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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Please help me understand
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:01:24 PM »

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Health and Food / Vit. D supplements don't improve bone health
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:23:17 PM »

Vitamin D supplements don't improve bone health, major study finds

By Tara John
October 5, 2018

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The study found that vitamin D supplements did little to help fractures, falls and bone density.

London (CNN) Vitamin D supplements do not improve bone mineral density or prevent fractures or falls in adults, finds a large study that advises health professionals to stop recommending the supplements to most patients.

The vitamin has long been associated with a decreased risk of a number of conditions, such as osteoporosis and hypertension, in addition to keeping bones strong by helping the body absorb calcium -- which is why many use it during the dark winter months.

But the study's authors say there is "little justification" in doing so when it comes to bone health.

"Our meta-analysis finds that vitamin D does not prevent fractures, falls or improve bone mineral density, whether at high or low dose," lead author Dr. Mark J. Bolland, associate professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, said in a statement.

Philippine Government / The banality of John Bertiz
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:30:21 PM »


The banality of John Bertiz

By: Gideon Lasco
Philippine Daily Inquirer
October 04, 2018

The video footage says it all: A man goes through airport security, is told to take off his shoes, but, instead of complying, gets angry, flashes his ID, snatches the security officer’s own ID, and reveals himself to be a congressman — a position which, in his view, entitles him to special privileges.

The social media backlash was swift, and the party-list representative — Aniceto “John” Bertiz III — was revealed to be the same person who, just days earlier, told the latest batch of agricultural and biosystems engineers that “those who don’t know Sec. Bong Go will not get a PRC license.”

At first, Bertiz blamed the airport officials, saying he was berating them for “Chinese-looking passengers” who were not asked to remove their shoes during inspection. But subsequently released video footage and eyewitness accounts belied his claim. Eventually, he apologized, but not without offering the lame and misogynistic excuse that “he has a monthly period once a year.”

Asia | Middle East / Indonesian air traffic controller hailed as a hero
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:58:32 AM »

Indonesian air traffic controller killed in earthquake hailed as a hero

Oct 1, 2018

Anthonius Gunawan Agung died after staying in tower to guide a plane carrying hundreds of passengers to safety

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An air traffic controller in Indonesia is being hailed as a hero after he died ensuring that a plane carrying hundreds of people made it safely off the ground.

Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, was on duty at an airport near the city of Palu when a 7.5 magnitude quake hit Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Friday.

His colleagues who were not handling aircraft evacuated the control tower, but “Agung stayed at his post until the plane had safely departed”, says the BBC.

The building began to shake soon after the plane left and, “fearing he would be trapped beneath the debris if the tower collapsed around him,” Agung jumped from a fourth floor window, the Daily Mail says.

USA and Canada / California divorce courts go to dogs
« on: September 29, 2018, 11:52:14 AM »

California divorce courts go to dogs as pets gain status

Associated Press / September 29, 2018

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FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2012, file photo, Steven May, right, walks with his dog, Winnie beside his attorney, David Pisarra, with his dog, Dudley in Santa Monica, California. California courts could be going to the dogs, and maybe the cats too, under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law, signed Thursday, Sept. 28, 2018, gives judges the discretion of applying rules similar to those in child-custody cases when determining who gets the family pet following a divorce. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

LOS ANGELES — California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.

Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family’s big-screen TV.

Under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, pets will still be considered community property but a judge deciding who gets to keep them will have the discretion of weighing such factors as who feeds them, who takes them to the vet and on walks, and who protects them.

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Botox
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:56:46 AM »

Fast facts on Botox:

-Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year.

-Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic.

-Botulinum toxin is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles.

-People also use Botox to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and some bladder and bowel disorders.

-Botulism, an illness caused by botulinum toxin, can cause respiratory failure and prove deadly.

-Just 1 gram of botulinum toxin could kill over 1 million people. Two kilograms could kill the entire human population of Earth.

Facts and Trivia / Did You Know...
« on: September 28, 2018, 12:58:29 AM »

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Photos Unlimited / Group Selfie
« on: September 26, 2018, 06:16:53 PM »

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World Daily News / Why Sweden and China have fallen out so badly
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:32:45 AM »

Why Sweden and China have fallen out so badly

26 September 2018

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Satirical programme Swedish News did a segment on Chinese tourists in last week's episode

It's a diplomatic spat no one saw coming, but tensions have over the past few weeks been escalating between China and Sweden.

It all started earlier in September when Chinese tourists were removed from a hotel by Swedish police, a move which was heavily condemned by the Chinese government.

But matters were made worse when a satirical Swedish television show joked about Chinese people eating dogs and defecating in public.

Philippine Government / Senator Trillanes Arrested
« on: September 25, 2018, 05:30:38 PM »

Senator Antonio Trillanes is arrested today, 25 September 2018, on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 50.

