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TAMA NA! SOBRA NA! PATALSIKIN SI GLORIA!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Habang tahimik ang lahat kahapon nakita ko ang isang maliit na papel (actually isang short bond paper) na nakapatong sa aking lamesa. Binas ko ang nilalaman nito. And I liked it. Very timely for wht is happening to our country nowadays. And to what our honorable politicians did with our country.

Seven years is enough, as one group said. And truly, enough is enough. We cannot have more of these scams, scandals, graft, corruption and blatant violation of human rights. We don't need an economist who doesn't even care about her people and all she boasts are the numbers and figures which people cannot eat.

It's about time my fellow Filipinos to take away the power we have given them. It's about time to stand side by side without those politicos around. It is time that we do not depend on the calls of the church or some charismatic leader for us to get involved and stand up for real change in our country.

It is time for us to change the country without them.

And here is a literary piece dedicated to all Filipinos created by Bernard Backman.

REVERSE CREATION

by Bernard Backman

In the end, we destroyed the heaven that was called Earth. The Earth had been beautiful until our spirit moved over it and destroyed all things.

And we said...

Let there be darkness... and there was darkness. And we liked the darkness; so we called the darkness, Security. And we divided ourselves into races and religions and classes of society. And there was no morning and no evening on the seventh day before the end.

And we said...

Let there be a strong government to control us in our darkness. Let there be armies to control our bodies so that we may learn to kill one another neatly and efficiently in our darkness. And there was no evening and no morning on the sixth day before the end.

And we said...

Let there be rockets and bombs to kill faster and easier; let there be gas chambers and furnaces to be more thorough. And there was no evening and no morning on the fifth day before the end.

And we said...

Let there be drugs and other forms of escape, for there is this constant annoyance - REALITY - which is disturbing our comfort. And there was no evening and no morning on the fourth day before the end.

And we said...

Let there be divisions among the nations, so that we may know who is our common enemy. And there was no evening and no morning on the third day before the end.

And finally we said...

Let us create God in our image. Let some other God compete with us. Let us say that God thinks as we think, hates as we hate, and kills as we kill. And there was no morning and no evening on the second day before the end.

On the last day, there was a great noise on the face of the Earth. Fire consumed the beautiful globe, and there was silence. The blackened Earth now rested to worship the one true God; and God saw all that we had done, and in the silence over the smoldering ruins... God wept.


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Habang tahimik ang lahat kahapon nakita ko ang isang maliit na papel (actually isang short bond paper) na nakapatong sa aking lamesa. Binas ko ang nilalaman nito. And I liked it. Very timely for wht is happening to our country nowadays. And to what our honorable politicians did with our country.

Seven years is enough, as one group said. And truly, enough is enough. We cannot have more of these scams, scandals, graft, corruption and blatant violation of human rights. We don't need an economist who doesn't even care about her people and all she boasts are the numbers and figures which people cannot eat.

It's about time my fellow Filipinos to take away the power we have given them. It's about time to stand side by side without those politicos around. It is time that we do not depend on the calls of the church or some charismatic leader for us to get involved and stand up for real change in our country.

It is time for us to change the country without them.

And here is a literary piece dedicated to all Filipinos created by Bernard Backman.

REVERSE CREATION

by Bernard Backman

In the end, we destroyed the heaven that was called Earth. The Earth had been beautiful until our spirit moved over it and destroyed all things.

And we said...

Let there be darkness... and there was darkness. And we liked the darkness; so we called the darkness, Security. And we divided ourselves into races and religions and classes of society. And there was no morning and no evening on the seventh day before the end.

And we said...

Let there be a strong government to control us in our darkness. Let there be armies to control our bodies so that we may learn to kill one another neatly and efficiently in our darkness. And there was no evening and no morning on the sixth day before the end.

And we said...

Let there be rockets and bombs to kill faster and easier; let there be gas chambers and furnaces to be more thorough. And there was no evening and no morning on the fifth day before the end.

And we said...

Let there be drugs and other forms of escape, for there is this constant annoyance - REALITY - which is disturbing our comfort. And there was no evening and no morning on the fourth day before the end.

And we said...

Let there be divisions among the nations, so that we may know who is our common enemy. And there was no evening and no morning on the third day before the end.

And finally we said...

