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Photos Unlimited / Yellow Blooms
« on: December 06, 2017, 06:54:58 PM »

Lifestyle, Culture and Arts / When White Poets Pretend to Be Asian
« on: December 03, 2017, 02:09:15 AM »

When White Poets Pretend to Be Asian

By Hua Hsu
September 9, 2015

When it comes to literary hoaxes, it seems somehow easier to fake Asia, a land still distant and inscrutable to many Americans.
Photograph by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty

In 1991, literary magazines around the United States began receiving mysterious packages containing the poems of Araki Yasusada, a deceased and entirely unknown Japanese poet with a spectacular backstory: he was a lonesome Hiroshima survivor whose absorbingly spare lines about the bombing and his small life in its wake seemed to riff on Roland Barthes, Kenneth Rexroth, Jack Spicer, and other figures of the Western avant-garde. The poems were often accompanied by diary fragments, scraps of paper with translations and exercises or a sketch of his face. Prominent journals published and praised Yasusada’s work, which was unusually experimental given his seeming isolation; there was a book in the works.

But there was no Yasusada. When pressure was applied to the poet’s biography, it crumbled: his entire life was a fiction, supposedly crafted by an equally obscure Japanese translator named Tosa Motokiyu. But there was no Motokiyu, either. You get the idea. The Yasusada poems eventually pointed back to Kent Johnson, a middle-aged white poet who was then teaching in Illinois. (Full disclosure: I once met Johnson on a train, an encounter he later wrote a poem about.)

3 chooses ‘complicit’ as its word of the year

Nov. 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Russian election influence, the ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, mass shootings and the opioid epidemic helped elevate the word “complicit” as’s word of the year for 2017.

Look-ups of the word increased nearly 300 percent over last year as “complicit” hit just about every hot button from politics to natural disasters, lexicographer Jane Solomon told The Associated Press ahead of Monday’s formal announcement of the site’s pick.

“This year a conversation that keeps on surfacing is what exactly it means to be complicit,” she said. “Complicit has sprung up in conversations about those who speak out against powerful figures in institutions, and those who stay silent.”

General Topic / Social media aids repressive regimes, undermines democracy
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:28:04 AM »

How social media aids repressive regimes and undermines democracy

Damien Spry
29 November 2017

Remember the Arab Spring? Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive. But to be a social media activist was very heaven. Back then, social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter were hailed as vehicles for democratic uprisings. Enthusiasts gave TED talks and published in prominent foreign policy journals about how social media could 'strengthen civil society and the public sphere'. The internet and the smart phone promised political freedom.

Maybe they weren't wrong then, but things are different now. Social media has achieved pariah status. Like Saturn, the internet revolution is devouring its children.

Freedom House's latest Freedom on the Net report details declining internet freedom for seven years in a row. This year's report varies from previous years, when issues like privacy, access and censorship dominated.

Photos Unlimited / Purple blooms
« on: November 27, 2017, 02:23:08 AM »

Philippine Laws / CJ IMPEACHMENT: Gadon crumbles, will House fall with him?
« on: November 23, 2017, 06:05:13 PM »

Gadon crumbles, will House fall with him?

by Tony La Viña
23 November 2017
Submitted for publication
(from Facebook)

Yesterday, the House Committee on Justice, chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali, convened conducted its first hearing on the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. After preliminary considerations, the Committee on Justice then proceeded to resolve some pending incidents such as whether or not non-members could participate in the Committee hearing to which the said Committee, upon the motion of Rep. Gwen Garcia, ruled in the negative. It also ruled in the negative on the issue of the right of Sereno’s lawyers to cross-examine the witnesses against her. The lawyers, led by Alex Poblador, had no choice but to excuse themselves. With such blatant disregard of constitutional rights, what choice did they have?


Philippines mulls 'no' or 'abstain' vote on Rohingya crisis

PhilStar Global
Patricia Lourdes Viray
November 21, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Government officials and experts are still discussing on whether the Philippines will vote "no" or abstain from a United Nations draft resolution on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.

The Philippines is among 10 countries that voted against the UN draft resolution calling on Myanmar to end a military campaign against Rohingya Muslims in the nation's Rakhine state.

The draft resolution will be up for debate next month before the UN general assembly.

