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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: Comedy Wildlife Photography
« on: September 14, 2020, 01:15:39 PM »


A young common seal looks as if it is enjoying itself in Caithness, Scotland.
Ken Crossan/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: Comedy Wildlife Photography
« on: September 14, 2020, 01:12:46 PM »


A raccoon's legs and tail poke out of a tree in Newport News, Virginia, US.
Charlie Davidson/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Comedy Wildlife Photography
« on: September 14, 2020, 01:08:51 PM »
From a smiley fish to a dangling raccoon, Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards offer some light relief


Rory Sullivan, CNN • Published 12th September 2020

(CNN) — A colorful Mediterranean parrotfish "smiles" at the camera, a raccoon's hind legs and tail poke out of a tree and a young seal appears to be having a great time while resting on some wood.

These are three of the 44 hilarious photos from around the globe that have been announced as the finalists in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020.

The competition, which is now in its sixth year, is sure to offer some light relief amid the doom and gloom through its selection of unusually expressive wildlife images.

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: Budol Budol Pakals
« on: September 14, 2020, 12:59:04 PM »

why man wa na lang ni sila kaona? hunit na tingali sa?

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Latin America | South America / Re: Of Banana Republics
« on: August 27, 2020, 12:27:10 AM »

What Is a Banana Republic? Definition and Examples

By Robert Longley
November 19, 2019

[/size]A banana republic is a politically unstable country with an economy dependent entirely on revenue from exporting a single product or resource, such as bananas or minerals. It is generally considered a derogatory term describing countries whose economies are controlled by foreign-owned companies or industries.

[/size]Key Takeaways: Banana Republic

-A banana republic is any politically unstable country that generates most or all of its revenue from exporting a single product, such as bananas.[/font]

-The economies—and to an extent the governments—of banana republics are controlled by foreign-owned companies. [/font]

[/size]-Banana republics are characterized by highly stratified socioeconomic structure, with unequal distribution of wealth and resources.

[/size]-The first banana republics were created in the early 1900s by multinational American corporations, such as the United Fruit Company, in depressed Central American countries.

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Latin America | South America / Of Banana Republics
« on: August 27, 2020, 12:10:47 AM »

What is a Banana Republic?

In political science, the term banana republic describes a politically unstable country with an economy dependent upon the exportation of a limited-resource product, such as bananas or minerals. (wikipedia)

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Panglao Island - Bohol / Re: Social Distancing in Panglao Island
« on: August 23, 2020, 03:35:13 PM »
he knows social distancing. arf!


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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: Have face, will mask
« on: August 18, 2020, 05:53:05 AM »

Kuala Lumpur

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: Have face, will mask
« on: August 18, 2020, 05:39:22 AM »

A resident using an improvised face shield made from a plastic water tank to protect him from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic walks in his neighbourhood in Manila. (Image: AFP)

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: Have face, will mask
« on: August 18, 2020, 05:35:03 AM »

A person wearing a mask walks down a street in Vienna, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: Have face, will mask
« on: August 18, 2020, 05:31:57 AM »

People wearing masks of pigs were seen at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: Reuters)

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: Have face, will mask
« on: August 18, 2020, 05:28:01 AM »

Filipino artist Leeroy New poses with a makeshift mask he designed with recycled materials as he adapts to the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the art industry, in his studio in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines (Image: Reuters)

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Have face, will mask
« on: August 18, 2020, 05:21:35 AM »

A man in Pimpri-Chinchwad district of Pune made headlines for wearing a mask made entirely of gold worth 2.89 Lakhs. Reportedly, Shankar Kurade said that the mask is made of gold but is pretty thin and has very minute holes in it to help him breathe. He then admitted that he isn't too sure if the mask is going to be very effective in preventing coronavirus. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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His colleagues said he would be missed.

