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Health and Food / Clarifying MSG fallacies
« on: February 02, 2019, 01:35:41 AM »

Filipino nutritionist-dietician and food scientist clarifies MSG fallacies

Celeste C. Tanchoco
January 28, 2019

(As Released) As a nutritionist-dietician and food scientist, I welcome opportunities to clarify myths and fallacies surrounding food and nutrition. I believe that misconceptions can often lead to incorrect diet practices and pose serious health risks.

One of the most common topics I encounter is the fear of using Monosodium Glutamate or MSG. Even though many credible organizations and scientific studies affirmed MSG’s safety for decades, this seasoning ingredient continues to be the target of many false claims.

I recently attended the World Umami Forum presented by the Ajinomoto Group at Manhattan, New York City.

Learn English Online / Pandemic, Epidemic, Endemic
« on: January 28, 2019, 02:16:44 AM »


1. (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
synonyms: universal, global

1. an outbreak of a pandemic disease

When an epidemic spreads throughout the world.


1. of the nature of an epidemic
synonyms: rife, rampant, widespread

1. a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time
synonyms: outbreak, plague, scourge, infestation

An outbreak of disease that attacks many peoples at about the same time and may spread through one or several communities.


1. (of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area
2. (of a plant or animal) native and restricted to a certain place

1. an endemic plant or animal

A disease that exists permanently in a particular region or population.

Philippine Laws / What’s needed is a law against heartless officials
« on: January 25, 2019, 11:54:16 AM »


What’s needed is a law against heartless officials

Jarius Bondoc
The Philippine Star
January 23, 2019

Engrossed with pork barrels, lawmakers forget the recently retold atrocities in 1901 Balangiga. What Filipinos find most abominable about US Army Gen. Jacob Smith’s retaliatory order was the slaughter of all male Samareños from age 10. Thus did he “transform the island into a howling wilderness”; “Sunugin ang Samar,” a movie depicted it.

Now those lawmakers would lower the age of criminal liability to only 9. They might as well gloat, “Sunugin ang Pilipinas.”

The House of Reps rushed the bill this week. Those are the same reps that hurriedly inserted in a farcical draft federal constitution self-serving provisos. All were despicable: removal of their term limits, perpetuation of their political dynasties, continuation of their political turncoat-ism.

Philippine Laws / Criminalization is not what we owe our children
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:26:56 PM »


Criminalization is not what we owe our children

'It is unacceptable to tag a child as a criminal as if we adults and this society have no accountability for their action.'

Athena Presto
January 22, 2019

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When I was 9 years old, I was about to finish 4th grade but had to fight my way through bureaucratic and social judgments just to make sure I advanced to the next grade. My teachers felt I was too young to appreciate fractions and decimals, changes in matter and energy, and conjunctions in the English language.

Looking back, I did have a hard time keeping up with our lessons. But curiosity and imagination always thrived at the young age of 9 so I came through. After all, children and the ones in awe of the workings of nature and the social environment should always be given space and opportunity to grow and understand their own setting.

But what if they are robbed of these?

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / The deadliest bullet
« on: January 19, 2019, 05:23:25 PM »

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Philippine Laws / FILIPINOS OF THE YEAR 2018
« on: January 12, 2019, 02:57:35 PM »


Judges who gave hope in the fight against impunity

By their decisions on certain critical cases, Regional Trial Court Judges Rodolfo Azucena Jr., Arlene Lirag Palabrica, Andres Soriano and Alexander Tamayo have fired up the despondent imagination and provided leeway for the public to think that things can possibly get better, that there might be a way out of this slough.

January 06, 2019

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Arlene Lirag Palabrica, Alexander Tamayo, Rodolfo Azucena Jr., Andres Soriano

In the vote for the Inquirer’s Filipino(s) of the Year 2018, one cited reason seemed to sum up the final results: “They give us hope amid the darkness descending upon the country.”

Indeed, “they” stand out in an era where the Supreme Court deems the remains of a dictator fit for burial in a cemetery for heroes, and where, on another plane, cops converge on a provincial jail in the dead of night, gun down a suspected drug lord right in his cell, and ultimately not only get their jobs back but are promoted as well.

“They” upend weary expectations in a society where might has come to mean right. “They” give breath to the faltering idea that even those with neither wealth nor power can receive fair treatment in a court of law.

General Topic / 18 Words
« on: December 29, 2018, 07:21:57 PM »

OPINION | Deep Dive

18 words

These are just 18 of the many words that describe my 2018

Atty Theodore Te
December 27, 2018

If the best thing you can say about 2018 is that it's about to end, then you probably have more than 18 words that would capture your 2018. This week's Deep Dive focuses on 18 words that best sum up my 2018 (they are not arranged in any particular order).

