rePost::Poor Propaganda (1)::Pinoy Penman

maybe I’m jaded enough or probably I just don’t care anymore, but when someone is hungry, the stomach doesn’t care if the food was from another poor guy, a simple person, a company wanting media mileage or a saint; That said  corporation, individual donors sometimes care to whom they give their donations to, and if someone like Kris Aquino or other stars need to front for a foundation to open the wallets of these donors, We go where the money is.  we laud people who help. This brings to mind a scene in “In My Life” where Vilma plays the domineering mom who his son can never seem to please.

The immediate spur was a text message I received just hours ago from an anonymous sender, whose phone number I’ll keep to myself for now. It said: “ABS CBN reported to have received more than 100-Million pesos worth of donations in cash & in kind but they have only released around 130 thousand of relief bags. Assuming that each bag contained 100 pesos worth of goods, that is only 13-Million pesos. There are more than 80-million pesos worth of goods and cash in their possession still. And why does ABS CBN have to wait for Kris Aquino and their stars to be the one to distribute these relief goods?”

Now, I’m no friend of the network or of any network—I generally mistrust giant organizations—although I have to admit having some good personal friends at ABS-CBN, and to appearing now and then on ANC as an unpaid resource person on everything from Macintosh machines to cultural scandals. But I had to ask myself, where was this coming from, and why? Why was anyone trying to put down ABS-CBN, which took a leading role in the Ondoy and Pepeng relief effort, at a time when people were properly focused on getting help from whatever source to whoever needed it most? What was ABS-CBN supposed to be doing with all those bags of noodles in its possession—hoard them for its own use?

The ridiculous and ill-timed message—clearly a cheap shot from a personal or corporate adversary—was just another reminder to me of how mean-spirited and (to use a word I’ve been employing a lot lately) snarky we’ve become. It’s a common hazard in this Age of the Rant, which I wrote about two years ago in my piece here on the “anti-rant rant.” For anything you do or say, there’s always someone out there with some vile and nasty retort, especially if it can be launched behind the guiltless anonymity of the Internet or of SMS. (I texted the sender back to ask “Who is this please?” but never, of course, got a reply.)

One thing you learn from the Internet is that the world is full of idle, unhappy people—curmudgeons, killjoys, and crackpots who can’t wait for an opportunity to make you as miserable as they are. When I recently wrote about my bumbling attempt to find a suitable birthday present for Beng, and eventually gifting her with a box of imported Spanish soap, I got a message from a reader castigating me for not being nationalistic enough to give her locally made lather; didn’t I know that I was harming Philippine industry, etc. etc? Presumably, this fellow didn’t type out that message on a Taiwanese computer while cooling his fiery Filipino spirit with a gulp of American cola.

via Pinoy Penman.

rePost:: Joel Torre invests millions in digital films | ABS-CBN News Online Beta

Joel Torre has long been one of the helpful actors for indie films and the film industry in general, hope his ventures succeed!

Joel Torre invests millions in digital films

By Boy Villasanta, | 10/12/2009 6:28 PM

MANILA – Awarded film and television actor Joel Torre has finally embarked on movie production to ventilate his ideas and sustain the local filmmaking by investing in digital films.

Torre, who is also an enterprising businessman, chose moviemaking as his business concentration next to his food and restaurant concerns. He said he believes his vision and passion for the arts are best expressed through motion picture.

“Napaunlad ko na ang JT Manukan ko kaya may iba naman akong concern ngayon,” divulged the Visayan actor at the special preview of the inspirational visual “Isang Lahi: Pearls from the Orient” at the Blue Water Spa in Ortigas recently.

via Joel Torre invests millions in digital films | ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

rePost::(UPDATE) US duo wins Nobel Economics Prize | ABS-CBN News Online Beta

First of many!!

US duo wins Nobel Economics Prize

Agence France-Presse | 10/12/2009 7:13 PM

First woman lauded

STOCKHOLM – Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson of the United States won the 2009 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for their work on the organisation of cooperation in economic governance, the Nobel jury said.