Let us create God in our image. Let some other God compete with us. Let us say that God thinks as we think, hates as we hate, and kills as we kill. And there was no morning and no evening on the second day before the end.

On the last day, there was a great noise on the face of the Earth. Fire consumed the beautiful globe, and there was silence. The blackened Earth now rested to worship the one true God; and God saw all that we had done, and in the silence over the smoldering ruins... God wept.


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Blog Action Day (the late post)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

[Note: This post wast intended for the Blog Action Day held last October 15, 2007 but I forgot everything about, until now.]

BLOG ACTION DAY 2007

October 15, 2007

NO TO SMOKING

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This is my post for the BLOG ACTION DAY 2007 on October 15, 2007. This would be participated by thousands of bloggers around the globe reaching an estimated audience of five million that will talk about one issue: the environment. Here is my little contribution to the conscientious efforts to save the environment. I’ll be using Filipino and English in this post so please bear with me my dear dear foreign visitors.
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Habang isinusulat ko ang pangungusap na ito, inaatake na naman ako ng ubo. Dalawang linggo na ito. Noong una, kinailangan ko pang magpahinga ng dalawang araw dahil nilagnat ako. Uminom ng gamot pero matapos nito hindi pa rin nawawala ang ubo ko. At ano ba ang maysala? Ang usok, bow.

Asar na asar ako sa tuwing may makakatabi ako na nagyoyosi. Mas lalo pang nakakinis ang mga smoke belcher na mga bus sa EDSA. Araw-araw na ginawa ng Diyos, umagang-umaga pa lang, bubugahan ka agad ng usok. Usok na dahilan ng libo-libong kamatayan ng mga Pilipino taun-taon dahil sa respiratory diseases. Usok na dahilan ng ubo ko ngayon.

At sa artikulong ito gagawa ako ng paninindigan laban sa isang bagay na dapat nang mabura sa ibabaw ng daigdig.

***

It all started with the recent implementation of NO SMOKING POLICY in the University of the Philippines. I was very happy about that. But again here comes the problem of implementation. Even up to now, many are still smoking in public places. It is also not clear if it prohibits the selling of cigarettes which I think is very much acceptable to control the smoker’s population. It’s just all in the paper. I have yet to see or hear news of a smoker being penalized for his act. Anyway, this is just a new policy and we have to wait for a few months to see how far can it go.

That is just the first step. Next step should be the perpetual ban on manufacturing cigarettes.

***

Siguradong marami ang mga tataas ang kilay oras na marinig ito. Sigurado rin na magbubuhos ng bilyun-bilyong dolyar na salapi sa buong mundo ang mga malalaking cigarette manufacturers upang pigilan ang pagsusulong nito. Baka nga kahit mismong mga gobyerno ay hindi papayag dito dahil sa napakalaking buwis na nakokolekta nila mula rito. Pero bakit ba kailangan na huwag nang payagan pa ang paggawa ng mga sigarilyo?

Sa kasalukuyan, mayroon tayong mga batas na nagtatakda ng matinding parusa laban sa paggamit, pagtutulak at paggawa ng droga. Mahulihan ka lamang ng sampung (10) gramo ng ipinagbabawal na gamot maaari ka nang makulong ng habambuhay. Ngunit pansinin ang mga ginamit na salita: ipinagbabawal na gamot.

Sa medisina, ang maliit na dosage ng shabu o ng marijuana ay nakakatulong upang makagaling ng ilang mga sakit. Ang barbiturates na isa pang klase ng ipinagbabawal na gamot ay nakakatulong sa paggaling ng mga taong kinu-kumbulsyon (convulsion). Ako mismo noong bata pa ako, ito ang ginagamit na gamot sa akin dahil nga sa may kombulsyon ako. Dahil rito napigilan ang maaari sanang kahantungan nito: ang epilepsy. Samakatuwid, ang ipinagbabawal lamang ay ang sobrang paggamit nito dahil sa nakakasama ngunit ang konting dosage nito ay nakagagamot.

May malinaw na patakaran sa mga gumagamit, nagtutulak at gumagawa ng ipinagbabawal na gamot. Ang mga nalululong sa droga ay ipinapadala sa rehab upang maipagamot at muling makapag-bagong buhay. Ang mga nahuhling nagtutulak ay kakasuhan ng paglabag sa Dangerois Drugs Act at makukulong ng walang piyansa. Ganun din naman ang mangyayari sa mga financier at manufacturer ng illegal na droga.