The acronym for Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, signed into law as Republic Act No. 10963, has become not only a word but, for many, a bad word. Signed into law in December 2017, it impacted almost everything in 2018. TRAIN reduced personal income taxes but increased those on cars, tobacco, sugar-sweetened beverages, and fuel. While it resulted in a higher take-home pay for most consumers, the law also brought about adjustments in prices of commodities affected by the TRAIN law, with a trickle-down effect to consumers.

As in, "he was just joking." Practically, the first thing the President's spokespersons would say to explain outrageous and contradictory statements made by the President, which was quite often and quite a lot. While a folksy sense of humor might win campaigns, it's not the best way to govern. Memo to the spin machine: handle policy with gravitas and criticism with levity, not the other way around.


NASA's New Horizons Ready for Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule in the Kuiper Belt

By Tariq Malik, Managing Editor
December 28, 2018

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will ring in the new year with an epic flyby at the edge of the solar system, and the stage is set for a truly historic encounter. And it's happening amid a partial government shutdown that initially threw a curveball into how the New Horizons team will share the flyby with the public.

On New Year's Day (Jan. 1), New Horizons will fly by the distant object Ultima Thule in the Kuiper Belt, a realm of icy objects that orbit the sun well beyond the dwarf planet Pluto. The flyby is a second for New Horizons, which flew by Pluto in July of 2015, and will mark the first-of-its-kind close look at a Kuiper Belt object forged during the birth of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago.

"It's electric, across the whole team," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) said in short flyby preview webcast  today (Dec. 28) on YouTube and Facebook Live hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel Maryland. JHUAPL oversees the New Horizons mission for NASA. "The people are ready. We can't wait to go exploring."

Inspiration & Hope / MERRY CHRISTMAS!
« on: December 26, 2018, 01:11:37 PM »

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General Topic / Of Online Disinformation in the Philippines
« on: December 21, 2018, 02:08:48 AM »

Duterte, allies reap the most benefits from disinformation

from Vera Files

DECEMBER 19, 2018

MANILA - In late August 2018, a video clip showing seven men, in their early twenties, smoking weed made the rounds of Philippine social media.

It went viral, but not so much because smoking cannabis is illegal under the country’s Dangerous Drugs Act. What propelled its spread through social media was how men puffing on weed were openly taunting President Rodrigo Duterte, known for his tough crackdown on illegal drugs in this Southeast Asian country of some 105 million people.

Since 2016, the Duterte government has been waging a bloody war on drugs that, by the police’s own estimates, has killed over 4,800 people as of Aug. 31 this year. The young men filmed in the video clip did not seem to care. So brazen, or so stoned, they were seen laughing at one point and calling for marijuana legalization.

Days after the video was posted on Facebook, a web page calling itself Online Balita (Online News) published a fake report whose screaming headline claimed that an opposition senator, Ana Theresa ‘Risa’ Hontiveros, had defended the seven cannabis users and said they did nothing wrong.

Health and Food / 9 Worst Foods With Arthritis
« on: December 18, 2018, 07:53:44 PM »

9 Worst Foods With Arthritis

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Are you one of 53 million people who have arthritis? Arthritis is the collective name for over 100 joint diseases affecting both adults and children. It can cause joint pain, swelling, inflammation, and affects your range of motion. It can also get worse as you age and may even begin to harm your organs and skin.

When it comes to choosing food that helps to alleviate symptoms, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, there are food ingredients that tend to accelerate, worsen, or alter your arthritic symptoms.

Arthritis affects everyone differently, given that there are so many different diseases that fall under the same umbrella. However, if you are trying to treat your body like a temple to get your symptoms under control, you will need to avoid the following things – especially number 3 and 6.

All of these ingredients can worsen inflammation, leading to swelling, discomfort, pain, joint damage and a limited range of motion.

Philippine Government / On Charter Change
« on: December 13, 2018, 01:16:24 PM »

Consultative committee members slam House federal charter

Robertzon Ramirez
The Philippine Star
December 13, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Members of President Duterte’s consultative committee (Concom), tasked to review the 1987 Constitution were dissatisfied with the version of the federal charter of the House of Representatives.

Former senator and Concom member Aquilino Pimentel Jr. vowed to denounce the House’s version in every engagement where he will be invited to speak.

Pimentel suspected that a hidden agenda “may be attributed” to Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 

Lifestyle, Culture and Arts / 9 Recycling Tips That Everyone Should Know
« on: December 13, 2018, 12:32:25 PM »

9 Recycling Tips That Everyone Should Know
December 13, 2018, 12:25:07 PM

Erin Doman
December 11, 2015

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Statistics show estimates that nearly 100,000 pounds of waste will be created from your very being over your lifetime, creating a substantial impact on environmental issues such as landfills, energy conservation, contamination and the diminishing of resources. Recycling is a practice that can be implemented in your day-to-day life that can help you maintain a green home and reduce your negative effect on the earth. Here are nine recycling tips to help you out.

