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Inspiration & Hope / Return of the cat man of Aleppo
« on: March 16, 2019, 01:02:31 PM »

Return of the cat man of Aleppo

7 March 2019

The cat man of Aleppo, Mohammad Aljaleel, touched the hearts of millions when his sanctuary featured in a BBC video in 2016 (above). He had to leave the city when it fell to Syrian government forces, but he's now back - in an area nearby - and helping children as well as animals, reports Diana Darke.

Just weeks after the video was filmed, Mohammad Aljaleel (known to everyone as Alaa) watched helplessly as his cat sanctuary was first bombed, then chlorine-gassed, during the intense final stages of the siege of Aleppo.

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The evacuation of east Aleppo in December 2016


Most of his 180 cats were lost or killed. Like thousands of other civilians he was trapped in the eastern half of the city under continuous bombardment from Russian and Syrian fighter jets.

As the siege tightened, he was forced from one Aleppo district to another, witnessing unimaginable scenes of devastation. Yet throughout, he continued to look after the few surviving cats and to rescue people injured in the bombing, driving them to underground hospitals.

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / 8 of History's Greatest Cat Ladies
« on: March 14, 2019, 01:12:39 PM »

8 of History's Greatest Cat Ladies

COLLEGE WEEKEND

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GETTY IMAGES (VIVIEN LEIGH) / ISTOCK (CAT)

by Kalli Damschen

When most people think of the stereotypical cat lover, they may picture someone resembling the character from The Simpsons known simply as the Crazy Cat Lady—an insane, grizzled old woman who speaks in gibberish and throws cats at innocent passersby. And although the stereotype of the crazy cat lady is far from flattering, several of history’s most successful women were devoted to their furry friends. Here are eight of history’s greatest cat ladies.

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Health and Food / Fifteen natural ways to lower your blood pressure
« on: March 09, 2019, 12:24:34 PM »

Fifteen natural ways to lower your blood pressure

Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD   

High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that can damage your heart. It affects one in three people in the US and 1 billion people worldwide.

If left uncontrolled, it raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Fifteen remedies

But there's good news. There are a number of things you can do to lower your blood pressure naturally, even without medication.

Here are 15 natural ways to combat high blood pressure.

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Philippine Government / Marcos as Paul Manafort client
« on: March 09, 2019, 01:41:44 AM »

Sourced from "Paul Manafort, American Hustler", The Atlantic March 2019 issue:

[...]The firm’s international business accelerated when the Philippines became a client, in 1985. President Ferdinand Marcos desperately needed a patina of legitimacy: The 1983 assassination of the chief opposition leader, Benigno Aquino Jr., had imperiled U.S. congressional support for his regime. Marcos hired Manafort to lift his image; his wife, Imelda, personally delivered an initial payment of $60,000 to the firm while on a trip to the States. When Marcos called a snap election to prove his democratic bona fides in 1986, Manafort told Time, “What we’ve tried to do is make it more of a Chicago-style election and not Mexico’s.” The quip was honest, if unintentionally so. In the American political lexicon, Chicago-style elections were generally synonymous with mass voter fraud. The late pollster Warren Mitofsky traveled to the Philippines with CBS News to set up and conduct an exit poll for the election. When he returned, he told the political scientist Sam Popkin the story of how a representative of Manafort’s firm had asked him, “What sort of margin might make a Marcos victory legitimate?” The implication was clear, Popkin told me: “How do we rig this thing and still satisfy the Americans?”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/paul-manafort-american-hustler/550925/

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Philippine Government / Which ‘patrimonial assets’?
« on: March 06, 2019, 08:22:04 PM »

EDITORIAL

Which ‘patrimonial assets’?

Philippine Daily Inquirer
March 06, 2019

Senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares “is just desperately seeking media mileage” in calling out the Duterte administration for its allegedly “onerous” $62.09-million loan agreement with China.

That’s according to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, and it’s exactly the wrong thing to say about the issue.

Any citizen, whether it’s Colmenares or an ordinary person who can read and understand contracts and their implications, has the right to question the government about the deals it enters into with foreign governments or entities on the people’s behalf.

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General Topic / Love these policemen
« on: March 06, 2019, 07:56:42 PM »

PANAGBENGA PRECAUTION

Cops show how to beat pickpockets at festival

By: Kimberlie Quitasol
Correspondent / Philippine Daily Inquirer
March 06, 2019

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COLOR BURST Baguio City bursts with color as floats adorned with fresh flowers went around the summer capital’s business district for this year’s Panagbenga (Baguio flower festival) grand float parade. —EV ESPIRITU

BAGUIO CITY — All eyes were on Patrolman Elyson Sarmiento, hours before this year’s Baguio Flower Festival parade started on Session Road here last weekend.

Simulating what airline attendants or cabin crew do to demonstrate safety tips on a flight, Sarmiento pulled out a backpack and showed how it should be strapped around the chest to protect personal belongings.

