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World Daily News / Obama to meet the Dalai Lama; China sees red
« on: February 18, 2010, 08:02:28 PM »
Obama, Dalai Lama meeting could 'irritate China very much'
February 18, 2010 6:33 a.m. EST

Washington (CNN) -- Despite strong objections from the Chinese government, President Obama will meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, at the White House on Thursday.

The meeting has the potential to further complicate Sino-U.S. tensions, rising in recent months.

China has warned that it will certainly damage ties to Washington.

"It will seriously undermine the Sino-U.S. political relations," Zhu Weiqun, a senior Communist Party leader in charge of ethnic and religious affairs, said recently. "We will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes."

The Dalai Lama has said he favors genuine autonomy for Tibetans, not independence for Tibet. Beijing regards the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as a dangerous "separatist," a politician who wishes to sever Tibet from China.

Obama did not meet with the Dalai Lama when the latter visited Washington last fall, making it the first time since 1991 that such a meeting did not occur. Ahead of a summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Obama persuaded Tibetan representatives back then to postpone the meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Now, the meeting will take place as several prickly issues have come between Washington and Beijing including trade disputes; a recent U.S. arm sales deal for Taiwan, which China considers an illegitimate breakaway province; and a censorship row over Internet search engine Google Inc.

"It's going to be another event in the recent, one has to say, downward spiral in U.S.-China relations," said China scholar David Shambaugh.

Obama's meeting is also troublesome for the Chinese for one other important reason, Shambaugh said.

"He could have met him as a spiritual leader in a neutral place like a church," he said. "But he is going to receive him in the White House, and that is a political act. And that is going to irritate China very much."

The Dalai Lama also is scheduled to meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department.

Some analysts said the Chinese could retaliate by cutting off political exchanges as they did after the Dalai Lama met with the heads of state of France and Germany. And Hu could turn down an invitation to visit Washington in April.

Neither China nor the United States can afford strained relations, said Douglas Paal, a diplomat and investment banker who has served as a presidential advisor on China.

"We both need each other," he said. "We need each other for a number of international security issues -- to deal with the global climate crisis, to deal with the global financial crisis."

General Topic / Beware of student loans!
« on: February 17, 2010, 10:17:30 AM »
The $555,000 Student-Loan Burden

by Mary Pilon
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

from The Wall Street Journal

When Michelle Bisutti, a 41-year-old family practitioner in Columbus, Ohio, finished medical school in 2003, her student-loan debt amounted to roughly $250,000. Since then, it has ballooned to $555,000.

It is the result of her deferring loan payments while she completed her residency, default charges and relentlessly compounding interest rates. Among the charges: a single $53,870 fee for when her loan was turned over to a collection agency.

"Maybe half of it was my fault because I didn't look at the fine print," Dr. Bisutti says. "But this is just outrageous now."

To be sure, Dr. Bisutti's case is extreme, and lenders say student-loan terms are clear and that they try to work with borrowers who get in trouble.

But as tuitions rise, many people are borrowing heavily to pay their bills. Some no doubt view it as "good debt," because an education can lead to a higher salary. But in practice, student loans are one of the most toxic debts, requiring extreme consumer caution and, as Dr. Bisutti learned, responsibility.

Unlike other kinds of debt, student loans can be particularly hard to wriggle out of. Homeowners who can't make their mortgage payments can hand over the keys to their house to their lender. Credit-card and even gambling debts can be discharged in bankruptcy. But ditching a student loan is virtually impossible, especially once a collection agency gets involved. Although lenders may trim payments, getting fees or principals waived seldom happens.

World Daily News / Mardi Gras!
« on: February 16, 2010, 08:46:55 PM »
Mardi Gras 2010: Beads, King Cakes, and Parades

by Tom Gilbert
February 16, 2010

Fans of beads, masks, and general debauchery are gearing up for the Mardi Gras festivities in cities across the world.

Mardi Gras, or ‘Fat Tuesday’ as it also known, falls on February 16th this year. The holiday marks the final day before Ash Wednesday, a Christian holiday of repentance, and the beginning of Lent, a 40-day religious observance that leads up to Easter. On Mardi Gras, people enjoy their last night before Lent by eating rich foods such as King Cakes, wearing masks and beads, dancing, and having parades.

While Mardi Gras is celebrated in cities around the world, the most famous celebrations take place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Quebec City, Canada, and New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States.

In New Orleans this year, at least nine official parades are set to take place through different streets in Metairie, Uptown, Westbank, and other neighborhoods.