Philippine Laws / What was discussed in SC oral arguments on drug war?
« on: November 22, 2017, 01:15:13 PM »

HIGHLIGHTS: What was discussed in SC oral arguments on drug war?

Here's a summary of the most important points raised during the petitioners' round in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the war on drugs

Lian Buan
November 22, 2017

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leads other justices in deliberating on the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war during oral arguments at the Supreme Court on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Two petitions before the Supreme Court seek to declare the police and interior department circulars on the war on drugs unconstitutional. They want to investigate all cases of "nanlaban" or those killed while resisting arrest, and want prosecutors to conduct a preliminary investigation on the 35 killings in San Andres Bukid, Manila perpetrated by masked vigilantes.

For the first time since the war on drugs began in July 2016, the government will face the Supreme Court to explain why the campaign is legal in the face of thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings.

Health and Food / Seven ways to get thicker hair
« on: November 22, 2017, 01:21:42 AM »

Seven ways to get thicker hair

There is a range of natural ways to thicken thinning hair, but results will vary from person to person.

Everyday products to make hair look thicker include:

1. Eggs

An egg treatment may help to make hair look thicker.

Eggs are high in protein, which is essential for the body to build strong, thick hair. When used regularly, an egg treatment may help thicken and strengthen a person's hair.

To use an egg treatment:

-beat 1 or 2 eggs together
-apply the eggs to the scalp and damp hair
-leave the eggs on the scalp for about 30 minutes
-wash hair thoroughly with warm water and mild shampoo

Alternately, combine the eggs with oil and water. To use this method:

-mix egg yolks, 1 tablespoon (tbsp) olive oil, and 2 tbsp of water
-apply the mixture to the scalp and dry hair
-leave for 15 minutes
-rinse out with warm water and a mild shampoo

Using an egg treatment once or twice a week for several weeks might help strengthen the hair.

Lifestyle, Culture and Arts / How to Protect Your Christmas Tree from Pets
« on: November 21, 2017, 08:52:12 PM »

Health and Food / Viral health hack on apple cider vinegar, and verdict
« on: November 21, 2017, 04:55:39 PM »

I tried the viral health hack where you take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day — here's the verdict

Kristin Salaky, INSIDER
20 November 2017

I thought this stuff would make me healthier, but it didn't seem to do much. (Kristin Salaky)

Apple cider vinegar is often touted as something that will make you healthier.

People claim it can suppress appetite, help with acid reflux, and help your digestion.
I took a shot of it every day for 10 days.

I didn't see much of a difference.


Media urged to strengthen role as watchdog against fake news, propaganda — UN special rapporteur

November 17, 2017 10:58pm

A United Nations special rapporteur urged the media to cover the dissemination of fake news to help address the issue.

Professor David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, made the comment in a video message during the Regional Fake News Conference in Dusit Thani Manila on Friday.

"Journalists should cover fake news stories, because of their relevance. And they, and fact-checking organizations should address disinformation and propaganda, not only after the fact, but they should develop tools of debunking (fake news)," he said.

The forum was held by human rights advocacy group Centerlaw and the Advocates for Freedom of Expression Coalition-Southeast Asia (AFEC-SEA).

Photos Unlimited / Soldiers and Kittens
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:59:06 PM »

Soldiers And Cats Who Became Best Friends Overseas

By​ Dainius

“Tour pets” are not uncommon in times of war. From my own experience serving in Afghanistan, many platoons and sections adopted local dogs or cats to have as mascots, or for the moral support that they provided. In our case, we took in a puppy named “gougoune,” which is a colloquial term in Quebec for “flip-flop” sandals. Every night, one of us would take turns caring for her.

This list of soldiers and cats who became friends overseas is a touching reminder of humanity, demonstrating that even during times of war, there are moments of beauty and kindness.


Eating a handful of nuts a couple of times a week can seriously cut the risk of heart disease

Marie Claire Dorking
Yahoo Lifestyle
14 November 2017

Need a snack? Instead of reaching for the Tootsie Rolls, experts suggest nibbling nuts to keep hunger at bay.

That’s because eating a handful of nuts a couple of times a week can cut the risk of heart disease by almost a quarter, research has revealed.

A study of more than 210,000 people found that those who ate walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, and pecans two or more times a week were 23 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease and 15 percent less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.