“Embrace your bag like it is your ‘forever,’” Cpl. Brishelle Balinte, using the sound system of a patrol car, said in Filipino, drawing laughter from the crowd.

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Science and Research / 150 years ago, science changed forever
« on: March 05, 2019, 09:36:45 PM »

150 years ago, science changed forever

By Don Lincoln

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Don Lincoln

February 20, 2019

(CNN)In October 2015, YouTube host Mitchell Moffit released a song called "The Periodic Table Song" on the AsapScience channel, which started with the catchy lyrics: "There's hydrogen and helium, then lithium, beryllium ..." The song then went on through the entire litany of chemical elements, and science students everywhere began learning it as a helpful way to get them through their chemistry exams.

This wasn't the first time a jingle has been written about the elements. In fact, a similar song was written in 1959 by Tom Lehrer. But, apart from being fun study tools, this year we have even more reason to sing songs that celebrate the chemical elements.

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the invention of the periodic table of elements, which epitomizes our modern understanding of chemistry. Displayed on the wall of chemistry classrooms, it is a vast chart of over 100 elements, which is to say the chemical building blocks of every substance you've ever seen.

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Philippine Daily News / 10 provinces to experience drought this March
« on: March 05, 2019, 04:57:26 PM »

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File photo shows a farm in Jaen, Nueva Ecija hit by drought as a result of El Niño.
The STAR/Boy Santos, File


10 provinces to experience drought this March

(philstar.com) - March 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Ten provinces will experience drought this March, state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday.

In an interview on DZMM, PAGASA climate monitoring chief Analiza Solis said that the number of provinces grappling with meteorological drought will increase from five to 10 this month.

Ilocos Norte, Cebu, Zamboanga Del Sure, Zamboanga Sibugay and Mindanao have been experiencing drought since February.

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[OPINION | Newspoint]

Where there’s a sitting judge there’s justice

Press freedom is not automatically proved alive by the ability of the press to exercise its democratic right to publish without state interference; true proof lies in what happens to the press after exercising that right.

Vergel O. Santos
March 02, 2019

The question has been often asked since Rodrigo Duterte, upon becoming President, began demonizing and bullying it:

Is the Philippine press really free?

These days, that is asked with particular alarm, occasioned by a slew of implausible allegations — Securities Act offenses, tax evasion, and libel — either brought directly or incited by the Duterte regime against Rappler and its CEO, Maria Ressa. For herself alone, Ressa has had to post bail six times to remain free, at least while under prosecution.

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Science and Research / Stunning images from NASA's first 60 years
« on: March 02, 2019, 12:52:27 AM »

Stunning images from NASA's first 60 years of space exploration

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Credit: NASA

Written by Jacopo Prisco, CNN
01 March 2019

NASA marked its 60th anniversary last year, and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July.

One thing that ties together these decades of scientific discovery and intrepid missions is the amazing photographs the agency has distributed -- for free and in abundance -- as part of its mission.

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Philippine Daily News / This seemed hardly in the news...
« on: February 28, 2019, 03:58:08 PM »

GOTCHA

Do PNP-GHQ, Comelec know about these armed moves?

Jarius Bondoc (The Philippine Star)
February 27, 2019

Homonhon Island where Magellan first landed in the Philippines in 1521 is generally peaceful. In recent weeks the quiet was shattered when men in battle gear swooped down on its shores in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Their supposed mission: to serve a court “liquidation order” against a licensed, operating mine employing hundreds of locals.

Newspapers reported that about 50 unidentified armed men in civvies landed on Homonhon on Feb. 8, accompanied by a team of policemen. Leading them was one Yan Ming, allegedly the Chinese national complainant in a Taguig City court case against Techiron Resources Inc. Apparently the parties are feuding over control of the Homonhon chromite mine.

The unusual display of firepower terrified the residents of Barangays Canawayon and Casiguran. Doors and windows were shut; classes in schools were disrupted while armed bands roamed the streets.

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“If it is too ridiculous, it must be a joke,” Duterte said in December 2018 during the awarding ceremonies for the 2017 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities. This was after the president said he used marijuana to keep himself awake

Gag orders: When Duterte's 'jokes' are no laughing matter

Kristine Joy Patag (philstar.com)
February 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte's "jokes", expressions and his tendency for hyperbole may just be part of his style, but they are not just words, a political analyst said.

"The words of the president may be interpreted by the people, particularly the Duterte supporters, as a government policy," Dennis Coronacion, chairperson of the Department of Political Science at the University of Santo Tomas told Philstar.com.

Duterte's quips, particularly against the Catholic Church and its priests, have been in the headlines after Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle told the president that a bishop and some priests have received death threats from people who claimed to be working for the president's family.

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Philippine Education / #Imeekwento
« on: February 28, 2019, 12:35:39 PM »

Editorial

#Imeekwento

Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 28, 2019

What sort of person forgets whether she graduated from college or not (one of those bona fide landmark events in life, ask anyone) — and then mightily push the fiction that she did?

