markcupitt at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>         For the record, the team was composed of the following good folks:
>>         Retired USA; 77 years old, lives Davao (Wise old Duck)
>>         USA 60 years old, lives Dubai (Took 4 months leave to do this
>>         project) Team Leader
>>         Aussie 53 years old lives Dumaguete (Camera Duck)
>>         Retired USA 50 years old lives IloIlo (Logisitic Duck)
>>         Us Student 32 Years old, lives IliIlo (Logistics Duck)
>>         (Average age 54 years old)
>>         Filipina 30 years old, lives IloIlo (Interpreter and
>>         coordinator/liason)
>>         Filipino 32 years old, lives Iloilo (All rounders and the clowns
>>         in te video with the snorkeling masks on, great guys)
>>         Filipino 31 years old lives IliIlo (             dito          
>>                                  )
>>         Plus the good folk of the Philippine Army (security) and The
>>         Philippine Navy (transport), FANTASTIC PEOPLE!!!!!!
>>         Cheers
>>         Mark
>>         Regards
>>         Mark Cupitt
>>         "If we change the world, let it bear the mark of our intelligence"
>>         See me on LinkedIn <http://ph.linkedin.com/in/markcupitt>
>>         *See me on StackExchange
>>         <http://gis.stackexchange.com/users/17846/mark-c>*
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>>         On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM, Mark Cupitt
>>         <markcupitt at gmail.com <mailto:markcupitt at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>             Hi All
>>             Just got back form a week long aid mission to the Caluya
>>             Island Group in Antique, way out west of Borocay. Some of
>>             these islands were devastated by Storm Surge, most of the
>>             boats were destroyed so no fishing was possible. These
>>             islands are so inaccessible that no aid has been delivered
>>             up to now. We were able to deliver 10 Tons of aid including
>>             tarpaulins, rice, Nails, Rope, Milk, Tinned Food, etc to
>>             1400 families on the islands. This group is a group of
>>             individuals who came together and it is privately funded.
>>             A Video report can be seen at 
>>             http://youtu.be/P1AEW9EanOk
>>             Regards
>>             Mark Cupitt
>>             "If we change the world, let it bear the mark of our
>>             intelligence"
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