Ostrom is the first woman to win the Economics Prize, which has been awarded since 1969.

“The research of Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson demonstrates that economic analysis can shed light on most forms of social organisation,” the jury said.

Ostrom won half the 10-million-kronor (1.42-million-dollar, 980,000-euro) prize “for her analysis of economic governance” especially relating to the management of common property or property under common control.

Her work challenging the conventional wisdom that common property is poorly managed and should be either regulated by central authorities or privatised, it added.

via (UPDATE) US duo wins Nobel Economics Prize | ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

rePost:: Senate cancels Christmas party; funds go to typhoon victims – Nation – GMANews.TV – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News


Senate cancels Christmas party; funds go to typhoon victims


10/12/2009 | 05:41 PM

The Senate on Monday decided to cancel its annual Christmas party and instead, donate the funds intended for the festivity to help the victims of recent calamities.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said the Senate employees themselves suggested the cancellation of the party.

“I commend our Senate employees and the Secretary of the Senate herself for being among the first to suggest, even as I was already preparing to announce it, to cancel our scheduled Christmas party and, instead, to just donate the budget for the Christmas celebration to the typhoon and flood victims,” Enrile said in a speech during the flag ceremony that marked the Philippine Senate’s 93rd anniversary.

The Senate, through its discretionary funds, earlier donated P500,000 each to GMA Kapuso Foundation, ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc., and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) to support their ongoing efforts to provide immediate relief assistance for the typhoon victims. [See: Senate donates P1.5M to victims of ‘Ondoy’]

Also, the Senate welfare fund of P120,000 was donated and divided among the three organizations.

Enrile said the loss of lives and extensive damage to property caused by tropical cyclones Ondoy, Pepeng, and Quedan require immediate actions and cooperation from all fronts in providing relief assistance to the victims and “we know that these organizations have the appropriate machinery to provide such.”

The amount collected by the Senate Public Assistance Center (PAC) will also be used to purchase goods for the barangays, which are in dire need of assistance as identified by the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on tropical storm Ondoy. – GMANews.TV

via Senate cancels Christmas party; funds go to typhoon victims – Nation – GMANews.TV – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News.

rePost::Early Risers Crash Faster Than People Who Stay Up Late: Scientific American

Late Risers Rule! HEHEHE!

Then subjects spent two nights in a sleep lab, where they again followed their preferred sleep patterns and underwent cognitive testing twice daily while in a functional MRI scanner.

An hour and a half after waking, early birds and night owls were equally alert and showed no difference in attention-related brain activity. But after being awake for 10 and a half hours, night owls had grown more alert, performing better on a reaction-time task requiring sustained attention and showing increased activity in brain areas linked to attention. More important, these regions included the suprachiasmatic area, which is home to the body’s circadian clock. This area sends signals to boost alertness as the pressure to sleep mounts. Unlike night owls, early risers didn’t get this late-day lift. Peigneux says faster activation of sleep pressure appears to prevent early birds from fully benefiting from the circadian signal, as evening types do.

via Early Risers Crash Faster Than People Who Stay Up Late: Scientific American.

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rePost::Are Your Friends Making You Fat? –

But two years ago, a pair of social scientists named Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler used the information collected over the years about Joseph and Eileen and several thousand of their neighbors to make an entirely different kind of discovery. By analyzing the Framingham data, Christakis and Fowler say, they have for the first time found some solid basis for a potentially powerful theory in epidemiology: that good behaviors — like quitting smoking or staying slender or being happy — pass from friend to friend almost as if they were contagious viruses. The Framingham participants, the data suggested, influenced one another’s health just by socializing. And the same was true of bad behaviors — clusters of friends appeared to “infect” each other with obesity, unhappiness and smoking. Staying healthy isn’t just a matter of your genes and your diet, it seems. Good health is also a product, in part, of your sheer proximity to other healthy people. By keeping in close, regular contact with other healthy friends for decades, Eileen and Joseph had quite possibly kept themselves alive and thriving. And by doing precisely the opposite, the lone obese man hadn’t.