This year in Rio de Janiero, a seven-year-old girl has been selected as the official “rainha da bateria,” which is Portuguese for “queen of the drum section,” a fact that has upset some celebrants. Celebrities including Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Madonna, and Paris Hilton are reportedly in town to enjoy the festivities.

Meanwhile, in Quebec, revelers can enjoy ice palaces, snow rafting, and maple sugar shacks, while dancing the night away in Canada.

Jokes and Humor / The smartest politician in Bohol
« on: February 16, 2010, 07:12:29 PM »

A Bohol politician, a priest, and a Boy Scout were passengers in a small plane that developed engine trouble. The pilot announced, "We'll have to bail out. Unfortunately, there are only three parachutes. I have a wife and seven small children. My family needs me. I'm taking one of the parachutes and jumping out!" And he jumped. Then the politician said, "I am the smartest politician in Bohol. The province needs me I'm taking one of the parachutes." And he jumped. The priest said to the Boy Scout, "I've had a good life and yours is still ahead of you. You take the last parachute." The youth shrugged and said, "Don't need to. There are two parachutes left. The smartest politician in Bohol just jumped with my knapsack!"

How To Tips / Inspirational Words from Maya Angelou
« on: February 12, 2010, 09:38:49 AM »
--from her Oprah interview(

Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television,
she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many,
occurring every her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which
will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a
simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."

"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles
these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss
them when they're gone from your life."

"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."

"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both
hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."

"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually
make the right decision."

"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."

"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."

"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you
did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

"I've always been the opposite of a paranoid.  I operate as if everyone is part of
a plot to enhance my well being."   

General Topic / Money Can't Buy Happiness?
« on: February 11, 2010, 05:31:02 AM »

Money Can't Buy Happiness, So Man Gives Away Every Penny of His £3 Million Fortune
By Alex in Money & Finance on Feb 10, 2010 at 2:05 am

Karl Rabeder grew up poor and thought that life would be wonderful if he had money. But when he got rich, Karl discovered that he was unhappy … so he decided to give away every penny of his £3 million fortune:

"My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing," he told The Daily Telegraph. "Money is counterproductive – it prevents happiness to come."

Instead, he will move out of his luxury Alpine retreat into a small wooden hut in the mountains or a simple bedsit in Innsbruck.

His entire proceeds are going to charities he set up in Central and Latin America, but he will not even take a salary from these.

"For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness," he said. "I come from a very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for many years," said Mr Rabeder.

But over time, he had another, conflicting feeling.

"More and more I heard the words: ‘Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life’," he said. "I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need. I have the feeling that there are lot of people doing the same thing."

What do you think? Is he doing the right thing or is this just a crazy idea of a rich man?

Valentine's Day question: Naa pa kahay mohingalan og Valentin sa ilang mga anak nga lalaki karon? Naa ba moy kaila nga Valentin ang pangalan? ;D

Global warming good for trees, bad for ducks: studies

by Karin Zeitvogel Karin Zeitvogel – Wed Feb 3, 12:23 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Global warming is good news for trees, which are thriving in higher temperatures and longer growing seasons, but bad news for ducks and other waterfowl, whose wetland habitat may dry up and disappear, two studies show.

A study by researchers at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Maryland indicates that higher temperatures, longer growing seasons and increased levels of carbon dioxide brought by climate change are helping trees in temperate climates to grow faster.

The researchers studied data on how many trees there were in 55 forests in the eastern United States during a 22-year period, as well as 100 years of local weather measurements and 17 years of carbon dioxide measurements.

Rising temperatures have increased the metabolic processes of trees and extended their growing season, while higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could be spurring tree growth through carbon fertilization, the study says.

But for ducks and other waterfowl, rising temperatures are bad news, according to a separate study conducted by researchers from the US Geological Survey and South Dakota State University and published this week in the journal BioScience.

That study found that the prairie wetlands that stretch across five north-central US states and into Canada, where numerous species of duck, waterfowl and amphibians feed, breed and shelter, could dry up if temperatures rise by four degrees Celsius.

A model developed by the researchers to try to understand the impact of a warmer climate on the wetlands projected major reductions in water volume, a shortening of the time water stays in the wetlands, and changes to vegetation in the vast area, which reaches across North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Iowa and into Canada.

If temperatures rise by four degrees Celsius, parts of the North American prairie will become too dry for waterfowl and other parts will have too few functional wetlands and nesting habitat to support historical levels of wetland species, W. Carter Johnson, one of the authors of the study, said.