Jon Benjamin, director of the department’s Diplomatic Academy, wished him a “very happy retirement.″

“He left us a slightly chewed dead mouse next to my desk in @UKDipAcademy once,″ he tweeted, adding “we were of course not very grateful.”


https://www.huffpost.com/

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Palmerston, who is named after the longest-serving British Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston, arrived in April 2016 as a rescue cat. He had plenty of company, though sometimes less than smooth diplomatic relations with Larry, cat-in-residence at nearby 10 Downing Street. The two were sometimes seen fighting in the street outside the British prime minister’s home.

The letter from Palmerston, or @DiploMog’ as he is known on Twitter, said his service showed that “even those with four legs and fur have an important part to play in the U.K.’s global effort.”

“I have been delighted to meet representatives from all over the world, and I hope I have done you proud in putting the U.K.’s best foot or paw forward in such interaction,’’ the letter said.

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Palmerston, UK's Top Diplomat And 'Chief Mouser,' Retires

08/07/2020, Huffpost

The British feline made it official in a resignation letter signed with two paw prints.




LONDON (AP) — Time spent in lockdown was just superb for Palmerston, the chief mouser at the U.K. Foreign Office.

It was so good, in fact, that the cat has decided to leave sorting out international affairs to the human diplomats and retire to the countryside after four long, hard years on the job.

Palmerston made it official in a letter sent in his name to Simon McDonald, the office’s permanent under-secretary, which explained that he wanted more time “away from the limelight.’’

“I have found life away from the front line relaxed, quieter, and easier,” a letter signed with two paw prints said. It was posted on Twitter.

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Philippine Government / Re: Marcoleta's Cross
« on: August 03, 2020, 02:07:43 PM »
Marcoleta supported the dual citizenship law, the same law he had questioned on Gabby Lopez’s citizenship. He had also authored the franchises of Bohol Chronicle Radio Corp., Rajah Broadcasting Network, TV5, GMA Network, and other networks that have been in operation for more than 50 years.


the name sounds familiar.

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Philippine Government / Re: Marcoleta's Cross
« on: August 03, 2020, 02:04:37 PM »
What was it again that he once said? “I am very affected that rules can be easily twisted.”

We carry a cross each time we vote into office congressmen who bend the law according to the will and welfare of their oligarchic patrons. In developing spiritual forbearance, we are often told to embrace our cross. That is true. But in electing officials who crucify us with their astonishing ability to sink our spirits, we don’t embrace them. We vote them out of office to spare the nation from crucifixion.

https://opinion.inquirer.net/

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Philippine Government / Re: Marcoleta's Cross
« on: August 03, 2020, 02:02:15 PM »
Winning under 1-Sagip in 2016, he joined the administration “supermajority.” Marcoleta shocked the public when in 2018 he authored the motion to give the Commission on Human Rights a paltry 1,000-peso budget. On interpellation, Marcoleta slammed the CHR for supposedly acceding “more to the United Nations special rapporteur” rather than protect the human rights of President Duterte in the bloody war on drugs. His church, the Iglesia ni Cristo, has been known to oppose former justice secretary and detained political prisoner Sen. Leila de Lima.

Marcoleta supported the dual citizenship law, the same law he had questioned on Gabby Lopez’s citizenship. He had also authored the franchises of Bohol Chronicle Radio Corp., Rajah Broadcasting Network, TV5, GMA Network, and other networks that have been in operation for more than 50 years.

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Philippine Government / Re: Marcoleta's Cross
« on: August 03, 2020, 02:00:06 PM »
Is he being dictated upon? Consider his political affiliations. He started his congressional seat as representative of the party list Alagad (2004-2007, 2009-2013). In the 2016 elections, Marcoleta ran under another party named 1-Sagip, also associated with his sect. That was the time of the Legitimate 8 when he objected to the election of Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez as a fake minority leader. And then he bolted the 8. Asked why, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said, “His church wanted him to join the majority.”

That is quite a powerful church then, able to decree the legislative agenda of a member. “Unity is part of the church’s doctrine,” explained Marcoleta.

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