Ayon pa sa mga awtoridad, talamak na ang paggamit nito at naging pangunahin pa tayong pagawaan nito. Kaya’t matindi ang kanilang operasyon upang sugpuin ang paggamit at paggawa nito.

Eh ano naman ang kinalaman nito sa mga sigarilyo? Nariito ang sagot.

Sa kasalukuyan, legal ang paggamit ng sigarilyo o paninigarilyo ng lahat ng nasa edad 18 pataas. Ngunit marami pa rin sa mga menor de edad ang nakakagamit nito lalo sa mga nasa high school. Wala namang malinaw na patakaran kung ano ang gagawin sa mga naninigarilyo ng wala sa wastong gulang. Bilyun-bilyong piso ang naibibigay na buwis nito. Sinasabi din na bahagi na ito ng ating kultura. Noon pa man, naninigarilyo na ang ating mga ninuno. Kaya’t kung may pagtatangka na ipagbawal ito mahihirapan tayo.

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Alam nating lahat, kahit noong mga nainigarilyo na walang naidudulot na maganda ang paninigarilyo sa ating kalusugan maging sa kalikasan. Pero, sasabihin naman ng mga naninigarilyo na nakakatulong ito para ma-relaks ang kanilang pakiramdam at malinawan ang kanilang pag-iisip. O di kaya nakakapagpawala ng kaba at ginaw. Pero aminin nila, panandalian lang ito. Kapag wala ka nang hinihithit na sigarilyo, balik ulit sa dati. Kaya naman, magsisindi ka pa ng isa upang magpatuloy ang dulot nitong “ginhawa.”

Naging “status symbol” na rin ito lalo sa mga ka-edad ko. Cool ka kapag naninigarilyo ka. Sikat ka kapag kaya mong bilugin ang usok na ibinubuga mo sa bunganga mo. Feeling mayaman ka. Astig ang dating mo. Tingnan natin kung astig ka pa kung nakahiga ka na sa ataul.

Taun-taon libu-libong Pilipino ang namamatay dahil sa respiratory diseases na sanhi ng paninigarilyo. Ngunit ang masaklap, may ilan na namamatay dahil lamang sa “second-hand smoke” o may kasama siya na isang naninigarilyo. Nadadamay siya sa isang gawaing walang kakwenta-kwenta. Sayang lang ang kaniyang kamatayan. Sayang din ang kamatayan ng mga smokers na ito ng dahil lamang sa nakakaadik na nicotine. Sa isang gawain na walang naidulot na tunay na kagandahan sa kanilang buhay.

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Ngayon ito ang punto ko. Kung ang shabu, na sa maliliit na dosage, may naitutulong sa panggagamot ay ipinagbabawal natin, bakit ang sigarilyo, na kahit pakonti-konti lang ang gamit mo (na hindi naman ata makatotohanan dahil nakakaadik nga ito at mapapasigarilyo ka ng madami ng hindi mo nalalaman), na nakakasira na ng kalusugan, nandadamay pa ng ibang non-smokers at pati na ang kalikasan ay hindi natin ipagbawal?

Dahil daw sa bilyong piso na kita na mawawala sa gobyerno. Aba teka, kwentahin niyo nga ang nagagastos ng pamahalaan pati ng mga pribadong indibidwal sa pagkakasakit na dulot nito, higit pa siguro sa kinikita nito mula sa buwis ng sigarilyo at tabako. Paksyet.

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Nagiging creative daw ang isang tao kung may bisyo. Kaya karamihan sa mga pintor, manunulat o kompositor, kung hindi man malakas tumagay, malakas magyosi. Nakakawala daw ng tensyon.

Pero pansamantala lamang ang mga ito. Dahil makalipas lang ang ilang taon na pagkaadik sa sigarilyo, lalabas na ang mga epekto nito.

***

Hindi ko naman kelangan pang magpaliwanag ng napakahaba. Dahil alam naman nating lahat na masamang manigarilyo. Common sense.

MAHIGPIT NA IPAGBAWAL ANG PAGGAMIT AT PAGGAWA NG SIGARILYO.

NO TO SMOKING!

NO TO CIGARETTES!