Learn English Online / Pareidolia
« on: August 16, 2018, 06:21:21 PM »


noun  par·ei·do·lia  \ ˌper-ˌī-ˈdō-lē-ə , -ˈdōl-yə \

-the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern

The scientific explanation for some people is pareidolia, or the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness. Think of the Rorschach inkblot test. —Pamela Ferdinand

Health and Food / The Effects of Emotions on the Body
« on: August 13, 2018, 06:27:40 PM »

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Photos Unlimited / The Sad Eggplant
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:14:56 PM »
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Philippine Government / Perils, Pitfalls of Shifting to Federalism
« on: August 11, 2018, 12:27:56 AM »

State of the PH in 2018: Perils, Pitfalls of Shifting to Federalism

by Atty. Christian S. Monsod
Former Commission on Elections Chairman
and Member, 1986 Constitutional Commission


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IS the proposed shift to federalism “a Trojan horse to stay in power” for President Duterte and his political allies?

What follows is the speech of Atty. Christian S. Monsod, former Commission on Elections chairman and member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, at the forum on “Democracy and Governance in the Philippines: Deficit, Surplus, and Unfinished Business” that was organized by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, in partnership with the Office of the Ombudsman of the Philippines and the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition, on July 5, 2018, in Pasig City, Metro Manila.

Philippine Government / Cha-cha: More chances for dynasts to steal
« on: August 02, 2018, 02:18:04 PM »

Cha-cha: More chances for dynasts to steal

Jarius Bondoc
The Philippine Star
July 23, 2018

The draft federal constitution does not abolish political dynasties. It even expands their clout. Dynasts will have more chances to rob Filipinos blind.*

The political dynasty ban is only partial. It covers kinsmen only up to the second degree of consanguinity and affinity, legitimate or not, full- or half-blood. That means spouses, offspring, siblings, in-laws, grandparents, and grandchildren. They will be barred from running simultaneously or successively for the same elective position. But they may run simultaneously for one national and one federated state or local position.

*underscoring is the poster's

Inspiration & Hope / When to be silent
« on: July 23, 2018, 05:53:51 PM »

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Philippine Government / Why federalism?
« on: July 21, 2018, 02:00:05 AM »


Why federalism?

Richard Heydarian
AM July 17, 2018

In theory, federalism aims for unity by recognizing diversity, redistributes fiscal and legislative powers to the peripheries, and encourages local government units to become captains of their own destinies.

On paper, everything looks beautiful. But reality is a completely different matter. And this is where social science, rather than law, can make more substantive contributions to the ongoing debate on Charter change in this country.

After all, the crafting of a new constitution isn’t only a legal matter. Instead, it’s primarily a leap of faith into a new realm of political economy, namely the interface of power and finite resources.

Philippine Government / Undemocratic condescension
« on: July 21, 2018, 01:30:19 AM »


Undemocratic condescension

Philippine Daily Inquirer
July 11, 2018

Last March, Social Weather Stations found that only 25 percent of voting-age Filipinos classified themselves as aware of what a federal system of government was. The same survey found that only 37 percent said they agree (sumasang-ayon) with a federal system—presumably as the new form of government for the Philippines. (The survey questions are vague on this point.) The survey findings show that a large majority of voting-age Filipinos (75 percent) do not know what federalism is, and that almost two-thirds either disagree with the federal system or are undecided about it.

The implication is clear: There is no clamor for a shift to federalism; there is no groundswell of support for a change in the Constitution to allow the shift to a federal system of government. On the other hand, the Duterte administration is intent on effecting the change, and hence the shift.

This is the context in which the members of the consultative committee appointed by President Duterte convened to draft a proposed federal constitution last February; it is the same context in which they presented the completed draft this week. They have, to put it mildly, their work cut out for them. The need to explain the proposed new charter, and the benefits as well as the costs of adopting the federal system of government, is part of the burden the members share.

Facts and Trivia / The Age Factor
« on: July 18, 2018, 02:08:55 PM »

just so we may know---

Millennials - ages 22 to 37 (born 1981 to 1996)

Gen Xers - ages 38-53 (born 1965 to 1980)

Baby Boomers - ages 54-72 (born 1946 to 1964)
Silent Generation - ages 73-90 (born 1928 to 1945)


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This Is The Clearest View of The Centre of The Milky Way to Date, And It Is Breathtaking

This is the blazing heart of our galaxy.

15 JUL 2018

A mega new telescope has captured the clearest view to date of the centre of our Milky Way.

The fiery image shows in extraordinary detail the region surrounding the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy - a target 25,000 light-years away.

The telescope is called the MeerKAT radio telescope, and it's actually made up of 64 individual dishes, all of which detect radio waves. They're built in the semi-desert Karoo region of South Africa and offer more sensitivity than any other telescope of its kind.

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