Philippine Government / When pigs fly from Davao City
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:56:03 PM »


When pigs fly from Davao City

By: Antonio Montalvan II
Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 10, 2018

Rodrigo Duterte and his family are an amusing lot. Never before in the history of our country have we had a president who is exceptional in comical amusement. Not even the self-deprecating Erap Estrada, who loved to poke fun at himself through the so-called “Eraption” jokes, comes on par with the Duterte family’s capacity for hilarity.

This past week, a member of Davao City’s forever-ruling family had sustained the beloved tradition of its patriarch to expose lists of what in their perception are society’s pariahs. The latest list (which has been deleted from the source) is called “ANTI-ADMINISTRATION GROUP—OUST-DUTERTE MOVEMENT.”

Let us analyze the supposed list and see who are in it. It begins, first of all, with Vice President Leni Robredo, former vice president Jejomar Binay and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. If they will answer such accusation in the next few days, we do not know. I suggest they just remain entertained. Laughter is good medicine.

Philippine Government / The marriage of business and politics
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:43:36 PM »


The marriage of business and politics

By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 10, 2018

Politics is married to an assortment of vested interests in the Philippines. It is married to business, religion, show biz, and even to shady ventures like gambling and illegal drugs.

We have businesspersons who use their wealth to enter politics. We have religious groups that convert their influence into political power. We have show biz personalities who translate their popularity into forays in politics. And we have gambling and drug lords who utilize their fortunes to invade the arena of politics.

The reverse is equally true. Politicians employ their powers to enter into business or expand their current commercial interest. Others position themselves as fattened beneficiaries of gambling and the trade in illegal drugs.

Philippine Government / The Du30 Death Squads
« on: December 06, 2018, 10:33:53 PM »

from 'The Duterte Death Squads'
The Manila Times
DECEMBER 03, 2018


Decriminalizing the death squads

Most of DU30’s problems are self-inflicted. To his many such injuries, his latest addition takes the cake: the “Duterte death squads” against the New People’s Army (NPA), with whom the Armed Forces of the Philippines is still engaged in an armed conflict. What does this mean? The creation of a “death squad,” whatever its target, can only be the act of a crime boss, never that of a constitutionally elected president of a democratic and republican State.
What will DU30’s death squad do? Assassinate suspected NPA members, without recourse to the just rules of war, as governed by international conventions and treaties? It doesn’t make any sense.

Science and Research / No to designer babies!
« on: December 03, 2018, 06:20:55 PM »


Cautionary tales

By: Kay Rivera
Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 03, 2018

Anybody who’s ever seen a futuristic sci-fi film or read a dystopian novel would caution that this is the turning point in our timeline when things go awry. To the horror of the worldwide scientific community, a Chinese researcher claimed this week that he had used CRISPR, a gene-editing technology, to create the world’s first genetically edited babies. The twin baby girls reportedly had their DNA altered to protect them from future infection with HIV (which, by the way, is now considered a treatable condition). The details of the experiment have not been recorded in any peer-reviewed journals. At this time it has only been revealed that the researcher, He Jiankui, secured consent from the parents, but details about funding and supervision remain unclear. We have also yet to see the genetically altered babies, or to prove that they did arise from an experiment.

Philippine Government / Poor Rappler
« on: December 02, 2018, 05:30:19 PM »

She exposed Duterte's drug war, now she faces prison in the Philippines

By James Griffiths, CNN
Updated 2037 GMT (0437 HKT) December 1, 2018

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(CNN)Images and stories from Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs have shocked audiences worldwide, as bodies have stacked up in cities across the country, many of them victims of extrajudicial and vigilante killings.

While the government has hardly been shy about its intention to go after both dealers and users, hard data on the number of killings has often been tough to come by. One indispensable source of information, both for the international media and readers in the Philippines has been the upstart news site Rappler, which is now facing a reckoning with the government it has been a dogged check upon.

Health and Food / Nature's Most Powerful Antibiotics
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:28:37 PM »

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Philippine Government / Mock elections, anyone?
« on: November 26, 2018, 11:36:54 AM »

from ‘Bobotantes’? Educate voters via mock election
GOTCHA - Jarius Bondoc
The Philippine Star)
November 26, 2018


Conscientious citizens are aghast. Leading in surveys on the May 2019 balloting are the traditional politicos, dynasts, and crooks. They blame it on respondents who go only for the popular, not the worthy.

Voters must subject candidates to the LASER test. Aspirants for senator, congressman, and local posts need assessing in terms of:

Lifestyle - Does s/he live modestly, in line with constitutional rules for public officials? Does he have unexplained wealth, incommensurate to his salary or lawful income?

Actions – Does he have a track record of competence and servant-leadership? Is he for the common good, not a vested interest?

Supporters – Who are his campaigners and contributors? Will dealings with them compromise him? Does his family uphold integrity?

Election conduct – Does he obey election laws and respect the rights of voters and rivals? Or buy votes, overspend on ads, use government property, and has posters outside prescribed areas?

Reputation – Has he been involved in scandal? Aside from attending Mass and public prayers, is he God-fearing and morally upright?

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