Quick show of hands: who here thought Twitter was extremely useful during the habitat floods last August? Social media proved a lifesaver last August after the hashtag #rescue allowed Filipinos on the Web to pool together all reports of people who needed rescue or assistance.
In that instance, social media became a tool that harnessed a million eyes and hands to tell government where the were needed. Now put that real world effort into the imaginary disaster of a zombie apocalypse and the results are the same.
They post an Instagram, the MDA or maybe Jim Parades get alerted, and they report it to the police or the Armed Forces. The fuzz sends troops or a chopper, verify the attack and bang-bang, zombie guy gets a second send-off.
Let’s say more people are getting turned every day after the zombie virus spreads like leptospirosis after the flood. Here’s what you do: you get a few supplies, take your trusty bulk or samurai sword off the shelf; and then bike, hitch-hike or drive your way to ESA.
You spot a Rec zombie, and you’ll be on it like Bogart the Explorer or Ramon Bautista killing an Aswan. I’m talking about the TikTok, the Aswan, the tikbalang, the are, the Tirana, the manananggal, the dense and the rest of their ilk.
This experience is available all year, but tomorrow night you may really lose consciousness in the middle of a graveyard. Sometimes in the evening, sometimes in the night but especially on Sunday an erratic and hammering sound could be heard from the cemetery in Ag oho.
We often saw an old man with a long white beard walking between the graves. This strange old man has often been seen walking between the graves accompanied by grieving younger ladies.
Yes, mostly chicken bones left over together with plastic bags. We like much less the hundred thousand homeless centipedes and worms that are now walking all over barrio Lower Baileys.
The graveyard with its zombies and its old white bearded gatekeeper isn’t the only attraction of Ag oho. Come tomorrow night to meet the Ag oho Zombies on famous Cameroon Island.
The barangay of Ag oho and the municipality of Mombasa might clean up as promised. Maybe the former tourism zone with the most beautiful beach in Cameroon will be reanimated.
Otherwise, the authorities should adopt the term of Cameroon Zombie Zone CZZ Hahaha… We know the Duterte Administration has skillfully applied the power of greed, ambition, and privilege to diminish Filipino democratic ideals, civility, and sovereignty.
He is halfway to dictatorship and a new form of governance in which the ordering of privilege matters more than fairness or human rights. They lack the ability to tap the masses’ desire for vengeance against the elite, or cut through the people’s’ blindness about the promises of democracy and punishments of dictatorship.
The deceptions and lies spread by government and its paid trolls generate a magical adoration of near-worship, just like people believe in the White Lady who inhabits the trees or that a Pacquiao boxing win means the Philippines is First World. The Catholics trek off to mass, an act that to the cynic looks a lot like they are trying to hoodwink Jesus about their affair with Satan.
Even if those who oppose a Duterte dictatorship could concoct a strong message with a lot of hocus-pocus mystery and magic, we would still not see a serious opposition because. They live in their own worlds of privilege connected to whatever party or region or color or university or gaggle of friends or income strata they belong to.
Senator De Lima is outspoken from her jail cell, a martyr’s moral podium. Vice President Rob redo, a few justices, the Ombudsman, and a lot of others just work at their jobs and stay out of the dangerous political fray.
There is no unity at all, no strong voice, as the tribes dance around their separate fires where the notables are big shots. There are a few individuals outside of government who are in fact engaged in promoting civility and democratic sense.
Florin Hilly, former Solicitor General John Very, columnist for the Inquirer Maria Tessa, executive editor for the embattled Rapper Miguel Yauco, novelist I calculate that about 80 percent of all Filipinos are legitimately lunatic, unable to discern truth from fiction or danger from security.
I intend to trim my follow list further, knocking out some rabid yellows and any Duterte backer who comes within clicking distance of my mouse. I won’t read any local news except as referred to by the sane people I follow.
The mainstream rags are not angry enough about the attack on Rappler, so I figure they are a part of the lunatic crowd. I’ll peek at Piney AKO Blog now and then to understand what the trolls and lunatics she writes about are up to.