A handful of nuts twice a week or more could cut the risk of heart disease. (Photo: Getty Images)


Scientists uncover more bodies on Australia's mysterious 'Murder Island'

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nearly four centuries after Australia's largest mass murder, scientists are still putting together the pieces.

On Sunday, "60 Minutes Australia" will bring viewers along for an exclusive look inside a mysterious place known to some as "Murder Island," according to 9 News.

Previews for the episode, hosted by Liam Bartlett, show archaeologists uncovering new victims as well as clues about their deaths.

Health and Food / 8 Signs that you are not drinking enough water
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:18:06 PM »

8 Signs that you are not drinking enough water
By Jatin Sharma, 03 Mar 2017

Water is an important for us to survive as it keeps the inner workings of our body in top shape. Water keeps us hydrated only in its pure form.

Water adjusts the body's temperature and assists in digestion. Not only that, but it assists in removing toxins from the body and also makes necessary body fluids. The chemical reactions that support life take place in a water medium, with water being an important reactant or product of these reactions.

So if you don’t drink enough water, it can lead to serious complications. Remember coffee, tea, juice and energy drinks do not count as fluid requirements of the body. In fact, coffee and energy drinks are high in caffeine, which dehydrates the body.

Though your body can tell when you need water, here are some signs that you do not drink enough water in a day.

Health and Food / How to Avoid an Aneurysm
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:11:12 AM »

How to Avoid an Aneurysm

Three Parts: Getting Screened | Managing Your Health | Managing Your Stress

An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of a blood vessel caused by the weakening of the vessel wall. Aneurysms can occur in any blood vessel, but the most dangerous aneurysms are those that form in the aorta or the arteries in the brain. Ruptures in the vessels can lead to death up to half the time they occur. Aneurysms are often difficult to detect until they rupture, and equally difficult to prevent, but there are steps you can take to lower your risk of an aneurysm and understand whether you may need screening. (See Step 1 for more information.)

General Topic / The 4 Stages of Life According to Carl Jung
« on: November 09, 2017, 02:18:00 PM »

The 4 Stages of Life According to Carl Jung


As we wander through this journey that is life, we go through fundamental changes. Some people use terms like “quarter-life crisis” or “middle age” to define where it is we think we are in our lives along the way. To me, there aren’t destinations in life. There are milestones for sure, but we can often come back to the same places that we were before.

That Is What I Love About Swiss Psychologist Carl Jung’s 4 Stages Of Life. As He Described Them, These Stages Have To Do With Who We Are As People And Our Motivations.

They have nothing to do with age or accomplishment, and throughout our lives we often move forward and backward from these stages. As Jung once said, “Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.”


“What if my dog swallowed a foreign body?”

by Pete the Vet

‘I think that my dog has swallowed a U.F.O.’, the man told me, in obvious distress. There are many abbreviations in the veterinary world, but U.F.O. is not associated with any disease condition. As far as I was aware, U.F.O’s were Unidentified Flying Objects, commonly known as space ships or flying saucers. The man with the dog seemed to be very serious about his problem, so I questioned him further. It turned out that his dog had been vomiting for two days. He was concerned that his dog might have swallowed a child’s toy, and that this might now have become lodged in the intestines.

‘You mean you feel your dog may have swallowed a Foreign Body?’, I asked him. ‘Yes, that’s right – a U.F.O. My last dog had the same problem after swallowing a stone’, he replied.


Wired generation prone to violence, narcissism, depression

Teacher and author warns about how video gamers may accept violence as the norm, and how young people’s easy consumption of pornography can make them hedonistic

By: Jemps Gallegos Yuvienco
Philippine Daily Inquirer
AM November 08, 2017

Violence in video games and the media desensitize people. Computer games are especially designed to be addictive, isolating users from real people.

This was the gist of the lecture “Wired: Effective Child Rearing on the Use of Technology,” by Inquirer columnist and teacher Queena Lee-Chua at De La Salle Zobel recently.

The psychologist said gamers and users think that the technology merely provides passive entertainment, but it is in passivity when people are most receptive to subliminal messages, accepting violence and negative messages as okay. By the age of 13, a child would have already witnessed 18,000 murders on media, she explained, and he would find violence the norm.

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