Wetland species need a minimum amount of time in water to complete their life cycles. Mallards, for example, need at least 80 days of surface water for their young to grow and be able to fly and for breeding adult ducks to molt, or grow new feathers.

Question and Answer / Vagina Dentata (Naay Ngipon): Tinuod Kaha Ni?
« on: January 31, 2010, 07:12:58 PM »
Naa kunoy mga baje nga ang ilaha ingon ani. Mamaak! Putol jud kuno! Patay, unsaon na lang!

Science and Research / Fish are smarter than we think
« on: January 25, 2010, 01:00:18 PM »

Fish Can Remember for 5 Months

Scientists Debunk 3-Second Memory Myth

Australian scientists have debunked the myth that fish have a three-second memory. They can actually recall information for up to five months.

"Fish can remember prey types for months. They can learn to avoid predators after being attacked once and they retain this memory for several months. And carp that have been caught by fishers avoid hooks for at least a year," lead author Kevin Warburton said.

The researchers at Charles Sturt University say that three-second rule is "absolute rubbish." No one is sure where they myth started but you needn't look any further than Finding Nemo to know it exists--not that I didn't love Ellen Degeneres' Dory.

Researchers trained young fish to associate a sound with feeding time. Each time they played that particular sound…the fish would return. They found minnows to be at least as intelligent as rats.

Fish not only remember, they can increase their food-catching skills and even carry out acts of deception. For example, cleaner fish in reef environments act on their best behavior when a larger feeder is nearby.

Warburton said: "What's fascinating is that they co-operate more with clients when they are being observed by other potential clients. This improves their 'image' and their chances of attracting clients."


« on: December 01, 2009, 08:22:07 AM »

Early greetings kay mobakasyon na ko.

Pahinumdom: ajaw mo palabig eat, drink, and be merry during the holidays, para dili grabe and post-Christmas blues.

8) - hubag bohol getting into vacation mode

Health and Food / What is Your Body Mass Index (BMI)?
« on: November 29, 2009, 05:16:30 PM »

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. A reliable indicator of body fatness for most people, BMI is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to avoidable illnesses.

Calculating your BMI is easy. Just divide your weight in kilos by the square of your height in meters. Thus, if your weight is 75 kilos and your height is 1.75 meters, your BMI is

75/1.752 = 75/3.06 = 24.5

Experts say that people with BMIs between 19 and 22 live longest.

Classifications vary a bit, but the one below should be a good enough guide:

BMI                  Weight Condition 

Below 18.5 BMI  Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 BMI  Normal Weight 
25.0 - 29.9 BMI  Overweight
30.0 - 34.9 BMI  Obese
35.0 - 39.9 BMI  Severely Obese
40.0 - 49.9 BMI  Morbidly Obese
50.0 - 59.9 BMI  Super Obese

Weird and Extreme / Raw frogs, anyone?
« on: November 22, 2009, 01:13:15 AM »
Man's 40-year-old Hobby: Eat Live Frogs and Mouse
Farmer Jiang Mu-sheng from Hengfeng County of Jiangxi Province has a hobby to eat live tree frogs and mice. He claimed that since he had this unique hobby, not only his illness such as back aches, cough and gastrics were cured, but also he became more energetic.

Recently, the journalist met Mr. Jiang at his village in Geyuan Township, witnessing a live frog swallowed by him.

Jiang told the reporter that he is now 66 years old and previously was a staff of Geyuan Supply and Marketing Cooperative. When he was then 26 years old, he suffered frequent back aches and coughs. One day, he accidently got to know a local senior hill-keeper named Yang Ding-cai.

The elder Yang told Jiang that eating live tree frogs can cure his illness, for which the senior specially caught 3 frogs for Jiang. In the beginning, Jiang dared not to swallow those frogs when seeing fiercely jumping around. After watching Yang swallowing one of the three frogs as an example, Jiang took his determination to finish the remaining two, which turned out no any discomfort to him. Surprisingly, after doing this non-stop for a whole month, Jiang's illness were cured.

Later Jiang began to test to eat small live mice. Gradually, swallowing live tree frogs and small mice becomes his hobby.

"I have once swallowed more than 20 mice a day," Jiang grinned.

(Poor translation. Please excuse the stilted English, he he.)

Weird and Extreme / picnic basket building
« on: November 17, 2009, 01:37:20 PM »
Do you want to work in this building?