We should ask Imee Marcos.

The senatorial candidate and daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos has spent the last weeks dodging questions and/or giving the most fantastically weird answers to questions about her academic qualifications.

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Philippine Government / After 33 years, is EDSA no longer just a place?
« on: February 26, 2019, 07:27:32 PM »

After 33 years, is EDSA no longer just a place?

BY FRANCISCO S. TATAD

FEBRUARY 25, 2019

ON Saturday morning last week, several hundred left-leaning demonstrators took over a religious group’s march to the Marian Shrine on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), and set the tone for this year’s celebration of the military revolt that ousted the strongman Ferdinand Marcos on Feb. 25, 1986.

However, instead of chanting slogans against Marcos, who had been the Left’s rabid enemy for 20 years, the marchers turned to the President Rodrigo Duterte, with their new mantra: “Tayo ang EDSA, tayo ang pagasa, labanan ang diktadura.” —“ We are EDSA, we are the hope, fight the dictatorship.”

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Dismiss cyber libel case vs Maria Ressa, Rappler – Te, FLAG

Te says the Supreme Court finalized the Cybercrime Law only on April 22, 2014, which means that in February 2014 when the article was supposedly republished, there was no applicable law

Lian Buan
February 26, 2019
 
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CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights lawyer and former Supreme Court (SC) spokesman Theodore Te, along with lawyers of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), filed a Motion to Quash before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 on Tuesday, February 26, seeking a dismissal of the cyber libel case against Rappler, CEO Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr.

Te, who is now handling the cyber libel case, will take on the Department of Justice (DOJ) in its charge against the news company.

The article in question, written by Santos, was published in May 2012 or 4 months before the cybercrime law was enacted in September 2012. However, because of a typographical error ("evasion" was misspelled as "evation"), a correction was made on February 19, 2014. The updated article in 2014, according to the DOJ, is covered by the republication rule – meaning, the cybercrime law had already taken effect and was applicable.

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Philippine Government / Our most important elections yet
« on: February 26, 2019, 06:16:20 PM »

HORIZONS

Our most important elections yet

By: Richard Heydarian
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 26, 2019

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal,” the feminist-anarchist Emma Goldman once said. Her semi-contemporary Mark Twain was said to have made an almost identical observation: “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.”

Both of them had ample reasons to be skeptical about the democratic process back then. Goldman, an avowed opponent of centralized authority and oppressive patriarchy, saw in the American electoral process the perpetuation of the same patterns of exploitation, where white, privileged men, who were inextricably wed to the logic of retail politics within the framework of Darwinian capitalism, controlled the levers of power.

As the coauthor of “The Gilded Age” (1873), Twain was an eloquent chronicler of American oligarchy, where a few conglomerates viciously exploited the working classes and dominated a hopelessly corrupt political system.

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Showbiz & Celebrity / It's Rami Malek!
« on: February 25, 2019, 06:18:15 PM »

Rami Malek's Oscar speech: Watch as Bohemian Rhapsody actor pays tribute to Freddie Mercury

SEAN MORRISON
25 February 2019

Rami Malek has won the best actor award at the Oscars for his role as singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Best actor: Rami Malek (REUTERS)

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of British rock act Queen, with a focus on its lead singer, Mercury, who died in 1991 from Aids-related illness.

A Los Angeles native of Egyptian descent, Malek took on the role of Mercury, who was born to ethnic Parsi parents from India who moved their family to England when he was in his late teens.

more at https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/oscars-2019-rami-malek-takes-home-best-actor-award-for-his-role-in-bohemian-rhapsody-a4075361.html

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Photos Unlimited / Pigcasso
« on: February 23, 2019, 06:09:32 PM »

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Pigcasso, a rescued pig, paints on a canvas at the Farm Sanctuary outside Cape Town.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/

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Lifestyle, Culture and Arts / Don't Make Your House a Target for Burglars
« on: February 20, 2019, 09:40:17 PM »

35 Things You’re Doing That Make Your House a Target for Burglars

Nick Gerhardt

These not-so-obvious indicators will make your home a target for thieves.

Leaving trash visible in garbage cans

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Setting out the box from your new 60-inch HDTV or high-end gaming console on the curb is basically advertising the fact that those items are in your home. As electronics are the second thing burglars go for (cash is number one), this makes your home an attractive target, according to the study. So buy a cheap box cutter and invest the 30 seconds it takes to break down large boxes and bundle them together so their labels can’t be seen. Plus, your garbage man will thank you!

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Philippine Government / The election big spenders
« on: February 20, 2019, 06:48:54 PM »

MONEY AND THE MAY 2019 ELECTIONS

P2.4-B pre-campaign ads: Bong Go, Marcos, Roxas, Roque top spenders

by Malou Mangahas

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