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stingray615

Whatever the reason why he took the pictures, they're still great pictures.  All he's doing is capturing images of life as it happens and sharing them with the world.  That, IMO is a noble enough cause to take the pictures to begin with. If you've visited his blog and read the comments there, many are from locals, and they greatly appreciate his work. I'm happy to see young people with his enthusiasm doing something constructive, instead of the numerous other distasteful things that they usually do.

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I think the word poverty is not the best word to use here. It really can mean vastly different things. 

 

Being poor, but with the means to feed and shelter the family may not be so bad. That can occur in both rural and urban settings. In rural areas they may be self-sufficient farmers or fishermen. In urban areas, they can be squatters with work. There is something romantic about this and it does make for great photos and great stories of the simple life.

 

But those who live simply without the means to feed and shelter themselves ... it's kinda shitty no matter how you want to cut it. 

 

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I'm happy to see young people with his enthusiasm doing something constructive, instead of the numerous other distasteful things that they usually do.

 

Yowsa!

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You are happy with what you know and the life you live. One cannot base ones own lifestyle on what somebody else might be happy with.

 

Sage words.

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With all respect, I'd also think suicide might be practically slightly difficult for a (poor) local... What you gonna do... Swap your coconut for a revolver? Run out in the road and get hit by a jeepney doing 80 mph? :-)

 

I think even the poorest can save up for some rope!

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jtmwatchbiz

I think even the poorest can save up for some rope!

 

 

even so...i'd check your yacht moorings to be safe :)

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Nate gets some press:

 

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Author's Note: I wrote this on Nov. 17th, just after going through the super typhoon with a family in Legazpi, Albay. 
 
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broden

looks like the sham wow guy

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udonthani

the guy knows feck all. He is still in the honeymoon stage, although he should be just about getting out of that now provided he isn't even more of a total numbskull than I think he is. He hasn't been coming here long enough.

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jtmwatchbiz

the guy knows feck all. He is still in the honeymoon stage, although he should be just about getting out of that now provided he isn't even more of a total numbskull than I think he is. He hasn't been coming here long enough.

 

 

i dunno...seems like a nice enough kid to me and is just talking about what he wants to talk about. no harm in that and his pics are pretty good too. however, if you feel this strongly about it then skip your boring polls on TV and rice and create your own blog with pics so you can enlighten everyone how it should be done :)

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Swooooosh,            jtw's  been in the knife draw again

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