General Topic / China sends panda expert to Taiwan to aid breeding
« on: November 09, 2009, 01:34:16 PM »
China sends panda expert to Taiwan to aid breeding
Sun Nov 8, 3:54 am ET

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Nothing like a little time apart to rekindle the affections that could lead to a baby panda.

So says a panda expert sent by China to Taiwan to advise on how to encourage mating by the pair given by Beijing last December to mark the two sides' growing friendship.

After inspecting the pandas at the Taipei Zoo on Sunday, Chinese panda expert Zhang Hemin suggested a separation of a month or two might boost the feeling of attraction needed to reproduce.

"They may have more interest toward each other after a brief separation," said Zhang, a researcher at the Wolong Natural Reserve in western Sichuan province where the pandas are from.

China presented Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, which together mean "reunion," to Taiwan last December amid warming ties between the mainland and the island, which split amid civil war in 1949.

They have proved popular and many Taiwanese now wish to see them produce a baby in their new home.

Zhang said the environment at the Taipei Zoo was natural enough and would not hamper their breeding, but the animals may have become too used to each others' presence.

Zhang also suggested that to prepare the male, Tuan Tuan, for the vital mating act, the zookeepers should set up more wooden racks so he can climb around and strengthen his hind legs.

If all works, the much anticipated act could come during the pandas' brief mating season in February, Zhang said.

Pandas are threatened by a low reproduction rate. Females in the wild normally have a cub once every two to three years, and the fertility of captive giant pandas is even lower, experts say.

Only about 1,600 pandas live in the wild, mostly in China's Sichuan province. An additional 120 are in Chinese breeding facilities and zoos, and about 20 live in zoos outside China.

China initially offered the pandas to Taiwan in 2005, but the then pro-independence government of Chen Shui-bian rejected the gift as propaganda to push for unification. After Ma Ying-jeou of the rival Nationalist Party was inaugurated in May last year, he accepted the offer.

Inspiration & Hope / Inspirational Poem for the Day
« on: November 09, 2009, 10:22:30 AM »
"I'm nobody! Who are you?"

by Emily Dickinson

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

At school, being popular sometimes seems like the most important thing in the world. We often think that being the center of attention would be fantastic — like being a famous movie star or athlete.

The speaker in Emily Dickinson's poem, "I'm nobody! Who are you?" readily admits to being an outsider. What's more, she even seems to like it. She says it would be "dreary" to be "somebody."

Is she crazy? Who would want to be an outsider?

Think about it for a moment. Who would really want to be an insider?

As an outsider, a "nobody," the speaker is not forced to be "public." She does not have to face the scrutiny or disapproval of people who are likely to be jealous of her popularity. She does not have to play games, put on an act, or keep trying in order to be a somebody. She can be herself and be comfortable.

What's more, she is not alone.

The poem's first stanza tells how the speaker meets a fellow "nobody" — a friend. Together, the two nobodies can enjoy each other's company and their shared anonymity.

As a pair, they aren't really nobodies anymore. That's why the speaker says, "Don't tell! / They 'd banish us, you know." She understands that once you have another "nobody" at your side, you aren't really a "nobody" anymore. And she doesn't want to be banished or kicked out from what she sees as a society of nobodies.

She's comfortable there.

In the second stanza, the tone of the poem changes. The speaker sounds confident. Perhaps it is her discovery that there are other people like her — other "nobodies"-- that makes her feels strongly that being a "somebody" isn't such a great idea.

She realizes that having a friend who understands you and accepts you as you are is more important than being admired by a lot of people or being in the "in" crowd.

In the poem's second stanza, the speaker also makes a strange comparison. She says that being a somebody is like being a frog. What does this simile mean? Aside from Kermit, there aren't many celebrity frogs around.

Why does the speaker choose that amphibian as her representative of a public creature?

It's because frogs make a lot of noise. The poem says that frogs, though they can croak and make themselves heard and be noticed, are noticed only by "an admiring bog." The bog is the frog's environment, not the frog's friend. So who cares what the bog thinks?

That's what the poem says about being a "somebody" who gets noticed by an admiring public. Frequently, the relationship is impersonal and distanced, not like a real friendship. Somebodies may have many admirers, but they might not be able to make those personal connections that real friendship offers.


World Daily News / "2012": Director Emmerich chooses to avoid fatwa
« on: November 05, 2009, 01:24:50 PM »
The One Place on Earth Not Destroyed in '2012'
by Jonathan Crow · November 3, 2009

When I interviewed director Roland Emmerich a few months ago about his upcoming disaster flick "2012," the first question I asked was, "Why do you like killing the world?" His response: "It makes for a good story."