PERPETUALLY BAN THE MANUFACTURE AND USE OF THESE FILTHY, POISONOUS AND DANGEROUS STICKS.

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Environment News

Monday, February 11, 2008

A handful of corn before being processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant, Wednesday, May 24, 2006, in Coon Rapids, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/The Associated Press)

Studies conclude that biofuels are not so green

By Elisabeth Rosenthal | Published: February 7, 2008 | International Herald Tribune

Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the pollution caused by producing these "green" fuels is taken into account, two studies published Thursday have concluded.

The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months as scientists have evaluated the global environmental cost of their production. The new studies, published by the journal Science, are likely to add to the controversy.

These studies for the first time take a comprehensive look at the emissions effects of the huge amount of land that is being converted to cropland globally to support biofuels development. The destruction of natural ecosystems - whether rain forest in the tropics or grasslands in South America - increases the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere because the ecosystems are the planet's natural sponge for carbon emissions.

"When you take this into account, most of the biofuel that people are using or planning to use would probably increase greenhouse gasses substantially," said Timothy Searchinger, the lead author of one of the studies and a researcher on the environment and economics at Princeton University. "Previously, there's been an accounting error: Land use change has been left out of prior analysis."

Plant-based fuels were originally billed as better than fossil fuels because the carbon released when they are burned is balanced by the carbon absorbed when the plants grow. But even that equation proved overly simplistic because the process of turning plants into fuel causes it own emissions - through refining and transport, for example.

The land-use issue makes the balance sheet far more problematic: The clearance of grassland releases 93 times the amount of greenhouse gas that would be saved by the fuel made annually on that land, said Joseph Fargione, the lead author of the other study and a scientist at the Nature Conservancy. "So for the next 93 years, you're making climate change worse, just at the time when we need to be bringing down carbon emissions."

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said that the world has to reverse the increase of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to avert disastrous environmental consequences.

Together, the two studies offer sweeping conclusions: It doesn't matter if it is rain forest or scrub land that is cleared, although the former releases more emissions than the latter. Taken globally, the production of almost all biofuels resulted in such clearing, directly or indirectly, intentionally or not.

The European Union and a number of national governments have recently tried to address the land-use issue with proposals for regulations stipulating that imported biofuels cannot come from land that was previously rain forest, for example.

But even with such restrictions, Searchinger's study said, the purchase of biofuels in Europe and the United States leads indirectly to the destruction of natural habitats. If vegetable oil prices go up globally, as they have because of increased demand for biofuel crops, new land is inevitably cleared as farmers in developing countries switch production. Crops from old plantations and fields go to Europe for biofuels, but new fields and plantations are created to feed people at home.

Fargione said that the dedication of so much cropland in the United States to growing corn for bioethanol had caused indirect land-use changes far away. Previously, U.S. farmers rotated corn with soybeans in their fields, alternating years. Now many grow only corn, meaning that soybeans must be grown elsewhere. That elsewhere, Fargione said, is increasingly Brazil, on land that was previously forest or savanna. "Brazilian farmers are planting more of the world's soybeans - and they're deforesting the Amazon to do it," he said.

International environmental groups and the United Nations responded cautiously to the studies, saying that biofuels could still be useful. "We don't want a total public backlash that would prevent us from getting the potential benefits," said Nicholas Nuttall, spokesman for the UN Environment Program.

"There was an unfortunate effort to dress up biofuels as the silver bullet of climate change," he said. "We fully believe that if biofuels are to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem, there urgently needs to be better sustainability criterion." He added that the United Nations had recently created a panel to study the evidence.

The EU has mandated that countries use 5.75 percent biofuel for transport by the end of 2008. In the United States, a proposed energy package would require that 15 percent of all transport fuels be made from biofuel by 2022. To reach these goals, biofuels production is heavily subsidized at many levels on both continents. On Thursday, Syngenta, a major global agricultural conglomerate in Switzerland that is involved in biofuel crops reported that its annual profit rose by 75 percent in the past year.

Bob Dineen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association in Washington, said the studies had "failed to put the issue in context."

"While it is important to analyze the climate-change consequences of differing energy strategies, we must all remember where we are today, how world demand for liquid fuels is growing, and what the realistic alternatives are to meet those growing demands," he said. "Biofuels like ethanol are the only tool readily available that can begin to address the challenges of energy security and environmental protection."