via Are Your Friends Making You Fat? –

FRB: Speech–Bernanke, Commencement address–May 22, 2009

In planning our own individual lives, we all have a strong psychological need to believe that we can control, or at least anticipate, much of what will happen to us.  But the social and physical environments in which we live, and indeed, we ourselves, are complex systems, if you will, subject to diverse and unforeseen influences. Scientists and mathematicians have discussed the so-called butterfly effect, which holds that, in a sufficiently complex system, a small cause–the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil–might conceivably have a disproportionately large effect–a typhoon in the Pacific.  All this is to put a scientific gloss on what you probably know from everyday life or from reading good literature:  Life is much less predictable than we would wish. As John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.”

Our lack of control over what happens to us might be grounds for an attitude of resignation or fatalism, but I would urge you to take a very different lesson.  You may have limited control over the challenges and opportunities you will face, or the good fortune and trials that you will experience.  You have considerably more control, however, over how well prepared and open you are, personally and professionally, to make the most of the opportunities that life provides you.  Any time that you challenge yourself to undertake something worthwhile but difficult, a little out of your comfort zone–or any time that you put yourself in a position that challenges your preconceived sense of your own limits–you increase your capacity to make the most of the unexpected opportunities with which you will inevitably be presented.  Or, to borrow another aphorism, this one from Louis Pasteur:  “Chance favors the prepared mind.”

When I look back at my own life, at least from one perspective, I see a sequence of accidents and unforeseeable events.  I grew up in a small town in South Carolina and went to the public schools there.  My father and my uncle were the town pharmacists, and my mother, who had been a teacher, worked part-time in the store.  I was a good student in high school and expected to go to college, but I didn’t see myself going very far from home, and I had little notion of what I wanted to do in the future.

Chance intervened, however, as it so often does.  I had a slightly older friend named Ken Manning, whom I knew because his family shopped regularly at our drugstore.  Ken’s story is quite interesting, and a bit improbable, in itself.  An African American, raised in a small Southern town during the days of racial segregation, Ken nevertheless found his way to Harvard for both a B.A. and a Ph.D., and he is now a professor at MIT, not too far from here.  Needless to say, he is an exceptional individual, in his character and determination as well as his remarkable intellectual gifts.

Anyway, for reasons that have never been entirely clear to me, Ken made it his personal mission to get me to come to Harvard also.  I had never even considered such a possibility–where was Harvard, exactly?  Up North, I thought–but Ken’s example and arguments were persuasive, and I was (finally) persuaded.  Fortunately, I got in.  It probably helped that Harvard was not at the time getting lots of applications from South Carolina.

We all have moments we will never forget.  One of mine occurred when I entered Harvard Yard for the first time, a 17-year-old freshman.  It was late on Saturday night, I had had a grueling trip, and as I entered the Yard, I put down my two suitcases with a thump.  I looked around at the historic old brick buildings, covered with ivy.  Parties were going on, students were calling to each other across the Yard, stereos were blasting out of dorm windows.  I took in the scene, so foreign to my experience, and I said to myself, “What have I done?”

At some level, I really had no idea what I had done, or what the consequences would be.  All I knew was that I had chosen to abandon the known and comfortable for the unknown and challenging.  But for me, at least, the expansion of horizons was exactly what I needed at that time in my life. I suspect that, for many of you, matriculation at the Boston College law school represented something similar–a leap into the unknown and new, with consequences and opportunities that you could hardly have guessed in advance.  But, in some important ways, leaving the known and comfortable was exactly the point of the exercise.  Each of you is a different person than you were three years ago, not only more knowledgeable in the law, but also possessing a greater understanding of who you are–your weaknesses and strengths, your goals and aspirations.  You will be learning more about the fundamental question of who you really are for the rest of your life.

via FRB: Speech–Bernanke, Commencement address–May 22, 2009.