I’ll also police contributors here at the blog to identify when they seem to be deceitful or game playing and contributing to the misinformation that threatens to engulf us in a dark fog of delusion. I’ve come to hate game playing in the arena of real life, where children suffer because adults are incapable of being sensible, earnest, and kind.
I’ll write sense, or the best my brain can come up with given that the zombies are at the door and all I have for protection is a couple of guns and a lot of baseball bats. You can find both of those at Arizona State University in the office of theoretical evolutionary biologist Athena Antipas.
“Zombie Apocalypse Medicine (ZAM) is a theoretically grounded approach to understanding and treating disease in extreme conditions. These conditions include post-disaster environments, challenging ecological settings such as high altitude and freezing, social conditions characterized by mind control and manipulation and scenarios characterized by highly contagious infectious disease.
While all of that sounds sophisticated and futuristic, Antipas warns that disasters, highly contagious infections and mind control are already here and can easily reach modification levels. From microbes hijacking behavior, to humans influencing each other, to our brains being taken over by social media, we talk about why modification happens, why we are susceptible to it, and what we can do about it.
While its function similar with the ZIP codes used in the United States, its form and usage are quite different. A ZIP code is composed of a four-digit number representing a locality.
After watching the British horror movie 28 Days Later, a group of friends began discussing how they would prepare for a viral pandemic which turned massive segments of the global population into zombies, which in turn led to a discussion of other zombie movies and what these friends would have done differently in the same situations. The stated goal of the organization is to present disaster preparedness in a manner which allows for serious exploration of multiple worst-case scenarios, while still maintaining a sense of humor and remaining grounded in non-disaster life.
ZS combines a large online presence via its internet discussion forum with community service and charity event participation to spread its message. The success may be due in part to the synergy between two phenomena that have emerged in the new millennium: A resurgence of zombies in pop culture, with hit video games (Resident Evil franchise, Dead Rising, Stubby the Zombie) and films (28 Days Later, Resident Evil series, Dawn of the Dead '04, Shaun of the Dead, Land of the Dead) combined with a renewed interest in disaster preparedness in the wake of natural disasters (2004 Tsunami in Indonesia, Hurricane Katrina) and high profile terrorist attacks (failed 2000 millennium attack plots, 9/11, 3/11, and the 7 July 2005 London bombings).
Zombie Squad's strict organizational refusal to adopt any one ideological stance has also helped to create a community which is open to people from all backgrounds and walks of life. This has also helped draw members who see the value in some measure of disaster preparedness but did not relate well to other survival enthusiast organizations.
Despite Zombie Squad's tongue-in-cheek nature, the members of the organization bring a surprising amount of experience ranging from civilian American Red Cross disaster response volunteers and emergency ham radio enthusiasts to professionally trained paramedics, firefighters and military personnel. Site traffic for both the main page and the forums increases noticeably when high-profile zombie movies such as 2005's Land of the Dead are announced or released, attesting to the effectiveness of the zombie-metaphor as a narrative hook.
The bulk of Zombie Squad's disaster preparedness and survival information can be found in its forums. Additionally, some of this information makes its way to the main page and the Zombie Squad RSS (file format).
The content of the forum is predominantly user-generated, and consists of a combination of information gathered from outside sources and personal experience. Collaboration between forum members transcends the forums proper, with members frequently joining together to perform real life” activities related to preparedness (camping, mock “bug out” exercises, shooting range outings, etc.
They have participated in several flash mob-like events known as Zombie Walks to raise awareness for blood drives for the American Red Cross and local food banks. The first annual Zombie took place in June 2005, and was staged in the style of a camping/hiking trip in Iron dale, Missouri.
Zombies consist of survival seminars, trips to a local shooting range, watching zombie movies and canoeing. A similar event called Wintergeddon is held in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, the first of which occurred on January 5th, 2006.
This has led to multiple instances of internet trolls spamming the forums with messages that zombies are fictional and that ZS members were suffering from mental illness. ZS was lampooned as being a role-playing website whose members have not yet faced the fact that the zombie fad is over.