Most of the biofuel sold in Europe is biodiesel made from vegetable oils. Most of the biofuel in the United States is ethanol made from corn. "EU decision makers cannot ignore that the EU fuel market" is experiencing "an enduring diesel deficit - the EU is more and more dependent on Russia for conventional diesel imports," the European Biodiesel Board, a major industry group, said. The group has pushed for a sustainability certification program for biofuels, as well as criteria for assessing the greenhouse gas performance of such fuels, with input from industry.

But the new studies suggested that when land use is taken into account few, if any biofuels, will be acceptable.

"This land-use problem is not just a secondary effect," Searchinger said. "It is major. The comparison with fossil fuels is going to be adverse for virtually all biofuels on cropland."

The only possible exception he could see for now, he said, was sugar cane grown in Brazil, which takes relatively little energy to grow and is readily refined into fuel. He added that governments should quickly turn their attention to developing biofuels that did not require raising crops, such as those made from agricultural waste products.

The land-use debate started in the Netherlands in 2006, when researchers from Wetlands International and elsewhere found that imported palm oil used to generate "clean" electricity was often grown on palm plantations in Southeast Asia created from cleared peat land. The Dutch government has since canceled the palm oil subsidy and banned imports of the fuel, while hoping to develop better criteria to support sustainable biofuels. Even Wetlands does not support a total ban on biofuels, noting that some may be helpful.

Alex Kaat, a spokesman for the group, said: "If the whole point of biofuels directives was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we've found out that most biofuels are not really better than conventional fuels at that."

Retrieved from:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/07/healthscience/biofuel.php?page=1

Accessed: 11 Feb 2008 10:59 AM Phil. Standard Time

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New Post

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Tinatamad pa ako. Pero bago ako maging legal, madami pa ako ilalagay dito na bago, kaya abangan. This was posted in all of my blogs na wala pang post mula noong isang taon.

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NO (TO) SMOKING

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Right at this very moment, I'm waging a war against these filthy and poisonous sticks. I can't stand those people who continue to inhale that smoke and puff it out infront of you. I'm pushing for the total ban on the manufacturing and using cigarettes everywhere.

Admit it. You don't get anything at all when you smoke. Well, smokers can claim that it eases tension and helps think clearly. But there is no health benefit at all. We all know that millions of people every year die from lung cancer or other respiratory diseases in which majority of them are caused by smoking. But why do many still opt to smoke? The culprit is in the advertisements.

Although we would hardly see someone in the commercials smoking the brand that it is endorsing, what it tries t convey to anyone who sees it is that smoking is good. It is a reward for your victory. It is the way for you to be part of the cool group. And when you smoke, you are rich. Isa itong malaking panloloko sa mga tao.

Oras na magkasakit ka, magkano ang gagastusin mo? Kung mahirap ka na lalo ka pang maghihirap. Ngunit kadalasan, hindi ka na nagkakasakit, tigok ka agad. At ang masama pa nadadamay pa ang mga taong hindi naninigarilyo. At kung minsan pa, nauunang mamatay ang nadamay lang.

I don't care about the billions of revenues governments get from the taxation of cigarettes. But if you add up all the health expenditures of the people who got sick from smoking, you'll get a negative profit.

Sorry for my very poor english grammar. Mukhang wala sa panahon na magsulat ako ng artikulo sa ingles.

Simple lang ang gusto kong sabihin. Ayoko ng yosi. At gusto kong mawala na ito ng tuluyan. Wala akong pakelam sa kitang mawawala o sa mga naninigarilyo na magaamok dahil nawalan na sila ng bisyo/kaibigan daw/pang-alis ng stress daw. Perwisyo ito hindi lang sa kalusugan kundi maging sa kalikasan. Mas matindi pa ang epekto nito sa usok na galing sa sasakyan. Nakakadagdag pa sa kalat.

Kung ang shabu at marijuana na may konting naitutulong sa medisina ay ipinagbabawal, bakit hindi itong sigarilyo na wala namang kahit anong naidudulot na tulong?

Basta, mula ngayon, nagdedeklara ako ng personal na pakikidigma laban sa mga humihithit at gumagawa ng sigarilyo.

NO TO SMOKING.

FOREVER BAN THE MANUFACTURE OF THESE FILTHY AND POISONOUS STICKS.

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