Over the past fifteen years, Emmerich has crafted some great tales about global doom, featuring some spectacular scenes of destruction. He had aliens zap the White House in "Independence Day," he let a massive lizard flatten New York City in "Godzilla," and he sent killer tornadoes through downtown Los Angeles in "The Day After Tomorrow."

For "2012," Emmerich set his sites on destroying the some biggest landmarks around the world, from Rome to Rio. But there's one place that Emmerich wanted to demolish but didn't: the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure located in the center of Mecca. It's the focus of prayers and the site of the Hajj, the biggest, most important pilgrimage in Islam.

"Well, I wanted to do that, I have to admit," the filmmaker told "But my co-writer Harald [Kloser] said, 'I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie.' And he was right."

Emmerich went on: "We have to all, in the western world, think about this. You can actually let Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have ... a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is. So it's just something which I kind of didn't [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out."
Traditionally, a fatwa has meant religious opinion by an Islamic scholar or imam. The term has gained currency in the West after Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death sentence in the form of a fatwa against British author Salman Rushdie for alleged blasphemies in his book "The Satanic Verses" in 1989. As a result, the Indian-born writer was forced into hiding for most of the '90s.

Emmerich has no qualms about wrecking other major landmarks, however. The massive dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican rolls on top of a crowd of churchgoers. The huge Christ the Redeemer statue that looms over Rio de Janeiro disintegrates. And, of course, the White House gets crushed when a wave drops the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy on top of it.

The director was also reportedly approached by people hoping to get their famous landmarks trashed, like Taiwan's Taipei 101, which is the tallest completed building in the world. There's no word yet if that structure will meet the same on-screen fate as the Vatican and the White House. "2012" opens nationwide on November 13.

Science and Research / You're a bad driver? Blame your genes!
« on: November 01, 2009, 05:56:48 PM »
Is There a 'Bad Driver' Gene?
by Randy Dotinga

THURSDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Are you a bad driver? Maybe you can blame it on your genes.

In a small study, researchers found that people with a gene variation performed 20 percent worse on simulated driving tests and did as poorly a few days later. Almost one in three Americans have the variation, the team said.

"These people make more errors from the get-go, and they forget more of what they learned after time away," said Dr. Steven Cramer, neurology associate professor at the University of California at Irvine and senior author of a study published recently in the journal Cerebral Cortex, in a statement.

The study authors say the gene variation lowers available levels of a protein that boosts memory by helping brain cells talk to one another and work properly.

Earlier research has suggested people with the variation engage smaller areas of the brain when they take on tasks.

"We wanted to study motor behavior, something more complex than finger-tapping," said Stephanie McHughen, a graduate student and lead author of the study in a statement. "Driving seemed like a good choice because it has a learning curve, and it's something most people know how to do."

Twenty-nine people took a driving test on a simulator, including seven with the gene variation. They had to learn to "drive" on a track that included tough-to-navigate curves and turns. They came back four days later to retake the test.

Those with the variant did worse and failed to remember as much the second time around as the others. "Behavior derives from dozens and dozens of neurophysiologic events, so it's somewhat surprising this exercise bore fruit," Cramer said.

But don't be alarmed if you think you have this gene variation -- it has it's good side. The researcher say the gene also slows mental decline for people with conditions such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease or multiple sclerosis.

"It's as if nature is trying to determine the best approach," Cramer said. "If you want to learn a new skill or have had a stroke and need to regenerate brain cells, there's evidence that having the variant is not good. But if you've got a disease that affects cognitive function, there's evidence it can act in your favor. The variant brings a different balance between flexibility and stability."

Ang aho, Mathematics. Ambot kaha nganong wa man ko mahimong engineer...

LGU Philippines / Kinsay nakaabot pa ni Pascual Racuyal?
« on: October 25, 2009, 04:26:16 PM »
Sa ahong nahibaw-an, si Pascual Racuyal midagan pagka-presidente sa tanang presidential elections sukad sa 1935 (kontra ni Quezon ug Aguinaldo) hangtod sa 1986 (kontra ni Marcos ug Aquino). Hinuon, gi-disqualify sija sa Comelec sa 1986 isip "nuisance candidate". Sukad adto, wala na sija igdungog. Gani, ambot kon nahitala ba kanus-a sija namatay.

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